Massachusetts Governor and Israel Chief Scientist Form Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership (MIP)–Applications Bein
Posted Sep 28 2011 1:14am
Full information on the project is at the link at the bottom of the post. This is an interesting relationship as Israel is known for their technology both in high tech and in life sciences. When you think of that Intel processor in your computer, think Israel because that’s where a lot of the silicon technology for chips is developed, big R and D.
“The projects must aim to develop a new or significantly improved product or process for commercialization in global markets but also be beneficial to Massachusetts in terms of additional jobs and income.”
Israel is also going through some stressful times and some of it is kind of like what we have here with doctors and the shrinking middle class. Officials as you can read below blame themselves for bringing in private insurance and didn’t realize years back what would happen and how it would evolve.
A few months ago I attended the Israel Convention here in Los Angeles and what a learning experience I had, it was all good and unlike any conference I had attended before. What I found was really wild was that when I mentioned I used to write code the conversations immediately accelerated at least 10 levels, in other words let’s talk intelligent geek if you will. I spent time talking with many companies and a doctor from Israel with her device she created for neck disorders.
Israel already has a big Microsoft R and D presence there and has for years and that’s where Kinect came from and I chatted with Ilan Spillinger from Microsoft and was able to hear the whole story on how it all came about. It was funny to hear many talk about their “tough” work ethics too and take a few shots at themselves, again in good humor. Scott Eisenstein from PowerMat was also very interesting and you see their products now in Best Buy and they were in the news with a recent new partnership too of late with Duracell, so the partnering makes sense to bring jobs and better economic conditions to both countries with the MIP association. You can read further as there are a few other organizations involved in the project to include MIT.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Israel’s Chief Scientist Avi Hasson, the U.S. Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), and three Massachusetts economic development agencies are now accepting applications for projects under the “Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership” (MIIP).
Today there are nearly 100 companies with Israeli founders or Israeli-licensed technologies in Massachusetts. Local firms exported over $180 million worth of goods to Israel in 2009 where 377 hospitals and 37,000 practicing physicians are located.
The partnership is a formal collaboration between Israel and the commonwealth to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship between Massachusetts and Israel’s life sciences, clean energy, and technology sectors. Massachusetts is the first U.S. state to establish such a program with the State of Israel.
The three Massachusetts economic development agencies participating, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center are committing nearly $1 million in collective funding for companies in Massachusetts engaged in cooperative industrial research and development projects with an identified Israeli partner company. The Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist will provide up to $1 million in matching dollars for corresponding Israeli partner companies.