International Partner Moves into the Cove @UCI Applied Innovation

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May 9, 2019 By Jennifer Garcia

Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, from the Netherlands, have signed an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaborative Agreement with UCI Applied Innovation.
Jan Cobbenhagen, CEO, Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and Applied Innovation’s Richard Sudek, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, signed the agreement during a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently held at the Cove.

Brightlands will serve as a facilitator for life science and health startup companies and entrepreneurs from the Limburg region of the Netherlands who are interested in expanding into the United States.

“We feel that UCI Applied Innovation is really helping us in that sense,” said Cobbenhagen. “We are very excited about this collaboration.”

The agreement focuses on joint efforts to find the best paths of success through workshops, network opportunities, investor connections, legal connections and customer introductions.

Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus team and Richard Sudek, Applied Innovation chief innovation officer and executive director, celebrate with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by: Amy Vong

“We know the impact UCI Applied Innovation is making on the surrounding community and how we can help the startup ecosystem in Southern California grow rapidly through efforts at Applied Innovation,” said Sudek. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to partner with Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, to work together to build the ecosystem across these countries, and across these regions, and to share best practices and innovate how we work together.”

Marianne van der Steen, Director of RegMed XB and Director of the Global Scale-up Program spoke about her connection with Brightlands and Applied Innovation. She indicated in order for companies from the Netherlands to scale and grow, partnership is an important aspect and Applied Innovation is a natural fit as a collaborator and portal to the Orange County ecosystem.

“We know that it is an entrusted and true partnership,” said van der Steen.

Click here to find out more information about Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus agreement with UCI Applied Innovation.

Cover photo: Jan Cobbenhagen, CEO of Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus and Richard Sudek, Applied Innovation chief innovation officer and executive director, display a traditional Delft blue pottery plate. Photo by: Amy Vong

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