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.
- Governor Patrick Signs Agreement with Israel to Strengthen Partnership, Encourage Collaboration Between Massachusetts and Israeli Innovation Economies
JERUSALEM - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel that will allow for further collaboration in research and development (R&D) programs between Massachusetts and Israeli companies.
- Patrick-Murray Administration Furthers International R&D Collaboration in Israel
JERUSALEM - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - As part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today announced support for a collaborative research project between UMass Lowell's Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. Researchers at both institutions will investigate fabrication processes for materials with potential to reduce costs for maintaining and servicing aircraft.
- Governor Patrick Leads Massachusetts-Israeli Forum on Growing Clean Energy and Green Jobs Sectors
HERZLIYA - Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - As part of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011, Governor Deval Patrick today led a forum on growing the clean energy and green jobs sectors in Massachusetts and Israel at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. The forum is part of the Governor's mission to explore growth opportunities in clean tech economy between the state's established and emerging partners in 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.
- 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.
- In London, Governor Patrick, Global Financial Services Leaders Explore Opportunities for Partnership, Expansion
LONDON - Monday, March 14, 2011 - In keeping with the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011's focus on actively engaging the Commonwealth in the global economy, Governor Deval Patrick today convened prominent Massachusetts and United Kingdom financial services industry leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration, job creation and expansion in a thriving sector that makes up 10% of both countries' economies.
- At London Stock Exchange, Governor Patrick Highlights Tech Sector Partnership Between UK and Massachusetts
LONDON - Monday, March 14, 2011 - Building on the successes of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011 that began in Israel last week, Governor Deval Patrick today joined business leaders from the United Kingdom and Massachusetts at the London Stock Exchange to establish partnerships that will accelerate job growth and investment in the tech sector.