Preclinical Drug Discovery in just 5 days

After the success of last year, Radboud University has selected life sciences campus, Pivot Park in Oss, as the backdrop of one of their summer school courses in July 2022. Radboud University teamed up with Pivot Park Screening Centre, and HAN University of Applied Science to organise the summer school course: Introduction to preclinical drug discovery.

This training will be covering the most important aspects of modern drug discovery. The content of the lectures is designed by academic and industry experts in the field of early drug discovery and the course is a combination of lectures, seminars, group assignments, and visits to companies. Hence the reason Pivot Park is an ideal location to host this five-day Radboud Summer School as it is having all types of organisations active in pharmaceutical R&D located at the campus ground.

Pedro Hermkens, Lector drug discovery of HAN BioCentre and course leader, explains that the course is designed for anyone interested in drug discovery with a background in any of the life sciences, ranging from students with at least bachelor level to laboratory technicians, entrepreneurs, and researchers employed by life sciences and/or chemical companies. “In five, interactive but intense days you will understand how drugs are discovered and developed. Because of the diversity in the background of all participants, dynamic discussions arise and case studies are carried out together in a multidisciplinary setting” says Pedro Hermkens.

The first edition was rated with a good by all participants. “Currently we are working on the feedback from these participants and adding the final finishing touches for the next edition,” says Pedro Hermkens. With this initiative, we aim to organise an annual program with a mixed group of employees from companies to PhDs and postdocs to create a ‘life long learning’ environment at Pivot Park.

The course will take place from July 4th-8th 2022 at Pivot Park. More information such as application details, level of entry, and the program can be found here

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.