Vaccine connections; Watt a car!; RunYoung; and much more!
by: Michael Ordman
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Israeli scientists reverse aging process
In the first trial on humans, Israeli scientists have shown hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can reduce two key biological hallmarks of aging – telomere length shortening and accumulation of senescent cells. These factors lower the risk of cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and much more.
Gene editing to prevent cancers
Scientists at Tel Aviv University have used CRISPR gene editing in the lab to treat some of the most aggressive of cancers. They improved Glioblastoma (brain cancer) survival rates by 30%, but for metastatic (secondary) ovarian cancer, survival was increased by a huge 80%.
A Prophet for predicting cancer treatment
Israel’s Oncohost (reported here previously) presented the results of its latest proteomic (proteins) cancer study to the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer’s (SITC). Oncohost’s PROphet host response profiling platform can predict the best therapy to use for specific cancer patients.
Two Israeli companies OutSense and Olive Diagnostics have developed innovative devices that remove the embarrassing and potentially unhygienic procedure of collecting urine and fecal samples for disease diagnosis. Their real-time passive diagnostic sensors can be fixed to any toilet.
Partnership to get fast medical advice
Israel’s K Health (reported here previously) has partnered with the Mayo Clinic to improve and accelerate deployment of K Health’s virtual therapy models. K Health enables people to receive comprehensive medical insights and immediate treatment in their homes.
Mikael Dolsten, Chief Scientist of Covid-19 vaccine front-runner Pfizer, studied at Israel’s Weizmann Institute during his doctoral studies. (Pfizer’s CEO is also Jewish.) Meanwhile, Israeli Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks of top Covid-19 vaccine prospect Moderna, has just received a Ben Gurion Award.
34 lives saved in one month
Israeli NGO Ezer Mizion’s bone marrow database enabled 34 life-saving stem cell transplants in October. The transplants took place across the USA, plus in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and of course Israel. Thousands of new donors join every month.
ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL
Promoting female entrepreneurs
The 12th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 in Israel starting Nov 16, focused on promoting female entrepreneurship. Top international and Israeli female entrepreneurs hosted dozens of virtual panels. Female led Israeli companies represented included Nurami and HT BioImaging.
An intelligent decision
Israel’s Military Intelligence Unit 9900, one of the most highly classified intelligence units in the IDF, has allocated a room dedicated for nursing mothers. Many of its officers return from maternity and paternity leave and the unit’s work-life balance policy supports their family and professional activities.
Tel Aviv has been ranked as one of the seven most wheelchair-friendly cities in the world by London-based “Truly Belong” magazine. It reported that: “The eclectic city has made great strides in recent years to become fully accessible to people with disabilities.”
UN adopts Israeli “green” resolution
An Israeli-led resolution, “Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development,” was passed by an overwhelming majority of 144 nations by the United Nations Second Committee. The resolution calls for efforts to incentivize environmentally and socially sustainable solutions.
Endangered salamander surfaces in Israel
Recent Israeli rains encouraged the appearance of some rare species of animals. They included the almost extinct poisonous fire salamander, which was spotted in the Northern Israel’s Banias nature reserve.
New Green Plan
Israel’s Energy Ministry has presented a NIS 1.5 billion national energy efficiency plan to cut emissions by 17% by 2030. It also aims to improve energy efficiency and create thousands of new jobs. It includes investment in renewables, transition to electric vehicles and better construction and appliances.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Desertification conference begins
The world’s leading desertification conference (reported here previously) has attracted nearly 2,000 delegates from 103 countries including the UAE and Iran. The free event is hosted on-line by Israel’s Ben Gurion University.
Nine Israeli hi-techs in emerging top 100
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) included 9 Israelis in its 2020 list of top tech “global challenger” companies from emerging markets. For more details on CyberArk, IronSource, Landa, Monday.com, Or Cam, Payoneer, Playtika, SolarEdge and Wix, visit www.IsraelActive.com.
Israel’s next astronaut
Eytan Stibbe will be Israel’s second astronaut, following the path of Ilan Ramon, when he launches to the International Space Station in 2021. Stibbe, 62, served in Israel’s Air Force for 43 years. He co-founded Israel’s Ramon Foundation which is financing his space mission plus Israel’s space experiments.
