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News for: February 2015

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WEBINAR NIH Grant Opportunities 

Learn about the funding opportunities from the National Institute of Health's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NIH provides grant opportunities for small businesses in any biomedical or behavioral research area that falls within NIH's mission to improve human health. Join us for an informative webinar to learn about the programs’ general requirements, the application process, the three distinct phases of funding, where to find awardee/applicant lists, and the differences between the SBIR and STTR programs.

  • When: Tuesday, February 10th
  • Time: 1:00 pm Eastern, 1 Hour duration
  • Where: Your Computer & Telephone
  • Cost: $15
  • Register here

Trade Events

WEBINAR Update on EU Medical Device Legislation

Join our industry experts for a one and a half-hour webinar to learn what current and upcoming changes to expect with regards to EU Regulations for Medical Devices.  The webinar is expected to last approximately one hour leaving 30 minutes for Q&A.

  • When: Tuesday, February 24th
  • Time: 11:00 am Eastern, 1 Hour duration
  • Where: Your Computer & Telephone
  • Cost: $35
  • Register here 

Business Opportunities in Africa – Webinar Series

The Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa Webinar Series offers convenient access to the economic outlook and opportunities in 8 dynamic markets. Six webinars, offered from February to April, focus on providing a market overview and best practices for achieving success. Our experts include Senior Diplomats located at U.S. embassies and experienced U.S. exporters. Purchase the entire series and receive all 6 webinars for the price of 4! Includes recordings and all hand-outs, as well as ample Q&A time and speaker contacts for follow-up. This webinar series is also a venue to prepare participating U.S. companies for a more successful experience during the upcoming Trade Winds – Africa Trade Mission in September.

  • Date: February 4 – April 29, 2015 at 11:00am EST-12:15pm EST
  • Cost: $160
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  • Webinar Series Schedule: South Africa – February 4; Kenya & Tanzania – March 4; Ghana – March 19; Angola & Mozambique – April 1; Ethiopia – April 15; Nigeria – April 29. 

Automated Export System Seminar and Workshop (English and Spanish)

 The U.S. Commercial Service and the Census Bureau  are partnering to offer an engaging day of learning. As of April 5, 2014, new export requirements were implemented that amended the regulations published in 2008. Census Bureau officers will cover these regulations, filing requirements of the FTR, as well as how to classify your commodities using the Schedule B classification requirements, and provide a thorough overview of the AES. All those involved in the export process should be aware of these regulations.

  • When: March 3 and 4, 2015 (English) March 5 and 6, 2015 (Spanish)
  • Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Cost: Seminar $225, Workshop $75 
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CEO Program for U.S. Companies at MEDICA 2015

MEDICA 2015 is the largest and most prestigious medical technology show in the world, with over 5,500 exhibitors (incl. the Compamed/medical manufacturing segment), and over 132,000 international visitors in 19 halls on the Dusseldorf fairgrounds.  The U.S. Commercial Service's Corporate Executive Office (CEO) Program provides a unique way for U.S. firms to optimize their participation in this show.  Showcase your products and services to over 132,000 "trade only" visitors from 110 countries; meet the potential partners, agents, distributors and buyers; and close business deals without the expense of an exhibition booth.

·         When:  November 16-19, 2015 (Monday – Thursday)
·         Where:  Dusseldorf, Germany
·         Application deadline:  August 17, 2015 (unless sold out sooner)
·         Cost: $6,000 regular space or $6,800 for premium space

For more information, contact: Sandra Campbell (Tampa Bay); Cindy Ma (Oakland) or Anette Salama (Dusseldorf/Germany)
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Trade Missions

2016 Trade Mission Survey: Tell us where YOU want to go! 

We are planning our 2016 trade mission schedule and we want to hear from you!  If you would like to help shape our country choices, let us know in this 3-question survey:

Egypt, Jordan, Israel Mission

The USDOC is organizing a business development mission to Egypt, Jordan and Israel, with an optional stop in the West Bank with the purpose of introducing representatives from U.S. firms and related trade associations to the region and to promote exports of U.S. healthcare products and services.

  • When: May 16–21, 2015
  • Where: Egypt, Jordan and Israel, with an optional stop in the West Bank
  • Application Deadline:  March 13, 2015
  • Cost: $3,325 for small or medium-sized enterprise or trade association/organization with fewer than 500 employees, $4,625 for large firms, $1,000 for each additional firm representative
  • West Bank optional meetings is in addition to the mission participation fee above, at $750 per SME and $2,300 per large firm

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Trade Winds-Africa Trade Mission

The 2015 Trade Winds program includes an Africa focused business forum, in South Africa, consisting of regional and industry specific conference sessions as well as pre-arranged consultations with U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Officers representing commercial markets from 19 different countries throughout the region. There will also be multiple trade mission stops that will give participants the opportunity to conduct business-to-business meetings with firms in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.

  • When: September 14-21, 2015 - Dates will vary based on selected mission stops.
  • Cost: Conference & one mission stop: $2,500 for companies with fewer than 500 employees/ $3,500 for large firms; Additional mission stop: $800/ea; Additional representative: $500/ea 
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Trade Leads

Denmark: Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring

Qatar: Hospital consulting for planned high-end clinics

Finland: Supplies for first aid kits, emergency kits, and mobile medical relief

To respond to these trade leads, please contact your local trade specialist.

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Country Spotlight: Singapore

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Singapore’s healthcare system ranks sixth globally and offers the 4th best healthcare infrastructure in the world. It also serves as the healthcare and medical hub of the region and is arguably Asia’s best healthcare system. Demand for healthcare in Singapore is set to grow as the population increases and ages. The island state’s population is likely to increase to 5.5 million by 2020. Demand for state of the art medical technologies is also expected to grow as Singapore strengthens its reputation as the region’s healthcare hub and center for healthcare excellence offering first class healthcare delivery systems and facilities to both its resident population and the international patient market.

Singapore serves as a showcase for healthcare delivery and medical technology and is considered the gateway to the regional economies of South East Asia. The three key healthcare strategies Singapore is pursuing are clinical research, improving long-term care and moving towards more sophisticated care. 

Read more about Singapore and 66 other country spotlights in our 2015 Healthcare Technology Resource Guide.

Did You Know...?

Free Trade Agreements Can Save You Money!

Did you know that the U.S. has FTA's with 20 countries, and is negotiating 2 more agreements with the EU and 12 Asian countries?  FTA's can make exporting easier and cheaper, by creating obligations that affect trade in goods and services, and protections for investors and intellectual property rights, among other topics. For the United States, the main goal of trade agreements is to reduce barriers to U.S. exports, protect U.S. interests competing abroad, and enhance the rule of law in the FTA partner country or countries. Learn more about U.S. Free Trade Agreements here:

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The Healthcare Team of the U.S. Commercial Service is dedicated to enhancing the global competitiveness of the U.S. health industry, expanding market access, and increasing exports. To learn more about you how you can receive assistance in finding market intelligence, developing your export strategy, connecting with international buyers, or support at trade events, contact your Local Trade Specialists in one of our 100 U.S. Export Assistance Centers around the U.S.