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Dutch health firm sets base in Nairobi

21 March 2014, 15:42

Nairobi - Phillips, the Dutch-based diversified health group, announced the establishment of its Africa Innovation Hub in Nairobi.

The centre will be the hub for developing innovations for the continent in the areas of healthcare, lighting and healthy living.

The Philips Africa Innovation Hub will do application-focused scientific and user studies to address key challenges like improving access to lighting and affordable healthcare as well as developing innovations to meet the aspirational needs of the rising middle class in Africa.

It will be located at the Philips East African Headquarters in Nairobi, where African talents and international researchers will operate on the concept of “open innovation” and will work in close collaboration with the research and development (R&D) ecosystem of Kenya and Africa.

Philips is in discussions with local organizations and Universities on R&D collaborations to co-create meaningful solutions for Africa.

JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Philips Africa stated the company was passionate to invent, apply technology and partner to help people succeed.

“Our ambition is to create impactful innovations that matter to people and address the key challenges that confront society. With Kenya as a leader in the continent in science and entrepreneurship as well as a hub of collaboration on technology and innovation, Nairobi, is the ideal location to establish Philips’ African research presence. We want to tap into the city’s vibrant R&D eco-system and contribute to the process of co-creating new solutions, new business models and meaningful partnerships to provide innovations that make an impact,” Dongen said.

Government welcomed the establishment of the innovation hub.

“We welcome the establishment of Philips’ Innovation Hub in Kenya; Philips is a globally recognized innovation powerhouse and their selection of Nairobi as the site to establish their African Innovation hub is a testament to the Kenyan government’s commitment to nurture the drive for research and innovation in the region.

"We lend our full support to the investment being made by Philips and look forward to the outcomes of their Africa-specific research and projects that can contribute to transforming society, business and government across the continent,” said Adan Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization.

- CAJ News

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