Watch: Dr. Dedi Meiri – New Frontiers in Cannabis Research

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On Tuesday July 21, Dr. David (Dedi) Meiri, Ph.D – Head, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research, Faculty of Biology and Technion Integrated Cancer Center, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology – shared his fascinating insights into the future of medical cannabis research and its role in clinical practice.

Dr. Meiri is one of the world’s foremost experts in medical cannabis research and collaborates with cannabis growers, clinicians, major manufacturers and distributors of medical cannabis for the purpose of revolutionizing cannabis treatment.  He operates the “Cannabis Database Project” and his lab is  involved in clinical trials covering diverse aspects of cannabis treatment such as colon disease, pain prevention, cancer treatment and epilepsy.



Watch: Dr. Josué Sznitman Virtual Event

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New Hope and Therapeutic Technologies: A Breath of Fresh Air for COVID-19 Patients

On Tuesday, June 2 we had the pleasure of hosting Technion Professor Josué Sznitman for our first national virtual event. 

Dr. Sznitman and his team have developed an innovative technology that could dramatically improve the efficacy of existing drugs for treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. The team’s technology is known as Liquid Foam Therapy (LIFT), and is intended to dramatically improve the distribution of surfactant, the liquid that coats the surface in the lungs. Surfactant reduces the energy required for breathing and the technology could help save the lives of severe COVID-19 patients.

Watch Dr. Sznitman explain this innovative new technology and how it can help save lives.



Technion’s Surgical Robot Snake used in Canada

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Technion Professor Alon Wolf, a medical mechanical engineer, recently visited Toronto and Montreal where he spoke to Technion Canada volunteers and supporters about his remarkable surgical robot snake invention. Using live snakes as the design inspiration, Professor Wolf’s team created a small, highly flexible robotic snake that enters the body through a natural orifice and perform surgical maneuvers without the need for an incision. This much less invasive surgery reduces recovery time and risk of infection.

Professor Wolf, Technion’s VP for external relations and resource development, stressed the impact that Technion researchers and alumni are having in the hi-tech market world-wise. “Israeli companies are number 3 on Nasdaq after the United States and China, and two-thirds of those companies are led by Technion graduates. Our graduates are responsible for 90 per cent of the successful startups in Israel.”


September 23, 2014 Technion Partner, the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University Hosts the Annual Lassonde Debate

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10606211_793192260732220_3114987500447643049_nThe Lassonde Debate is organized by the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in collaboration with our partners and friends. This annual occasion has been created to promote lively intellectual discussion of big, provocative questions in a small, intimate setting – or as we like to put it: An Oxford-style debate in the atmosphere of a Renaissance salon. 1 motion, 1 moderator, 2 sides, 4 debaters, 150 guests, 2 ballots…. 1 winner: the side that changes the most minds in the room.

This year, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a partner of Lassonde will have Prof. Harry Yuklea participating in the debate. An academic and practitioner, he was directly involved for the last 35 years in the remarkable build-up process of the Israeli high-tech sector, his career ranging from technology development and engineering to marketing, management, consulting and investment. He has held executive management positions at leading publicly traded hi-tech companies like Sapiens International Corp., Lannet Data Communications Ltd. and Fibronics Ltd. as well as at a series of technology start-ups such as XOsoft, Snapshield, OptoSTORAGE and Bacsoft and served in the Board of Directors of several high-tech firms.

Prof. Yuklea serves as policy design adviser to the Israeli National Economic Council, the Israeli Chief Scientist Office and various international and foreign government agencies.

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