Israeli scientist wins $2.5 million “wild ideas” award
Israeli neurobiologist Professor Oded Rechavi, of Tel Aviv University, has been awarded one of the first two $2.5 million Polymath Awards. Funded by the Schmidt Futures Initiative, the award encourages scientists to take risks and investigate new wild ideas. Amazing video.
At the forefront of research
Here are some virtual opportunities to watch webinars about what Israel’s Ben Gurion University scientists have been doing to save Eilat’s coral reef, and to combat cancer.
Watt a car!
Israel’s Watt Car is developing a two-seater electric urban vehicle that has the flexibility of a motorcycle with the comfort of a sports car. Shaped like a wheel, the vehicle weighs some 450 kg, can reach a speed of around 120 kph (75 mph) and has a range of 200 km (120 miles). Four re-charging methods.
Are you listening?
Israel’s Noveto (reported here previously) has launched its SoundBeamer 1.0 desktop device that beams sound directly to a listener without the need for headphones. You can now have your own personal sound bubble, listen to music, lectures, watch movies etc. without disturbing others in the room.
Making the future accessible
Israel’s Wheelshare provides mobility and independence to people with movement issues. It has installed wheelchair lending stations at most Israeli hospitals, accessible through a multilingual digital app. Its aim is to extend the service globally to include airports, shopping centers and more.
New drone R&D center
Israeli-Canadian drone startup SkyX (reported here previously) is opening a research and development center in Israel. It is recruiting 50 employees, most in the fields of software development and image processing. SkyX’s UAVs inspect energy and rail sites, patrol borders and support search and rescue.
Making shopping fun
Walmart’s partnership with Israeli startup EKO (reported here previously) was explained by Walmart’s Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside at the “Mind The Tech” conference in New York. EKO uses storytelling to make retailers’ products appeal to consumers.
Where security is key
Israel’s Unbound Tech has solved a key problem for companies wanting to expand to new locations or into the Cloud – where to store all their security access keys? Unbound does it with software, cryptographically splitting a key into separate parts and then protecting each part in a different location.
Cybersecurity for your car
Israel’s C2A Security (reported here previously) has launched Autosec a security platform for car-makers and car-part providers. Autosec technology allows manufacturer to continually track all cybersecurity issues in their vehicles and fix any vulnerabilities automatically. C2A has also joined AUTOSAR.
Content that matters
Israel’s Listory claims to be the world’s first content refinery. It allows the user to save time when reading information on the Internet. Listory aggregates and handpicks the most relevant stories, articles, podcasts, or videos that are based on your personal taste.
Recycling dirty plastics
91% of plastic put into recycling bins ends up in landfills because it is dirty. But Israel’s KB-Recycling (being rebranded as Alkemy) has developed a method of turning dirty plastic into plastic sheeting used in construction to seal surfaces, for protecting floors during renovation work and much more.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
S&P maintains Israel’s high credit rating
As predicted here previously, financial ratings agency Standard & Poor’s affirmed their high AA- credit rating for the Jewish State with a stable outlook. S&P cited Israel’s robust financial system and access to capital markets. They also noted Israel’s recent agreements with Arab states.
IMF positive on Bank of Israel’s pandemic performance
Several compliments in the latest report from the International Monetary Fund. Timely and decisive measures helped preserve market and financial stability and access to credit. Support to the health system, households and businesses helped soften the economic impact.
Success of Joint US-Israeli agriculture projects
Since 1979, the US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) has invested $1.06 billion in 1,330 projects. A review of just 20 case studies shows an economic benefit of $2.7 billion to the US, $500 million Israel, and another $13.3 billion globally.
Etihad to fly Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv
Etihad Airways, the second largest airline in the UAE after Emirates, has announced that it will begin operating flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv on March 28, 2021. In the announcement, Etihad said it would fly to Tel Aviv “the economic and technological center of Israel.”
Fresh Israeli produce in Dubai
This article has a nice photo of an Israeli display at Dubai’s Ras Al Khor fresh market. Shlomi Fogel, Chairman of Carmel Agrexco, one of Israel’s largest exporters of agricultural produce said, “we are beginning to see the ‘fruits of peace’ today”.
Chinese venture capital fund RunYoung Technology Transfer Center has launched a $50 million fund dedicated to investing in Israeli early-stage life sciences companies that are interested in entering the Chinese market. It will invest up to $5 million in each Israeli startup.
