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In the 2nd Nov 2014 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:
·        Israel’s Universal Flu Vaccine is granted international patents.
·        The United Nations praised Israel for its work to combat the Ebola virus.
·        Israeli scientists have made electrical circuits from strands of DNA.
·        An Israeli fungicide dramatically slows down the deterioration of fresh food.
·        An innovative Israeli on-line system has entered the second-hand car market.
·        A pair of Israeli bridge players have become world champions.
·        A new inspiring website of positive Israel stories.
Universal Flu vaccine gets EU and Japanese patents.  The European Union and Japan have granted patents to the universal flu vaccine Multimeric-001 (M-001) developed by Israel’s BiondVax.  The ex-Weizmann Institute technology already has patents in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Russia and Mexico.
Boost for GVHD treatment.  The US FDA has given orphan status to Glassia from Israel’s Kamada, to treat Graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).  Preliminary studies indicate that Glassia may be able to treat and reduce the severity of GVHD, a key life-threatening complication of stem cell transplantation from another person.
Success with new treatment for Parkinson’s.  Phase II trials of liquid levodopa/carbidopa (LD/CD) (ND0612L) by Israeli biotech NeuroDerm have shown improvements in patients with moderate to severe Parkinson’s disease. 
App improves eyesight of Israeli pilots.  The Israeli app GlassesOff has been tested successfully on 32 Israeli Air Force pilots.  On average, a 35% improvement in visual acuity (sharpness and clarity) was achieved after 3 months of exercises for just 12-15 minutes, three times a week.  GlassesOff improves the brain, not the eyes.
Leading the way on managing ADHD.  (Thanks to Nevet – Hadassah Hospital’s Neurocognitive Center has one of the world’s most innovative models for the management of ADHD.  Hadassah’s diagnosis and therapy practices allow children to live normal lives with their families.
US approval for Israeli ECG system.  The US FDA has approved the innovative ECG system HyperQ Analyzer Rest developed by Israeli biotech BSP.  HyperQ can test patients at rest, diagnosing early-stage heart disease without putting the patient under stress. It is less risky than alternative invasive and radioactivity tests.

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The world wakes up to WakeUp.  WakeUp is the Israeli-developed natural beverage solution to post-lunch fatigue. WakeUp, from Israel’s Inno-Bev, won the 2014 SupplySide CPG Editors’ Choice Award in the Energy Drink category. 
Look what you can 3D print.  The Israeli website Inside3DP aims to become the primary authority on the 3D printing industry, providing expert analysis of the technology in all its varied aspects.
Electrical circuits using DNA.  An international scientific group led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Danny Porath has made electricity flow through long molecules of four DNA strands. This breakthrough in molecular electronics could lead to a new generation of simpler and cheaper computer circuits.
Helping California combat drought.  Professor Eilon Adar, of Ben Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), is in California sharing technology and experience of working with scarce water resources.  ZWIR specialties include desalination, hydrology, resource economics and water management.
Solar power from trees.  (Thanks to Size Doesn’t Matter) The Ramat HaNadiv nature park in Northern Israel contains an unusual tree. The solar powered tree has a brown metal trunk and branches. Its seven broad leaves are solar panels that provide shade, plus energy for electric and USB outlets, chilled water fountains and wifi.
Silence on board.  There has been quite a lot of “noise” recently about the ‘Quiet Bubble’ technology developed by Israel’s Silentium. It can create quiet zones around aircraft passengers’ heads. The system, based on Active Noise Cancellation, was demonstrated in California and Washington recently.
Israel in global test of cosmic radiation.  Israel is part of a 4-nation project to measure the ionization rate from cosmic radiation at various altitudes up to 35km.  Scientists in Israel, England, Russia and Spain will release high-altitude balloons carrying cosmic ray detectors in the first international experiment of its kind.
New center for crop protection.  Israel’s Evogene has opened dedicated Research & Development facilities at its Rehovot facility to support the company’s product programs focusing on fungus, insect and weed control.
Shelf life extended by 1500%.  An invention by Israel’s Pimi Agro could see the end of world hunger.  Pimi has developed a fungicide, based on hydrogen peroxide with additives, that keeps fruit and vegetables fresh for up to 10 weeks.  It will prevent the current wastage of one-third of all agricultural produce.

A $ billion company in the making.  Israeli start-up ThetaRay uses complex maths for the early detection of security breaches, enabling the shutdown of systems before damage can be done.  Its customers and investors include GE, Hapoalim and Citi. It is in talks with Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley and has big ambitions.
Building up ties with Philadelphia.  Eleven Israeli startup companies are in Philadelphia, attending Philadelphia’s first Israel Technology Conference, hosted by Drexel University.  Philadelphia is a perfect gateway for Israeli companies, thanks to its abundance of higher education and healthcare institutions.
The Chinese Go4Israel.  Hundreds of European and Asian investors looked to Israel for business partnerships at the twelfth annual Go4Europe/Go4Israel conference in Tel Aviv’s Hilton Hotel.  This year’s conference focused specifically on strengthening ties between Israel and China.
Good news for startups.  Investment in Israel startups during the 3rd quarter of 2014 was 6% higher than the same period in 2013.  Over $700 million of funding capital was invested in Israeli hi-tech from Jul-Sep 2014.
DNA test for your family tree.  Israel-based ancestry research company MyHeritage has joined up with 23andMe, the biotech company that sells personal DNA kits, to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetics testing and documented family history.
Reinventing the used car marketplace.  (Thanks to Israel startup Beepi is transforming the buying and selling of used cars by providing inspection, financing and delivery, all through its digital platform.  It sounds too good to be true, but it has raised $60 million from investors who like the idea.

The “All Children’s Park”.  Israel has inaugurated another accessibility park for children.  The ACP (All the Children’s Park) at Hod Hasharon contains playing devices that allow children with special needs (emotional, social, mental, physical, sensual disabilities) interact with ordinary children.
Women take to Crowdfunding.  Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found that the proportion of women (35%) raising capital using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter was far higher than women using more traditional methods.  The reason is that women have better on-line networking skills than men.
Azerbaijan.  More on the emerging relationship between Israel and its majority-Muslim ally.
UN praises Israel’s work to combat Ebola.  Wow! United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sent a letter to Israel’s envoy to the UN, Ron Prosor, commending the Jewish state for its efforts to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Meanwhile, Israel’s Sys Technologies makes the inflatable isolation tents recently installed in Guinea.  It also developed a stretcher that isolates those suspected of having contracted the virus.
Nursing sea turtles back to health.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Mikhmoret has nine patients.  They include Mazel (Luck) who is blind and Hofesh (Freedom) with his artificial fins.  They will stay and hopefully breed, but the other seven could eventually return to the sea.



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