Philips Cuts Ribbon on Pittsburgh ‘Innovation Center’
New office location expands company’s dual commitment to Western Pennsylvania and collaborating with universities and other healthcare innovators.
- By David Kopf
- Aug 03, 2017
One hundred Western Pennsylvania Philips employees have moved into the sleep and respiratory equipment maker's new “innovation center,” located in Pittsburgh's neighborhood of Oakland.
Located on the fourth floor of recently developed Schenley Place, the 14,000-square foot office will put Philips’ team closer to universities, medical centers, research partners and fellow innovators.
“By bringing our team closer to the heart of Pittsburgh, we generate even more opportunity to leverage the energy and growth of our innovation-rich city,” said John Frank, CEO of Philips’ sleep and respiratory business. “Working in close proximity to hospitals, universities, and start-ups alike will enable us to incubate our regional research partnerships and, ultimately, accelerate our ability to develop new solutions to drive the future of health technology.”
The Oakland move is also part of Philip’s dual commitment to the greater Pittsburgh area and establishing relationships with colleges and universities across the globe. Philips recently entered into a relationship with the University of Pittsburgh to collaborate on developing talent, addressing healthcare challenges and commercializing technology.
“We are incredibly proud of this alliance,” Frank added. “It’s a natural fit given our commitment to improving lives through innovation, both in the solutions we offer to our customers and the ideas we foster within our own organization. The relationship will allow for enhanced collaboration, entrepreneurship and recruitment opportunities with such a reputable and forward-thinking institution as the University of Pittsburgh.”
Philips first foray into Pennsylvania started with its 2008 acquisition of Murrysville, Pa.-headquartered sleep and respiratory manufacturer Respironics. Since that time, Philips Western Pennsylvania presence now boasts more than 1,700 local employees. Over the past two years, Philips has established offices and distribution facilities in Murrysville and New Kensington, and completed construction of a brand new, state-of-the-art distribution and service facility in Mount Pleasant.
David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.