World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia News
By Philadelphia Business Journal
The Food and Drug Administration approved a personalized cellular therapy treatment for leukemia developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The T-Cell therapy, which will be marketed by Novartis as Kymriah, was OK'd as treatment for patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia that is refractory, or in second or later relapse.
In 2012, Penn and Novartis — a Swiss drug company that has its U.S headquarters in New York — entered into a global collaboration to further research, develop and commercialize Kymriah and other CAR-T cell therapies for the treatment of cancers.
The therapy treats cancer by boosting the ability of a patient's own immune systems to identify and kill tumors is based on technology developed by a team of researchers led by Dr. Carl June, director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center.
Kymriah is the first therapy based on gene transfer approved by the FDA.
The bio-engineered T-cell therapy was first used at CHOP to treat leukemia patient Emily Whitehead, who was 6 years old when her leukemia stopped responding to conventional treatments. She has now been cancer-free for five years.
"Emily’s cancer remains in remission, and in larger trials, we’re seeing overall remission rates over 80 percent, which is a remarkable improvement upon previous treatment success rates,” said Dr. Stephan Grupp, lead investigator of the CHOP and global trials of the therapy. Grupp is director of the cancer immunotherapy frontier program and chief of cell therapy and transplant program at CHOP.
Photo Credit: Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer
Cranes unload containers at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The dredging of the port will more-than-double its container volume.
The allocation of $29 million by the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Delaware River deepening project is a great example of how our political system can work and the importance of effective leadership in our congressional delegation.
This $360 million dredging project, scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, will create a 45-foot deep channel that will enable the Port of Philadelphia to handle 95 percent of the world’s container a vessels.
The annual fight for federal funding since 2012 was intense. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) and Rep. Bob Brady (D., Phila.) worked to ensure the federal funding to make the port an economic catalyst for the region. Their efforts enabled Gov. Wolf to allocate an additional $300 million of state resources to expand the port. The project will more-than-double the port’s container volume, grow our job base from 10,000 to 17,000 workers, and provide high-quality, family-sustaining jobs while generating millions of dollars in local and state tax revenue.
This was also a great example of bipartisan cooperation. U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R., Delaware) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) helped eliminate roadblocks and garnered key support.
On behalf PhilaPort’s board of directors, the authority staff, and the men and women who work on the waterfront, I’d like to thanks the leaders who made this project a reality.
— Jerry Sweeney, chairman, PhilaPort, Philadelphia
Via Duquesne University
September 18-22, 2017
The Most Important Mining Event in Latin America
Booth and Catalogue space available at the IMPACT Project Booth
The registration fee has been discounted from $2400 to $1900 to exhibit and get a booth display at the PERUMIN - EXTEMIN mining show in Arequipa, Peru for September 18-22, 2017.
Manufacturing Companies can occupy a space and be present at the most important mining and construction show in Peru.
The $1900 covers the following:
- Space at the show
- Stand booth display for the company made by us and the company can keep the booth after the show
- The booth is under the USA Pavilion
Peru is the fastest growing economy in Latin America, with a 6% average annual growth rate, the region’s lowest inflation rate (2.9%), a favorable external environment, prudent macroeconomic policies, and effective structural reforms have boosted Peru into middle-income country status and slashed poverty from 56% in 2005 to 22.7% in 2016.
Mining constitutes the largest source of foreign direct investment, as well as more than half of total exports at 58% and 14.4 percent of GDP in 2015.
With huge reserves on copper, gold, tin and silver, the new President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wants to increase production with a $20 billion investments in mining and energy and $15 billion in water and sanitation.
Deadline to apply: August 14, 2017
Trade Show Itinerary
Via U.S. Commercial Service
As the world’s fastest growing, free market democracy, India presents lucrative opportunities for U.S. companies of all types and sizes. Bilateral U.S.-India trade expanded to $115 billion in goods and services in 2016 against a backdrop of declining overall levels of global trade volumes. The U.S. also remained India’s largest trading partner, with exports of American goods and services to India reaching $42 billion.
