FDI Trade Mission


Greater Irvine Chamber Welcomes Delegation of UK Life Science Companies

The Greater Irvine Chamber for the second year has led a delegation of business and life science experts who traveled to the U.K. to meet with life science and technology companies exploring expansion into the U.S. and Southern California. The missions build awareness for Irvine and its life science industry strength to encourage U.K.-based life science companies to look at Irvine/Orange County when they consider expansion into the U.S.

The delegation collaborated with two of the U.K.’s most prestigious associations in the life science field: One Nucleus and the Association of British Healthcare Industries. With their support and cooperation, the 2018 trip included three days of meetings in London and one day of meetings in Cambridge with the added feature of two “thought leader” panels and receptions designed to stimulate discussion and build working relationships between companies and life science sectors.

The 2018 Irvine/Orange County delegation included the Mayor of Irvine, The Honorable Don Wagner; Leigh Volkland, Edwards Lifesciences; Bill Carpou, OCTANe; Kate Klimow, UCI Applied Innovation; Jason Lantgen, Jones Lang LaSalle; Lynn Stewart, CA State Fullerton & Center for International Trade Development; Carlos Oregon, Thinkbox Technologies; Andy Downer, Horizon Consumer Science & the British American Business Council; Steven Small, Chief Scientific Officer, UCI Medical Center, Medical Innovation Institute; Bryan Starr Greater Irvine Chamber president & CEO and Linda DiMario executive vice president of the Chamber.

The delegation is supported by OCO Global, the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Commercial Service, Select U.S.A., U.K. Department of International Trade, London & Partners and the London offices of K & L Gates.

As part of its Foreign Direct Investment initiative, the Greater Irvine Chamber in October 2018 hosted a three-day Irvine Lifescience Showcase for executives from U.K. life science companies seeking expansion to the United States: Forte Medical, Ampersand + Ampersand, Austin Fraser, Medical Realities, Plasticell, uMed, Innovarius, Cambridge Epigenetix, Kokoon, Performance Fifteen, and the Association of British HealthTech Industries.

The visiting executives joined more than 800 conference attendees at OCTANe’s 2018 Medical Technology Innovation Forum, which is focused on high-growth medical technology innovation and investment.

The Showcase also included one-on-one meetings with experts in taxes, legal, logistics, HR and talent acquisition, regulatory matters, real estate, and many other areas, providing the U.K. executives with resources to aid in doing business in Irvine.

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For more information on foreign and domestic direct investment in Irvine/Orange County, contact Linda DiMario.

Read about the 2017 FDI Trade Mission to the UK