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South Carolina Business & Research Mission to Israel

26 Leaders for November 12-17 Delegation

On November 12th, twenty-six of South Carolina’s business, university, and economic development leaders will convene in Tel Aviv for the beginning of  a weeklong mission to pursue economic , trade, and research opportunities with counterparts in that country. Their itinerary includes visits to Israel’s major research universities, meetings with key government officials, economic and political briefings, presentations on “Why South Carolina”, and the prospect of pursuing opportunities with specific Israeli companies.  In all, the delegation expects to have more than 100 meetings throughout Israel.

Organized by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region, the mission is one of the key elements of the program of work for the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration that was launched throughout the state in late July.  The Collaboration’s
is “to stimulate business and research partnerships between companies and universities in South Carolina and Israel as
a way to generate economic development, jobs, and investments to the benefit of all”
.   It is being built around six identified clusters of strength in South Carolina and Israel where there exists a strong potential of synergy and relevance:  Biomedical, Advanced Materials, Sustainable Systems, Transportation, Defense / Security, and Insurance / Health IT.  South Carolina is currently
home to 5 Israeli companies for their US or regional operations, and there are already research collaborations between Israeli universities and South Carolina’s three major universities.

Leading the delegation is Jonathan Zucker, President of Charleston-based The InterTech Group and chair of the Collaboration’s steering committee, whose company provided AICC with a grant to organize the Collaboration.  “This mission is our opportunity to put South Carolina on the Israel ‘map’ and build relationships and credibility for the state with our country’s most important ally in the Middle East and its only true democracy,” said Zucker.  At the same time, through our Collaboration, we hope to bring home the benefits of the incredible innovation occurring in Israel,” said Zucker.

Members of the delegation include:

  • Dr. Charles Bennett, CoEE Endowed Chair, Medication Safety & Efficacy, South Carolina College of Pharmacy – USC, Columbia.
  • Dr. Olga Brawman-Mintzer, Professor of Psychiatry, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director, Business Development, Clemson University Restoration Institute,
    North Charleston
  • Morris Ellison, Attorney, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, Charleston.
  • George Fletcher, Executive Director, SC Council on Competitiveness, Columbia.
  • Dr. Bruce Frankel, Professor of Neurosurgery, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Victor Giurgiutiu, Professor, USC College of Engineering and Computing, Columbia.
  • W. Ford Graham, Director-Special Projects, SC Department of Commerce, Columbia.
  • Christopher Hamel, Senior Vice President, TIGHITCO, Inc., N. Charleston.
  • Donna Marie Hood, Director of Corporate Sales, Kintetsu World Express, Summerville.
  • Peter Joiner, CEO, Madeira Therapeutics, Mount Pleasant.
  • Russ Keller, VP Business Development, SCRA, N. Charleston.
  • William Kirkland, Entrepreneur in Residence, USC / Columbia Technology Incubator, Innovista, Columbia.
  • Sam Konduros, Senior Development Counsel, Greenville Hospital System, Greenville.
  • Dr. Stephen Lanier, Associate Provost Research, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Dr. Sue Levkoff, Professor & Director of Senior Smart, USC, Columbia.
  • Dr. Jacobo Mintzer, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Dr. Sunil Patel, Professor, Clinical Chairman of Neurosurgery, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Dr. Lancer Scott, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response, MUSC, Charleston.
  • Dr. Jeremy Stipkala, Patent Attorney, Stipkala LLC, N. Charleston.
  • David Sudduth, Administrative Director, Finance & Government Affairs, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville.
  • Henry Taylor, Brig. General USAF (Ret.), VP Global Business Development, Charleston Region Development Alliance, N. Charleston.
  • Dr. Thomas Vogt, Associate VP for Research & Director of the USC NanoCenter, Columbia.
  • Dr. Abraham Wandersman, Professor of Psychology, USC, Columbia.
  • John Warner, CEO, InnoVenture LLC, Greenville.
  • Jonathan Zucker, President, The InterTech Group, N.

“Current recognition of South Carolina in Israel is not strong, but that is going to change very soon as a result of this mission.  I have
never seen such an outstanding group of universities, economic development entities, and private sector working so well together, and I’m confident the Israelis will see great benefit in joining with us,” said AICC President Tom Glaser, who will be travelling with the

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