The delegation returned home after four days and 17 hugely successful meetings that have already generated several business deals.
Israeli companies took part in the delegation: Euromedic, New Phase, Tuttnauer, Elsmed, Supergum, and Gmedical.
In Bulgaria and Romania, the delegation met with the management of all the major hospitals in both countries, as well as the heads of pharmaceutical chains, as well as with some of the largest medical distributors in Eastern Europe.
The delegation was accompanied in Bulgaria by former Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, and in Romania by former Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta. The delegation was accompanied throughout by Prof. Ze’ev Rotstein, a former director-general of Hadassah Medical Center and Sheba Medical Center, who is one of Israel’s leading health professionals, and a member of the IMPROVATE advisory board.
As respective former leaders of their countries, President Plevneliev and Prime Minister Ponta, both members of the IMPROVATE advisory board, are highly connected throughout Eastern and Central Europe, and their extensive network opens doors for Israeli companies in these fast-growing economies, which are rapidly modernizing and have large budgets for technology acquisitions in both the private and public sector.
“Israeli tech innovations have a very good reputation in my country, especially in the healthcare sector,” said Prime Minister Ponta. “Everything related to healthcare, environment, green energy, and communications is highly appreciated,” he added.
The delegation was also accompanied by Zoya Paunova, a former country director for AstraZeneca Bulgaria, who also serves as Honorary Consul General of Sweden to Bulgaria, and is a member of the Bulgarian Board of Business Women Council. Paunova recently joined President Plevneliev’s office to head the MedTech team working with IMPROVATE to facilitate business connections in Bulgaria. Paunova attended all the meetings and will follow up to close deals.
“The meetings organized by IMPROVATE were outstanding, at a very high level, and extremely focused,” said Gidi Bareket, head of business development at Elsmed Healthcare Solutions which provides turnkey solutions for hospitals and medical centers around the world. “The meetings and IMPROVATE’s networking serve companies like ours in the best possible manner. I highly recommend them.”
Elad Ginat, VP International Sales at Tuttnauer, a developer and manufacturer of advanced surgical sterilization solutions, said. “I participated in IMPROVATE’s business delegation to Sofia and Bucharest because we are looking to expand our operations in Eastern Europe. The delegation was very well organized with useful meetings at hospitals and medical centers, and with medical distributors who are relevant to our field of operations. We are very pleased with the opportunities that resulted and we hope to continue a fruitful relationship with IMPROVATE. Well done and thank you very much to all the team.”
Avi Hauben, head of business development at Supergum, a plastics and rubber manufacturer with a medical division developing and manufacturing rubber and plastic products for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, including gloves, masks, and personal protective equipment, said: “We joined the delegation as we are seeking to expand our client base to these countries. IMPROVATE organized an outstanding event, we met the right people and we hope to see the results soon.”
Benny Tal CTO at Gmedical, a developer of next-generation mobile health and ehealth solutions, said. “I would like to thank the team at IMPROVATE for a fantastic job and for creating quality leads both in Bulgaria and Romania. We had very fruitful meetings and doors were opened up for us for new collaborations.”
On March 30, 2022, IMPROVATE will hold a medical innovation conference in Budapest, Hungary, showcasing the best of Israeli medical technologies and bringing together health ministers from across Eastern Europe and the Balkans, hospital directors, medical distribution companies, investors, international pharmaceuticals companies, Israeli MedTech companies from the fields of digital health, AI diagnostics, personalized medicine, cell therapies, and more.
Following the conference, IMPROVATE will host a marathon of business meetings between Israeli companies and hospital representatives, major medical distributors, and pharmaceuticals companies from across Eastern Europe.
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