ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
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Success for Israeli Enlivex. 90% of the severe and critical COVID-19 patients recovered in 5-days and were released home. The drug is expected to potentially be relevant to various coronavirus strain mutations.
Israel is leading in the development of a cure for coronavirus. Has a cure for COVID-19 been found in Israel? Tel Aviv medical center Ichilov Hospital published today (Friday) new details about an experiment with the innovative drug for the treatment of coronavirus patients, which was first reported last night in the evening news at Kan11.
Vaccines for everyone over 16. Israel is the first country to offer vaccines to any citizen over the age of 16. It aims to vaccinate 90% of the over-50s within two weeks. Nearly two million Israelis (20% of the population) have now received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine with just 0.066% re-infections.
Preventing Covid-19 outbreaks in schools. Israel’s Thermoguard has developed special data-gathering thermometers that flag small-but-significant peaks in body temperature. It has been testing them in kindergartens to alert staff to take early action to prevent mass classroom outbreaks from unvaccinated children.
Remote tech for cardio care. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center’s partnership with Israel’s Datos Health is transforming the delivery of cardiac rehabilitation programs. Datos has also partnered Israel’s Vaica Medical to add patient management facilities into its remote cardiac telemedicine app.
A Google map of brain RNA. Scientists from Bar Ilan University, Harvard and MIT have produced a detailed map of the genes inside the main memory center of a mouse brain. The researchers say the same technology will work in humans and could help treat diseases of the brain like Alzheimer’s, and others including cancer.
What really happens in the body when you are stressed. When we are stressed – the whole body is stressed. Some will feel the tension in the lower abdomen, while others will experience stiffness in the neck or jaw area, but only one organ in the body will grow, and even double in volume, as a result of constant exposure to pressure – the adrenal gland that secretes the stress hormone cortisol.
Migraine treatment device gets US approval. Israel’s Theranica has received US FDA clearance to market its Nerivio therapeutic device for the acute treatment of episodic or chronic migraine in people 12 years and older. Theranica’s migraine patch was approved by the FDA in 2019.
Stronger and safer than morphine. Israel’s Therapix Biosciences is working with the University of Calgary to evaluate the pain relief effect of its THX-160 analgesic. In pre-clinical studies, THX-160 was in some instances even more effective than high-dose morphine.
The seasons of our hormones. Anonymous big data in the systems of Israel’s four medical companies (HMOs) is providing researchers with the information they need to solve medical problems. In the latest example, scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute used data from Clalit to document the seasonal pattern of hormones.
Cancer treatment from camels and sharks. Israel’s Ben Gurion University Professor Niv Papo discovered that tiny antibodies called nanobodies, found only in camels and sharks, can penetrate hard cancerous tissue to release chemotherapy treatments. BGU has bought a camel and have now begun trials on prostate cancer.
Another digital health fund. Israel’s OTV (formally Olive Tree Ventures) has closed a new fund totaling $170 million. OTV focuses on digital health products that have the potential to work in different countries, make healthcare more affordable and fill gaps in overwhelmed healthcare systems.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Ramanujan Machine – Technion researchers have developed a “conjecture generator” that creates mathematical conjectures. Using AI and computer automation, Technion researchers have developed a “conjecture generator” that creates mathematical conjectures, which are considered to be the starting point for developing mathematical theorems. They have already used it to generate a number of previously unknown formulas
Israel’s Zaraz Offers to Speed Up Any Website. Israeli startup Zaraz can make a website 40% faster with a single line of code. It does so by optimizing how a site loads third-party tools. The company, which just raised $2 million in a round of funding, says that this results in 2x conversion rates and better SEO rankings.
Israeli Eytan Stibbe Pays $55 Million to Go Into Space with Axiom Space. Axiom Space is readying the first flight of private individuals into space. It will achieve a low orbit of the Earth. Three very wealthy men paid $55 million apiece for the opportunity, including the Israeli investor Eytan Stibbe.
Autonomous solar panel cleaning. Israeli startup Bladeranger is developing a robotic solar panel cleaning system. It recently listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and rocketed to a valuation of $1.5 billion. It is also developing a cloud-based management system.
3D-printing bones. Israel’s Stratasys has enhanced its J750 Digital Anatomy3D printer with advanced bone capabilities that are biomechanically realistic. The system mimics porous bone structures, fibrotic tissue, and ligaments for medical professionals to print models that behave just like human bone.
Dyed fabrics with less water. Israel’s NILIT now offers clothing manufacturers its Sensil WaterCare pre-dyed fibers and fabrics, produced using sustainable, water-saving processes and environmentally- responsible pigments. Colors will not wash out, even at high temperatures.
The flowering of wind energy. Dr. Daniel Farb is the inventor of the Israeli-developed Wind Tulip, now owned by Flower Turbines in the US with a Dutch subsidiary. Its main engineering team is still in Israel. The turbines are quiet, efficient and generate 50% more electricity when placed in clusters.
Recycling plastic and feed the world. Engineering students from Tel Aviv University have built self-watering micro farms from plastic waste. Their startup PotsFarms markets plant containers with a standalone hydroponic irrigation system made from recycled plastic bottles. They are looking to grow their budding green enterprise.
Growing saffron indoors. Israel’s Saffron Tech (part of Seedo Corp) is testing a system for growing high-quality, high-yield saffron anywhere. One of most expensive spices in the world, 90% of the world’s saffron is currently grown in Iran. Saffron Tech have licensed the technology from Israel’s Growin Ltd.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
Record month for investments. January 2021 saw an unprecedented record $1.2 billion invested in Israeli companies. It included the generating of five new Israeli Unicorns (value over $1 billion).
Israeli startup Amimon wins technology Oscar. Tel Aviv University Professor Meir Feder and Israeli startup Amimon have won a Scientific and Engineering award by the American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Their wireless video technology plus Amimon’s chipset have made a substantial impact on the global film industry.
Israeli Autotech Startup REE Plans Merger With 10X Capital SPAC. Israeli developer of a modular platform for electric vehicles REE, will go public in the US through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) a “blank check” shell company 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp.
Trade with Dubai tops $270 million. The Dubai Media office reports that since Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalized ties in September, trade between the Jewish state and Dubai has reached 1 billion dirham ($272 million). Figures for the other seven states in the UAE were not yet available.
Record exports for Intel Israel. Detailed accounts have just been released for Intel Israel. They show that the Israeli operation increased exports in 2020 by 14% to $8 billion. Intel is responsible for 14% of Israel’s hi-tech exports, and its 13,950 employees generate 2% of the country’s GDP.
Israeli agri-tech startup Edete spread artificial pollination on the Australian almonds. The disappearance of the honeybees, world’s greatest pollinators, is already causing massive fear in the agriculture industry. Farmers are being challenged with feeding an ever-growing population while beehives dwindle in numbers.
Tesla launches in Israel. Tesla officially launched its official sales in Israel for its electric vehicle on a new website. It is also building a sales agency at Ramat Aviv Mall in Tel Aviv.
India’s unofficial Israeli trade ambassador. Saket Agarwal of India’s Onnivation Ventures, markets the services of 15 Israeli hi-tech companies to India’s largest corporates. His “portfolio” of Israeli expertise in cloud, data science, AI, cybersecurity and marketing, attracts millions of dollars in annual business.
Israeli innovation Engineering Will Make You A Custom Swimming Pool Floor. It makes your swimming pool into a convertible.
Investment in Israeli startups: Otonomo raised $280 million; Future Meat raised $26.75 million; vFunction raised $12.2 million;