ANNAPOLIS, MD – During an eight-day economic development mission to Israel and Jordan,Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that four high-tech Israeli companies will be opening offices in Maryland, capping a day of meetings with Jordanian entrepreneurs and medical and government officials in Israel. The companies, Shekel Scales, Askimo, Roboteam and Hybrid Security, range from a global provider of electronic scales and weighing systems to a start-up engaged in developing web fraud detection solutions. For the Governor’s public itinerary, click here.
“These companies are great additions to our high-tech entrepreneurial community and it is a testament to our highly-educated workforce and strategic location that they are choosing Maryland to grow,” said Governor O’Malley. “Israel and Maryland share a commitment to education and innovation, and to making this world a safer place. These companies exemplify those commitments and the strength of the bond between Maryland and Israel.”
Shekel Scales, which builds precision scales for the retail and healthcare industry, opened its office in Owings Mills earlier this year. The company already counts GE Healthcare, IBM and Fujitsu among its customers and plans to hire 30 people in Maryland.
“We’re glad to be here. This is a great opportunity for Shekel Scales to innovate new products and introduce them to the U.S. market,” said Shekel Scales Chairman Yoram Ben-Porat. “Our new and existing customers appreciate that we have a local presence.”
Askimo, an online education startup, will open a Montgomery County office with four employees by the end of the summer. The company is currently headquartered in Tel Aviv.
“Our intention is to establish the company’s global headquarters in the U.S. and to be close to the world’s capital of communications, Washington D.C.,” said Askimo CEO David Butnaro. “We found Maryland very suitable for our needs and goals — the geographic location, the marketing and business opportunities there, and especially the connections and help we are getting through the Maryland/Israel Development Center. I’m looking forward to opening Askimo’s office in Maryland and am sure success, creativity and innovation will evolve there.”
Roboteam’s new Maryland office will support its development of robots that collect tactical intelligence, dispose of explosives, conduct search and rescue operations and survey hazardous material spills.
“The R&D we are doing in Israel is fascinating and exciting, but the real challenge starts when the systems hit the ground,” said Shahar Abuhazira, CEO of Roboteam North America. “Maryland is the best location for our Training and Customer Support Center. We will benefit from the high-quality personnel there and by being so close to the key organizations we are working with.”
Hybrid Security, developer of artificially intelligent cybersecurity solutions, will establish a Maryland office within six months.
“We chose Maryland for our U.S headquarters because we see it becoming a leader in the cyber industry,” said Hybrid Security CEO Raviv Raz. “Hybrid Security is a technological leader and Maryland was also the first state to reach out and offer its generous support. I believe it is the right time and the right place in light of emerging cyber threats against the American economy and national security.”
Also today, Governor O’Malley visited Hadassah Medical Center in the ancient Ein Kerem district of Jerusalem. There, Dr. Jay Perman, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, signed an agreement that will launch collaborative studies of trauma care and emergency medicine and increase exchanges of students, faculty and researchers. Governor O’Malley also met Brig. Gen. Dr. Yitshak Kreiss, Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces, whose office will participate in the collaboration.
Governor O’Malley also met with Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and leader of the new Bayit Hayehudi Party. Governor O’Malley and Minister Bennett discussed a range of international political and economic events, the economies of Israel and Maryland, and efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in both. Earlier today, in Jordan’s capital of Amman, Governor O’Malley addressed a meeting of Intaj, an association representing that country’s software and IT industry.