The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is working with Philips Research to develop next generation biomedical diagnostics technologies.
In an agreement worth GBP6 million, the EPSRC and Philips Research will jointly research next generation diagnostic and monitoring technologies for medical devices.
Prime applications of this technology are likely to include health monitoring while traveling in an ambulance, state-of-the-art biosensors for more general diagnostics and measurement purposes, and the rapidly expanding personal health and fitness monitoring markets. These applications will almost certainly demand battery-powered, portable biosensors capable of transmitting and receiving data wirelessly and this is thought to be the focus of the research.
For the EPSRC this agreement brings business acumen and discipline to an important research area that could benefit millions of people around the world, says Lesley Thompson, a senior manager within EPSRC who helped formulate the strategic partnership.
It also brings welcomed inward investment into the UK science infrastructure and most important of all will help researchers gain invaluable commercial experience from Philips, one of the world’s oldest, largest and most well respected technology companies.