Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 16th Dec 18
Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 16th Dec 18 · Israeli scientists have discovered a new pathway for treating age-related hearing loss. · It’s official – Israeli tech is driving Israel’s latest diplomatic successes. · Israeli technology has lowered the numbers of accidents involving London buses. · The US Coastguard is to use Israeli technology to see beyond the horizon. · Jordan has bought more Israeli natural gas and has asked for more Israeli water. · Argentine superstar soccer player Lionel Messi has joined an Israeli fan club. · Archaeologists in Israel have discovered remains from the Biblical Tabernacle. · Click here to see the 9th Dec newsletter on IsraelSeen , Ruthfully Yours , Janglo , and United With Israel with extra feature on Co-existence . Also (TY Sandra) in German and (TY Zachy) in Hebrew . Please pass on these links to German and Hebrew -speaking contacts. 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(TY Atid-EDI ) Israel’s E-Motion Medical has just received the CE Mark (i.e. European approval) for its E-Motion System, providing stimulation therapy that restores the natural motor function of the digestive system for patients with acute gastrointestinal dysmotility (GID). https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/e-motion-medical-receives-ce-mark-approval-for-its-novel-stimulation-therapy-for-patients-with-acute-digestive-dysmotility-300753556.html http://emotionmed.com/ New pathway for treating loss of hearing. Tel Aviv University scientists have produced the world’s first map of “methylation” (natural gene manipulation) that impacts development and ultimately loss of function of the entire inner ear. They have revealed many new genes that may help restore hearing to deaf children and adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6255903/ Going bats to understand spatial awareness. Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have found that humans are more like bats than rats in how our brains help us navigate the environment. Rat neurons only emit predictable. rhythmic oscillations, whereas bats and primates additionally use far more complex mechanisms. https://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/life-sciences/bat-brains-forgo-rhythm-when-encoding-space New program for treating eating disorders. Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center has set up a new daily program to treat young people up to age 30 in Northern Israel with eating disorders. Each patient receives an intensive, personized plan plus access to doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, dieticians and social workers. https://www.rambam.org.il/en/rambam_news/New_eating_disorders_treatment.aspx Sleeping sickness parasite genome decoded. Dr. Noam Kaplan of Israel’s Technion Institute is a member of an International team of scientists that has decoded the genome of the fatal parasite Trypanosoma brucei – the cause of human “sleeping sickness”. It should help in the development of techniques to block the fatal disease. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2018/11/hazardous-sleep/ Gut microbiome-analysis startup’s $5 million lab. I wrote previously (19th Aug) that Israeli startup DayTwo will provide members of health care provider Clalit with personalized nutrition plans based on DNA analysis of gut microbiome. DayTwo is now setting up a $5 million lab in Rehovot, working with the Weizmann Institute. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3751336,00.html Of mice and men. (TY Atid-EDI ) Israeli biotech CytoReason and Israel’s Technion Institute are analyzing the immune system at the cell level. As a result, they have just published a groundbreaking new mouse to human model. It will help scientists develop treatments faster that work both in clinical and human trials. Great video. https://medkit.info/2018/06/19/cytoreason-builds-largest-reference-of-immune-focused-inter-cellular-communications/ http://www.cytoreason.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjmJzS7_QN4 New treatment for heart failure. Israeli-founded Irish-Israeli startup Whiteswell has developed a minimally invasive solution for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). It involves a catheter to drain excess fluid. Whiteswell has just raised $30 million of funds to support development and trials. http://whiteswell.com/ Patient monitoring guidance system. I reported previously (Dec 2011) that the universities of Haifa and Ben Gurion were building MobiGuide to monitor patients outside clinically controlled environments. MobiGuide is now the first AI system for the automated management of atrial fibrillation and gestational diabetes patients. https://moh-it.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/mobiguide-a-personalized-and-patient-centric-decision-support-sys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njgsdqe23fE https://aabgu.org/bgu-innovation-mobiguide/ See the new migraine relief device. I reported previously (21st May) that Israel’s Neurolief was developing a non-invasive brain neuro-modulation interface system that could relieve migraine headaches. This Israel21c article shows the device, describes the technology and plans. The device is also in trials to treat depression. https://www.israel21c.org/migraine-relief-from-an-israeli-neuro-modulation-device/ ISRAEL IS INCLUSIVE AND GLOBAL Israel advocates for people with disabilities. Israel’s parliament marked International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on 3rd Dec. Israel’s 8 million citizens include 1.6 million people with disabilities who are an integral part of Israeli society, and this short video publicizes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVx2UEYvRDU President hosts 60 diverse mayors. (TY Sharon ) Following Israel’s recent mayor elections, President Reuven Rivlin emphasized shared interests when hosting 60 new mayors at Beit Hanasi in Jerusalem. The mayors represented every section of Israeli