U.S.-India Importers’ Council Jagat Shah, Vice President of the US-India Importers’ Council (USIIC), will help American companies succeed in India by speaking at the Business-With-India Roadshow. Shah will discuss Startup Innovations Hubs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Women Empowerment, and the India Diaspora.
Please join Fox CIBER and the Philadelphia Commercial Service for a luncheon forum about business strategies and opportunities in India.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Temple University - Alter Hall. Philadelphia, PA 19103
Complimentary, but RSVP required.
For More Information
Antonio Ceballos (215) 597-7141
Press Release: Sunhillo Technical Services
Contact: Doug Walczak
Websites: www.Sunhillo.com (Products) // www.SunhilloTS.com (Services)
West Berlin, New Jersey, August 17, 2017 – Sunhillo Corporation, a leading supplier of both products and services to the FAA and ATC/ATM business community, announces the opening of a new satellite office located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The new office is located in close proximity to the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center and supports Sunhillo Technical Services (STS) operations. The new office will house project specific support personnel and the STS corporate, administrative, and Human Resources (HR) functions.
The new office space will also support the company’s continued growth strategy. “Over the last several years, our evolution as a company has been outstanding”, said Dave Whitman, President, Sunhillo Corporation. Over the past five years, Sunhillo has skillfully expanded operations to accommodate a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 33%. Sunhillo has established a sales presence in the United Kingdom, opened a satellite office in San Diego, California, created an agency presence in Brazil and South America, and built a network of product distributors worldwide. Further expansion is envisioned to include the Washington DC area in support of future FAA HQ business. “As we continue to grow and expand, it is imperative that our quality of professional services, reputation for product excellence, and superior customer services also continue to grow”, added Dave, “we support our products and will continue to service our clients, regardless of their locality worldwide”.
For over 25 years, Sunhillo Corporation has been providing products, services and expertise to the FAA, US DOD, Air Traffic Control (ATC) industry, and Air Traffic Management (ATM) partners worldwide. Sunhillo has become the preferred provider of surveillance data distribution products, services and systems to the FAA, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and civilian ATM providers in Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Sunhillo Corporation, through Sunhillo Technical Services, also provides hardware and software engineering, second level engineering support, test and evaluation services. Sunhillo Corporation has a long history in providing solutions support, as valued teaming partners, on FAA NextGen initiatives including the STARS, TAMR, ADS-B, DCIS, and AIM programs.
By Graziella DiNuzzo
Director of Communications and Development for the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
When Dave Whitman and Robert Jones founded Sunhillo Corporation in 1991, they did not create a business plan – they went right to work. Dave and Robert met at the company they worked for, Formation, in Moorestown, NJ and decided to combine their expertise in radar surveillance technology. At the time, David was Director of Engineering, and Bob was VP of Sales and together they formed a team dedicated to making the world a safer place to live through cutting-edge surveillance technology. After 6 months in business, Dave and Bob landed their first subcontract for IBM, to develop a radar interface for Taiwan.
For the past 25 years, Sunhillo has been developing products and systems to distribute radar data, more specifically, to convert and filter surveillance data used by Air Traffic Automation systems. Headquartered in West Berlin, NJ, within 45 minutes of the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC), Sunhillo also provides technical services to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including Atlantic City Technical Center, which is supported by 80 Sunhillo employees. http://www.sunhillo.com/
Today Sunhillo does $20,000,000 in annual global sales and is an industry leader in surveillance data distribution and conversion products.
With the need for increased security around the world, Sunhillo data systems and software are in demand. Sunhillo is in every airport in the United States!
In 2001, Sunhillo began to export.
“Between 8 to 15% of our business is international and 7 to 10% is outside of North America. Canada has become a big market for us and growing our international sales is a top priority since we are saturating our FAA business, “says Dave Whitman, President, Sunhillo Corporation. “The WTCGP has helped provide vital information on exporting and has helped connect us with cost saving export finance options.”
