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R&D Top 25.

R&D Magazine follows the top 25 spenders In research and development. Together these top companies invest approximately 10 percent of all the R&D dollars spent in the world by government, industry and academia combined. Here are a few recent significant updates from those leaders. For more info:

GM Invests in Wind Energy

General Motors has partnered with DTE Energy to produce 300,000 megawatt hours of wind energy in the state of Michigan. Once complete, the energy sourced will be enough to power 100 percent of the electricity needs of GM's global technical center in Warren and its Detroit-based operations. Tie 300,000 megawatt hours are equivalent to the amount of power consumed by nearly 30,000 U.S. households per year.

To date, GM has contracted or invested in a total of 1.71 terawatt hours of clean energy power in North America, equivalent to more than 145,000 households and more than any other automaker in the region.

"Investing in renewable energy remains an important part of GM's vision for a zero emissions future," said Rob Threlkeld, global manager of Sustainable Energy and Supply Reliability for General Motors.

"Our partnership with DTE Energy will help us get closer to achieving our goal of powering all our operations in Michigan with 100 percent clean energy. It helps demonstrate that local and regional industry partnerships are paramount to GM's clean energy future, where renewable sources will account for 100 percent of our global energy footprint by 2050."

Microsoft and Walgreens Team Up

Microsoft is teaming up with pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. As part of the strategic partnership, the companies have committed to a multiyear R&D investment to build health care solutions, improve health outcomes and lower the cost of care. This investment will include funding, subject-matter experts, technology and tools.

The companies will focus on connecting WBA stores and health information systems to people through their digital devices. This will allow people to access health care services, such as virtual care.

WBA and Microsoft will also focus on enabling more personalized health care experiences, from preventative self-care to chronic disease management. This will include suggesting lifestyle management solutions in areas such as nutrition and wellness via customers' delivery method of choice, including digital devices and digital applications, or in-store expert advice.

Through a combination of R&D and external partnerships, a suite of chronic disease management and patient engagement applications are planned for development, alongside a portfolio of connected Internet of Things devices for nonacute chronic care management, delivered by Microsoft's cloud, AI and IoT technologies.

3D-Printed Face Mask from Johnson & Johnson

Using 3D cameras and advanced 3D printing technology, Neutrogena--the skincare company owned by Johnson &Johnson--will soon be offering consumers a first-of-its-kind, face mask that's personalized to each users unique face shape and skin needs.

Using a smartphone 3D camera, the user simply snaps a selfie to create a precise, multi-dimensional map of their face and the exact measurements and shape of the nose, space between the eyes, lips, and other unique physical characteristics.

Next, personalized data from the Neutrogena Skin 360 system analyzes the skin's needs, making a recommendation for what ingredients will be most beneficial and where. Using a proprietary 3D printing process, high-efficacy ingredients are printed onto the custom-fit hydrogel mask on the exact zones of the mask where they will deliver the greatest benefit for that individual. The mask-coined Neutrogena MaskiD--is a hydrogel mask, created from cellulose sourced from locust beans and red seaweed.
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Date:Apr 1, 2019
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