Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke to Atlanta area life science industry leaders on November 14th at a luncheon organized by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region and hosted at the Marcus Hillel Center by Dr. Raymond Schinazi, distinguished researcher at Emory and legendary pioneer of HIV / AIDS drug discoveries.
Barkat has been mayor of Jerusalem, Israel’s capital and largest city, since 2008. His early successes as Mayor are rooted in his business methods and entrepreneurial approach to City Hall. In 1988, Barkat co?founded BRM Technologies, a pioneering software house and later venture capital firm that developed and marketed ground?breaking anti?virus software now standard on personal computers throughout the world. His leadership and business acumen brought him to the position of global chairman of one of BRMs largest venture projects. He is the champion of BioJerusalem, his initiative to help fuel the economic development of the city by growing Jerusalem into a thriving life sciences center of sustainable enterprises and solid investments, grounded on cutting edge innovation.
“We were honored to welcome Mayor Barkat and work with AICC to introduce Jerusalem’s assets to our biotech community,” said Schinazi who led a Chamber-organized Life Science Mission to Israel in 2010.