October 15, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C.–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The State of South Carolina and Israel today made official an agreement to establish a bilateral research and development initiative designed to enhance collaboration. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast United States, signed the
agreement at 2 pm in Columbia. The agreement, which creates a funding mechanism for joint industrial research and development projects between Israeli and South Carolina companies and universities, will be carried out by SCRA and MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Economy.
The overarching bilateral initiative between S.C. and Israel is intended to develop and strengthen economic, industrial, technological and commercial cooperation through joint industrial research and development projects conducted between South Carolina and Israeli companies and universities. SCRA and MATIMOP will assist in “match making” to connect potential project partners in South Carolina with partners in Israel. The two entities will establish a process for submitting joint project applications and a process to review and approve selected collaboration projects on the basis of a mutually-developed set of merit criteria. Projects selected for funding will be funded by SCRA and MATIMOP, respectively.
“Israel, the ‘Start Up Nation,’ is very pleased to join South Carolina, the ‘Smart State,’ in this new stage of business, academic and governmental relations for the
benefit of our two peoples,” remarked Consul General Aviran. “This landmark achievement, which started with the vision of Tom Glaser, founder and former
president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast, SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney and InterTech CEO Jonathan Zucker, together with the government of
Israel and the government of South Carolina, has already yielded tangible results in the field of healthcare, and we look forward to deepening and expanding the
relationship between our two states.” (Read more on EON…)