National Inventor’s Day

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein, Founder of the first Technion Society.

When knowledge meets imagination, innovation is born. After all, how can one create something new without thinking outside of the box?

The Technion is know world-wide for its cutting edge innovation, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate some of Technion’s most exciting inventors in honour of National Inventor’s Day on February 11th.

 Sniffphone

Prof. Hossam Haick of Technion’s Wolfson Faculty of Chemical Engineering presents SNIFFPHONE, a Horizon 2020 EU project that has harnessed nanotechnology, (bio)chemistry, materials engineering, process engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and medicine to develop and test a miniaturized system that relies on an artificially intelligent nano-array for an inexpensive, fast, non-invasive detection of gastric cancer via exhaled breath.  

The USB key

Technion alumnus Dov Moran is an entrepreneur and investor. But what he is best known for is his invention which changed the world, the USB flash drive. With this invention, massive amounts of information can be transported in your pocket from one computer to the next. Used by everyone from CEOs to DJs, this little stick has a huge impact on the way we move data.

 Scarless Surgery

Kobi Vortman graduated from Technion with a vision. His work led him to create InSightec, which destroys tumors by using ultrasound. No incisions means no scars, a reduced risk of infection and less time for post-operative healing. This innovative biotechnology “cooks” tumors to death without harming the body.

Sealantis

Sealantis develops medical device products, based on a proprietary platform of alga-mimetic tissue adhesives, for a variety of applications in surgical adhesion. The company was established through the AMIT Institute at the Technion, under the leadership of Prof. Havazelet Bianco-Peled, a world-renowned expert in biomedical polymers, from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Technion.  The company’s present focus is on surgical seals designed to stop bleeding, prevent leakage of digestive tract contents into the abdominal cavity, prevent leakage of spinal fluid, and a variety of other applications.

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Lempel-Ziv Algorithm

40 years ago, Profs. Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv of Technion’s Faculty of Computer Science started something remarkable. They discovered the math behind the internet and the legendary Lempel-Ziv Algorithm was born. Now known as the international standard for data compression, their invention is the reason you’re able to read this article right now.

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Life-saving Tissue

Prof. Shulamit Levenberg, Dean of Technion’s Faculty of Biomedical Engineering and Prof. Lior Gepstein, of Technion’s Faculty of Medicine, make quite the team. This dynamic duo is changing the field of regenerative medicine. Using human embryonic stem cells, they can create artificial tissue to create a new heart muscle with its own blood supply. Through new and innovative 3D printing technology, it is now possible to replace cardiac tissue damaged by the patient’s heart disease.

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Surgical Snake Robot

Professor Alon Wolf  is a leading robotics researcher and also serves as Vice President, External Relations & Resource Development at the Technion. His invention, the Snake Robot, is a snake-like device controlled by surgeons that enters a patient’s body without incision to locate the area requiring treatment. Thanks to this invention, many patients can avoid complications such as trauma, risk of infection and decreases rates of hospitalization – an important advancement in the field of surgical medicine.

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Baby Monitor of the 21st century

Dr. Assaf Glazer completed his Ph.D. at the Technion, specialized in the fields of machine learning and computer vision, and later worked as a post-doctorate in the Runway Program at the Jacobs Institute at Cornell-Tech.  Today, Glazer is the CEO and Founder of Nanit – a company creating smart baby monitors that use machine learning algorithms to provide sleep insights through first-of-its-kind camera vision. Nanit even made CNBC’s most promising startups list!

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Machine Learning Cancer Treatment

Prof. Yuval Shaked has quite a few titles under his belt, as well as grants, awards and research papers. Currently, he is the head of the Technion’s Integrated Cancer Center and has been leading a research project which led to creation of Oncohost. Oncohost is a personalized cancer treatment which uses machine learning to characterize, analyze and predict a patient’s response to treatment.

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Technion’s students, teachers and alumni come together every day to deliver innovations and inventions that change our world. They lead by example, teaching us that when a problem arises you need to think creatively and outside the box to solve it.

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