TOPFIT a strategic open innovation consortium

TOPFIT is a strategic open innovation consortium whose partner organizations in and from the Eastern Netherlands operate as pacesetters in the Eastern Dutch healthcare innovation ecosystem and as a hub in the Northern European field of technological and social innovation. The founders in 2018 were Radboudumc, Radboud University, WUR and UT with the support of both Provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland and van Oost NL. 

The TOPFIT consortium now has a growing number of members, with hospitals, universities of applied sciences and vocational training institutes joining to realize the joint social and economic mission and strategy. There is collaboration with regional prevention clusters such as Vital Twente, Community of care Gelderland Midden, GROZzerdam Deventer in which citizen initiatives, municipalities, welfare parties and companies participate.

TOPFIT operates with administrative support from ThinkEast as one of the two “icon projects” under the strategic banner Concepts for a Healthy Life of the East region to realize strategic impact, primarily for citizens and organizations active in the East Netherlands.

As a Northern European region, this part of the country has a unique combination of citizen initiatives (citizen science), scientific knowledge and the business climate in the field of (medical) technology, health and behavior.

TOPFIT is not a separate legal entity, but acts on behalf of the collaborating partners.


TOPFIT a strategic open innovation consortium

TOPFIT is a strategic open innovation consortium of health care providers, citizen initiatives, health insurers, companies and knowledge institutions.

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Mission programmes

TOPFIT deploys a programmatic approach, aiming at moonshots at a timescale of 10 years, organised in dynamic mission driven programmes that deliver impact for social innovation, health system innovation, economic growth and further scientific excellence, at a time scale of 5 years.

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Mission programmes

TOPFIT deploys a programmatic approach, aiming at moonshots at a timescale of >10 years, organised in dynamic (disease oriented) mission driven programmes that deliver impact for social innovation, health system innovation, economic growth and further scientific excellence, at a time scale of >5 years. Immediate results within 2 years are new coalitions of health, food and tech expertises that serve social impact and citizen science, new business development and scale ups, and challenging new combinations in scientific excellence.

Currently, experts from more than 80 companies and 150 researchers and health professionals are detailing roadmaps for four mission driven programmes on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, movement disorders and renal diseases. More programmes are envisaged.

These mission programs are interconnected in a Broad Basic Prevention Program for the development of the social and technological infrastructure for the improvement of health and care in the Eastern Netherlands.

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