More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from some type of chronic disease, leading to 68% of all deaths annually. Most of these diseases, however, are driven by lifestyle factors such as poor nutrition (including tobacco and alcohol abuse), inadequate physical activity, lack of sleep and stress - and therefore, entirely preventable, even reversable.
Nevertheless, the (global) burden of chronic disease continues to rise at unprecedented rates, with lost GDP expected to exceed US$ 47 trillion by 2030. Traditional healthcare methods and systems are failing to tackle this global epidemic, and world economies can no longer afford the associated costs.
Heartbeat Ventures is on a mission to increase healthy life years, and end lifestyle-related chronic disease.
We work with a variety of stakeholders including governments, research organizations, multinationals and public-private partnerships focused on improving societal health & well-being.
Our team consists of people dedicated to the mission, bringing a strong track record in business model innovation and operations management, as well as subject matter expertise in specific health domains.
Together, we focus our resources on realizing sustainable innovations that keep people healthy and/or return people to full health (from the throes of chronic disease).
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29 April, 2016
More than 1 out of 7 deaths in the Netherlands is caused by Tobacco consumption, with smokers living on average 10 years less than their fellow citizens. Tobacco consumption has also clearly been linked to cancer, respiratory ailments, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cardiovascular and other preventable diseases.
Nevertheless, children are still frequently exposed to smoking and in some circumstances, it is still considered normal for children to start smoking.
Heartbeat Ventures is on a mission to increase healthy life years and along with Alliantie Nederland Rookvrij and 55 other organizations, is committed to the realization of a “Smoke Free” Generation of Children in the Netherlands.
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