November Mission

Press Coverage:  Jerusalem PostYnet — The Post and Courier — Israel21c

Business & Research Mission to Israel

November 12 – 17, 2011

  • Promote relationships between South Carolina and Israel including trade, joint ventures, investment, and joint research opportunities.
  • Meet potential customers, strategic partners, and university researchers.
  • Raise awareness of South Carolina as an important US gateway.
  • Visit Israel’s major technology business centers and universities in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheva, and Jerusalem.
  • Participate in the WATEC cleantech conference.
  • Briefings by key Israeli government officials.
  • Tour Israel’s major religious and historic sites.

Delegation Profiles

Biomedical / Healthcare

Dr. Charles Bennett is CoEE Endowed Chair of Medication Safety & Efficacy, College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina.  He is a clinical scientist and national leader in the study of adverse drug effects.  The Center he heads was created in 2005 to study the effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications, particularly on children and the elderly.

Olga Brawman-Mintzer, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at MUSC.  She specializes in psychopharmacology of anxiety disorders and women.  She received her M.D. from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School.

Bruce Frankel, M.D. is Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He also maintains a clinical neurosurgery practice and devotes two full days a week to neuro-oncology research. Frankel’s research interest is using molecular biology to develop a better way of attacking brain tumors.

Peter Joiner, CEO of Madeira Therapeutics, is involved in the creation of safe and efficacious drugs for use by children.  Products include liquid statin drug and liquid pain drug.  He is a former VP Managed Markets at Alliant Pharmaceuticals.

Samuel Konduros, Senior Development Counsel, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center.  He is representing the Center’s Institute for Translational Oncology Research to seek collaboration and business development / joint research opportunities with Israeli companies.

Stephen Lanier, Ph.D, Associate Provost for Research, Medical University of South Carolina.  He is representing MUSC to establish and strengthen partnerships with Israeli industries and universities for Biomedical sciences in South Carolina.  His personal research interests are in Accessory Proteins for G-Protein Signaling Systems.

Sue Levkoff, USC Professor and Director of SeniorSmart / Endowed Chair Senior Home.  One of the nation’s leading experts on geriatrics and aging, she is seeking to develop affiliations with Israeli universities, research institutes, and technology companies in the design and evaluation of technologies for middle and older adults including remote patient monitoring, mobile health, web 2.0, and social media.

Jacobo Mintzer, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at MUSC.  He is Director of Geriatric Psychiatry & Fellowship Programs and Co-Director of Alzheimer’s Research & Clinical Programs.

Sunil Patel, M.D. is Professor and Clinical Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He is an expert in surgery of the posterior fossa and established the Brain Tumor Clinic at Hollings Center where he performs over 100 brain tumor operations a year.  His main focus of clinical research is in the area of brain tumors and the development and use of cancer targeting drugs that are directly infused into the tumor.

Lancer Scott, M.D. is Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina and head of the Center for Health Professional Training and Emergency Response.  His interest is in finding business partners in Israel and synergies with Israeli universities.

Jeremy Stipkala, Ph.D., J.D. is patent attorney with Stipkala LLC.  His firm aids innovative Israeli companies to navigate US intellectual property law with special focus on biomedical technologies.

David Sudduth is Administrative Director of Finance & Government Affairs for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.  As a healthcare executive and Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Greenville, he is interested in collaborative opportunities in biomedical and health IT with Israel.

Richard Swaja is Director of the South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance of Clemson, USC, and MUSC.  His special interests are tissue engineering and biomaterials with broad medical applications.

Abraham Wandersman is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina who performs research and program evaluation on citizen participation in community organizations and coalitions and on interagency collaboration.  He is noted expert in Alcoholism prevention.

Economic Development

Morris Ellison is partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, a South Carolina-based law firm that represents American and Israeli companies with a wide area of expertise including intellectual property, economic incentives, real estate, and employment issues.

Tom Glaser is President of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region that serves a 6-state territory in the US that includes South Carolina.  AICC is the largest and most effective regional Israel economic development organization in North America.

Ford Graham, Director of Special Projects, South Carolina Department of Commerce.  His interest is to discuss what the government of South Carolina is prepared to offer Israeli companies interested in opening US operations.

Russ Keller, VP Business Development, SCRA (South Carolina Research Alliance).  He is interested in discussing potential partnerships with SC Launch companies and applied R&D and commercialization services.  SCRA was a big factor in Boeing’s choice of South Carolina for their new production operation.

Bill Kirkland, Entrepreneur in Residence at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator, part of the Innovista program whose mission is to create, attract, and grow high-impact knowledge economy jobs in South Carolina by using the research and creative strengths of the University of South Carolina.  He is former CEO of Collexis and spent two decades serving in executive positions with IBM’s Life Science division and Pfizer.

Sustainable Systems

George Askew, Associate Vice President Economic Development at Clemson University.  Their faculty is very active and well known for its research and scholarly contributions in the fluids and energy areas, in the Nano- and MEMS areas, in design, in manufacturing, in mechanics and in bio-technology as well as Energy and Agriculture.

George Fletcher, Executive Director of the Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a consulting engineer with experience in manufacturing and chairman of the Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority.  Previously, he was President of Fletcher Group, Inc, a group of environmental management companies headquartered in Greenville.

Aerospace / Defense / Materials / Transportation

Victor Giurgiutiu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, and director of the Laboratory for Active Materials and Smart Structures (LAMSS).  Giurgiutiu’s current research interests span adaptive materials, smart structures, structural health monitoring and mechatronics. His expertise includes aerospace structures, structural dynamics and vibration control, aeroelasticity and fluid-structure interaction.

Chris Hamel, Senior Vice President—Aerostructures Group of TIGHITCO, Inc., an industry leader in the design and fabrication of engineered components for aerospace and industrial applications.  Wishes to discuss possible partnering arrangements on commercial or military programs that would utilize their carbon composite fabrication and assembly operations.

Donna Hood, Vice President of Corporate Sales & Marketing, Kinetsu World Express, is highly esteemed throughout the logistics / supply chain industry and has worked with world renowned companies like Nordson, Smiths Medical and Baxter Medical. Through international sales and relationships Donna has built a worldwide network of contacts and customers.

Henry Taylor, Brig. General USAF (Ret.) and VP Global Business Development for the Charleston Regional Development Authority (CRDA).   He would like to discuss advanced material manufacturing programs that can be offered to Israeli aerospace and manufacturing companies.

Thomas Vogt, Director of the NanoCenter, University of South Carolina.  His expertise is in materials science and nanotechnology, and he would like to discuss what the NanoCenter can offer Israeli companies.

John Warner, CEO of InnoVenture, whose company builds relationships between technology-oriented corporations, entrepreneurial firms, and universities.  His special expertise is in the area of global transformation of mobility.

Jonathan Zucker, President of The InterTech Group, a diversified holding company with operating companies and portfolio investments in multiple sectors including aerospace, industrial and engineered products, financial transaction services, utilities and energy, specialty chemicals, recreation and leisure, medical technology, security and real estate.  Zucker is Chairman of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, and is leading the delegation.