Israeli Device Lets Wheelchair-Bound Groom Stand Under the Chuppah

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Wheel chair bound Adir wanted to be able to stand under the chuppah with his bride to be Liat. UpnRide made that dream come true.

UPnRIDE was invented by Amit Goffer, whose revolutionary ReWalk robotic exoskeleton allows paraplegics to stand, walk, navigate steps and even run marathons.

Goffer, who is a Technion graduate, could not use ReWalk himself because he is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down.

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Technion Launches t-hub, a New Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Technion won a NIS 10 million (US $2.7 million) grant from Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) in the “New Campus Vision” competition to set up entrepreneurship hub.

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology won a NIS 10 million grant for the advancement of entrepreneurship and innovation as part of a “New Campus Vision” competition of the Council for Higher Education. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Chair of the CHE’s Planning and Budgeting Committee Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats announced the winners.

The grant will be used to establish t-hub – The Technion Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, based on the strategic plan for entrepreneurship and innovation formulated by the university during the past two years. Technion is the only academic institution to win the competition individually.

“The grant from the Council for Higher Education comes at a perfect time,” said President of the Technion Prof. Peretz Lavie. “Two years ago we initiated a comprehensive initiative aimed at developing and promoting entrepreneurship and innovation activities on the Haifa campus connecting them to the new branches of Technion in New York and China.  The grant will enable the Technion to make a significant change in the scope of its entrepreneurial activities and to realize the establishment of the Technion Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, t-hub, which will take the entrepreneurial culture on campus to new heights.”

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Cronos Group Partners with Technion in a Research Agreement

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Cronos Group Inc. recently announced that it has entered into a sponsored research agreement with the Technion Research and Development Foundation of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Research will be led by Technion faculty members Dr. David “Dedi” Meiri, Head, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research and Dr. Yaron Fuchs, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine two of the world’s leading researchers in cannabis and skin stem cell research, respectively.

The preclinical studies will be conducted by Technion over a three-year period to explore the use of cannabinoids and their role in regulating skin health and skin disorders. The three skin conditions they will focus on are acne, psoriasis and skin repair. Development and implementation of the research will be conducted at Technion’s Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabis Research and the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center of Life Sciences and Engineering in Haifa, Israel.

“We believe that the potential applications of cannabinoids to regulate skin health and treat skin disorders are vast, and we are excited to begin exploring these applications through our partnership with Technion,” said Mike Gorenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Cronos Group. Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) is a globally diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company with a presence across five continents.

“Using rigorous data to develop efficacious topical and transdermal formulations will be key to creating differentiated products that provide quality treatments to our consumers and strengthen our brand portfolio.”

Technion Joins EuroTech Universities Alliance

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Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, will join the EuroTech Universities Alliance as of 1 January 2019. Made public on the occasion of the Alliance’s annual High-Level Event in Brussels on November 6th, the announcement follows the accession of France’s École Polytechnique to the Alliance in June 2018. This step increases the Alliance’s membership base, and will further strengthen its position as a pioneer for inter-university collaboration.

“The EuroTech Universities are excellent research-based universities recognized within their innovation eco-systems as highly dynamic motors with an outstanding capacity to help translate basic research into societal solutions”, says Jan Mengelers, President of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. “With the EuroTech Universities Alliance, we are pooling our complementary research strengths and connecting our innovation ecosystems for more impact. Technion is a “perfect match” to join – and boost this joint endeavour, given its scientific excellence and vibrant innovation ecosystem.”

Boasting 84 ERC grants under the EU’s FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs as well as 90 spin-off companies, Technion is a striking example of how excellent fundamental science translates into impact.

“Technion is thrilled and honoured to join the EuroTech Universities Alliance”, said Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie. “We live in an era in which international and interdisciplinary collaborations are vital to the future of scientific research. We bring the ‘Technion way’ of doing things to this partnership: reaching our goals faster and with fewer resources. The combination with the great strengths of the other members of the alliance, which comprises an elite group of European universities similar to Technion, will help us ensure we are at the forefront of scientific research, benefiting millions worldwide. “

The EuroTech Universities Alliance stimulates collaboration across education, research, and innovation, thereby increasing the attraction of global top talent needed to drive modernization, excellence, and societal impact. For instance, the existing EuroTech Postdoc program provides 80 promising fellows unique access to the research expertise and infrastructures across the EuroTech Universities while at the same time offering exclusive entrepreneurship and mobility opportunities in several of Europe’s top high-tech ecosystems.

Today’s societal challenges can only be addressed by collaboration in education, research, and innovation across the EU and internationally. Recognizing what alliances of universities can achieve when pooling resources and combining strengths, the European Commission launched a pilot scheme in support of European university networks on 24 October 2018. At its annual High-Level Event in Brussels on November 6th, the EuroTech Universities Alliance facilitated a very timely and encouraging debate on the role of university alliances in driving the University of the Future.

Digital Health Week

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It’s Digital Health Week! Technion Faculty, Researchers and Alumni are leading the way in developing ground-breaking technologies to improve in the Health field! There are so many new startups coming out of the Technion in this field; we bring you the top 6 in the news!

Na Nose

Scent detecting digital devices to detect diseases continues to provide results! Professor Hossam Haick of Technion developed the Na Nose to smell out cancer and other diseases in their early stages:

Insightec

CureWave by Insightec uses non-invasive MRI thermal imaging system to treat everything from neurosurgery to women’s health operations. Technion graduate, Kobi Vortman, talks about how his innovation works:

Mazor Robotics

Have you heard that Medtronics recently bought Mazor Robotics for a record breaking $1.6 billion? Professor Moshe Shoham tells us more about his Spinal Surgery innovation:

ReWalk

ReWalk, founded by Technion graduate Dr. Amit Goffer, was recently inaugurated into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This news boosts the hope for many paraplegic veterans will to have the chance to walk again! This is how it works! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5zl7fglMgo

Perhaps they will soon adopt Goffer’s new wheeled robotic device

PillCam

PillCam, developed by Dr. Gavriel Iddan, is a pill containing a tiny camera to safely travel through your insides without leaving a trace!

Digital Health is definitely something to acknowledge and celebrate! From early diagnosis, to the ability to walk again, these innovators work hard save and prolong our lives!