No. 193

  USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Activities

USRCC's "2nd Annual Healthcare Roundtable and Luncheon" with the Moscow Healthcare Delegation and Welcome Reception

In connection with the Agreement of Cooperation between the City of Houston and the City of Moscow signed in 2007  and to strengthen the cooperation between the two cities, the U.S. -Russia Chamber of Commerce hosted "by invitation only" 2nd Annual Healthcare Roundtable and Luncheon with the Moscow Healthcare Delegation and the Welcome Reception. Both events took place on November 13, 2018 at Granduca Hotel Houston, TX.

The Moscow Healthcare Delegation included Deputy Head of the Department for External Affairs and International Relations, City of Moscow, Head of International Relations and Protocol Office, Department for External Affairs and International Relations, City of Moscow, First Deputy Head Department of Construction, City of Moscow, First Deputy Head, Moscow Healthcare Department and State Secretary, City of Moscow, General Director, Moscow International Medical Cluster, First Deputy Director, Moscow International Medical Cluster and Medical Director, Moscow International Medical Cluster. 

The main goal of the Healthcare Roundtable and the visit of the delegation in general was to discuss cooperation between the Moscow International Medical Cluster ("MIMC") and the Texas Medical Center and its member institutions, international healthcare exchange and management training programs, investment and partnership opportunities. More information about the Moscow International Cluster is available here.

The attendees included C-level, experienced healthcare professionals, s enior level executives from medical and biotech institutions, heads of departments of medicine and centers of bioscience and bioengineering and biomedicine labs from Texas Medical Center, BioHouston, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas, Rice University, the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Inpro Medical, Harris County Medical Society, CycloSam Therapeutics, Fannin Innovation Studio, Netnoids Rx Laboratories, Proxima Clinical Research, Adroit Surgical, and Administration of Harris County.

During the Roundtable, Mr. Mikhail Yugai, General Director of the Moscow International Medical Cluster provided the audience with its overview, its core activities, current infrastructure projects, diversified investment portfolio and during the Q&A sessions discussed some of the possible ways of collaboration with the U.S. universities, TMC, and various healthcare institutions.

The Welcome Reception was held in the evening of November 13, 2018 and was attended by the  USRCC members and guests including  healthcare professionals, academia, representatives of Harris County and the Texas Department of Agriculture who came to extend their warm welcome to the Moscow Healthcare Delegation. 

During the entire visit the Moscow Healthcare delegation had a full agenda, which included several site tours at the Texas Medical Center, TMCx, Ben Taub Hospital, and UT Health School of Dentistry, and  meetings with the executive teams of the Texas Medical Center, Institute of Innovation, the University of Houston, and C-level executives of the biotech startup companies.

"The 2nd Healthcare Roundtable provided a collegial bilateral forum to discuss new clinical, research and education opportunities of common interest. With a focus on cooperation between the Texas Medical Center and the Moscow International Medical Cluster, there were productive and interesting discussions and exchange of ideas. The meeting helped build a foundation for further positive interactions."

Jeffrey P. Sutton, MD, PhD, Friedkin Professor and Founding Director, Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Space Medicine, Chairman of the Board, Translational Research Institute for Space Health

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