About Innovation, Group & Services

Philips Group Innovation

At Philips, our innovation efforts are closely aligned with our business strategy. Philips Group Innovation (PGI) feeds the innovation pipeline, enabling its business partners – the Philips operating businesses – to create new business options through new technologies, new business creation, and intellectual property development. Focused research and development improvement activities drive time-to-market efficiency and increased innovation effectiveness.

PGI boosts innovation from idea to product as co-creator and strategic partner for the Philips businesses and complementary Open Innovation ecosystem partners. It does so through cooperation between research, design, marketing, strategy and businesses in interdisciplinary teams along the innovation chain, from front-end to first-of-a-kind product development. In addition, PGI opens up new value spaces beyond the direct scope of current businesses (Emerging Business Areas), manages the Company-funded R&D portfolio, and creates synergy for cross-sector initiatives.

PGI encompasses Philips Research, Philips Innovation Services, the Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore, the Philips Innovation Center Shanghai, Philips Design, the Philips Healthcare Incubator, and the Emerging Business Areas. In total, PGI employs some 5,000 professionals around the globe.

PGI actively participates in Open Innovation through relationships with academic and industrial partners, as well as via European and regional projects, in order to improve innovation effectiveness and efficiency, capture and generate new ideas, enhance technology partnering capabilities, and share the related financial exposure. The High Tech Campus in Eindhoven (Netherlands), the Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore (India), and the Philips Innovation Center in Shanghai (China) are prime examples of environments enabling Open Innovation.

Through Open Innovation, Philips also seeks to ensure proximity of innovation activities to growth geographies. Underlining its commitment to locally relevant innovations, Philips established an Innovation Hub for Africa in Nairobi (Kenya), which is enabling the co-creation of new solutions, business models and partnerships to address key challenges in the continent and provide meaningful innovations. This innovation hub cooperates closely with local universities, NGOs and start-ups. As a result, the first Philips Community Life Center was opened in Kenya, which provides access to healthcare, enables social, educational and commercial activities after dark, and enhances neighborhood safety and security.

A joint initiative between PGI, IT and multiple Philips businesses aims at speeding up digital innovation to create personalized solutions. One of the results in 2014 was that Philips, together with Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, created the first wearable diagnostic prototype for patients with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that feeds data collected from patients at home to clinicians through the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform. 

Philips Research

Philips Research, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014, is the main partner of Philips’ operating businesses for technology-enabled innovation. It creates new technologies and the related intellectual property (IP), which enables Philips to grow in businesses and markets. Together with the businesses and the markets, Philips Research co-creates innovations to strengthen the core businesses as well as to open up new opportunities in adjacent business areas. Research’s innovation pipeline is aligned with Philips’ vision and strategy and inspired by unmet customer needs as well as major societal challenges.

At Light & Building, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology, Philips launched Power-over-Ethernet connected lighting. This ground-breaking lighting system enables the connection of office lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network, via standard network cables. The lighting system acts as an information pathway, enabling workers to control and access other building services via their smartphones and reduces the cost of ownership for building owners.

In the area of Healthcare, Philips Research co-created with John Hopkins University and Hospital a new 3D MRI-based technology to assess liver tumor response after chemo-embolization. This 3D technology can precisely measure living and dying tumor tissue to quickly show whether highly toxic chemotherapy – delivered directly through a tumor’s blood supply – is working.

Together with Consumer Lifestyle, several digital propositions for connected products have been co-created, such as the Smart Air Purifier, which provides insights into the cleanness of the air via an app. Another example is the iGrooming app, which provides consumers with a style preview and advice for shaving.

Philips and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) announced a strategic cooperation aimed at accelerating the exploration and development of digital innovations in healthcare, lighting and data science.

Philips Innovation Services

Philips Innovation Services offers a wide range of technical and industry consulting services in development, industrialization and supply chain. Innovation Services’ skills are leveraged by Philips Businesses, Markets and Philips Group Innovation in all regions and in a wide range of projects across the end-to-end value chain.

Examples of recent contributions by Innovation Services are: the Vereos PET/CT scanner; the Smart Air Purifier; the SlimStyle LED lamp and Luminous Carpets. Innovation Services also supports Philips’ drive to deliver innovations that are locally relevant, such as a low-cost LED lamp for Africa.

Philips Innovation Campus Bangalore

Philips Innovation Campus Bangalore (PIC) hosts activities from most of our operating businesses, Philips Research, Design, IP&S, and IT. Healthcare is the largest R&D organization at PIC, with activities in Imaging Systems, Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions, and Healthcare Informatics, Solutions & Services. While PIC originally started as a software center, it has since developed into a broad product development center (including mechanical, electronics, and supply chain capabilities). Several Healthcare businesses have also located business organizations focusing on growth geographies at PIC.

Philips Innovation Center Shanghai

Philips Research China is Philips’ second-largest research lab globally. The organization has staff working in the Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting programs and cooperates extensively with Philips labs across the world. Research China anchors our broader commitment to our Shanghai R&D campus as an innovation hub.

Philips Design

Philips Design partners with the Philips businesses, Group Innovation, and functions to ensure that our innovations are people-focused, meaningful and locally relevant, and that the Philips brand experience is differentiating, consistent and drives customer preference across all its touch-points.

Philips Design is a global function within the company, comprised of a Group Design team that leads the function and develops new competencies, and fully integrated sector Design teams ensuring close alignment with the Philips businesses. The organization is made up of designers across various disciplines, as well as psychologists, ergonomists, sociologists and anthropologists – all working together to understand people’s needs and desires and to translate these into relevant solutions and experiences that create value for people and business. Design’s forward-looking exploration projects deliver vital insights for new business development.

