About Philips Research

Philips Research is a global organization that helps Philips introduce meaningful innovations that improve people’s lives. We provide technology options for innovations in the area of health and well-being, targeted at both developed and emerging markets. Positioned at the front-end of the innovation process, we work on everything from spotting trends and ideation to proof of concept and – where needed – first-of-a-kind product development.

Putting people at the center
We believe that every innovation should start with an insight into people’s needs, desires and aspirations. We make a point of understanding what drives them, the dilemmas they face, and how we can help them in the best possible way.


Open innovation
In order to fulfill our ambition, it is crucial that we work together with companies that are complementary to Philips and share our vision. Philips Research, as one of the pioneers of open innovation, is actively leveraging its deep competences, know-how and IP to work with selected companies and organizations with the purpose of creating win-win propositions. This entails working with potential strategic partners, future suppliers of our businesses, and with companies that provide us with a broader window on the world.

Global demands, local needs

We apply our expertise to address growing global demands for greater energy efficiency and higher levels of sustainability in all aspects of new products and technologies. At the same time, we have a growing presence in emerging markets, which enables us to deliver innovations that address local market needs.

Surprising innovations
For over a century, our approach has enabled us to surprise people with breakthrough innovations – everything from lamps, radios and televisions to medical equipment, electric shavers and semiconductors.


Along the way, we've been responsible for some truly ground-breaking discoveries and standards, such as the Rotalix X-ray tube, the high-pressure mercury lamp, the triple-headed dry electric razor, the Compact Cassette, and more recent innovations like the Brilliance 40 slice CT scanner, CD, DVD, and Ambilight TV.

Find out more about our recent innovations

Key facts & figures

  • Founded in 1914
  • One of the largest private research organizations in the world
  • More than 1,200 professionals and 50 nationalities
  • Currently 1 patent per 2 scientists filed per year
  • Responsible for 65% of patents generated for Philips in 2015
  • Global presence: Europe, North America, China, India & satellites in Brazil and Africa
  • Annual research budget ~1% of Philips turnover

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