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Find your next challenge at Pivot Park, Europe’s foremost campus for biopharmaceutical innovation and discovery.

Education programme

Pivot Park is at the centre of a vibrant ecosystem of universities, educational institutes, research institutes and centres of excellence that work in similar and related fields. Through this, we can offer a range of academic, research and business education opportunities to employees of companies at Pivot Park and students at external institutions.

HAN lectureship

Pivot Park offers a hybrid learning environment for the Drug Discovery lectureship offered by HAN University’s Academy of Applied Life Sciences and Chemistry. This lectureship explores social topics under the Dutch government’s ‘top sector’ innovation framework. The topics covered are demand-led and are largely determined by the companies with which the Academy works.
The knowledge gained is then fed back into the Academy’s teaching syllabus. The lectureship’s location at Pivot Park means teachers and students have a wide potential choice of groundbreaking biopharmaceutical companies with which to work. Pivot Park tenants, meanwhile, can benefit from the insights and ideas the students bring.

Summer school

Preclinical drug discovery
The Radboud Summer School ‘Preclinical Drug Discovery’ is an initiative from Radboud University, HAN University of Applied Sciences and Pivot Park Screening Centre. The course is hosted and facilitated at the Pivot Park life sciences campus.

The five-day course focuses on the most important aspects of modern drug discovery, such as the different phases involved, the basic principles of medicinal chemistry and what properties are required for a molecule to become a drug. It also covers aspects of quality assurance, intellectual property, registration and clinical development.

The lecture topics have been developed by academic and industry experts working in early drug discovery and development. As well as attending lectures and seminars, students also visit companies active in pharmaceutical R&D, many of which are located at the Pivot Park campus. One of the key visits is a guided lab tour at Pivot Park Screening Centre with its unique ultra-High-Throughput Screening robot. The participants also work in groups on an assignment that they present to a jury of professionals and scientists.

Anyone with a background in life sciences who is interested in drug discovery is invited to apply, Suitable backgrounds range from students with a bachelor’s degree or higher, to laboratory technicians, entrepreneurs and researchers employed by life sciences and chemical companies.

HAN minor drug discovery

The HAN minor in Drug Discovery is a 20-week module in which biology and chemistry students go through the drug discovery process, so broadening and deepening their knowledge of what is involved. The programme starts in February 2022 and has spaces for 20 students.

This minor has a theoretical and a practical component and has been developed by the HAN lectureship and lecturers from HAN and Avans University of Applied Sciences. Companies are also welcome to contribute to shaping the theoretical programme, as an advisor, expert and/ or guest lecturer, or the practical programme by co-formulating biological and chemical assignments. Please get in touch if you would like to know more: info@pivotpark.com

Coaching and entrepreneurial support

Pivot Park Community Services is a programme of masterclasses and seminars for community members, focusing on the entrepreneurial support they need to accelerate their business. Examples of topics include sharing best practices, pitching classes, etc.

Venture Challenge

Start your start-up
Pivot Park is a partner in the Venture Challenge programme set up by Health~Holland to provide professional support to new entrepreneurs in the life sciences. The programme helps them to develop their business case, including applying for funding and, eventually, product marketing.

Participation is open to teams of three to five people who have either established a new start-up in life sciences and health or will do so shortly. The product or service should be based on a new technological invention or a new application of an existing technology that has emerged from scientific research. The programme consists of two three-day boot camps and regular coaching sessions. During these sessions, the participants work on setting up or refining their business case under the guidance of experienced coaches from GameChanger Challenge, a specialist consultancy. The Pivot Park campus hosts two bootcamps a year.

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#100YEARSPHARMAFUTURE

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.