SOUTH CAROLINA-ISRAEL COLLABORATION ANNOUNCED

August 9, 2011

The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration a major initiative of the state’s research universities, industries, and economic development agencies as well as the Israeli government—was  announced during a series of events during the week of July 27th in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.  Coordinated by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region (AICC), the Collaboration is supported through a grant by Charleston-based The InterTech Group.   It is being built around six identified clusters of strength in South Carolina and Israel where there is the strong potential of synergy and relevance to businesses and researchers in the state:  BiomedicalAdvanced MaterialsSustainable SystemsTransportationDefense / Security, and Insurance / Health IT.

Through this series of education events, the Collaboration’s partners shared their plans to strengthen South Carolina’s economy through business and research partnerships with Israel; examples of how Israel has become the “Start-up Nation” with the world’s top entrepreneurial innovation economy; case studies of Israeli companies establishing an operation in the state and a South Carolina company finding success in the Israeli market; collaborative research between South Carolina and Israeli universities;  and a week-longeconomic and trade mission to Israel in November for a delegation of South Carolina’s industry and scientific leaders.

“South Carolina does not have much recognition in Israel, but that is going to change very soon.  I have never seen such an outstanding group of universities, economic development entities, and private sector working so well together, and I’m excited to see that industries and researchers in the state are embracing this dynamic Collaboration that shows so much potential,” said AICC President Tom Glaser.

In addition to AICC, partners in this effort include Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and the Medical University of South Carolina; the Chambers of Commerce in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston; the Jewish Federationsin the state; the US–Israel Science and Technology FoundationNew CarolinaSCRA; the Charleston Regional Development Alliance; the American Israel Educational Institute;  the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast; and the Israel Economic Mission.

“From our company’s experiences, Israel is an amazing country in which to do business and find innovation.  Israel is already an important trade partner for our state, and we’ve been impressed by the business and research potential that can elevate the economies of both South Carolina and Israel,” said Jonathan Zucker, President of The InterTech Group who is chairman of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.

AICC created a special website to promote the Collaboration.  For details, visit www.sc-israel.org.

 


Todd Dollinger to Keynote August 25 Professional Seminar

August 9, 2011

Case Studies and Presentations Featured at 15th Annual Event

Visionary Israeli business leader Todd Dollinger is the luncheon keynote speaker for this year’s Professional Seminar.  Organized by the Chamber’s Professional Committee, the half-day seminar is AICC’s premier annual educational event.  It will be held on Thursday, August 25th, 7:30 AM-1:00 PM at the Selig Center in Midtown Atlanta.

CEO of The Trendlines Group, Dollinger is one of Israel’s most successful entrepreneurs who will share his experiences of over 20 years in being an integral part of the Start Up Nation since making aliyah.  Trendlines is the owner and operator of two Israeli government licensed business incubators– Misgav and Mofet B’Yehuda as well as Signal Business Development, and they also invest in their portfolio companies that concentrate on medical devices and cleantech, nurturing high-promise companies while mitigating seed-stage investment risk.

“We’re fortunate to have Todd Dolliiner headline this year’s seminar.  His knowledge of what it takes to create and take Israeli technology companies into the global marketplace will be especially relevant to our audience,” said AICC Professional Committee Chairman Ben Fink (Berman Fink Van Horn).

The Professional Seminar will also feature a presentation by Israel-based IT network management company Centerity Systems; the case study of Arab Israeli owned medical device company Alpha Omega; the case study of the acquisition of Atlanta-based Vumii by Israel-based Opgal; perspectives by Tel Aviv-based Fruition on funding early stage Israeli companies; and insights of Procter & Gamble into how major corporations are scouting Israeli innovation that is the inspiration for AICC’s new Corporations initiative.

Corporate sponsors to date include The Coca-Cola Company, Applied Economics, Ackerman & Co., Atlanta Jewish Times, Ballard Spahr, BDO, Berman Fink Van Horn, Dale Schwartz & Associates, Fifth Third Bank, Fish & Richardson, Friedman Dever & Merlin, Swerdlin & Co., Williams Benator & Libby, and Woodcock Washburn.  If interested in sponsoring, contact Cheri Levitan (cheri@aiccse.org).

Organizational co-sponsors include American Israel Education Institute, Atlanta Bar Association – International Transactions Section, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Venture Forum, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Israel Economic Mission to the US South, World Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber – Global Commerce Council.


Treatment Adherence

August 9, 2011

Jerusalem-based firm specializes in assisting health-related entities that offer medical solutions to achieve better adherence of their clients, users and patients.  Developing innovative solutions such as smart phone apps, network tools and educational kits based on a unique Understand-Decide-Act mechanism that is a turnkey solution for HMOs, hospitals, medical centers, drug makers, and distributors to insure better medical treatment and a reduction of expenses.  Seeking introductions in the Southeast.


Theft-proof Panels

August 9, 2011

Kfar Shmaryahu-based developer of a unique and efficient device used to prevent theft of solar panels.  Compatible with most common types of solar panels, has a locking mechanism to eliminate easy removal and tampering that can be integrated with common electronic protection systems  and is designed to incorporate electronic / optic cables and enhance the  security level by complementary action.  Seeking introduction to solar  integrators in the Southeast.


Breath Tests

August 9, 2011

Modi’in-based developer of a point-of-care,  breath-testing system that enables gastroenterologists and hepatologists to  diagnose and manage a wide range of diseases and disorders of the digestive  system with continuous, real-time, automatic breath collection and analysis.   Covered by more than 60  patents and patent applications worldwide.  H pylori application is FDA and CE approved, and  developing diagnostic solutions from the same platform for liver and gastric  emptying.  Seeking introductions to hospitals and gastroenterology  practices in the Southeast.


Wellness Management

August 9, 2011

Tel Aviv-based company offers health plans cost-effective and engaging member outreach technology to assist their members in adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through patient self-management.  Pay-as-you-use enabling technology platform lets health promotion providers focus on what’s important: reducing employer costs,
and directly engaging employees and patients to better manage their health and wellness.  Seeking introduction to health plans, onsite medical clinic companies, wellness service coaching providers, and hospital systems in the Southeast.


Elco Unit Buys 5,600 Southeast Homes

August 9, 2011

Tel Aviv-based Elco Holdings Ltd. unit Elco Landmark Residential has bought a portfolio of 5,600 housing units in the Southeast US for $338.5 million from Birmingham, Alabama-based Colonial Properties Trust.  Elco will renovate the properties, expects to finance 20-30% of the acquisition from its own resources, and is in talks with lenders for a non-recourse loan for 65% of the deal. The deal will be closed in stages and completed by the end of the year.

Controlled by chairman Georg Salkind, the company founded Elco Landmark Residential in 2008 to operate in the US market by finding opportunities, mostly residential projects, created by the sub-prime crisis. The latest deal increases the company’s holdings to 15,000 housing units, owned in full or in part, and 20,000 managed properties.  Most of the properties are in Georgia, Florida, and Texas.

Elco is also parent to Electra Real Estate that owns seven office buildings in various US cities including Atlanta’s historic Hurt Building that it acquired with Harbor Group International in 2007.  They are among several Israeli institutional investors, including Gazit-Globes’ Equity One unit, that have significant investments in Southeast real estate.


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