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Thought Leader Insights: Henk van Houten

Sep 17, 2015 2:00:00 PM. By: High Tech Campus

Philips Research – co-creating the future.

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Philips Research – co-creating the future

This year, in 2014, we celebrate a century of impactful innovation at Philips Research. In 1914, Anton and Gerard Philips decided to create Philips Research, or the NatLab as it was known back then, to be a world-class center for scientists to exchange ideas, to push the boundaries of technical possibility and branch out into new fields – making Philips a great innovation company.

Over the past 100 years, we have witnessed wave after wave of new technologies, and great inventions that helped create and transform entire new industries. Throughout these many changes, Philips Research has been fueling the innovation engine of Philips consistently.

Today we're inspired and triggered by the grand societal challenges that the 21st century is facing – the rise of megacities, energy shortages, the aging population, and the major increase in chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, cancer and COPD. Linked to each of these challenges in our scope, we have defined specific aspirational goals that address identified unmet end-user needs, and that act as a compass for our research programs to deliver meaningful innovations.

But we cannot do this alone – to achieve our mission, we need to co-create solutions together with innovation partners around the globe. Open Innovation receives much more attention, more than ever before. However, although this might seem paradoxical, this does not necessarily mean becoming more open – a clear strategy is needed on what type of widely available knowledge should be sourced from outside, what could be shared in joint research, and what should be kept fully controlled.

Henk van Houten, Philips Research
Philips Research Headquarters at High Tech Campus Eindhoven
Henk van Houten, Philips Research:
Philips Research celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.
Here in an Open Innovation setting at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, we’ve seen some good proof points of how we can make use of each other’s competencies and expertise. For example our co-creation activities with Holst Centre, working on technologies for wireless autonomous sensors and flexible electronics, and with the Center for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM), striving to reduce the impact of cancer as well as cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, infectious and autoimmune diseases. In 2011, we joined forces with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) creating an advanced Imaging Facility on the Campus to intensify research on medical imaging. Also we have a team of scientists from FOM, working on advanced optical technologies embedded in our organization.

This year, we’ll celebrate a century of impactful innovations from Philips Research. I look forward to the next one hundred years of creative ideas and technology breakthroughs, and the unique opportunity that we have to work together to turn these ideas and breakthroughs into innovations that will truly matter to billions of people around the world.

After all, you know what they say – “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Henk van Houten
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