Sunhillo Corporation has been a member of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia since 2015 and in 2016 received the New Jersey Member Company of the Year Award at a ceremony at our World Trade Center’s Day Awards and Celebration, which took place at the Independence Seaport Museum.
Left to Right: Linda Conlin, President, WTCGP, and Gary Biehn, Board Chairman, WTCGP present the Member Company of the Year Award to Dave Whitman, President, Sunhillo Corporation, in May 2015 at Independence Seaport Museum.
To date, Sunhillo is exporting to 13 countries, which include Thailand, France, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom and Brazil. In the UK, Sunhillo employs a full time sales person.
While 90% of Sunhillo customers are Government Air Traffic Service providers, such as the FAA and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA in UK and China), they also sell to the Department of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security.
Sunhillo surveillance is used to monitor the United States-Mexican Border and by Drug Interdiction personnel in the Caribbean.
And Sunhillo is protecting the President of the United States! The US Secret Service uses Sunhillo products every time the President travels.
And the Space Shuttle! Sunhillo has also been deployed to track several space shuttle landings.
Tasked with the mission to continue to create the latest in surveillance technology, the team at Sunhillo, an employee owned company, works to protect people, places and things around the globe. It’s no surprise that with increased global security needs, Sunhillo has seen a steady 12% growth in business over the last ten years.
We are proud to call Sunhillo a member of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and look forward to reporting additional success stories.
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia is helping to promote the UPS Export Challenge! 1st place winner receives $10,000 in export credits and a FREE one year membership to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (Southeastern PA companies). As part of the program, WTCGP is adding an Export Finance component. Stay tuned for more information.
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia Receives Three -Year $1 Million Grant from The United States Department of Commerce. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Confirms Support
Press Release: The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
Media Contact: Graziella DiNuzzo, firstname.lastname@example.org 609-680-7670
August 14, 2017, Philadelphia, PA.
On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1million grant to the The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP), to support the implementation of a multi-partner Greater Philadelphia Metro Export plan to increase export participation among small and medium sized businesses.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross stated, “The Trump Administration is committed to supporting local businesses which have suffered from unfair trade in the past. I look forward to seeing how this plan will help companies throughout the region expand as well as increase exports.”
“We are at a watershed moment for Greater Philadelphia, where collectively, we can significantly accelerate the contribution exports make to economic growth and job creation in our Region’s economy. Thanks to this important EDA support, WTCGP, working together with partner organizations in the private and public sectors, will be able to implement the key strategies of the Greater Philadelphia Export Plan,” said Linda Conlin, President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
The WTCGP and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia recently released the Greater Philadelphia Export Plan, a three-year campaign to build export awareness and capacity among the region’s small and medium sized businesses and catalyze export growth in priority sectors where the region demonstrates competitive advantage. The plan also focuses on strengthening the region’s strong export services ecosystem.
Over the next three years, The WTCGP will use the grant funds to directly assist 200 small and medium sized businesses to develop successful export strategies which will result in over $200 million in new exports. In addition to trade counseling, approximately 30 export related events and workshops will help reach, educate and mentor companies new to exporting.
Despite 86 percent of global economic growth projected to occur outside the United States between 2015 and 2020, only one percent of U.S. companies currently export and, among those that do, 58 percent export to only one market. These numbers underscore the significant opportunity for Greater Philadelphia and other U.S. metros to grow by going global. Greater Philadelphia Export Plan
About the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (www.wtcphila.org)
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) is one of over 320 World Trade Centers in 89 countries around the globe. A non-profit and membership - based organization, the WTCGP accelerates global business growth for companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey by providing customized, one-on-one trade counseling, market research, educational programs, trade mission support, business networking events, and powerful connections to customers and partners worldwide. Since 2002, the WTCGP has served as a catalyst for regional economic growth and job creation, helping area companies generate over $1.6B in incremental export sales, supporting over 20,200 jobs.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
Press Release: U.S. Trade and Development Agency
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USTDA Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy (center, right) signs a grant with Diogo Vaz Guedes, Chairman and CEO of Kuikila Investments (center, left) at the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum
LOMÉ, TOGO - Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Kuikila Investments, Lda., an independent power developer in Mozambique. The grant supports a feasibility study for a 78-megawatt mobile, gas-fired thermal power plant in the Chokwé District of Mozambique's Gaza Province.
