"The good news, however, is that we, as Philips, look to establish concrete partnerships,” Marco continues. “We do this for both the short and long term, for example by working in a triangle partnership with academia, hospital and industry on subsidized projects. Each of us is committed for the long term. Fons looks ahead to the future - as a company and together with hospitals – to ensure the necessary data can be generated and processed. As an industry, we can also pick out the low-hanging fruit from the research, with less critical claims, so that we can bring about improvements for the patient quicker, and which we can then build upon later. As a company, we really rely on their work. And every year that Fons continues his work, bears us more fruit tomorrow. This is how the academia-industry-hospital triangle gradually introduces new technology into patient care. These kinds of relationships offer so many opportunities, also in the long term." Both Marco and Fons believe that investing in training and talent is of great importance. Fons, who teaches at the TU/e University, finds it fantastic every time he excites a student. Marco: "We also need the people you train at Philips. Once again I quote from Hans Hofstraat: 'Technology is the key to our future prosperity and offers solutions for the major challenges in healthcare.' He also rightly calls for more money for technical studies. This should not be seen as a cost item, but as an investment in the interests of everyone."