Dr. Henk van Houten

Dr. Henk van Houten

Lid Raad van Toezicht CTMM en Algemeen Directeur Philips Research

Henk van Houten received his PhD from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1984 after graduating in physics. In 1985, he joined Philips Research where he investigated quantum transport phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures – work awarded with the Royal Dutch Shell prize. From 1988 to 1989, he worked on blue semiconductor lasers at the Philips Research Laboratory in Briarcliff, NY.

Between 1991 and 1996, he was Department Head of the Experimental and Theoretical Physics group at Philips Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. From 1996 to 2001, he was Department Head of the Optics group, being actively involved in research and standardization of the Blu-ray optical disc system, and from 2001 to 2002, he was Department Head of the Storage Signal Processing group.

In 2002, he became Program Manager for Lighting, Devices, and Microsystems. In 2003, he was appointed Senior Vice President Philips Research. June 2005, he became Program Manager Healthcare, with responsibility for a comprehensive global research program with applications in professional as well as consumer healthcare, in developed and emerging markets. The program addresses the innovation needs of the Philips Healthcare sector in its imaging systems, patient care and clinical informatics, and home healthcare solutions business groups. Key innovation themes in the program include image-guided intervention and therapy, clinical decision support systems, and home healthcare. From 2005 to 2009, Henk was General Manager of Philips Research Aachen.

On October 15, 2010, Henk van Houten was appointed General Manager Philips Research.