Eindhoven University of Technology: TU/e and Philips renew long-standing collaboration in anniversary year

TU/e consistently tops the CWTS rankings of research partnerships between industry and universities. This cooperation is an important reason why students and researchers from all over the world want to work and study in Brainport Eindhoven.

“I am extremely proud of our collaboration with Philips, a world leader in the field of medical technology,” says TU/e President Robert-Jan Smits. “We share a rich history. The company was there at the birth of TU/e in 1956 and the university has since grown to become a purveyor of highly trained engineers and a very important research partner. In addition, we have played an important role together in the establishment of Brainport. And, in the future, we will continue to mean a lot to one another.”

Accelerating innovation in healthcare
The renewal of the long-term collaboration is part of the anniversary year in which Philips turns 130 and TU/e turns 65. As part of this, the health technology company and the university want to emphasize how they are working together to accelerate clinical innovations in healthcare. The signing took place at the university’s PULS/e research lab, where research is being conducted into new ultrasound techniques in collaboration with Philips and others.

The collaboration between TU/e and Philips has resulted in over 3000 research publications in the past 30 years. In addition, thousands of TU/e graduates have found employment at Philips over the years. In addition, educational cooperation is strengthened by facilitating part-time appointments. In this way, Philips employees contribute part-time to the university’s master’s programs while TU/e personnel are offered part-time appointments in the health technology company’s Research Department.

“From day one, there has been a close bond between TU/e and Philips. The collaboration is representative of the unique strength of the Brainport Eindhoven region. Together, we work on innovations in healthcare that improve people’s lives,” explains Sylvia van Es, President of Philips Netherlands.

“Alongside TU/e, we focus on accelerating clinical innovations. Data-driven research plays an important role in this collaboration where the combination of technical, clinical and industrial knowledge together with the exchange of knowledge are essential factors. This strength in innovation is indispensable to our society and makes a key contribution to our common prosperity and well-being.”

e/MTIC: Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center
Through collaboration between the university and industry, the latest scientific insights are being translated into solutions for real societal problems. Philips and TU/e are currently going a step further in the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC), which also includes Catharina Ziekenhuis, Máxima MC and Kempenhaeghe. Within e/MTIC, some 100 PhD students are currently conducting research into medical technology.

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