(Guest post by Andrea Yonah, Eastern U.S. Director for the BIRD Foundation)
A company can have the most sophisticated cyber/data protection technology but if someone leaves the door open to the server room, or a disk key with sensitive documents falls out of an employee’s pocket, confidential data can be compromised. The need for convergence between cyber and physical systems and the opportunities for collaboration between U.S. and Israel entities were the topics of an event which took place Thursday, January 30th in Newark, NJ at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The event was organized by the US-Israel Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation, The Israel Economic Mission in NYC, NJIT and Rutgers University.
Approximately 100 participants including representatives of industry, government and research, gathered to discuss the issue of cyber/physical convergence, hear solutions presented by Israeli/US companies, and learn about BIRD’s funding for up to $1 million towards innovative R&D collaborations between U.S. and Israeli companies. Edward Dickson, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness gave opening remarks. Other organizations involved included The Army National Guard; Port Authority of NY-NJ as well as various other companies with cyber security interests like ADP, Prudential and Standard & Poor’s.
Additional coverage from NJ Jewish News can be found HERE.
Andrea Yonah is the East Coast Representative of the BIRD Foundation. The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the U.S. and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization costs.
BIRD’s scope extends to Communications, Life Sciences, Electronics, Electro-optics, Software, Homeland Security, Renewable and Alternative Energy and other sectors of the hi-tech industry. BIRD supports approximately 20 projects annually. The cumulative sales of products developed through BIRD projects have exceeded $8 billion.
Since its inception in 1977, BIRD has approved over 800 projects with leading companies in the U.S., for example:ADM, American Red Cross, Applied Materials, Avaya, Bayer Pharmaceutical, Becton Dickinson, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Eastman Kodak, General Dynamics, General Electric, Guidant, IBM, J&J, KLA- Tencor, Molex, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, SanDisk, Spansion, Telcordia, Texas Instruments, Tyco and others.
You too can take advantage of the business opportunities offered by the BIRD Foundation. We can help you find your strategic partner, whether technological or marketing. Furthermore, our financial support and request for repayment only on the basis of actual revenues generated, demonstrates our commitment and our willingness to risk sharing.