Advisory board to strengthen Maryland, Israel business relations

Emily Kimball Pope —  April 22, 2013

A new Maryland/Israel Advisory Board is charged with developing business opportunities and partnerships between Maryland and Israel, the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development announced Sunday.

Governor Martin O’Malley, joined by a delegation of Maryland business, civic and higher education leaders, forged the advisory board with Israeli leaders on the first day of his weeklong economic development mission. O’Malley and Knesset Rabbi Dov Lipman, a former Marylander and member of the Israeli parliament, will serve as honorary co-chairs. A full list of board members can be found here. 

“While Maryland and Israel have a long history of partnership, the Maryland/Israel Advisory Board will be a dedicated group looking to open new doors for Maryland and Israeli businesses and community organizations looking to collaborate,” O’Malley said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Rabbi Lipman and the members of this board to strengthen our shared ties in industries like biotechnology, IT and aerospace and defense and encourage trade and cultural missions to both of our communities.”

“I thank the Governor for choosing me for this honor,” Lipman, a former Marylander, said in a statement. “Maryland is a huge part of who I am today and I am thrilled that we will be working together to forge a close bond between my home State where I was raised and my new home, in which I am a member of Parliament.”

In conjunction with the advisory board’s formation, O’Malley announced that LifeBridge Health of Maryland and The Trendlines Group of Israel signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the five-year Maryland/Israel Medical Device Commercialization Initiative. According to DBED, through the initiative, both companies will collaborate in medical device development and commercialization. 

“As a Jewish-sponsored hospital, a collaboration between our institution and physicians and our Israeli counterparts simply makes sense,” Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, said in a statement. “Health care reform is driving innovation, and the synergy between a community-based health system that focuses on patient care and a business incubator is sure to spawn not only the most inspired, but also the most practical and timely healthcare inventions to better serve the intended beneficiaries: our patients and their families.”

Learn more about the governor’s history of outreach with Israel, and find his public travel itinerary.

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