Within the Utrecht Life Sciences network, Utrecht University works in close collaboration with the University Medical Center Utrecht, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Hubrecht Institute and the Danone Research Centre for Specialised Nutrition. Other partners from Utrecht and the rest of the country include TNO Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and Eindhoven University of Technology.

Utrecht – Eindhoven alliance

Together with University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht), Utrecht University is striving to promote innovation in research, education and patient care by improving the alignment of scientific research and education with practical and feasible applications in healthcare.

This goal has been given shape by the strategic alliance that was established between Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2011. These institutions are strengthening their existing ties in research, education and knowledge valorisation and building on areas where they complement each other's strengths.

The partnership focuses on three research areas:

  1. Regenerative medicine & stem cells
  2. Medical imaging
  3. Sustainable energy

The joint Master's programme in Regenerative Medicine and Technology combines biomedical science with technology.

Eindhoven-Utrecht Strategic Alliance


International corporation Danone has opened a new innovation centre – Nutricia Research – at Utrecht Science Park. The company is bringing a significant part of its R&D expertise (nearly 400 people) in the areas of early life nutrition and medical nutrition together under one roof.

The teams at the new centre in Utrecht will conduct innovative research into the many benefits of healthy nutrition in early childhood, in areas ranging from digestion and intestinal health to growth, immunity and cognitive development. In addition, the researchers want to explore new possibilities for leading a longer and healthier life and for using advanced nutrition to support the vulnerable and the ill with respect to both paediatric care (including children with metabolic disorders) and adult and elderly care.