Open a Life Science Company in the Netherlands 

Open a Life Science Company in the Netherlands

Do you want to start a life sciences company in the Netherlands and thrive in its advanced science industry? 

The life sciences industry is rapidly growing and has attracted top international investors. Science is one of the Dutch government’s top priorities and it spends more than €4.5 billion on science annually.


The Netherlands, and the West Holland region, in particular, boasts some of the most modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure in the world and has become one of the most developed life sciences centres in the whole of Europe. This, together with a very favourable tax environment, makes it the perfect place to start a Dutch company in the life sciences industry.

Our consultants at INCO are experts in Dutch company formation and the opportunities in the life sciences industry in the Netherlands and European Union. We can offer you great advice about setting up a life sciences business in the Netherlands. Don’t wait, call us now!

How do I set up a Life Sciences company in the Netherlands

  • The first thing you have to do when you want to start a Dutch business, such as a Dutch BV, is to register a Dutch Trade Register, which must include the mandatory NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) number. For life science businesses, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section M; Division 72; Group 72.1 - 72.2; Class 72.11, 72.19, 72.20.

  • Once your company has been registered, you need to obtain a commercial license. The type of license will depend on what life sciences business you want to start in the Netherlands:

    • Medical technology

    • Research & Technology

    • Product development

    • Biotechnology

Different types of life sciences activities require different licenses, depending on the type of company registered. Our agents are specialists in business development in the Netherlands and know the life sciences business license application process like no-one else. They know exactly which forms to submit and where to submit them to. Call us now to discuss how we can help you make this process quick and easy.

Why choose INCO to help you to start a Life Sciences business in the Netherlands?

  • INCO has helped scores of people to set up a life sciences business in the Netherlands.

  • Our agents have intimate knowledge of the process of incorporating a company, including starting a Dutch BV, and they know the formalities of starting a life sciences company in the Netherlands.

  • We can connect you to the relevant authorities and regulatory bodies and provide you with business development services.

  • We can help you to draw up an effective business plan that will help your life sciences business in the Netherlands thrive.

  • We can help you to secure funding for your life sciences business.

  • INCO is a Dutch company, and therefore we know the Dutch life sciences industry market very well. With this knowledge, we can guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands swiftly and easily. This makes us the best local business partner for your business in the Netherlands.

  • When you start a business in the Netherlands, you are going to need skilled employees. We can connect you to top recruitment agencies to ensure that you get the best talent for your business.

Frequently asked questions:

1) Do I require a special license when starting a life sciences company in the Netherlands?

Yes. INCO can help you choose the correct one.

2) Why is The Netherlands popular to start a Life Sciences business?

  • Geographical superiority through proximity to major trade routes.

  • Focused on Innovation with innovative R&D schemes.

  • The Netherlands is an excellent gateway to Europe and the world

  • Attractive for international businesses, with tax discounts for foreign employees.

  • Strong protection of intellectual property rights.

  • Highly educated workforce.

3) Can I start a life sciences business in the Netherlands as a non-Dutch or EU citizen?

Yes. In fact, as mentioned before, the Dutch government and agencies provide numerous tax incentives to foreign investors.

4) How long does it take to start a life sciences business in the Netherlands?

Starting a Dutch company usually takes between 2-5 days, but since you require a license to run a financial company in the Netherlands, it may take a bit longer. Call us for guidance on what license to need and how to apply.

5) Are you not convinced that the Netherlands is the right place to start a life sciences business?

Or are you considering other EU countries like Portugal or Spain? Feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why you should start a Dutch company in the life sciences market in the Netherlands.


We can help you determine your business proposition, as well as the services you aim to provide and give input and expert guidance on how to present this to the Dutch market.


Inco Business GroupToolkit



Our experts have combined their knowledge and strengths to create a tool we call the Business Toolkit.

The Business Toolkit will help you and entrepreneurs from around the globe to truly understand the Dutch market, regulations and laws. And will enable you to take a deep-dive the many business-related topics.

This way you will easily get up to speed with our Company formation process, Dutch Tax & Accounting and our corporate services. 

Make sure to check out our handy checklists, explainer video's and extensively written Whitepapers too!