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France and Israel strategic partners or unreal allies ?

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    • Israel - France Business Cooperation Conference 2007 Technology Transfer – Business and Legal Challenges of International Partnerships France and Israel strategic partners or unreal allies ? NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • HIGHLY CREATIVE FRENCH ISRAELI NETWORKS Bilateral networks are exploding with activity to bring potential partners together. But in spite of sincere and highly publicized efforts, structural problems still get in the way of doing real business. FRANCE ISRAEL Soreq ENST Yssum CEA RESEARCH INRA Weizmann Vulcani Yeda Technion PASTEUR Scientific Dept INRIA INSERM French Embassy Hadassit Ben Bar Ilan CNES Gourion CNRS TAU Haut Conseil Pour la Recherche Ramot MOST FP6 ISERD MAGNET Technological Ministry of ARIEL Incubators Research IRC MATIMOP OCS MoD DGA ANVAR IRC EUREKA INDUSTRY Ministry of Industry IMA & Trade UBIFRANCE MINEFI Industry IRC Economic DIGITIP L’Oreal Mission CCFI French Embassy CCIIF Alcatel Dassault Check Gilat point Aventis Schneider IAI Alvarion Magic Israeli Embassy Export FT Alstom Allladin Institute Trade dpt Veolia ST ECI V CON Dominique Bourra Danone Repères sur l’innovation en Israël ANRT / Lundi 11 avril 2005 Euronext © D. Bourra NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • BUT STILL BOTTLENECKS… Forums and conferences are held regularly accompanied by detailed structures…but real obstacles remain and problems add up one after the other. • Haut Conseil pour la Recherche • Groupe de Haut Niveau pour la technologie • X Israel, ESCP Israel, INSEAD Israël... NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • FRENCH ISRAELI VCs ARE ON THE DEFENSIVE For example, French Israeli VCs should be leading the way, but with a few exceptions, they are on the defensive or play only a minor role, especially when compared to Israeli-American risk groups. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • ISRAEL IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR « FCPI » FUNDING Israel is not eligible for French FCPI tax incentives. (French funding for innovation programs reserved to French & European companies). Of course Israel is not a part of Europe. But at the same time and strangely enough, Israel is fully associated with the FP7 and member of Eureka. Moreover Israel is associated with France in a governmental JV program : the FIRAD. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • DESPITE THE FRENCH ISRAELI R&D AGREEMENT I am very familiar with this program (FIRAD) because I was its first French director in 2001, for the French Agency for innovation, acting for the French industry, finance and research ministries. More than 100 joint venture projects have been accompanied : a showcase of the real potential of Franco Israeli cooperation. So it would be very easy to identify the Israeli companies most valuable to France to be eligible for eventual financing, based on their level of technological capacity and their existing involvement with French industries. This identification process is already utilized for European companies so why not for Israel ? NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • NO TAX CREDIT FOR SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL For the same reason, Israel is not included in the French R&D tax-credit program. That means, very simply, that a French company cooperating on a project with the Weizmann Institute does not benefit from tax breaks on the money dedicated to the project, whereas the same money dedicated to a project in an European R&D center, for example, would afford the company those same tax breaks. This is especially critical for small French companies, the SMEs , for which tax breaks are extremely valuable and necessary. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • ISRAEL NON EUROPEAN ? The pretext that Israel is not European no longer makes any sense.I would go as far as to say this pretext is a holdover from policies of the past.. I firmly believe that a change in funding eligibility for Israel must accompany what the French govt is hailing as its new policy towards Israel, a policy that began with the meeting that attracted so much press between Ariel Sharon and Jacques Chirac in the summer of 2005. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • EUROPE : THE REAL ARENA FOR BILATERAL COOPERATION ? Actually, massive R& D cooperation is already taking place on the European level,through the FP7 and Eureka clusters for example, with hundreds of consortia linking French and Israeli entities. Is there definitely room for France to go solo? NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • MODELS OF BILATERAL R&D COOPERATION : USA, SINGAPORE… There are models of bilateral cooperation that are succeeding thanks to dedicated funds between Israel and the technical powerhouses such as the USA, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and the UK. