Philips' ongoing focus on innovation and partnerships resulted in the following key developments in the quarter:
• Building on the strong results of its 'Healthy people, Sustainable planet' 2016-2020 program, Philips announced a new set of ambitious targets, commitments and detailed action plans across all the Environmental, Social and Governance dimensions, including improving the lives of 2 billion people a year by 2025 and further reduction of its carbon footprint across its entire value chain in line with the 1.5 oC global warming scenario.
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• Philips signed 11 new long-term strategic partnerships across the world, including multi-year agreements with Buon Ma Thuot University Hospital in Vietnam, Mandaya Royal Hospital Puri in Indonesia and Franciscus Gasthuis & Vlietland in the Netherlands, to provide a comprehensive range of health technology solutions.
• Broadening its leading portfolio of power toothbrushes, the company launched the Philips One by Sonicare. An entry-level proposition to expand into new consumer segments, Philips One is a battery-operated power toothbrush developed as a step up from manual brushing. Users of this toothbrush can opt into a subscription service for brush head and battery replacements.
• Philips expanded its industry-leading image-guided therapy devices portfolio through the acquisition of Intact Vascular, adding an industry-first implantable device to treat peripheral artery disease. Moreover, Philips launched QuickClear, an all-in-one thrombectomy system for the removal of blood clots in peripheral vessels, and OmniWire, a solid-core pressure wire – also an industry-first – to guide coronary artery procedures.
• Philips launched major extensions to its industry-leading Azurion image-guided therapy platform, comprising a new range of configurations – covering more price segments – to innovate procedures in a broad range of therapeutic areas, and further integration between imaging and diagnostic devices.
• SimonMed Imaging, one of the largest outpatient medical imaging providers in the US, is partnering with Philips to deploy its most advanced 3T MRI technology, including software and services, at their outpatient practices to enhance diagnoses, from brain injuries, liver and cardiac disease to orthopedic injuries. Moreover, the partners are collaborating to further enhance the patient experience and flow.
• Building on its leadership in therapeutic care, Philips launched its new Tempus ALS remote monitoring and defibrillator solution for emergency medical responders in the US, to help accelerate the delivery of care in emergency settings outside the hospital.