Royal Philips Electronics is relocating its private research organisation, Philips Research UK, from Redhill to Cambridge in autumn 2008.
Philips Research has recently been responsible for amBX ambient computer gaming hardware, and 3D Solutions for watching 3D video without special glasses.
Cambridge is recognised as one of the top global innovation centres and is the R&D hub for several multinational technology companies. The Cambridge location will join Philips’ network of international research centres which employ around 1,800 people at seven sites including the Netherlands, China, India and United States.
The Cambridge Laboratory will be located on the Cambridge Science Park and its projects will support Philips business sectors. The company intends to work with many of the innovative businesses and research organisations in the city and strengthen its links with Cambridge and other universities.
Current project work for Philips Research includes developing easy-to-use, rapid diagnostic tests suitable for use at ‘points of care’ such as local medical practices, which could mean that the waiting time between diagnosis and treatment is cut from days to minutes. These new detection systems are based on electronics and microfluidics on glass and promise to be more compact and much faster than traditional diagnostic techniques.