Massachusetts Business Leaders to Join Governor in Forging New Partnerships and Spurring Continued Economic Growth

The New England-Israel Business Council (NEIBC) announced today the business delegation that will accompany Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick on his economic mission to Israel. The prestigious group is comprised of over 100 leaders from a wide cross section of industries, including IT, healthcare, energy and water technology, cyber security, academia, financial services, and life sciences.

The purpose of the economic mission is to build upon the many strong connections between the business and academic communities of Israel and Massachusetts, many of which were cultivated during the Governor’s previous mission to Israel in 2011.

The trip follows on the heels of NEIBC’s recent study on the multi-billion-dollar impact of Israeli-founded companies on the Massachusetts economy that has grown significantly in recent years. According to that study, Israeli-founded companies in Massachusetts booked $6.2 billion in revenue in the state in 2012 and employed nearly 6,700 people. The study also found that the growth rate of Israeli companies in Massachusetts is five times that of the Massachusetts economy as a whole.

The mission is anchored by the U.S.- Israel CONNECTED Summit, a two-day event in Tel Aviv and Herzliya which will bring together hundreds of American and Israeli business leaders, academics and government leaders to participate in industry-specific discussions on topics such as medical devices, neuroscience, Internet of Things, eHealth water tech, and cyber security. The opening session of the Summit will feature a keynote by Governor Deval Patrick.

Additional events throughout the week include:

  • Massachusetts-Israel Real Estate Investment Roundtableorganized by Goulston & Storrs and hosted by Gross Kleinhendler Hodak. 
  • MassChallenge Israel Judge Appreciation event in Herzliya celebrating their vibrant initiative to spur innovation in Massachusetts and Israel. 
  • Social entrepreneurship event with the MAOZ-SEAL fellows program, which aims to reinvent how communal issues are addressed through public-private partnerships and leadership development.

“The opportunities that this relationship presents for Israel and Massachusetts to share in future growth are limitless and will be further explored and cultivated during this economic mission,” said Amir Eldad, Chairman of the New England-Israel Business Council. “I applaud Governor Patrick for continuing his commitment to the partnership between these two economies. It the full potential has only just begun to be realized and I look forward to the new opportunities for collaboration that will result from this trip.”

The business delegation is anticipated to be the largest of its kind to Israel as a part of an economic trade mission. Representatives from the following businesses and entities will be represented:

Akamai, American Well, Aptima Inc., Associated Industries of Massachusetts, AZ Therapies, Battery Ventures, Berkshire Partners, Beth Israel Deaconess, Biogen Idec, Bluefin Robotics, Boston MedTech Advisors, Brandeis University, Cambridge Innovation Center, Cengage Learning, Cliniworks Inc., Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Dassault Systems, Desalitech, DigitasLBi, Eastdil Secured, EMC, EMD Serono, ENEAS International, Energy Points, EnVerid, Fidelity Biosciences, Foley Hoag LLP, Foundation Medical Partners, Gazelle, Gecko Health Innovations, Globespan Capital Partners, Goodwin Procter, Goulston & Storrs, GridEdge Networks, Intigua, inviCRO, Johnson & Johnson, Kronos Inc., Mass General Hospital, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MassChallenge, Mintz Levin, Nano Terra, NLT Spine, Northwind Strategies, Onset Technology Inc., Our Crowd, Pfizer, Phillips Healthcare, Plan B Ventures, PTC, Rainier Communications, Roche, Segterra, Shell Tech Ventures, Shorelight Education, Steward Health Care, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Windy Street Inc., Wizeo