September 10, 2008 – Royal Philips Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) setting out a long-term research partnership with the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, the Netherlands’ biggest university hospital, to develop new solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of major disease areas including cardiac disease, brain disease and cancer.
Philips and UMC will develop collaborative research projects in medical imaging applied to brain disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease and pulmonary disease. A key area of focus outlined in the MOU is image-guided oncology interventions. Philips and UMC Utrecht expect the agreement to result in new treatment methods that will ultimately lead to an improved quality of healthcare delivery.
UMC Utrecht and Philips have a long history in working together to develop groundbreaking medical technologies across a wide range of radiology, cardiology, neurology and oncology applications.
“We’ve signed this MOU with Philips to focus on innovation, patient care and knowledge sharing,” said Professor Geert Blijham, chairman of the Board of UMC Utrecht. “In particular, we’ll focus on the treatments given to patients, with research principally directed towards translational research – bridging the gap between fundamental scientific research and clinical applications.”
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