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  • 10 Jan 2019 3:10 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    The Argentina Texas Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its renewed engagement with South by Southwest, the relevant event in the USA focused on “emerging technology: [...] the breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies”.



    We are pleased to offer to those who would like to attend and are members of the ATCC the following promotional offer:

    E.g. A Small Medium Enterprise that sends 3 employees to SXSW could pay up to $4.950, while a new ATCC member’ Small Medium Enterprise will pay $3.950, and the company will join all the benefits of being an ATCC member.


    So join us to expand your network and leverage the ATCC support.


  • 18 Dec 2018 3:05 PM | Victoria Balaban (Administrator)


    ATCC gathered its members to celebrate the great accomplishments reached by during 2018:

    • Participating in 25 events
    • Launching Buenos Aires Chapter
    • Participating in Argentinean roadshow mission in the region
    • Actively supporting Greater Houston Partnership when Mayor Turner visited Argentina on a Trade Mission.

    It was a special night to mingle with other members and to start setting the basis for 2019! The chamber is already planning enriching activities for its members.

    ATCC took the opportunity to thank its sponsors: YPF, Mayer Brown, King & Spalding, Techint, Pan American ENERGY, Calvetti Ferguson, Abaco, DoubleTree by Hilton. Their contribution made possible the chamber to exist.

    Finally, a special mention to the General Consulate of Argentina in Houston.

  • 17 Oct 2018 8:35 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    The ATCC Directors, Roberto Aguirre, Eduardo Nunez, Alejandro Juranovic, Sebastian Borgarello and Ariel Bosio participated in a fruitful meetings with the Argentine Ambassador, Fernando Oris de Roa. 


    The ambassador highlighted the importance of organizations such as the chamber being a key institution facilitating and helping investment and trade between regions. The discussion was focused on how to expand the collaboration and explore business opportunities.


    The Minister of Energy of Argentina, Javier Iguacel met with the ATCC Directors, Ariel Bosio, Sebastian Borgarello, Juan Ruegg, Christian Cerce, and Roberto Vitale. 


    In the case of the secretary of Energy, the well-known Vaca Muerta oil and gas unconventional reservoir development and Argentine renewable energy program (Renovar) were at the top of the agenda. Several initiatives were evaluated focused on the ATCC critical role of improving the value chain in both sectors by leveraging partnership among companies in both regions.


    The meetings were facilitated by Gabriel Volpi, Argentine General Consul in Houston.


  • 12 Oct 2018 5:42 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    Compartimos el exito del Seminario de Negocios de Petróleo y Gas

    “Internacionalización de la cadena de valor” realizado por el capítulo Patagónico de la Argentina-Texas Chamber of Commerce con mas de 70 asistentes.

    En el evento se explico como integrar la cadena de valor de las empresas y la industria con Estados Unidos mediante la internacionalización de las operaciones, el comercio internacional y las asociaciones estratégicas buscando ganar competitividad y nuevos mercados.

    Gracias a nuestros oradores: Shawn Bennett, Mariano Hasperue, Sebastián Alejandro Tapia, Ing Marcela Frattini, Roberto Vitale y Natalia Marianela Muguerza


  • 11 Oct 2018 11:03 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    Join The Academy of Tango - Texas in celebrating the eighth official “Day of Tango” Festival in Austin with performances by area Tango instructors, professional performers, and musicians!

    Proclaimed by the Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, and recognized by the State of Texas as a momentous event, The Day of Tango has been celebrated in Argentina every year on December 11 since 1965 in honor of the birth dates of the two men responsible for the creation and worldwide promotion of the Tango: Carlos Gardel and Julio De Caro.

    After 11 years of successful campaigning by Ben Molar, the country of Argentina formally recognized The Day of Tango on November 29, 1977.

    With the approval of La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina, The Academy of Tango-Texas is proud to continue this momentous celebration in Austin!

    More about the “Day of Tango” and Academy of Tango-Texas:

    This event will be a celebration of the Tango as it is an integral part of the Argentine/Latin culture. 

    The Academy of Tango - Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and cohesion of the Argentinean and Latin Community, providing  awareness and promotion of the Tango as a cultural heritage of humanity in the State of Texas. The Academy of Tango-Texas is also a correspondent of the National Academy of Tango in Argentina (La Academia Nacional del Tango de la Republica Argentina). 

    Every year in many Latin American countries, December 14th is celebrated as The Day of Tango (Dia del Tango). We (The Academy of Tango-Texas) officially brought this celebration to Austin in 2017 and are proud to continue this tradition again in 2018.  

    Or goal is to eventually have the Day of Tango recognized on both the State and National level in Texas and the United States.



  • 11 Oct 2018 10:46 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    First meeting from the Buenos Aires Chapter! We discussed the strategic management objectives, Seminar organization, Cooperation agreements with other organizations, Commercial missions, Designate responsible for industries, and Organization of networking events Thanks to Andrea Albano Robles, Nadia Venticinque, Marcelo Lamesa, Mariana Guzian, Gabriel Riveiro, Oscar Eduardo Mary, CPA (Arg), Francisco Cascante, Tomas Lanardonne and Pablo Rueda 

    Special thanks to Martinez de Hoz & Rueda (MHR) for hosting the meeting!