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • WITH HIGHLY REACTIVE & AUTONOMOUS FUNDS Those funds have great autonomy, joint scientific steering committees and advisory boards, and funding immediately available for projects that are deemed worth the investment. These do not necessary address symmetrical projects, but rather what I would call “business convergence” projects, putting together research on one side with marketing and business development on the other. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • FIRAD : A FRAMEWORK ORGANIZATION NOT A FUND… There is of course FIRAD the French Israeli governmental agreement for industrial R&D cooperation, but it does not have the status of a bilateral fund. It is simply a framework organization… In addition, with the FIRAD, funding decisions are made independently on each side. France and Israel having their own and independent funding policy. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • NO REAL IPO FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT Hundreds of projects have been ratified between Israel and the United States in the past 30 years on behalf of the BIRD F and as a result, often indirect, more than 100 Israeli companies have been listed on the NASDAQ . ONLY 15% OF THE ISRAELI ONLY 15% OF THE ISRAELI IPOs IN EUROPE ARE ON IPOs IN EUROPE ARE ON EURONEXT … EURONEXT … By contrast, only 8 Israeli companies are listed on the Euronext exchange. 75 75 70 70 65 65 60 60 55 55 50 50 76 76 (… But more than 30 Israeli cos are 45 45 40 40 35 35 30 30 Listed on the London Stock 25 25 20 20 15 15 20 20 Exchange / AIM). 10 10 5 11 11 9 8 6 5 9 8 6 3 2 0 3 2 0 EE SS N A FF N A N AM N A U W SS AS I IM YY M U W AS M EE RO SS IX EE RO IX D LL EE XX D SS NE A NE A EE QQ XXTT NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • TOWARD PPPs FROM EARLY STAGE TO SALES ? To face the challenges of the next decade, we must be able to mix scientific breakthroughs, technologies and industrial applications within the same funding programs, and we must bring public private partnerships, PPPs, on line from early technology stages to final marketing and sales. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • LEVERAGING SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION & D2C TT Strategic cooperation must be stepped up with Israel to benefit from high quality academic and industrial structures (by boosting post doc exchanges programs and technology JV programs for example) but also to benefit from a phenomenon that is more in the shadows…the transfer of military technology to civilian applications. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • TOWARD CROSS BOARDER D2C TT ? We must go beyond existing bilateral Defense to Defense technology transfers, D2D. ( bilateral D2D R&D Cooperation MOU signed in April 2000). The Israelis and the French both working on national D2C transfers, defense to civilian, each in his own corner. The future must bring bilateral D2C technology transfers, as part of a trend to programs of convergence. How to implement this, is another story… NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • IT IS VITAL TO SCALE UP FRANCE ISRAEL COOPERATION French industries have to scale up their activity with Israel according to their real bilateral capacity. Because today, the Israelis are the best placed actors to manage global TECHNO- CONVERGENCE, the industries of the future that are in fact just around the corner : For example NBIC (Nanoscience, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Cognitive science), MEMS, MOEMS, HLS, Lab On Chips, Stem Cells… NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • FOR 3 MAJOR BENEFITS French industries could reduce their TIME TO TECHNOLOGY by taking advantage of the performing know-how of the Israeli silicon valley, the academic think tanks and military technology transfers. French industries could also reduce their TIME TO MARKET by targeting third party markets such as India, China and California by using existing insider Israeli networks in those countries. French industries could also reduce their TIME TO MONEY by using the technical and financial pragmatism of successful Israeli venture capitalists. NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007
    • THANK YOU. Dominique BOURRA, MBA CEO of NANOJV JOINT VENTURES CONSTRUCTOR + 33 6 24 90 03 34 Ceo@nanojv.com NanoJV Joint Ventures Constructor Tel-Aviv April 30, 2007