Happy New Year to all our clients, colleagues and friends! In 2015 we saw our services grow globally, having supported our clients with fundraising or with IP transactions with a combined value of over $50 million across a range of diversified industries. We had the opportunity to do what we like doing the most: bring new technology to market, be it via a new startup venture getting off the ground, or a large corporation commercializing its intellectual property. We have also significantly increased our educational and thought leadership initiatives in 2015, through teaching at Stanford, lecturing to startups, launching our corporate education series, and speaking at IP and business conferences, including the Asia IP Business & Finance conference in Seoul (South Korea) where I was invited as a keynote speaker and had the honor of meeting the head of the Korean Patent Office.
As we welcome 2016, Foresight is planning to go global, develop new products and services for our clients, and keep building our educational platform. On the global front, we are planning to open an office in Israel to better serve our startup clients in the "startup nation", a country that has more startups per capita than any other region in the world. We also plan to continue the collaboration with our affiliates around the world; most notably through partnerships we have in Europe, Japan and Korea. On the new services front, we are launching a set of new startup assessment tools and services, geared at helping startups improve their valuation and better position them for funding. Finally, we strongly believe in education as a way to move the needle when it comes to awareness as to the importance of IP as a strategic business asset. We are set to launch a comprehensive corporate education platform through a series of customized workshops and educational tools that we will be deploying in 2016.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you as part of our journey this year, either in our Silicon Valley office or in one of our upcoming events. We value having you as part of the Foresight family and look forward to a productive, innovative and exciting 2016!
Efrat Kasznik, President