S.C., Israel planning research partnership

Staff Report
Published July 14, 2011

South Carolina institutions and the Israeli government will unveil a new research and business partnership during weeklong events across the state beginning July 27.

The South Carolina-Israel Collaboration is an initiative of the state’s research universities, industries and economic development agencies as well as the Israeli government.  

Coordinated by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region, the collaboration is supported through a grant by North Charleston-based The InterTech Group, which is headed by Lowcountry philanthropist Anita Zucker. According to the organizers, the collaborative effort is being built around six identified clusters of strength in South Carolina and Israel – biomedical, advanced materials, sustainable systems, transportation, defense and security, and insurance and health care information technology.

Partners will detail plans on July 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce; and from 10 a.m. to noon on July 28 at the SCRA in North Charleston. 

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

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce is a bi-national business association with the mission of increasing economic development by fostering understanding, cooperation, and business relationships between Israel and the Southeast. 

"Israel has the most innovative economy on earth,” said George Fletcher, director of New Carolina. “This trade mission provides a great opportunity to share business and research relationships with our counterparts in Israel."

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 in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston; the Jewish Federations in the state; the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation; New Carolina; SCRA; 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.

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