  • 11 Oct 2018 10:38 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    Immunotherapy in cancer is not new. It goes back to experiences in ancient Chinese dynasties and, in the modern era, to discoveries of Dr. William Coley who made, in 1891, the first attempts to stimulate the immune system to improve the condition of his cancer patients. With this purpose, he injected a bacterial toxin directly into his patient’s tumor. And that's what immunotherapy is all about: using the potential of our own defense system against infections (immune system) to attack a tumor. Certainly, Coley's theories, viewed with apprehension in his time, were confirmed in the 20th century, when the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG-tuberculosis) administered by intravesical instillation into bladder cancer, started to be used, and is nowadays, one of the standard of care of those tumors.

    Speaking in lay terms, we will consider our Immune System as an army. It has all kinds of soldiers: white blood cells (B lymphocytes that fire weapons and produce antibodies, which are the bullets). T lymphocytes (which fight "hand to hand" with tumor cells), dendritic cells (which alert the army about the invasion), and even traitors (regulatory T lymphocytes) that help the tumor to evade those attacks.

    Immunotherapy is currently one of the five pillars used to fight against cancer: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, target therapy and immunotherapy. Modernized by the multiple discoveries performed in the last two centuries (biological products produced by and in cells, for example monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, therapeutic vaccines, CAR-T cells, etc.), we will describe in particular the monoclonal antibodies. It was mentioned that the antibodies were secreted by the B lymphocytes, a subset of the white blood cells. But that can only be accomplished in a living organism, ex-vivo the B lymphocytes can only live for short time and then die.

    The Argentinian researcher, Dr. Cesar Milstein, conceived a way to grow and immortalize those B lymphocytes in a laboratory flask, so that they can produce antibodies like a factory whose workers are immortal B cells. Why is the “monoclonal” name added? Because each operator produces only one type of antibody, for example to kill a tumor cell. That discovery, which was not patented because the University in England where Milstein worked did not see for it a practical application, awarded him the Nobel Prize in 1984. Monoclonal antibodies began to be used in cancer immunotherapy, being Rituximab the first to be approved in 1997 for the treatment of lymphomas. Others followed: Herceptin for breast cancer, Avastin to destroy the blood vessels that feed the tumor, etc.

    Some years later, Dr. James Allison, an immunologist and Texan researcher, discovered that the immune system has brakes (immune-checkpoints), which prevent an infectious process, for example, from exacerbating the soldiers of the "hand to hand" fight. The brakes naturally limit their actions in order not to damage the rest of the body. But in cancer this brake negatively impacts the patient and benefits the tumor because the T lymphocytes do not attack it. Allison deciphered the mechanisms of that brake and blocked it, by using a specific monoclonal antibody against the CTLA4 molecule, which just helps to lift the foot off the brake, stimulating the lymphocytes to attack the tumor. That is the reason for his Nobel Prize: "discovery of a therapy for cancer, inhibiting the negative immune-regulation". In other words, lift the foot of the brake that prevents the soldiers from attacking. It is a form of immunotherapy that uses monoclonal antibodies to stimulate the immune system itself to destroy the tumor. Its toxicity is lower than other therapies and gives better clinical responses. And since it does not attack cells of a particular tumor, it can be used in any type of tumor, alone or in combination with other established therapies.

    Hence, the "Argentine connection": if Milstein had not discovered his monoclonal antibodies, perhaps Allison would have needed another tool to activate the T lymphocytes.

    Our laboratory of Monoclonal Antibodies, which I direct, located at the Department of Immunology (Chair Dr. James Allison) of the University of Texas - M.D.Anderson Cancer Center (UT-MDACC), generates "custom-made" monoclonal antibodies: some to be used in therapy, others for basic research, discovering mechanisms to stop the growth of a tumor, or to test the in vitro concept of a potential future therapy. We collaborate with Dr. Allison developing monoclonal antibodies for some of his current projects. We also collaborate with many other researchers of the institution and other universities or private institutions and companies,

    My 30+ years of experience in Immunotherapy was in part acquired in Argentina working at the Leloir Institute. In 1987, I received direct training from Dr. Milstein on the methodology for the generation of monoclonal antibodies. I joined UT-M.D.Anderson in 2002 and recently, together with three colleagues, I co-authored the patent of a monoclonal antibody against another of those immune-checkpoints of the immune system, the OX40 molecule. The anti-OX40 antibody was licensed by the UT-MDACC to GSK (Glaxo) and started in 2015 a phase I clinical trial in patients with different tumor types.

    https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/promise/spring-2013/md-anderson-glaxosmithkline-working-on-cancer-immune-therapy.html

    https://www.rdmag.com/news/2015/11/gsk-merck-study-immunotherapy-combination-potential-cancer-treatment