Together with the Healthcare Transformation Services business, Philips Design is developing in-depth consulting relationships with our Healthcare partners. The Experience Design team recently supported the complete renovation of the Infusion Center for cancer patients at the Broward Health Medical Center in Florida, USA, in order to improve the experience for patients and optimize workflow for staff. The successful design outcome was recognized with an Avatar Patient Experience award and the Healthcare Design award in 2014.

Philips Design is widely recognized as a world leader in design, and 2014 was a record-breaking year with 137 design awards. Especially worth mentioning is the impressive haul of 47 iF awards and 39 Red Dot Awards, the latter including a ‘best of the best’ award for the Ambient Experience IBA Proton Therapy Suite installed at the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport, Louisiana (US).

Philips Healthcare Incubator

The Philips Healthcare Incubator is a business group dedicated to identifying, developing and bringing to market breakthrough products and services that drive the future of healthcare. One example is by empowering pathologists with a complete connected digital pathology solution that is designed to optimize productivity and workflow, and ultimately to improve the quality of diagnosis.

Another proposition called Minicare provides direct diagnostic information at the patients’ bedside, enabling physicians to make medical decisions on the spot. Based on innovative technologies, we have designed easy-to-use, patient-centric IVD (in-vitro diagnostics)-enabled solutions and connected services that have the potential to revolutionize health management and improve existing workflows.

In the third quarter of 2014, Philips completed the acquisition of Unisensor, a start-up company offering technology which we plan to leverage for miniaturized, mobile diagnostics solutions.

Philips Emerging Business Areas

Philips Emerging Business Areas identify, create and grow new activities that are outside the scope of the current operating businesses. The portfolio is managed on a venturing basis. The opportunities and business models identified by the individual new business activities determine the approach to commercial partnerships, sourcing of technology, and platforms to reach customers. Current examples of successful new solution businesses or enablers for these include Horticulture, Light for Health, Photonics, and Wearable Sensing Technologies.

Philips is ushering in a new era of indoor farming with LED ‘light recipes’ that help optimize crop yield and quality. Indoor farms grow vegetables sustainably and locally in areas where traditional field farming is not feasible. Philips Horticulture LED solutions are being applied on a large scale at forward-thinking growers worldwide like Green Sense Farms near Chicago, the city farm of Osaka Prefecture University, and the tomato nurseries Wim Peters in the Netherlands and R&L Holt in the UK.

Leveraging its advanced understanding of the biological effects of light, a team of Philips Light for Health researchers, collaborating with leading research institutions and hospitals, has developed a number of products that feature LED light and offer proven medical benefits.

Philips Photonics is a global leader in VCSEL technology and designs, manufactures, markets and sells VCSEL-based solutions for data communications, consumer and industrial applications. VCSELs are LED-like lasers enabling applications like gesture control, environmental sensing, precise scene illumination for surveillance cameras, and ultra-fast data communication. Philips Photonics has enabled the introduction of laser-based PC mice and high-bit-rate active optical cables, as well as introducing VCSEL-based solutions for industrial processing of plastic materials.

Philips Wearable Sensing Technologies (WeST) delivers accurate and reliable continuous personal health measurements through modules specifically designed for integration in wearable devices. The first-generation module fueled a new product category of heart rate-monitoring sport watches that work without a chest-strap.

Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

Philips IP&S proactively pursues the creation of new intellectual property in close co-operation with Philips’ operating businesses and Philips Group Innovation. IP&S is a leading industrial IP organization providing world-class IP solutions to Philips’ businesses to support their growth, competitiveness and profitability.

Philips’ IP portfolio currently consists of approximately 14,200 patent families (68,400 patent rights), 2,780 trademark families (46,600 trademark rights), 3,650 design families (91,400 design rights) and 2,130 domain name families (4,850 domain names). Philips filed 1,680 patent applications in 2014, with a strong focus on the growth areas in health and well-being.

IP&S participates in the setting of standards to create new business opportunities for the Philips operating businesses. A substantial portion of revenue and costs is allocated to the operating businesses. Philips believes its business as a whole is not materially dependent on any particular patent or license, or any particular group of patents and licenses.

Group and Regional Costs

Group and Regional organizations support the creation of value, connecting Philips with key stakeholders, especially our employees, customers, government and society. These organizations include the Executive Committee, Brand Management, Sustainability, New Venture Integration, the Group functions related to strategy, human resources, legal and finance, as well as country and regional management.

Accelerate! investments

Innovation, Group & Services plays an important role in the Accelerate! program, notably by helping to improve the end-to-end value chain. The End-to-End approach consists of three core processes: Idea-to-Market, Market-to-Order, and Order-to-Cash. Innovation, Group & Services supports a more efficient and effective Idea-to-Market process in five focal areas: speeding up time-to-market, portfolio optimization, driving breakthrough innovation, improving innovation competencies, and strengthening the position of Philips as an innovation leader.


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Growth geographies are the developing geographies comprising of Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand), Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East (excluding Israel) and Africa.

Philips uses Productivity internally and as mentioned in this Annual Report as a non-financial indicator of efficiency that relates the added value, being income from operations adjusted for certain items such as restructuring and acquisition-related charges etc. plus salaries and wages (including pension costs and other social security and similar charges), depreciation of property, plant and equipment, and amortization of intangibles, to the average number of employees over the past 12 months.