Google AI’s first Israeli investment
Israeli online data ownership startup Mine (reported here previously) has completed a $9.5 million funding round led by Gradient Ventures – the first time Google’s AI-focused venture fund has invested in an Israeli company. Mine has just launched its data privacy product in the United States.
Bridging the gap
Israel’s Dynamic Infrastructure (reported here previously) has extended its pilot project in Suffolk County, New York. It will now assess the structured integrity of 74 bridges in the county. Dynamic monitors over 900 bridges in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Israel. http://diglobal.tech/
Making motorcyclists safer
Israel’s Ride Vision (reported here previously) has partnered German automotive giant Continental AG and raised $7 million from investors including Israel’s OurCrowd. Ride Vision said that in 2021 its products will be available in Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, and the UK.
Israeli driving tech for Japanese giant
The world’s second-largest mobility supplier, Denso, has selected the technology of Israel’s Foretellix (reported here previously) for its next-generation automated driving and ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) solutions. Denso’s components are in nearly every vehicle on the road.
More Israeli Unicorns
Israeli cybersecurity Cato Networks (reported here previously) has just raised another $130 million of funds, bringing its market value to $1 billion. Israeli fraud preventer Forter (reported here previously) has raised another $125 million, taking its market value to $1.3 billion.
Say goodbye to security deposits
Israel’s Obligo allows tenants to avoid having to hand over large cash deposits to landlords and property managers. Obligo’s Billing Authorization system sets up a secure and limited connection to a resident’s bank account in case the owner / manager needs to charge for damages or missed rent.
Managing Bond portfolios
Israel’s BondIT has just acquired Germany’s Scorable to offer their combined innovative technologies to asset & wealth managers. They can build and analyze fixed-income portfolios in minutes, and then use the information to rebalance existing client portfolios.
Investment in Israeli startups:
Cato Networks raised $130 million; Forter raised $125 million; GenCell raised $61 million; Verbit raised $60 million; K Health raised $42 million; Fireblocks raised $30 million; AI21 raised $25 million; Unbound Tech raised $20 million; Obligo raised $15.5 million; BeyondMinds raised $15 million; Intelligo raised $15 million; Mine raised $9.5 million; Ride Vision raised $7 million; Build.security raised $6 million; Resec raised $4 million; Listory raised $4 million;
CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORT`
Jerusalem pianos festival
The Jerusalem Theater’s eighth annual Pianos Festival was held online and free of charge to all who registered. Each performance was broadcast live on both Youtube and Facebook. The festival was dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, marking 250 years since the famed composer’s birth.
Oud Festival goes virtual
The Jerusalem International Oud Festival Nov 19 – 28 will be online, free of charge on the Confederation House Youtube channel and on Facebook. This year’s festival will focus on Israel artists.
Loving Art Making Art
Tel Aviv’s annual “Loving Art. Making Art” festival (Nov 12 -14) exhibited the works of some 150 artists in public open spaces, 30 galleries and four museums around the city.
Successful virtual Israeli cultural festivals
Several Israeli cultural events have attracted large paying on-line audiences. These include the Haifa International Film Festival (30,000), the Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival (61,000) and the Haifa International Children’s Theatre Festival (2,500).
Two Israelis selected in NBA draft
19-year-old Israeli Deni Avdija was ninth overall in the prestigious first round of the National Basketball Association draft of new players. He will play next season for the Washington Wizards. Israeli Yam Madar was drafted 47th overall and selected in the second round by Boston Celtics.
THE JEWISH STATE
The top advocates for Israel on-line. Jewish News Syndicate (JNS) has compiled a list of 40 individuals, Jews and non-Jews from all walks of life, from around the world who are making a real difference as a fearless and tireless on-line advocate for the Jewish state. Kol Hakavod!
Jerusalem comes back to life
Israel’s capital was a mixture of on-line and in-line this week as stores opened, some with long lines of customers waiting outside. Meanwhile Chabad, ALYN wheels and the Jerusalem Pianos festival (mentioned above) all connected virtually with their audiences.
Israel Philharmonic’s virtual Hanukkah
The “Israel Philharmonic Pre-Hanukkah Global Celebration,” on Dec 6, will stream globally free of charge. It features compositions by Hans Zimmer with special guest stars.
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Mike Pompeo was the first US Secretary of State to visit Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights. He visited the Samaria Psagot winery, which named a red wine “Pompeo” in his honor and presented him with a 1st century CE Jewish coin depicting a wine vessel, found in a cave near the winery.
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