Mozambique has the third-largest amount of proven natural gas reserves in Africa, and the sector presents tremendous export opportunities for U.S. industry. Kuikila selected Washington, D.C.-based Delphos International, Ltd., an independent financial services firm, to conduct the feasibility study. This project will meet Mozambique's power demand by developing and modernizing the country's generation and transmission infrastructure.
"USTDA's support will enable Mozambique to get domestic gas-fired power projects online expeditiously," said USTDA's Acting Director Thomas R. Hardy. "At the same time, the project creates opportunities for a significant amount of U.S. equipment exports. We are pleased to cooperate on this important initiative."
"Kuikila has been working with the Government of Mozambique for five years on various gas-fired thermal power plants supporting the country's development through reliable and affordable power," said Diogo Vaz Guedes, Chairman and CEO of Kuikila. "This grant represents an affirmation of our efforts. We are pleased to partner with USTDA and Delphos to accelerate the process of getting this project to financial close."
Acting Director Hardy signed the grant along with Mr. Vaz Guedes at the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum in Lomé, Togo. At the ceremony, USTDA also announced support for an upcoming reverse trade mission that will highlight U.S. technologies in "fast power" (e.g., mobile generation) projects for African delegates this fall.
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1 Million to Spur Export Activities for Small and Medium Businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Region
Press Release: U.S. Economic Development Administration
Contact: John Atwood
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1 million grant to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Inc. (Center), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to support the implementation of a multi-partner Greater Philadelphia Metro Export plan to increase export participation among small-and-medium sized businesses.
“The Trump Administration is committed to supporting local businesses which have suffered from unfair trade in the past,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I look forward to seeing how this plan will help companies throughout the region expand as well as increase exports.”
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Inc. will focus on increasing export activities from various sectors including health sciences, education, trade counseling, and other professional services. The Center estimates that they will directly assist 200 businesses, hold 30 export events, and leverage over $200 million in new exports over the three-year award term. In 2010, EDA awarded a $1 million grant to the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Inc., to provide export assistance to energy and technology businesses throughout the region.
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Adminisration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.
Press Release: U.S. Commercial Service Philadelphia
VIP.com, China’s 3rd largest e-Commerce platform, is looking for businesses in the Philadelphia area that are interested in selling into the China market.
Join us for a free half-day event with VIP.com to learn more!
Date: Tuesday, August 22nd
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Temple University, Alter Hall Room 746, Philadelphia, PA
RSVP: Iris.Kapo@trade.gov - Iris Kapo, Sr. International Trade Specialist The event will include a panel on doing business in China, presenters from VIP.com, and one-on-one meetings for qualified companies with a representative from VIP.com. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to expand to this dynamic market!
•$8.2 billion USD sales in 2016
•Listed on NYSE: VIPS
•Global footprint: 14 offices and 40 warehouses worldwide
•No set-up fee or commission requirement
•Comprehensive services provided: 24/7 customer care, customs clearance, operations and logistics capabilities
•Curated assortment of lifestyle brands
•Advance customer segmentation and personalization
Hosted By: U.S. Department of Commerce – U.S. Commercial Service Philadelphia, VIP.Com, Temple University – Fox School of Business
RSVP to Iris.Kapo@trade.gov - Iris Kapo, Sr. International Trade Specialist, USCS.
