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Trade Misson: Israel

Governor Patrick meets Israeli President Shimon Peres.

It was another busy day in Israel for Governor Patrick and the rest of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy Partnership Mission. The delegation spent the day in Jerusalem, holding meetings with senior government officials and Israeli entrepreneurs.

The delegation intiated two important growth opportunities today. At a meeting with Shalom Simhon, Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Governor Patrick signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will enhance collaboration between Massachusetts and Israel on research and development in the life sciences and clean technology industries. Click here to learn more about this new agreement.

Later in the day, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki announced support for a collaborative research project between UMass Lowell’s Nanomanufacturing Center of Excellence and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel. Learn more about the agreement here.

After meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and, later, a group of Palestinian entrepreneurs, the delegation took an emotional tour of Yad Vashem, Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial. The Governor left this note in the guestbook there:

For a recap of the day, watch NECN’s report below. Read more coverage of the day’s events on



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