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The office will serve as home base for CSIRO to continue to pursue strategic partnerships with US companies as well as a headquarters for startups partnering with CSIRO to deploy their innovations to US markets and beyond.

CSIRO celebrated its new office Sept. 26 at an official opening event attended by nearly 100 executives from across the innovation and global collaboration spectrum, including those from partner organizations such as Boeing as well as trade groups and government, including Australian Consul-General Chris Oldfield, UC- Berkeley and research partners; Anatomics, Thin Film Electronics and KLA-Tencor.

With more than 5,000 scientists and engineers spanning energy, health, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and data analytics, CSIRO is a leading global research and development organization. Susan Lucas-Conwell, the former CEO of SVForum, is leading the San Mateo office’s US efforts as Executive Vice President of North American operations.

While the Silicon Valley office marks CSIRO’s first office in the US, the organization has long worked with US companies and global organizations with a US footprint, to leverage deep science expertise and resources in a multitude of disciplines from artificial intelligence and data analytics, cybersecurity, to advanced manufacturing, precision agriculture digital health and more to help companies discover and commercialize new technologies. CSIRO partners in research with 69 of the Fortune 500 as well as global organizations such as the Gates Foundation, NASA, The World Bank and Alphabet’s newest spinoff, Verily.

CSIRO’s physical presence in the US will drive more research and innovation collaboration with global and US partners, provide new insights for Australian industry, commercialize new innovations and support private partner SMEs and universities to grow new markets.

"Global is a core pillar of CSIRO's strategy 2020, and I’m proud to be committing us to a physical presence in the US to deliver world-leading science and breakthrough innovation across industries from energy to space, environment to advanced manufacturing, food and agriculture to health tech and biosecurity, and anywhere Australian innovation can make a difference to the world," said CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall.

Named Boeing global supplier of the year in 2017, CSIRO developed a simple and effective “spray and leave on” re-coating technology that has been applied to more than 800 of Boeing’s new commercial aircraft, resulting in multi-million-dollar cost savings. CSIRO also operates Australia’s Deep Space Communication Complex on behalf of NASA, which supported the Apollo mission to the moon.

Lucas-Conwell has extensive leadership experience as a global business executive recognized for her successful track record of driving innovation, building strategic relationships and accelerating revenue growth.

"Being at the forefront of innovation on behalf of an Australian institution with global reach is an exciting challenge, and one that defines my passion of bringing excellent science to the innovation forefront that is Silicon Valley," said Lucas-Conwell.

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