Peres ‘overwhelmed’ by blue-and-white innovation
President visits new development department at Philips facility in Haifa where company develops innovative medical devices.
President Shimon Peres visits Phillips facility. Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO
After a tour of the Philips company’s development center in Haifa on Wednesday,
President Shimon Peres said that what he saw was “bigger than all my dreams: You
are developing here the most advanced medical technology in the
The Dutch electronics giant announced during his tour that it was
opening a new department for research and development in Israel. He was
especially impressed with the new computerized tomography (CT) technology
developed by Israeli scientists and engineers that will be manufactured here as
“I never though the peak of Philips development is in Haifa. It’s
an incredible experience for me [to see] the in-depth research combined with
values of excellent and genuine breakthroughs,” the president said.
praised the company for its achievements, “largely due to the creativity and
daring” of Israelis. “If one time we wanted Israel to be a safe haven for Jews,
today we want Israel to be an attraction for people to work in development,
innovation and technology,” he said.
Yair Briman, Philips International’s
vice president and CEO for clinical applications, announced his company’s plans
for the new department, which will carry out long-term R&D.
recent short-term developments of the company is one that converts pictures and
data produced by medical devices into “clear” images that will serve physicians
Dozens of new scientists are being sought by Philips-
Haifa, including software engineers, clinicians, image processors and others who
will be based in the city.
Separately, referring to the current nurses’
sanctions, Peres said that they must not continue. “The [Tel Aviv] Labor Court
supported the striking nurses, and the verdict must be respected so that the
crisis is brought to an end,” he said.