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SCRA and Israel’s Chief Scientist Announce First S.C.–Israel R&D Awards

SCRA and MATIMOP (Israeli Industry Center for R&D) on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy, are pleased to announced the recipients of the initial round of project awards. The bilateral projects are a result of the collaborative industrial research and development program established in October 2013 between the Government of the State of South Carolina and the Government of the State of Israel.

The first project will create a centralized approach for structuring “free text” medical research data. This previously “unstructured” data will be made accessible in a standardized form, enabling access for the wider medical research community. The two-year research program partners Columbia-based Health Sciences South Carolina and Israeli-based CliniWorks, Ltd. The second project will explore flame retardant chemicals and potential applications for the textile industry. The one year project partners Greenville-based Alexium, Inc. with Israel Chemicals, Ltd.

Dr. Todd Thornburg, HSSC Interim President & CEO stated, “Health Sciences South Carolina and its supported organizations are exceedingly pleased at this commitment of funding by SCRA and the Israel Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP). This project will position South Carolina and our collaborator, CliniWorks, at the global forefront for coordinated, centralized access to health information. This work will help Health Sciences South Carolina and its supported organizations continue to improve health and wellbeing for all South Carolinians.”

"Alexium is excited about being a part of this program and appreciates that SCRA and MATIMOP support this collaborative effort,” Bob Brookins, Head of Research & Development, Alexium, Inc. stated. “We expect great things out of this collaboration with Israel Chemicals. They are a world leader in the flame retardants industry, and I am excited to see what new products come out of this venture.”

“We are delighted to announce these joint R&D projects,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “This collaboration furthers innovative research and collaboration, helping advance South Carolina’s Knowledge Economy. We congratulate Alexium and Health Sciences South Carolina on these awards and look forward to positive outcomes from these partnerships.”

“The success of this first funding round proves the benefits of bilateral R&D partnerships that accelerate innovation and economic growth,” said Chief Scientist Avi Hasson. “We are looking forward to launch the second round and utilize this platform in order to further strengthen economic ties between South Carolina and Israel.”

The South Carolina – Israel Industrial R&D Program seeks to stimulate generation and development of new or significantly improved products or processes for commercialization in global markets. The technology sectors that are the focus for this program are: Biomedical and Life Sciences; Advanced Materials; Sustainable Energy/Water/Agriculture Systems; Transportation; Defense and Homeland Security and Insurance and Health Information Technology. The program is being managed by SCRA on behalf of the state of South Carolina under a contract with the State Department of Commerce, and by MATIMOP on behalf of the state of Israel. The next call for proposals under this program is likely to take place in the fall of 2014.

About SCRA

http://www.scra.org/

SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector has helped over 290 early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $2.8 billion in contract value, and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative output into South Carolina’s economy to be over $16.6 billion.

The S.C.-Israel joint R&D program is being managed by SCRA on behalf of the state of South Carolina under a contract with the State Department of Commerce, and by MATIMOP on behalf of the state of Israel.

About the Office of the Chief Scientist: The Office of the Chief Scientist [OCS] in the Ministry of Economy is charged with execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel’s scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel, stimulating high value-added R&D and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally. A variety of ongoing support programs developed and offered by the OCS play a major role in enabling Israel to be a key center for high tech entrepreneurship. For more information, visit the OCS website.

About MATIMOP: MATIMOP, the executive agency of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Economy of Israel, is the official National Agency for industrial R&D cooperation in Israel, charged with promoting highly supportive policies to build Israel's industrial infrastructure, and nurturing industrial innovation and entrepreneurship. http://www.matimop.org.il/usa.html

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