Sunday, November 20, 2011

The American Israel Commerce Committee Meeting

This past week I had the privilege of playing co host for the American Israel Commerce Committee meeting on "Healthcare Information Technology". Nearly a dozen amazing young Israeli companies came to Philadelphia to make their "pitches" to raise money AND awareness about their work in the IT sphere of healthcare. Each firm did an incredible job discussing their software and related new tools for building a better infrastructure in our crazy business. The meeting was "bookended" by two panel discussions that I moderated. The first panel of experts tackled the question of "Funding Opportunities" and the second panel discussed "Power Collaborations". The keynote luncheon talk was delivered by David Jones Jr., my colleague and friend. David is the managing director of Chrysalis Ventures in Louisville KY and for many years, has been a driving force behind HUMANA as an active Board Member.

The conference drew more than 100 persons from around the Delaware Valley and the sprited conversations were peppered with Israeli wit and wisdom too. For such a small country Israel produces a disproportionate share of leading IT firms and being able to bring them to our home town was a real treat. The mission of our School of Population Health, and the mission of the AICC, were totally aligned for this important event. To learn more go to We would welcome your feedback about any of the firms, or the content of the two panels as well. DAVID NASH

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