“The Telehealth conference was a very efficient forum for us to connect with a great selection of promising Israeli companies. The AICC professionally facilitated the right balance between interesting speakers, company presentations and one-on-one introductions.”
“Thanks again for hosting the exchange. The speakers were excellent. They came from different parts of the value chain, and it was nice to have that kind of expertise and breadth of experience.”
“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the exciting conference you conducted this week. I learned a great deal, met creative and dedicated people, and hopefully initiated contacts that will lead to mutual benefit.”
“I enjoyed very much the Business Exchange. I had a chance to meet extraordinary people, and learned a lot. I enjoyed very much the way the meeting was organized, and you did a wonderful job. I believe that Nexense will be another company after this event. I will update you and your staff for any news or business that will come out thanks to your efforts.”
Dr. Ilan Gur
“Congratulations on a very successful TeleHealth Business Exchange meeting. It was a great event to be a part of.”
“Thanks for letting me participate in the Telehealth business exchange this week. You did an outstanding job pulling it together and as a semi-objective attendee I can add that the quality of the program and speakers (including yourselves) was outstanding. I enjoyed my role as facilitator much more than I expected.”
“The exchange was a well planned and executed event. CardioMEMS was happy to be part of it.”
“This was an incredible event for me personally, and for my businesses as well, thank you for a job well done.”
“Great event. Appreciate the efforts and organization”
“Thanks for the opportunity to participate. It was a great professional event.
“Kudos for putting together an extraordinary event this past week and thanks for affording me the opportunity to participate and help make it happen. I spoke to most of the Israeli participants (as I’m sure you have too) and based on their feedback, I think we can safely call it a great success. Seeing only a little bit behind the scenes, I have the utmost appreciation to your efforts and perseverance. It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional and dedicated team!”
KM Consulting Group, LLC
“I was impressed with the way the event was organized and the efforts that you all were willing to invest in it….the event opened doors and made me understand (again) how much we can contribute to make telehealth happen.”
“I would like to thank you and your team for the effective and well organized event. From our perspective, we achieved progress in all our objectives. We learned how great is the market need for such products, and we definitely understand much more about the healthcare market and major players. We created connections with policy makers, potential customers and channels, and got a few leads for angel investment. Your organization and hospitality are quite remarkable, and I can reassure you that we will keep in touch and continue to use your services.”
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the TeleHealth event. It was very well organized, interesting, and hopefully fruitful! We are now working on reconnecting with the leads gathered at the meetings, and we hope to see soon concrete results. I will be happy to consult you on my long journey ahead.”
“Thanks for a great event.”
Atlanta Business Execs ‘Rescued’ in Search for New Companies
by Hana Levi Julian
A group of Atlanta business executives was “rescued’ from a high-rise building on Sunday as part of their week-long itinerary of meetings with counterparts in the fields of energy, biotechnology, water technology and communications to discuss joint economic development opportunities — despite the recent fiscal downturn.
Tom Glaser, president of the Atlanta-based American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region (AICC) said in a statement to the media that his group also planned to focus on picking up ties with new Israeli start-ups.”Israeli companies have a strong record of success in Georgia,” he said. The delegation is holding seminars and meetings in Raanana – Atlanta’s official Sister City, and in Yokneam, Atlanta’s Jewish Partnership community, as well as in Herzliya.
The group is checking out business opportunities with Shai Agassi’s “Project Better Place”, among others. They are also meeting with telemedicine companies throughout the country, including at the Galil Center for Telemedicine at the Technion, in order to promote the US-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange that will be held in Atlanta in February.
Preparing for the Next 9/11
One particular focus of interest by the group has been a Ramat Gan-based company that specializes in getting people out of high buildings in as little time as possible. The “Escape Rescue System” carried out a simulation on Sunday that “stranded” the delegation on the 14th floor of a high-rise building. Within eight minutes, emergency rescue personnel had safely evacuated the entire group. According to company CEO Yoni Shimshoni, the multi-tiered, external evacuation platform system has been designated by the United States Department of Homeland Security as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology. It provides unprecedented fight and flight capabilities in the event of an emergency in a high-rise building and in a full, 5-cabin configuration, the system can deliver up to 25 SWAT personnel and rescue 150 people every 8 minutes.Shimshoni said Atlanta officials have been interested in his system for some time. “We are pleased to have had this opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the system to the Georgia delegation,” he said.
“The tragic events in Mumbai and the changed skyline of New York are reminders of the pride we have in our cities and of the necessity to prepare for another 9/11, a fire or a terrorist hostage-taking situation,” said John Oxendine, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner of Georgia, who was present for the simulation. “With more than 200 tall buildings in Atlanta, we need to consider revolutionary rescue and evacuation solutions,” he said.
Home to more than 50 Israeli companies, the state of Georgia is a leading center in the US for Israeli company activity. It has become a popular strategic business destination due primarily to its strong business environment, logistics, human capital and low cost of doing business. The delegation’s visit to Israel, facilitated by the AICC, is part of the state’s effort to entice Israeli businesses to open their U.S. offices in Atlanta and elsewhere throughout the state.
Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine
The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) will lead a delegation from Georgia on a business mission to Israel from Dec. 13 to 18, exploring business opportunities for their companies and economic development for the state.
The mission will focus on the AICC’s priority areas including life science, cleantech, security, software and telecommunications. Leaders from Georgia companies as well as government and economic development officials will take part in the mission, including: John Oxendine, Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner and honorary chairman of the U.S.-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange ; Maggie Bellville, partner at CarterBaldwin and former cable industry senior executive; Ben Taube, executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA); Kevin Fletcher, vice president of economic development and Robin Spratlin, general manager of economic development for Georgia Power ; Bob Keefe, senior vice president and CIO, and Ken Clark, vice president product management & marketing for Mueller Water Products; and Tom Glaser, president, American Israel Chamber of Commerce
The mission has an intense schedule that will include participation in the Globes Business Conference in Tel Aviv that features a business-to-business track with top Israeli business leaders and industry sector sessions, a recruitment event for the U.S.-Israel TeleHealth Business Exchange in February, one-on-one meetings with companies to pursue business and economic development interests, a visit to Yokneam-Megiddo, Atlanta’s Partnership 2000 community and Ra’anana, Atlanta’s sister city, a special visit to Haifa to meet with key governmental and business leaders, a meeting with leaders of Israel’s venture capital community, and visits to historical and religous sites.
Participants will meet with Israeli governmental and business leaders, including prominent investors in the technology, life sciences and cleantech industries. Each member of the delegation will have prearranged meetings with potential partners and economic development prospects.
Tom Glaser, AICC president says: “The current global economic crisis has made businesses more receptive to looking at new places and Israel continues to be a great source of economic and business activity for Georgia, and with this strong delegation, the mission will certainly advance our reach and initiatives that benefit both areas.”