In March 2011, Governor Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth’s leaders on a mission to Israel and the United Kingdom. The trip explored growth opportunities within the Commonwealth's innovation-based industries - technology, life sciences and clean energy - and areas of common interest between the state's established and emerging partners in Israel and the UK.

The mission focused on business expansion, job growth and collaboration during industry forums, company visits and meetings with Israeli and UK business leaders and government officials in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, London and Cambridge.

"Massachusetts is an unparalleled leader in the global economy and a trailblazer for the nation. To continue to compete on an international level and create new jobs here at home we must look outward to new markets, and position Massachusetts as the North American destination for business growth," said Governor Patrick.

Following the mission, UK-based companies Cambridge Consultants, Sagentia and TotalMobile announced plans to expand and add jobs in Massachusetts. Israeli biotech firm EarlySense also announced it is adding jobs and establishing its U.S. headquarters in Waltham.

Trip Highlights

Trade Mission: Israel
  • Governor Patrick Visits Weizmann Institute of Science to Cultivate Life Sciences Partnerships Between Israel and Massachusetts

    REHOVOT - Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - As part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, Governor Deval Patrick today visited the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel to discuss plans to cultivate new investment and partnerships between the Massachusetts and Israeli life sciences sectors. During his visit, Governor Patrick hosted a Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Economy Forum on the life sciences and met with researchers, technicians, and industry leaders at the Weizmann Institute, one of the world's leading multidisciplinary research institutions.
  • Governor Patrick Attends Prime Minister Questions; Meets with British-American Parliamentary Group

    LONDON -- Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today attended Prime Minister Questions, led by Prime Minister David Cameron at the House of Commons, and attended a British-American Parliamentary Group reception, hosted by Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, MP, to discuss job-growth opportunities between Massachusetts and the UK. The visits are part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, which has included several industry forums, company visits, and meetings with Massachusetts and UK officials throughout the course of the week.
Trade Mission: London
  • Governor Deval Patrick Meets With Members of Parliament to Discuss Economic Partnership Opportunities

    LONDON -- Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today met with Members of Parliament in London to discuss growing economic opportunities between the UK and Massachusetts. The meetings came on the third day of the UK leg of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, which has taken the Governor and his delegation of state and business leaders to London and Cambridge.
  • On Governor’s Innovation Economy Mission, Umass Human Stem Cell Bank and Registry Inks Strategic Partnership With UK Stem Cell Bank

    HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - As part of Governor Patrick's Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, today global leaders in the field of stem cell banking and characterization, the University of Massachusetts Human Stem Cell Bank and Registry and the United Kingdom Stem Cell Bank, signed an agreement to share best practices for stem cell banking and to collaborate on standards for stem cell line characterization, production and distribution in the US and UK. The signing followed Governor Patrick's meeting with Glyn Stacey, Director of the UK Stem Cell Bank, at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in Hertfordshire, England. The signing follows on last week's agreement between Massachusetts and Israel allowing for further collaboration in research & development programs between Massachusetts and Israeli companies.
  • Governor Patrick Visits Granta Science Park to Cultivate Life Sciences Partnerships Between the United Kingdom and Massachusetts

    CAMBRIDGE, UK -- Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - As part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, Governor Deval Patrick today visited Granta Science Park in Cambridge, UK to discuss plans to cultivate new investment and partnerships between the Massachusetts and UK life sciences sectors. During his visit, Governor Patrick hosted a Massachusetts-UK Innovation Economy Roundtable on the life sciences and met with researchers and industry leaders at the Park, where many UK-based life sciences companies are located.
  • Governor Patrick Pays Respects at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Site in UK

    MADINGLEY, UK - Tuesday, March 15, 2011 -Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today visited the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial in Madingley, UK to pay respects to fallen U.S. military members from World War II.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Trade Mission: London