Published On: Sun, Feb 8th, 2015

Good News from Israel: Israeli-Arab App Treats ADHD, Stem Cells Rebuilding Muscles, and the Cancer Breathalyzer

Israeli-developed stem cells can rebuild muscles after an operation...
Aziz Kaddan and Anas Abu Mukh
The highlights:
·        Israeli-developed stem cells can rebuild muscles after an operation.
·        Two young Israeli-Arabs have developed an app to treat ADHD.
·        Five years after the earthquake, Israelis are still helping Haiti to heal.
·        The Israeli-developed cancer breathalyzer is to be built into a smartphone.
·        Microsoft and IBM “launch” 16 new Israeli startups.

Building muscle after hip replacement.  Israel’s Pluristem Therapeutics has announced that the improvement in muscle force of hip-replacement patients treated with its PLX-PAD cells was 40-times better than those who received a placebo.

Two Israeli-Arabs develop app to treat ADHD.  Aziz Kaddan and Anas Abu Mukh began degree courses at Haifa University when they were 16 years old.  They were just 19 when they thought up Myndlift – an app that teaches ADHD children and adults to concentrate by using their brainwaves to display a bright image.

Making it easier to remember your meds.  Israel’s MediSafe is opening an office in Boston.  It will help market MediSafe’s medication reminder app, which up to now has been promoted mainly by world of mouth.  Despite this, the app has been downloaded 1.3 million times and is used regularly by hundreds of thousands.

“MEDinISRAEL – The heartbeat of Medical Innovation.” Representatives from 60 countries will attend Israel’s MEDinISRAEL conference from 2326 March.  They will join 120 Israeli medical device companies and biotechs to discuss and demonstrate Israel’s latest developments in medical innovation.
The tiniest pump for diabetes and Parkinson’s.  (Thanks to Israel21c) Israel’s TouchéMedical is developing the world’s smallest, cheapest and smartest patch pump, for patients of all ages with diabetes, Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions.

Detecting cancer with the SniffPhone.  The NaNose cancer breathalyzer technology developed by Professor Hossam Haick of Israel’s Technion will soon be installed in a mobile phone – to be called, appropriately, the SniffPhone. Using a tiny smell-sensitive sensor, the phone will be able to detect cancer on a users’ breath.
Music Messenger is an instant hit.  Israelis invented the first instant messaging system ICQ.  Now the Israeli startup Music Messenger allows friends to send music to each other.  Recent investors include some major players and celebrities from the music industry, some who have never before worked with an Israeli company.
How the Cornell Technion is developing.  Whilst the new 2 million-square-foot Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island is being constructed, its 2nd semester is underway in temporary offices provided by Google. Graduates from the two-year program will receive dual degrees from the New York and Israeli schools.
Israel is one of world’s most innovative countries.  (Thanks to Michelle) Depending on which report you read, Israeli innovation is rated 3rd in the world by the World Economic Forum and 5th by Bloomberg.

Microsoft’s graduate startups.  (Thanks to Michelle) 11 startups graduated from the Microsoft Ventures cybersecurity and medical accelerator program in Herzliya. 

Intel buys German company and gets more Israeli developers.  Intel’s 10, 000 Israeli employees will be joined by 100 staff from the Israeli development center of Germany’s Lantiq.  Intel acquired Lantiq, which previously bought Israel’s Matalink – a developer of wireless communications solutions.
New factory in China’s Israeli “silicon valley”.  Israeli automotive electronics company Taditel has established a new production plant in China. The plant is located in the CI3 industrial incubator initiative in Changzhou, Wujin Economic Zone (WEZ).
IBM’s graduate startups.  IBM’s Alpha Zone accelerator for start-ups has just held its first graduation ceremony.  The five startups had 24 weeks of access to IBM professionals to help them to “go global”.  One startup, EGM, has developed a smart meter that IBM will be selling around the world.

Connecting Israel to Asia.  (Thanks to Michelle)  Startup East is the first Israeli – Asian accelerator  aiming to connect startups in Israel and East Asia. In addition, it is launching a startup adventure Boot Camp program in Israel for Asian entrepreneurs, students and graduates.
Don’t leave the site.  Jerusalem-based startup Curiyo subtly persuades users to stay on a particular website. It places links to text on a site that tempts the user to click in order to discover useful information.  But those links don’t take the user to an external site.  Curiyo has just raised $1 million of new funding.
Find out if your website really “clicks”.  Israel’s ClickTale provides companies with analyses of the success (or otherwise) of their websites.  It shows how users behave when they use the site – does it generate enough business?  ClickTale has just raised $35 million of new funding.

Samsung invested in 8 Israeli startups in 2014.  Korean giant Samsung’s revenue from TVs last year was little changed from 2013.  That’s why it is seeking Israeli startups – in order to explore new business areas.


Israel – the bridge for China’s “Silk Road”.  This article focuses on Israel’s pivotal role in providing China with outlets to both the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Two fruitful acquisitions.  Appropriately, on the Jewish New Year for trees, Israel’s Fruitarom announced it was buying two foreign companies.  Spain’s Ingrenat produces natural plant extracts.  The UK’s FoodBlenders manufactures savory solutions for the food industry.





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