society, secular, ultra-orthodox, religious and Arab, Bedouin and Druze. https://baltimorejewishlife.com/news/news-detail.php?SECTION_ID=37&ARTICLE_ID=111560 Israeli-Arab doctor is youth angiology representative for Asia. Dr. Rashad Abusaleh, of Rambam Medical Center has been appointed by the International Union of Angiology (IUA) to be its International Youth Young Committee Vice Chairman. Dr. Abusaleh will represent Israel and Asia for the next three years. https://www.rambam.org.il/en/rambam_news/Rambam_Doctor_Israel-Asia_Rep.aspx Schoolhouse for migrants. (TY Josie) I reported previously (9th Dec) on the Israeli NGO teaching computer skills to some of the 38,000 African migrants in Israel. This article describes the Schoolhouse at Minshar School of Art in south Tel Aviv where Israeli volunteers educate migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/241556/refugees-thirst-for-education Please can we have some more water? (TY Nevet ) A Jordanian delegation has traveled to Israel to request an increase in water allocation to the kingdom, which is plagued by severe shortages. Israel already sends 50 million cubic meters to Jordan as part of peace agreements. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jordanian-officials-said-to-ask-israel-to-boost-water-supply/ Look who’s taking Israeli on-line Bible archaeology course. (TY WIN ) An online course at Bar-Ilan University, titled Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Judah, has drawn more than 1,000 students from around the world, including from Pakistan, UAE and Oman, who have no ties to Israel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwbpuMolnb8 Joint research with Brazil. Israel’s Innovation Authority (IIA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research and Innovation. Each authority will allocate $5 million over five years to support R&D projects leading to solutions to technological challenges relevant for both nations. https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/news/new-rd-collaboration-brazilian-agency-industrial-research-and-innovation-embrapii https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3751697,00.html Israel’s diplomatic breakthroughs. In 2010, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev, said “Israel is the most isolated, lonely country in the world”. But in the last eight years, the Jewish state has had extraordinary diplomatic breakthroughs in India, China, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Gulf. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/418516-israel-central-to-changing-middle-east-dynamic Israeli technology is paving the way for diplomacy. I reported previously (6th May) that Israeli diplomats were to receive training in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship prior to going overseas. They are now being trained how to “talk tech”, show off Israel’s innovation and use it to promote the nation. About time too! https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-finds-tech-prowess-a-useful-tool-to-burnish-international-image/ SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Eilat-Eilot energy conference. The 2018 Eilat-Eilot International Renewable Energy Conference is Israel’s leading energy event. From Dec 2 – 4, thousands of participants from all over the world came to Eilat. The event launched Eilat Eilot’s East Africa Off Grid Technologies Hub, bringing Israeli innovation to Africa. http://www.eilatenergy.org/program/ Renewable energy program. (TY Calcalistech ) Israel’s Innovation Authority (IIA) is launching a $7 million annual pilot program to fund and support companies requiring R&D in renewable and efficient energy fields. Up to NIS 2.5 million is available for projects in solar, geothermal, fuel alternatives, smart grid, storage etc. https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/program/renewable-energy-cleantech-technology-center TAU-China research center unveiled. I reported previously (29th Sep) on the joint Tel Aviv University project with China’s Tsinghua University to set-up a new research center in Shenzhen. The two universities began their plans in 2016 and have just presented them at the China Israel Innovation Forum in Shenzhen. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3751279,00.html Hebrew U launches fintech center. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has opened a new fintech center, funded by a $1.3 million donation from Israeli entrepreneur David Gershon. Its goal is to grow Israeli fintech startups and increase overseas sales. It also aims to help raise a new generation of Israeli fintech entrepreneurs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jF9flfKVoY https://fintech.huji.ac.il/book/mba-courses Vegan meat startup wins European Food competition. Israeli startup Jet Eat, which developed a technology for 3D printing of vegan meat substitutes, was selected as one of the winners of the 2018 Food Accelerator Network Program competition. The contest is hosted by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology. https://www.eitfood.eu/news/post/winners-announced-for-eit-food-accelerator-network-programme Vegan products from chickpea protein. I reported previously (19 Aug) on Israel’s InnovoPro, developer of a 70 percent protein concentrate from chickpeas. It has now produced prototype products like puddings, meat alternatives, high-protein snacks and vegan mayonnaise. It has also just raised $4.25 million of funds. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3751324,00.html Airports for drones. Israeli startup Highlander Aviation has developed software that manages and coordinates the activity of autonomous drone fleets. It has just raised $1.5 million to help it expand globally. Highlander intends to build specialized airports for commercial drones, where the flyers can land and recharge. