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Friday, August 19, 2011

Israeli Chief Scientist's office signs collaboration agreement with Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I get to Boston at least a couple of times a year. Maybe soon I'll have an excuse to get there more often.

The Israeli Chief Scientist's office has signed a cooperation agreement with the Commonwealth (note to JPost - Massachusetts, Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania are all called Commonwealths and not states) of Massachusetts. The agreement is meant to encourage collaboration between Israeli and Massachusetts companies in the fields of hitech, life-sciences and clean-tech.
The Chief Scientist’s Office and three Massachusetts agencies – Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – will finance the joint ventures in equal shares, each in its respective field. The centers will publish calls for papers for ventures that the Chief Scientist’s Office will coordinate in Israel.

The budget for the first call for papers is $2 million, but it may be increased.

In June, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Chief Scientist Avi Hasson and the US Israel Science Technology Foundation (USISTF) launched the Massachusetts Israel Innovation Partnership.

Massachusetts also set up a trade office in Israel, run by Hadas Bar-Or, a former manager of the Israeli Industry Center for R&D.


About 100 companies in the Boston area have been founded by Israelis or are based on Israeli technologies, the USISTF said. In 2009, these companies generated $2.4 billion in revenue and 6,000 jobs. The figures are sometimes cited as examples of Israel’s brain drain, but in this case they are presented as a foundation for collaboration.
Anyone need the services of an Israeli hi-tech lawyer with an office in Boston?

By the way, the picture is Governor Deval Patrick. Some of you might recall that I got to shake his hand here in Jerusalem in March.

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At 4:54 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Great video! So impressive! :))Did not know there was a big mozlem barracks/mosque in Tel Aviv? at 00.50/51


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