10th Israeli company sets up office in BioTech Park in Richmond

BY JOHN REID BLACKWELL Richmond Times-Dispatch

An Israel-based information technology company has set up its first U.S. office in the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park in downtown Richmond.

Qball Technologies Ltd. is the 10th Israeli company to open operations in the park, which now has 63 tenants. The company has signed a lease for an office in the complex.

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Qball provides IT services such as networking and security, focusing on companies in the life sciences field. Its customers include biotechnology park tenant ImmunArray Ltd., a developer of diagnostic tests for autoimmune diseases and for improving transplantation medicine.

Qball’s general manager, Yossi Bauer, will work at the Richmond office initially, with plans to hire additional staff as the company’s market grows.

“We ultimately chose the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park because we want to be close to potential customers and have a supportive infrastructure to help us grow our business,” Bauer said in a statement.

Qball and other Israel-based companies have opened offices in the research park with the help of the Virginia Israel Advisory, a state agency that provides assistance for Israeli companies that want to establish or expand their businesses in the United States by locating in Virginia.

Nine other companies with roots in Israel are now operating in the park. One of them is Cupron, a maker of anti-microbial materials, which relocated from Israel to the park in 2009.

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