So many Israeli innovations and activities are outstanding – not because they are created out of thin air, but because they take an existing concept to a whole new practical level.
Here are some medical examples. Artificial skin has already been invented. Some types, known as electronic skin (e-skins), are even sensitive to pressure (i.e. touch). But only scientists at Israel’s Technion have fused resin and gold particles to make a sensor that can detect pressure, temperature and humidity. Integrated with the current e-skins it can be applied to a prosthetic limb to give the wearer more life-like sensations. In the same vein, Israelis may not have invented the heart stent, but Israeli biotechs have completely redesigned the original crude devices and extended them for brain and other blockages. Israel’s Allium Medical recently announced that its urinary tract stents are to be distributed in Brazil and now China.
Israeli scientists’ extensive exploration of the body’s immune system has certainly paid off. The healthcare giant Bayer is funding Israeli biotech Compugen’s development of antibody-based therapeutics for cancer immuno-therapy. And immunology skills helped surgeons at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to conduct the world’s first ever transplant between two living HIV carriers. They prevented the rejection of a wife’s (donor) kidney by the husband’s (recipient) compromised immune system. Then, when Israelis do produce a unique innovation, they continue to work to improve it. The latest version of Given Imaging’s internal intestine camera, Pillcam SB 3, has so much better resolution, efficiency and coverage, that 62 percent of the Crohn’s patients using it have had their treatment changed as a direct result.
Israel’s Save A Child’s Heart charity is definitely unique and has been going the extra mile for many years. Surgeons at SACH are currently repairing the hearts of 22 international children, including three Iraqis and seven from the Palestinian Authority. Israel also goes miles out of its way to deliver goods to Gaza. In July, 6,639 trucks laden with over 150,000 tons of food, humanitarian products, electrical goods, construction materials etc. entered Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing. In return, Gaza terrorists fired six rockets into Israel. Meanwhile, approximately one million Palestinian Arabs received permits to enter Israelas tourists during Ramadan and its concluding holiday Eid al-Fitr – 200,000 more than last year.
Israel is making great strides in creating new possibilities for people with disabilities. In September, Israel is hosting the International Symposium on Quality of Life and Well-being of People with Disabilities. And the Reut Institute has opened up a whole new dimension by launching a project / competition in which students use three-dimensional printers to manufacture inexpensive helpful devices for people with special needs.
Weizmann Institute scientists are extending the boundaries in another dimension. They have managed to control the production of microscopic nano-wires. Using gallium nitride (GaN) Professor Ernesto Joselevich and his team have built a tiny microprocessor component, which makes possible a whole new world of powerful microchips. And we should be very quiet when talk about the special product manufactured by Huliot of Kibbutz Sde Nehemia. Acoustic insulated pipes shield apartment residents from the …read more