For Companies in:
Chester, Delaware, & Montgomery Counties
Manager, Export Services
Bucks and Philadelphia Counties
International Trade Specialist
Watch the recap video below of the World Trade Centers Day Award Ceremony.
U.S. Embassy Abidjan Presents a Webinar on Commercial Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Côte d'Ivoire
Press Release: Philadelphia International Medicine News Bureau
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA - Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) and Sociedad Mexicana de Oncologia (SMeO) of Mexico City, Mexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a collaborative relationship in the areas of clinical and administrative training, physician exchanges, enhancing the continuum of care and other joint opportunities.
“PIM is looking forward to working with Sociedad Mexicana de Oncologia to build a partnership based on knowledge sharing and innovation. This relationship will allow SMeO and PIM physicians to enhance interaction and continuing medical education, but ultimately can improve medical outcomes for patients in each community. We want to assist on the expansion of SMeO’s mission of advancing Mexico’s health care community by providing the opportunity to engage and establish relationships with PIM hospitals,” said Leonard Karp, President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine.
PIM and SMeO agreed to build a health gateway that will create the means to share medical knowledge and technology while also working to improve accessibility to highly skilled care. This agreement will assist both parties in establishing a formal on-going relationship that over time will build a health gateway linking SMeO to PIM and its network.
Through this gateway PIM will offer SMeO physicians with access to medical education, medical training, innovative uses of technology and coordinated comprehensive patient care. PIM agreed to lay the foundation by identifying specific opportunities and initiatives involving cooperative programs in research, education, training, clinical referrals, marketing and administration. This collaboration will facilitate a relationship between the SMeO and PIM health networks, its affiliated hospitals and members to provide a better understanding of each party’s culture, communities and norms.
“We are glad to sign this collaboration agreement as it will increase our member’s access to US health systems in terms of an information exchange. This access to information will translate in a mutual growth of our communities. Additionally, our oncologists will get to know the latest advancements in PIM’s hospitals through the cultivation of close relationships with US physicians. This alliance will also open the possibility to refer patients and to obtain information that helps our physicians with the management of their patients. Lastly, our doctors have shown great interest in the training and educational programs offered through PIM," said Dr. Samuel Rivera Rivera, President of the Sociedad Mexicana de Oncologia.
The MOU specifically covers four areas of on-going continued education including live, video conference seminars through PIM’s Global Education Media (GEM) program, physician medical education through the Physician Partnership Program (PPP), physician and consultant visits through conferences, patient referrals and second opinions.
Integration of the PIM and SMeO relationship will begin by implementing the GEM program, connecting SMeO physicians to PIM’s hospitals through interactive video seminars. In addition, physicians from SMeO will be eligible to participate in a global competitive scholarship program offered by PIM to its hospital partners around the world. Under the PPP program, practicing specialists will be chosen by PIM to visit the hospitals in the Philadelphia area, where they will be paired with a physician from PIM and participate as adjunct faculty in team meetings, rounds, and observation at clinics and surgery. The one-week program will offer SMeO physicians the opportunity to engage in an intensive peer-to-peer clinical development program while forming relationships with physicians and the community in Philadelphia, and other global participants.
About Sociedad Mexicana de Oncologia
The SMeO is the national academic society of oncology in Mexico. Which is dedicated to foster and broadcast scientific advancements, as well as to promote the study of oncology in all of its areas in the highest scientific level. SMeO is the leading oncology society in Mexico in research, development, and academic development of its faculty members. Learn more about SMeO by visiting https://www.smeo.org.mx/index.php.
About Philadelphia International Medicine
Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) is a healthcare organization dedicated to bringing the services of seven prestigious Philadelphia area hospitals to the international community. PIM’s network includes Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as anchor organizations and affiliate healthcare organizations include Wills Eye Hospital, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, the Vincera Institute, the Visiting Nurses Association, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Renfrew Center. Learn more about PIM by visiting www.philadelphiamedicine.com.
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