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The Trendlines Medical U.S. Road Show from March 23 to 27, 2015, gave investors and business people in five cities the opportunity to invest along with Trendlines in exciting Israeli medical technology start-ups.
Opportunities in the Best of Israeli Medical Innovation
Israel ranks second only to Silicon Valley as the world’s top start-up ecosystem. This is no surprise since Israel has long been recognized as a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship for years and Israeli high-tech exits, IPO activity, and VC funding reached new heights in 2014. The surprise is that all of this activity comes out of a country of 8 million in a region that often makes headlines for its significant security concerns. So, how does it happen?
Israeli company The Trendlines Group represents one example. Todd Dollinger, the company’s chairman and CEO, and Chicago native, says Trendlines “is an innovation commercialization company. We invent, discover, invest in, and incubate innovation-based medical and agricultural technologies through our two government-franchised incubators. We leverage Israeli government support to mitigate risk at the critical early stage of our investments.”
The Chicago business and medical investment community met six Trendlines medical start-ups at the Trendlines Medical U.S. Road Show event on Tuesday. The audience heard about a promising new removable implant for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (Endobetix), a blood-based biomarker to diagnosis early-stage Alzheimer’s, (NeuroQuest), an accommodative lens for clear vision at all distances after cataract surgery (VisiDome), a surgical wound closure system without stitches or staples (IonMed), a unique meniscus repair system (Arcuro Medical), and a smart needle for improved epidural injections (Omeq Medical).
The companies, all portfolio companies of the Trendlines Medical incubator, which was twice awarded Israel’s Best Incubator award by the Israeli government, were hosted by the government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest and the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Chicago at MATTER, Chicago’s new health tech hub in the Merchandise Mart.
Dollinger says, “We are ‘intensely involved investors, establishing our portfolio companies in our facilities and providing business and technology development, marketing, financial and administrative support, all in an environment created to facilitate success. This gives our companies competitive advantage, including exposure to investors in Israel and globally.”
“We are extremely happy to partner with the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the Midwest, and collaborate with MATTER to fuel the future of healthcare innovation,” remarks Omer Schalit-Cohen, VP Business Development of Trendlines Medical. “This event presents a wonderful opportunity for American investors to interact with Israeli medical device entrepreneurs, to learn about the exciting technologies, and to learn of amazing opportunities. The lively Q&A session after the company presentations and the high caliber of the professional audience attests to this.”