Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

EPSRC and Philips Research announce a strategic alliance to develop next generation biomedical diagnostic technologies

20.03.2006


EPSRC and Philips Research have announced a £6m agreement to fund research and training in biomedical technology. The research is aimed at the development of next generation diagnostic and monitoring technologies for medical devices. Prime application examples are likely to include health monitoring while travelling in an ambulance between a medical emergency and hospital, state-of-the-art biosensors for more general diagnostics and measurement purposes within healthcare facilities, and the rapidly expanding personal health and fitness monitoring markets. These applications will almost certainly demand battery-powered, portable biosensors capable of transmitting and receiving data wirelessly while in use.

EPSRC and Philips have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ to support a four-year joint research framework including leading UK centres of academic excellence such as Imperial College London and Cambridge University. The framework also encompasses established Philips Research sites at Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Redhill in the UK, and Aachen in Germany.

Philips’ strong history of technological innovation has helped to drive improvements in the healthcare business. The company is one of three world leaders in the medical systems market, maintaining the number one position in patient monitoring and number two in the diagnostic medical imaging market. Part of the Philips’ strength in healthcare innovation has been founded on research in collaboration with leading universities and clinical sites; the alliance with EPSRC fits in this strategy. EPSRC benefits from the alliance because its mission is to provide a research foundation for future economic and social development in the UK, in this case by assisting in the creation of healthcare technologies.



“For Philips coming from a long established background in electronics, this agreement will give us access to the creativity of the UK universities in [what are for us] traditionally non-core biomedical technologies that will become increasingly crucial to our medical and consumer electronics businesses in the future,” explains Terry Doyle, a Senior Vice President within Philips Research and Director of Philips Research UK.

“For the EPSRC this agreement brings business acumen and discipline to an important research area that could benefit millions of people around the world,” says Lesley Thompson, a senior manager within EPSRC who helped formulate this strategic partnership. “It also brings welcomed inward investment into the UK science infrastructure and most important of all will help researchers gain invaluable commercial experience from Philips, one of the world’s oldest, largest and most well respected technology companies.”

Helen Smith | alfa
Further information:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Team discovers how bacteria exploit a chink in the body's armor
20.01.2017 | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

nachricht Rabies viruses reveal wiring in transparent brains
19.01.2017 | Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Traffic jam in empty space

New success for Konstanz physicists in studying the quantum vacuum

An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...

Im Focus: How gut bacteria can make us ill

HZI researchers decipher infection mechanisms of Yersinia and immune responses of the host

Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...

Im Focus: Interfacial Superconductivity: Magnetic and superconducting order revealed simultaneously

Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.

While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...

Im Focus: Studying fundamental particles in materials

Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales

Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...

Im Focus: Designing Architecture with Solar Building Envelopes

Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.

As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Sustainable Water use in Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

19.01.2017 | Event News

12V, 48V, high-voltage – trends in E/E automotive architecture

10.01.2017 | Event News

2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information on 10 and 11 May 2017 in Hannover

09.01.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Helmholtz International Fellow Award for Sarah Amalia Teichmann

20.01.2017 | Awards Funding

An innovative high-performance material: biofibers made from green lacewing silk

20.01.2017 | Materials Sciences

Ion treatments for cardiac arrhythmia — Non-invasive alternative to catheter-based surgery

20.01.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>