Three-day Lifescience Showcase to Highlight Irvine’s Assets to UK Delegation

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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The Greater Irvine Chamber on Oct. 28 is welcoming 10 life science companies from the U.K. seeking expansion to Orange County, and especially Irvine.

Executives from Forte Medical, Ampersand + Ampersand, Austin Fraser, Medical Realities, Plasticell, uMed, Innovarius, Cambridge Epigenetix, Kokoon, Performance Fifteen, and the Association of British HealthTech Industries will attend OCTANe’s Medical Technology Innovation Forum, tour some of Irvine’s leading med-tech and innovation companies, and meet with leading hospitals, clinicians, healthcare executives and scientists.

The three-day Lifescience Showcase will feature partners including Edwards Lifesciences, Hoag Hospital, The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation, and UCI Medical Center, MemorialCare, and OCTANe among others, and will provide an opportunity for visiting U.K. executives to consult one-on-one with Irvine professionals who are willing to offer their expertise related to expansion to the U.S.

Additionally, the visit will include a dinner with Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner and Showcase host executives, and will conclude on the final day with a reception as part of the Chamber’s Irvine Ready! initiative, a collaboration with an impressive network of public and private organizations that offer a resource-rich package of decision-making incentives and transition benefits. The Irvine Ready! Program experts are prepared to help expanding companies with questions related to taxes, legal, logistics, HR and talent acquisition, regulatory matters, real estate, and many other areas – all makes available a list of business development resources that, in part, showcase Irvine’s assets.

The Lifescience Showcase is a direct result of the Chamber’s Foreign Direct Investment mission to the U.K. in February 2018, during which Irvine business and community leaders connected with and encouraged U.K.-based life science companies to look at Irvine when they consider expansion into the U.S. Such efforts have yielded results. For instance, the Chamber’s economic development team in 2017 secured Protempo, a New Zealand-based technology company, establishing their U.S. headquarters in Irvine, which accounts for approximately $50 million in annual revenue.

For more information on foreign and domestic direct investment in Irvine/Orange County, contact Linda DiMario.

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