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Chamber Life Science and Technology Delegation Returning to UK

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

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The Greater Irvine Chamber is leading a delegation of City of Irvine officials, business leaders, and life science and technology experts returning to the U.K. The delegates are set to meet with more life science and technology companies that may be exploring expansion into the U.S. and Irvine/Orange County in Southern California specifically. The goal of the mission is to build awareness for Irvine/Orange County and its life science/technology industry strength and identify, connect with, and encourage U.K.-based life science companies to look at Irvine/Orange County when considering expansion into the U.S.

This Foreign Direct Investment mission, planned for Feb. 11-15, 2019, follows the successful inaugural February 2017 mission and a follow-up mission in February 2018. During both these missions, the delegation met with a combined 70 U.K. companies, connected with over 150 companies and contacts, and established working relationships with important industry associations.

The Irvine/Orange County Life Science Showcase, held in October 2018 in conjunction with OCTANe’s Medical Technology Innovation Forum (MTIF), attracted over 20 U.K. company CEOs who were invited to experience Irvine’s innovation ecosystem. Their three-day visit included the MTIF conference, tours of Hoag Hospital, UCI Applied Innovation, Edwards Life Sciences, a dinner with Irvine Mayor Donald Wanger, the Irvine Ready! Reception, and one-on-one meetings with volunteer experts prepared to assist the companies with taxes, logistics, HR, legal, VISAs and other decision-making criteria in preparation for an expansion to the U.S.  

For the 2019 mission, the Chamber is proud to continue its collaboration with London & Partners, specifically Mayors’ International Programme initiative, and two of the U.K.’s most prestigious associations in the life science field, One Nucleus and the Association of British Healthtech Industries (ABHI). The ABHI will be featured with members of our delegation in a Thought Leaders Panel on Feb. 13 at London & Partners. One Nucleus has agreed to feature the Chamber’s Irvine Ready! London Bridge Reception as their BIOWednesday event.

The events will include a brief introduction to the California and Irvine/Orange County life science and healthcare eco-system and technology sectors and the opportunities available to help U.K. companies grow their businesses here.  

Four full days of meetings with U.K. companies are being planned and coordinated with OCO Global, London Office.

Individual appointments with the Irvine/Orange County delegation are being scheduled and coordinated by Yassin Nahi with OCO Global.

The impressive Irvine/Orange County delegation includes the following business and community leaders:

  • Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber
  • Linda DiMario, executive vice president, Greater Irvine Chamber
  • John Russo, Irvine City Manager
  • Kaitlyn Nguyen, Irvine City Manager of Economic Development
  • Leigh Volkland, senior director of government affairs, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Bill Carpou, CEO, OCTANe
  • Kate Klimow, chief administrative officer, director of external relations, UCI Applied Innovation
  • Jason Lantgen, vice president, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Lynn Stewart, director of business development, California State University, Fullerton; Orange County Center for International Trade Development
  • Carlos Oregon, vice president of operations, Thinkbox Technology Group
  • Andy Downer, vice president of business development, Horizon Consumer Science; British American Business Council
  • Steven Small, chief scientific officer, UCI Medical Center, Medical Innovation Institute
  • Sesha Neervannan, senior vice president, pharmaceutical development, Allergan

In addition, the delegation is supported on the ground by OCO Global, the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Commercial Service, U.K. Department of International Trade and London & Partners.

For more information on the Chamber’s foreign direct investment and economic development work, contact Greater Irvine Chamber Executive Vice President Linda DiMario.

Category: Economic Development, Workforce Development, Chamber News, Partner News, International Trade

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