North West Showcases at Event to Build ‘Golden’ Bridges Between Ireland and USA

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North West Showcases at Event to Build ‘Golden’ Bridges Between Ireland and USA

Representatives from business, community and political life in northwest Ireland travelled to Boston this week to take part in the seventh annual Golden Bridges conference promoting transatlantic partnerships.

Among key Irish American speakers at the two day gathering (21-22 October 2015) are Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston and Marty Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts.

Backed by Councils from Donegal, Derry City, and Strabane, the event in the Seaport Hotel, Boston, will hear from Donegal County Council Chairperson, Councillor Ciarán Brogan, and Maiden City Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion.

Key backing for the transatlantic initiative has come from Invest Northern Ireland in the US with two companies which have made recent investments in Derry-Londonderry, OVS and Metaverse Mod Squad, being honoured at a gala luncheon during the conference.

The event in Boston will focus on a life sciences forum on linking Boston and North West Ireland’s changing life sciences industries. Speakers will include bio-entrepreneur Susan Whoriskey and Mark Campbell, Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories which boasts facilities in Co. Antrim, Co. Donegal and in the US. Mark will also be speaking at Harvard University on the potential of Irish life science innovations to improve healthcare globally. Commenting on the event, Mark said:

“This is a great opportunity to strengthen life science links between the North West of Ireland and Boston. We at Randox know that we have much to offer and we’re very grateful for the support from Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta in enabling this event to happen.”
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