Greater Irvine Chamber British Partner Touts Upcoming UK Visit
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Good news travels far. Greater Irvine Chamber foreign direct investment partner TechUK is spreading the word of the upcoming U.K. arrival of a Chamber-led delegation of distinguished business leaders and life science and technology experts.
This visit, scheduled for Feb. 17-20, marks the fourth time the delegation of Chamber leadership has visited the U.K. since the Chamber's Foreign Direct Investment initiative was launched in 2017, with a goal of establishing a profile for Irvine in the U.K.’s life science and technology sectors that encourages expansion-ready U.K. companies to consider Irvine/Orange County for their U.S. operation.
“Irvine and Orange County initially became a hotbed for the life science industry in the 1950's. Today it has 1,100 life science companies, employing more than 43,000 persons generating $35.3 billion annually. Irvine hosts major corporates such as Allergan and Edwards Lifesciences alongside top universities like the University of California, Irvine. Irvine has an innovative start-up ecosystem with launch pads such as Octane, connecting medical innovators to investors, all with a cost of business nearly 50% less than Silicon Valley,” TechUK boasts.
The Irvine/Orange County delegation includes Leigh Volkland, Edwards Lifesciences; Carlos Oregon, Thinkbox Technology Group; Sesha Neervannan, Senior Vice President, Pharmaceutical Development, Allergan; Lynn Stewart, Cal State Fullerton International Office; and Greater Irvine Chamber Executive Vice President Linda DiMario and Manager, Business & International Development, Jessica Yip.
Qualified, expansion-ready companies will be invited to the Irvine/Orange County Life Science Showcase, scheduled for Oct. 27-30, 2020.
Category: Chamber News, Economic Development, Foreign Direct Investment