By: Mordechai Applebaum

Mordechai Applebaum

Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, and yet it is one of the newest. There is constant rejuvenation and improvement of the infrastructure, there is a lively cultural scene, a tasteful culinary imprint and a strong hi-tech base. Truly, Jerusalem is experiencing a renaissance. It is, therefore, surprising and sorrowful that with leading academic research institutions and Israel’s top hospitals, Jerusalem has yet to capitalize on the great potential latent in its bio-med industry. Each year we painfully witness the departure of talented people – our friends, family members, classmates and coworkers – taking their ideas, their skills and their business out of Jerusalem. Speaking to them makes it clear that they do not want to leave, but are driven out by lack of employment, lack of opportunity, lack of a nourishing ground to transform their dreams into a reality.

JLM-BioCity brings together the myriad of bio-med components that are situated in Jerusalem into a synergistic community, to act as a platform nurturing fruitful contact between initial research in the various institutions, entrepreneurs, legal and financial professionals and investors. Opportunities do not float in the air, but are created and captured by the steering of meaningful networking offered by JLM-BioCity.

Ms. Thomsen lecturing on Medicon Valley Success
At the JLM-BioCity Launch event, Ms. Thomsen, of the Royal Danish Embassy, lectures on the factors contributing to the great success of Medicon Valley

The role of the JLM-BioCity’s blog

This blog, as part of the JLM-BioCity enterprise, will contribute to the formation of an exceptional and growing bio-med community, by bringing to you, the readers, interesting aspects and facets of the Jerusalem bio-med industry.

“The blog provides a unique channel by which its readers will be familiarized with the exciting ideas and innovative solution to medical issues developed right here in Jerusalem,” says Dr. Yaron Suissa, CEO of JLM-BioCity, “It is another important pillar in our platform, in transforming individual companies into a strong, united and productive community to further expand the bio-med sector in our extraordinary city.”

Similar to its cultural diversity, Jerusalem contains a wide variety of companies – from well-established companies like Teva and Rafa (established almost 80 years ago!) to new start-up companies, from medical devices and diagnostics through drug discovery to drug delivery and cell based therapies. We call on all people involved or interested in any aspect of this industry – whether it is R&D, QA, QC, regulatory, legal, financial, entrepreneur or any other facet – to join us, be part of us and the rest of Jerusalem’s bio community to continue developing our great city.

“With its valuable human resource, leading researches and physicians in multifarious fields, and the unique spirit embedded in our city, Jerusalem is bound to become the leading bio-ecosystem center in Israel and a magnet for international interest,” prophesies Joe van Zwaren, the visionary President of JLM-BioCity.

As I will be writing about the companies and about subjects of interest, I look forward to your comments and input, thus creating a virtual plane for conversation. So with the hopeful greeting of bonne chance, I am excited to begin our adventure together.

There is a tide in the affairs of men,

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;

Omitted, all the voyage of their life

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

On such a full sea are we now afloat;

And we must take the current when it serves,

Or lose our ventures.

                                                             (Julius Caesar, IV.iii)