Royal Philips Electronics, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, announces the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht, setting out a long-term research partnership.

Philips and UMC Utrecht will seek to develop new solutions for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of major disease areas.

Philips and UMC will develop collaborative research projects in medical imaging applied to brain disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disease and pulmonary disease. A key area of focus outlined in the MOU is image guided oncology interventions. Philips and UMC Utrecht expect the agreement to result in new treatment methods that will ultimately lead to an improved quality of health care delivery.