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BIRD Foundation (Virtual) Lunch & Learn on Funding

World Trade Center Delaware is co-hosting a virtual BIRD Foundation “Lunch & Learn” event at noon July 1 for U.S. companies in our region to learn about funding opportunities for joint collaborations with Israel. 

 Annually, the U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approves 20-25 grants of up to a $1 million each (with the potential for up to $1.5 million for exceptional proposals) for the co-development of innovative products, technologies or milestone-based pharma projects. BIRD takes no IP or equity. 

 The virtual event is co-hosted by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the representative of the US-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey, the World Trade Center Delaware and the Delaware BioScience Association. BIRD’s scope extends to Advanced Manufacturing, Agrotechnology, Cleantech and Environment, Communications, Construction Tech, Electronics, FinTech, Gas, Healthcare IT, Homeland Security and Cyber Security, Life Sciences and Bio-Convergence, Software, Water and Wastewater technologies, etc. and other technology sectors. 

 The program will feature Andrea Yonah, Director of Business Development, East Coast & Midwest BIRD Foundation, Vered Nohi, Executive Director, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Representative for PA, DE and SNJ BIRD Foundation, Carla Stone and Michael Fleming, President, Delaware BioScience Association. A Delaware based BIRD project case study will also be presented by Eric B. Kmiec, Ph.D., Director, Gene Editing Institute of Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. The Institute was awarded a $900,000 BIRD grant with Israeli biotechnology company Fore Biotherapeutics, formally known as NovellusDx; the companies co-developed new gene editing technologies that help identify the genetic mechanism responsible for both the onset and progression of many types of cancer. A question-and-answer session will follow. The virtual event is being held noon-1 pm on Thursday, July 1 and is free of charge. Attendees must register in advance to receive the meeting link. To register visit: https://worldtradecenterdeassoc.wliinc32.com/events/Bird-Foundation-Lunch-Learn-3634/register