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A fast growing open innovation community

About Brightlands

Great things happen when knowledge crosses borders

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments that we are influencing the future. Bright people and 'new kids on the block' are part of a fast growing open innovation community. We take advantage of grand challenges to secure a sustainable future for all people on our planet and generations to come. That’s Brightlands—knowledge crossing borders.

Brightlands consists of four campuses embracing the following areas of expertise:

  • Smart materials and sustainable manufacturing (Brightlands Chemelot Campus, location Sittard-Geleen),
  • Regenerative medicine, precision medicine & innovative diagnostics (Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, location Maastricht),
  • Data science and smart services (Brightlands Smart Services Campus, location Heerlen),
  • Food and nutrition (Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, location Venlo).

Governance

Brightlands is the brand name of a joint triple helix initiative of the Dutch province of Limburg, Maastricht University, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Fontys International Campus Venlo, in close partnership with leading companies in specific market areas.

This public-private partnership works out in an open innovation ecosystem that rapidly grows from four campuses in Maastricht, Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen and Venlo as a home to state-of-the-art facilities, fundamental and applied research offered to scientist, entrepreneurs, students and investors. Together they create new chances and solutions in sustainability and health that are environmentally sound, business wise, socially positive and that makes this great region proud.

All Brightlands campuses are supported by the Province of Limburg, Maastricht University, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, private companies, as well as several European, national and local public funds.

The Brightlands campuses are managed jointly by leadership teams of their member partners who administer their respective campus bodies.