GE to open new Israeli R&D center

General Electric is opening a multidisciplinary R&D center in Israel, Globes is reporting today. In addition to conducting research on water and clean energy, the center will focus on non-invasive medical devices, advanced diagnostic tools and medical navigation and guidance systems. It is the company's eighth R&D center in that country.

The company will hire 12 researchers for the center, which will be headed by Oded Meirav, who has served as the Vice President of business development at GE Global Research Center for the past four years. The center's goals include establishing partnerships with Israeli high-tech companies and academia, Globes reports.

"Israel has a rich history of innovation and scientific discovery," says GE Global Research VP, advanced technologies Michael Idelchik, as quoted by Globes. "With the establishment of the new R&D center, we will be in a better position to build a close relationship with the Israeli technology community and identify new technologies that could become part of our portfolio."

GE currently has 450 employees at seven centers in Israel. Its other Israeli centers focus on specific products, while the new R&D center in Haifa will conduct more basic and general research.

Late last month, GE Global Research said it was teaming with MIT and Analog Devices on the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, which is designed to improve multiple areas of the medical industry, including electronic devices, diagnostics and treatments.  

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