In March 2011, Governor Patrick led a coalition of the Commonwealth’s leaders on an Innovation Economy mission to Israel and the United Kingdom. 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 added jobs and would establish its U.S. headquarters in Waltham. Israeli company Desalitech, Ltd., a provider of advanced water treatment solutions, announced in December that it will be establishing its U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts. The company will use this location as its base for expanding its customer base and operations in U.S. industrial water treatment markets where most manufacturing plants require purified water for their operations.

The Massachusetts-Israel connection continues to prosper, with a new report indicating that over 200 Israeli-founded companies contributed $6 billion in direct revenue and over 6,600 jobs to the state’s economy in 2012, up from fewer than 100 in 2009.