Philips moving UK research labs to Cambridge
25 March 2008
Royal Philips Electronics is moving its UK research arm, Philips
Research UK, to the Cambridge Science Park in autumn 2008.
Philips Research has been based in Redhill, Surrey for over 60 years,
but is moving to Cambridge to take advantage of its concentration of
technology centres. The Cambridge laboratory will support Philips' new
sector organisation of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting.
Business Weekly reported that Philips had taken a 10-year
lease on the new Building 101 in Cambridge Science Park at a record rent
for the area of £25 per square foot. The building is due to be completed
Philips’ global portfolio of research centres employ about 1,800 at
seven sites including the Netherlands, China, India and the US.
Terry Doyle, senior vice president of Philips Research said, "2008
marks an exciting year for Philips Research UK. We pride ourselves in
being at the forefront of innovation and research. Ensuring we maintain
this position drives our need to provide our talented scientists and
technology experts with the best possible environment. We believe
Cambridge offers this — an ecosystem where our work can really
As well as anticipating venturing technology businesses and building
new partnerships with the many publicly and privately funded innovation
activities in Cambridge, Philips Research will nurture existing
partnerships with universities whilst strengthening its links with
Philips Research current projects include developing easy-to-use,
rapid diagnostic tests. The devices will be suitable for use at ‘points
of care’ such as local medical practices, and could mean that the
waiting time between diagnosis and treatment is cut from days to
The tests involve the identification of specific biomarkers of
disease in patient samples such as blood, urine or saliva. These new
detection systems are based on electronics and microfluidics on glass
and promise to be more compact and much faster than traditional
Other project work includes developing ultra low power radio
solutions which, for example, could enable ‘body area networks’ in a
number of healthcare applications. Deploying these novel short range
wireless systems will revolutionize the future care environment in
hospitals and homes. Existing areas of highly regarded contribution will
continue to be promoted.
The Cambridge Laboratory will remain active in the standardization of
wireless communications and will explore licensing and alternative
collaborations that build on its electronics systems expertise, as well
as building on its proprietary “EPLaR” flexible electronics technology.