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3751189,00.html Self-healing software accelerates in Japan. (TY Roger) I reported previously (Dec 2017) on Israel’s Aurora Labs whose systems fix problems in connected cars. Aurora has just been chosen to participate in the Batch 2 Acceleration Program of Plug and Play Japan. Aurora’s software platform is valuable to vehicle manufacturers https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181210005424/en/Aurora-Labs-Chosen-Plug-Play-Japan Israeli technology makes London buses safer. (TY Atid-EDI ) London bus operator, Abellio, launched a trial in Oct on 66 of its buses of Israeli collision-avoidance technology from Mobileye (now part of Intel). Findings to date show it has reduced avoidable collisions by 29% and reduced injuries from such collisions by 60%. https://newsroom.intel.com/news/abellio-london-achieves-significant-reductions-collisions-injuries-mobileye-safety-trial/ New concept steering wheel is 3D printed. (TY Atid-EDI ) Global automobile products company Techniplas has used a DragonFly Pro 3D printer from Israel’s Nano Dimension to design a new steering wheel that incorporates its proprietary cognitive lighting technology with 3D printed electronics in a single step. https://www.nano-di.com/investor-news/techniplas-unveils-illuminated-steering-wheel-concept-designed-using-nano-dimensions-dragonfly-pro-additive-manufacturing-platform https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHUFCD5bmJ8 (Techniplas’ Israeli vice-chair Avi Reichental) Smart pool cleaner. (TY Atid-EDI ) Israel’s Maytronics, was co-winner of the 2018 Pool Innovations Trophy Smart Pool award for its Dolphin iO robotic pool cleaner powered by self-learning AI technology featuring 3D digital mapping of the pool. Piscine Global, in Lyon, is Europe’s leading swimming pool and wellness event. http://lyon.maytronics.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sbW3EydO7A Put them anywhere you want. (TY Atid-EDI ) I’ve reported previously (see here) on Israel’s Wi-Charge and its innovative WiFi (10-meter range) charging system. Wi-Charge now turns specific Amazon and Google smart speakers into wireless speakers. Wi-Charge is also expanding with new partners for its OEM program. https://www.wi-charge.com/press/wi-charge-unveils-first-ever-wireless-power-kit-for-amazon-echo-dot-and-google-home-mini-smart-speakers-introduces-powered-by-wi-charge-oem-program/ Dying wool online in any color. The technology of Israel’s Twine Solutions continuously dyes a single raw off-the-shelf white thread to any requested length and in any one of millions of colors and shades and gradients. It eliminates the inefficient conventional bulk dyeing of thread in use today. Twine has just raised $22 million. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMmw-Y2u6Lk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7SI3nrsn18 Systems for U.S. Coast Guard planes. (TY Atid-EDI ) The U.S. Coast Guard is to use the MilliSAT L/W system from Israel’s GetSat. Its beyond line of sight (BLOS) technology will support the Coast Guard’s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, humanitarian aid, search and rescue and disaster relief missions. https://www.getsat.com/news/getsat-antennas-selected-by-hughes-and-navair-as-satcom-component-for-u-s-coast-guard-airborne-missions/ ECONOMY & BUSINESS Reckitt Benckiser partners with Israel , (TY Calcalistech ) Israel’s Innovation Authority (IIA), has signed a Tech Collaboration Agreement with Healthcare multinational Reckitt Benckiser (RB). The IIA will help RB locate Israeli healthcare startups focusing on AI and blockchain and match investments that RB makes in them. https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/news/international-health-brand-reckitt-benckiser-rb-sign-cooperation-agreement-israel-innovation Jordan buys more Israeli gas. (TY Atid-EDI ) Tamar Petroleum (owned by Israel’s Delek and US’s Nobel Energy) is to supply up to 1 BCM more Israeli gas worth $200 million to the Jordan Bromine Company and Arab Potash Company. Jordan began receiving Israeli gas in 2017 (see here) after a $500 million deal (see here) https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-tamar-partners-to-expand-gas-exports-to-jordan-1001261189 Battery charging startup gets Chinese boost. I’ve reported previously (see here) on Israel’s StoreDot and its innovative fast-charging batteries. Now, China’s EVE Energy Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement with StoreDot. to manufacture the Israeli company’s products for electric vehicles and mobile devices in China. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3750812,00.html The OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. On March 7, 2019, in Jerusalem, Israel, over 15,000 people from over 120 countries are expected to attend the fifth annual OurCrowd Global Investor Summit. Its theme is “Startups: Making a Global Impact,”– their breakthrough technologies and their social impact in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAtWa9svdug https://summit.ourcrowd.com/ Morgan Freeman is so cool. Octogenarian Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman will soon be seen all over Israeli billboards and television screens as the new face of Tadiran air conditioners. Freeman signed an agreement with Tadiran to lead the company’s advertising campaigns. https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/190126-181203-god-actor-freeman-will-be-new-face-of-israel-s-tadiran-air-conditioning-report Protecting millions of cars. I reported previously (1 July) about Israel’s ERM Advanced Telematics and its systems that prevents cyber-attacks on connected cars. ERM now protects and monitors 5 million cars globally. It is now expanding in Latin America, focusing on the fleet management and stolen vehicle recovery markets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmKMYiPgfS4 Ex-Intel employees invest in Israeli tech. Five former Intel senior executives have co-founded investment group NextLeap Ventures. It has already invested $1.5 million in five Israeli tech startups – GuardKnox, Zuta-Core, Magentiq Eye, Montfort (see here) and TechsoMed. 80 ex-Intel employees came to its recent Pitch Night.