    Since May 2018, invited by the president of the Argentina - Texas Chamber of Commerce (ATCC) Ariel Bossio, I am part of the board, as an advisor for the Biotechnology and Biomedicine fields. My main objective is to organize events related to these areas of expertise, to facilitate visits by prominent personalities from the scientific and/or medical fields between Argentina and Texas, as well as to promote the exchange of students included in the aforementioned specialties. Obtaining funds from pharmaceutical companies or entrepreneurs, with an interest in this area of knowledge, would help to accomplish these achievements. Potential starting point for attracting companies from Argentina to establish headquarters in Texas, where about 99,000 people work in fields related to various aspects of biological sciences and biotechnology and with an estimated raising number of 360,000 new jobs in the field in the near future.

    https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2017/october/biotech.php

    Laura Bover, PhD
    Professor
    Director Monoclonal Antibody Core Facility
    University of Texas M.D.Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate member of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
    Immunology Department/ Genomic Medicine Department

    lbover@mdanderson.org



  • 26 Sep 2018 7:58 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    Houston and Argentina: Trade, Business Ties 

    Overview 

    The Houston-Galveston Customs District is the second busiest gateway for U.S.-Argentina trade (by value) and Argentina is Houston’s sixth largest South American trade partner. From ’07 to ’17, trade between Houston and Argentina averaged $2.7 billion annually, and was valued at $2.4 billion in ’17. More than 4,500 people living in the Houston metro were born in Argentina. 

    Houston’s Business Ties 

    • Fifteen Houston firms operate 46 subsidiary locations in Argentina, including Cameron International, Exterran Holdings, National Oilwell Varco and Schlumberger.
    • Seven Argentine firms operate seven subsidiaries in the Houston area, including Bridas Energy, Pectra Technology, Pluspetrol Internacional and Tecpetrol.
    • Trade and cultural relationships with Argentina are facilitated in Houston through the Consulate General of the Argentine Republic, the Argentina-Texas Chamber of Commerce, IAPG Houston and Casa Argentina of Houston, an organization that promotes the culture and traditions of Argentina.
    • United Airlines offers daily nonstop passenger flights from Houston to Buenos Aires. 

    Air Cargo Trade 

    • Houston ranks as the third busiest gateway for U.S.-Argentina air cargo trade (by weight).
    • Air cargo trade between Houston and Argentina totaled 2,560.8 metric tons in ’17, a 47.6 percent increase over ’16, and was valued at $169.8 million.
    • In ’17, the top three commodities by weight were industrial equipment and computers; articles of iron and steel; and electrical machinery, equipment, and parts, accounting for 59.6 percent of total air cargo trade.

    Total Trade 

    Houston-Argentine total annual trade has ranged from a low of $1.5 billion in ’09 to a high of $3.7 billion in ’14. In ’17, total trade was valued at $2.4 billion, a 1.8 percent increase from the previous year, due to an increase in the import value of articles of iron and steel and the export value of mineral fuels, oil, and refined products. 





    Source: Greater Houston Partnership

  • 26 Sep 2018 6:43 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    Harris County, Texas has been in the business of economic development and growth since 1836. Organized in 1837 and named for John R. Harris, founder of Harrisburg, Harris County is governed by a county judge elected countywide and four commissioners, each elected by their respective precinct. 

    Harris County’s population has grown since 1990 to where it is now the third most populous and most diverse county in the U.S. Residents and businesses thrive and expand by benefiting from an overall cost of living that is 8% below the national average, an advantageous geographic location, and a competitive transportation cost index that is 4% lower than the national average. Well-established global networks such as 1 sea port, 2 major airports, a world-class highway system, and 3 major rail road companies connect Harris County and the Gulf of Mexico to the interior of the U.S. and to the world. 


    In 2016, Harris County was the number one largest U.S. single-county exporter with $68.2 billion in exported goods, which accounted for 81% of all goods exported from the Houston Metro area. 

    A relatively low overall tax burden with no state and local income tax points to Harris County’s competitive edge on the global stage. Businesses enjoy nimble land use regulations and business friendly labor rules coupled with competitive business and permitting compliance costs. 

    Harris County’s streamlined construction approval process allows companies to identify sites, gain construction approval, and build their facilities quickly.

    Source: LoneStar.edu/EconomicDevelopment

    The full article here

  • 20 Sep 2018 10:00 PM | Lucas Lombardi (Administrator)

    La ATCC participó de la reunión GRULAC - Condado de Harris (Judge Emmett) para lanzamiento del recientemente un departamento de asuntos internacionales bajo la dirección de Michelle Hundley para la cooperación en asuntos de comercio internacional e inversión.


    Participaron los cónsules, agregados comerciales y presidentes de cámara de comercio de:

    Argentina, Bolivia,. Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, España, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Panama, Paraguay, Perú y Uruguay.



    El Condado de Harris es el condado numero 1 en Estados Unidos en intercambio comercial internacional.

    El Grupo de América Latina y el Caribe ante las Naciones Unidas (GRULAC) es un grupo de diálogo no vinculante que reúne a 33 países miembros de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) ubicados en esta región con el fin de coordinarse y crear consenso en diversos temas.


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