Professor Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Cell Research and Immunology Professor Rimona Margalit of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology were awarded $10, 000 for their groundbreaking development in cancer treatment at the inaugural Untold News Awards on Wednesday, November 12 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Harmonie Club in New York City. Theirs is one of three Israeli inventions to be selected for the award, out of a pool of candidates submitted by prestigious Israeli institutions including Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and Hebrew University, amongst others.
An American non-profit, Untold News is dedicated to promoting Israeli inventors and educating Americans on the positive news generated from the State of Israel.
Prof. Peer, who is also Head of Nanomedicine and the Scientific Director of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Tel Aviv University, and Prof. Margalit will be honored for their development of the “cancer bullet.” The treatment is an injectable form of patient-friendly chemotherapy that targets only diseased cells. According to Peer, this is the first time nanoparticles are used in clusters instead of individually and has shown little to now side effects in trials.
Winners were selected by a jury of American leaders including Mr. David Schizer, former Dean of Columbia Law School; Dr. Barry Coller, Chief Medical Officer, Rockefeller University; Tony Tether, former Director of DARPA; and Heidi Jacobus, Chariman and CEO of Cybernet Systems. This year’s winners also include Israeli professor Shlomo Magdassi and engineer Idan Tobis.
Following their New York appearance, the winners will visit Philadelphia, Boston and Washington D.C.