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"Chicago Looks to Israel for Tech Startup Lessons"

Here's a link to a terrific article in the Chicago Tribune (Sunday September 7, 2014). Reporter Kathy Bergen discusses the business relationships between Chicago and Israel, and the lessons that Israel offers as Chicago looks to the future. Click here for the article plus videos and photo galleries.

The author reached out to us for help on researching the article. Assistance was provided by Dan Sabol, AICC President; Jane Fischer, AICC First Vice-President; Brian Rosenzweig, AICC Board Member; and Michael Schmitt, AICC Executive Director.

The Life Sciences Connection

The article includes a discussion of Takeda's investment in the FutuRx
biotechnology accelerator that was established in 2014 with OrbiMed Israel Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. FutuRx is located in the Weizmann Science Park in Ness Ziona, Israel.


Takeda to Receive Business Leadership Award

In recognition of this investment, Takeda will receive the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago's Business Leadership award at its Awards & Celebration Dinner on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the Standard Club.


Accepting the award for Takeda will be Tetsuyuki Maruyama, Ph.D. (first at left), Corporate Officer, General Manager & Head of the Pharma ceutical Research Division, and Graeme Martin, Ph.D. (second at left)President and CEO of Takeda Ventures, Inc (TVI), The strategic venture investment arm of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., who is quoted in the Tribune article.


Michael Rosen to Receive Sandler Award


The Sandler Award, named for AICC's Founder Marty Sandler, will be presented to Michael Rosen (left), Senior Vice-President New Business Development of Forest City Science + Technology Group. Michael serves as a Senior Vice-President of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago, and is the senior Co-Chair of its Life Science Practice Group. Michael is being presented with the Sandler Award in recognition of his dedication to the AICC and its mission of fostering beneficial relationships between Israeli and U.S. companies.

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