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10 years Pivot Park: Pivot Park

Project and Utility Manager Arno van Ravestein is one of the original team members at Pivot Park. His career started at Organon where he spent twenty years in the labs. Then, just a couple of years before the mass redundancy and transfer of R&D to America, Arno moved into a facilities and services role.

Our strength lies in the services we offer to our clients

After Organon left, Oss Life Science Park established a small facility management team to set up a new centre for pharmaceuticals within the existing infrastructure. Arno was hired to join the team. “Back then, it was like a ghost town. We had six nearly empty buildings and a handful of tenants. In those days, my main role was dealing with repairs and maintenance of installations that were part of the onsite buildings, but also lab renovations. It’s comparable to a family
moving into a new house and immediately renovating the bathroom; nearly every new tenant wants the lab to fit their specific needs and requirements. So we take care of it, and I like it. I learn something new every day by engaging with our tenants and solving problems.”

But Pivot Park is more than property management. “Our strength lies in the services we offer to our tenants. We do more than ‘manage’ the property, we take care of permits, train employees in first aid qualifications and manage the onsite restaurant. We also offer various services that are valuable to companies. A good example of this is CryoBank, installed by Pivot Park. Tenants can store their cell lines at -180 °C. Something like this is financially out of reach for individual companies, but as part of our infrastructure, it is viable and value-added. This is a community, and it is what makes our offering attractive to start-ups and also established companies. The growth has been a lot of work, but we have become more streamlined in our processes. We are no longer reactive to situations but proactive. So even when the new buildings are complete and capacity has increased, even as Pivot Park continues to attract bigger companies and more tenants in the future, it doesn’t matter that our team is small. We will manage because we have the procedures in place, and we are agile.”

Arno is very down to earth about his role at Pivot Park. “I’m under no pretence that my work is significant in improving global health. That’s what the tenants do. What I do try and do every day is to support those companies in the best way I can.” Another quality that describes Arno in his professional role is flexibility and a “let’s get it done” attitude. “We are not a large operation, and I can’t hide behind a big anonymous company with hundreds of employees and pass on responsibilities to another department. There are seven of us in Operations, and we hold each other accountable for getting things done. I don’t believe in a narrow job description, if something needs to happen, then we get it done, and I enjoy that team mentality.”

So what lies in the future?
“Since the foundation of Pivot Park, we have focused on ventilation and air treatment. Unfortunately, these are also our highest energy consumers, and as we are all very aware right now, we must save energy. Last summer, we completed the technical installation of one of our most significant projects. By converting the cooling and heating of the RK and RX buildings to Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) with heat pumps, we saw an immediate impact on the electricity consumption in these buildings and the facilities also became non-dependent on natural gas. Where we previously experienced a considerable peak due to the cooling machines’ electricity consumption, the peak did not occur at all. Cold water sourced from deep underground provides the cooling now. It has been a big investment, but I’m very pleased with the result. Of course, we have more properties relying on natural gas, so there are still plenty of challenges.”

A small agile team behind the scenes of a growing Pivot Park
Pivot Park has become an essential location for biopharmaceutical innovation and drug discovery in Europe. The latest addition to Pivot Park is an eight-floor multitenant office and lab space, and the shell of the next building is already up. This additional accommodation is a testament to the steady, continuous growth of Pivot Park.

Behind the scenes is a small but agile team of Operations that has helped companies drive the development of innovative medicines and move forward in their work.

Are you ready to make your mark and improve global health together as an innovator or as a service provider in the park? Join our community

Pivot Park Captains' Dinner

10 years ago, Pivot Park opened its doors to the world. Thanks to your commitment, support and confidence, we have been able to grow it into the successful and innovative biopharmaceutical campus it is today.

Now it’s time to celebrate!

We are therefore delighted to invite you – along with all your fellow CEOs at Pivot Park – to a special night out featuring inspiring art, a wonderful dinner and lots of opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

Erwin Wurm | Am I a House?

For the first time, the artist shows a cross-section of his work, from Narrow Furniture to One Minute Sculptures, within the walls of a historic building. Villa Constance, a former home that today houses Museum Jan Cunen, is not only a location but also part of the conversation. Because what exactly is a house?


The development of medicines in Oss began one hundred years ago. It was then that the foundations were laid for what would become a flourishing pharmaceutical sector in the Netherlands, leading to groundbreaking discoveries such as insulin and the anti-conception pill.

Today, the entire chain is still represented in Oss, from early-stage research to the commercial scale production of medicines. Working in Oss, we focus on the health of people all over the world. Employees at dozens of companies large and small put their heart and soul into new medicines, products and services that will improve lives worldwide. Together, our strength lies in our combination of broad knowledge about the development of medicines and a thorough understanding of the requirements of high-quality production.

This shared past and common values stimulate strong bonds among everyone who works in pharmaceuticals in Oss. We build on qualities, expertise and networks that go back decades. And with a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and scientific institutions all located nearby, we offer an attractive business climate and an excellent basis for international collaboration.

We are proud to work together to create a better and healthier future for all, a collaboration that in turn fuels growing employment: today, most pharmaceutical jobs in the Netherlands are in Oss. Here we connect talent and companies and stimulate entrepreneurship, while our expert employees are our most important asset. Their drive ensures that Oss has an influence on health all over the world.

Pharma in Oss offers endless opportunities to startups and talent in a city and region that is a joy to live and work in. We are committed to collaboration and sustainable and successful entrepreneurship. Oss’s pharmaceutical companies are intrinsically competitive while also being committed to quality and safety. This, plus their focus on new health solutions and contemporary technology, makes us a leader in our pursuit of a better life for people worldwide.