New England Council member Philips has opened a new office in Cambridge and has created a new partnership with another New England Council member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Philips originally announced its consolidation of North American research operations in May, and has since relocated 250 employees to Cambridge.
The partnership between Philips and MIT is a five-year collaboration with the first two years focused on studying the use of ultrasound technology in diagnosing brain injuries. Philips will provide funding, training and equipment to MIT and Boston Medical Center researchers. The goal of the research is to find a non-invasive way to measure intracranial pressure resulting from head injuries.
“Today it is very difficult to gauge the level of head trauma someone has sustained at the scene of an incident, because there is no quick and effective way to gauge the pressure inside the skull,” said Dr. Joseph Frassica, Chief Science Officer of Philips Research North America. “Through this research, we hope to use the same technology most people associate with the first images of their child, in a way that has the potential to help us to differentiate a concussion from a serious traumatic brain injury and everything in between. Whether you’re a high school football player, in the NFL, a soldier in the battlefield, or unfortunate enough to be injured in an auto accident – we hope that this technology will give first responders a better way to determine if you have a life-threatening brain injury and allow faster and more accurate triage and treatment. By improving access and response times, these types of solutions have the potential to really impact patient outcomes.”
The New England Council commends members MIT and Philips on working together on this research.
For more information, see this article in the Boston Globe.