A group of 20 biotechnology companies from Israel visited in the United States in June for a whirlwind tour of the Northeast. They came with the Chief Scientist of Israel, Avi Hasson, as well as members of his staff, to explore opportunities for collaboration with U.S. companies and investors.
On June 15, the delegation made its first whistle stop in Boston with the New England- Israel Business Council. The event was an international business breakfast on the topic “innovation-driven economic development.” Dr. Hasson and was the keynote speaker, and panelists included representatives from MassChallenge, EMC and H.E. Consul General Susie Kitchens, of the British Consulate.
On June 16, the group arrived in Philadelphia for the 2015 BIO International Convention, where an Israeli pavilion hosted meetings and exhibits on Israeli technology. That evening, the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce MidAtlantic Region hosted a reception in honor of the Chief Scientist and the Israeli companies. The event was hosted by Thomas Jefferson University, a nationally reknowned medical college, and Greenberg Traurig.
Following the convention, on Friday, June 19, six companies from the delegation headed north to New York for our “international investment conference” featuring Israeli biotechnology companies. The conference was hosted by Goodwin Procter near New York’s Times Square, and was organized together with NYCBio.
NYCBio is a not-for-profit organization in New York bringing together the bio and technology communities. Lately, they have focused on showcasing international innovation in New York, and as representatives of Startup Nation, we are natural partners.
The six Israeli companies pitched, including Q+A, to a serious group of investors and industrial partners. Following the pitches, the group heard from a panel that included investors and representatives from the life sciences sector and Chief Scientist’s office.
For more information about biotechnology from Israel, and to connect with NYCBio, contact Uriel Dukan at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.