Solving some of Australia’s toughest challenges with GE

Our partnership with GE has led some of the greatest innovations of the last century. We continue to engineer innovative solutions to tackle global challenges and showcase Australian industry; proudly stamping our mark on the next 100 years. We work together to find solutions in resources, energy, healthcare, materials and ICT.

GE and CSIRO have a long joint history of world-class innovation. Our relationship was formalised in 2010, through the establishment of a $20 million, five-year R&D alliance to address tough challenges in healthcare, materials, energy, resources, ICT and analytics. 

Together we’re challenging health and wellbeing through the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, exploring a future vision for Australia’s electricity system, looking at options to increase productivity in mining through autonomous operations, developing alternative materials to decrease our dependence on finite resources and investigating how we can respond to some of the major information and data challenges facing Australia.

Hear directly from GE's Ben Waters about the success of the relationship to date in this video.

We asked CSIRO - GE: Ben Waters describes GE's alliance with CSIRO.

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[Music plays CSIRO logo and text appears: We asked CSIRO]

[Funky music plays and image changes to the reception area of GE]

[Image changes to Ben Waters, GE]

Ben Waters: So we started working with CSIRO in 2007 on aviation materials.

[Image changes to a jet landing on a runway]

GE manufactures jet engines and we're always on the lookout for new and better materials to improve the performance of engines.

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We also are working with them in healthcare. We've got a big healthcare business. But a core part of the healthcare work is the detection of Alzheimer's disease. We asked CSIRO to put their worlds best clinical trial together with our imaging agent flutemetamol and our diagnostic imaging machines.

[Image changes to monitors showing scans of a persons' brain]

So we would image a sample of people in Australia and try and demonstrate that this imaging agent does pick up the early onset signs of Alzheimer's disease.

[Image has changed back to Ben]

It's been great to watch the Alzheimer's work come together over the last couple of years and we're now at that exciting stage where we're imaging real patients with this imaging agent, with these machines and building a database that's going to help in future to detect Alzheimer's ten, 20-years earlier than is possible at the moment, allowing patients to be alert to the possibility to change their lifestyle, to change what they're doing and hopefully prevent the full on set of Alzheimer's disease.

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In the energy field I've been excited to work with CSIRO over the last couple of years in working on how can we effectively decarbonise the energy supply in Australia.

[Image changes to two wind turbines in action and then to electrical wires]

We're also working with CSIRO on imaging what the electricity grid at 2050 looks like.

[Image has changed back to Ben]

Putting some hard modelling behind that, so there's some very exciting projects on the energy side. [Music plays and CSIRO logo appears with the text: Big ideas start here www.csiro.au]

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