Israel’s Microbot develops miniature robots for cleaning drainage pipes in the body; treatment by Israel’s Teva for Huntington disease has been approved by the US FDA; Tiberias is hosting the 6th Anglo Israel Cardiovascular Symposium, and much more.
By: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Micro robots to clean pipes in the brain
Israel’s Microbot develops miniature robots for cleaning drainage pipes in the body, for example in the urethra or the brain thereby removing the necessity for surgery to replace them. Microbot has just completed its merger into Nasdaq-listed US company Stem Cell.
US approval for upright proton therapy
Israel’s P-Cure has received US FDA approval for its image-guided proton therapy solution that treats patients in a comfortable upright position. Patients to benefit from this clinical breakthrough will initially be those treated for cancers of the lung, breast, chest, the head and neck, and lower torso. http://www.israel21c.org/making-proton-therapy-available-to-more-cancer-patients/
Huntington’s treatment gets US approval
The SD-809 (deutetrabenazine) treatment by Israel’s Teva for Huntington disease has been approved by the US FDA.
Israeli tech for disabled displayed in London
Israeli charity for the disabled, Beit Issie Shapiro, organized an event at Google’s London campus in which Israeli firms explained their technology for empowering the disabled. This included the Sesame phone, robots for autistic kids and smartphone navigation of wheelchairs.
MDA’s underground blood center breaks ground
I reported previously (3 Apr) on the huge $25 million donation to help fund Magen David Adom’s new underground blood services center in Ramla. The groundbreaking event for the state-of-the-art rocket-proof site took place on Nov 17.
Yad Sarah and United Hatzalah build closer ties to save lives
Shift managers from Israel’s emergency response organization United Hatzalah visited medical charity Yad Sarah’s Jerusalem headquarters to gain a better understanding of their operation.
Top three medical prizes
Israeli startups took the top honors in the App Competition, during Medica, the world’s leading annual medical trade fair. UpRight won €2,000 for its app and device to optimize posture, Biop Medical came 2nd with its cervical cancer testing device. TytoCare came 3rd with its telemedicine solution.
Anglo-Israel cardiovascular conference
Tiberias is hosting the 6th Anglo Israel Cardiovascular Symposium – a two-day international conference of notable cardiologists and heart surgeons from Israel and the UK. One of the symposium founders – Dr. Romeo Vecht – was previously the cardiologist for the King of Jordan.