European grant for mental health startup; Boosting 5G projects; 3000-year-old fortress in the Golan; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Inflammatory eye diseases Israel’s Tarsius (see here) reported positive results in a study of its TRS01 treatment of Active Anterior Non-Infectious Uveitis – an inflammatory eye disease. It shows promise for saving the... Read more »

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS First human tests of Israeli Covid-19 vaccine On Nov 1, two Israelis received the first doses of Israel’s coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the Israel Institute of Biological Research. The volunteers were inoculated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and Hadassah’s Jerusalem Ein Kerem Medical Center. https://www.timesofisrael.com/first-2-volunteers-injected-with-israeli-virus-vaccine-kicking-off-human-trials/ https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-launches-coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-647631 The next generation... Read more »

ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Starving leukemia cells to protect the brain Israeli and Scottish scientists have found that the brain can be protected from metastatic leukemia by blocking the production of the fatty acid stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD). The discovery is particularly important for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children. https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2020/10/leukemia-and-the-brain/ https://www.nature.com/articles/s43018-020-00115-2 Prospective treatment... Read more »

Replacing antibiotics in the dairy industry; A digital bridge for Europe; Israel’s first rains; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Update on Israeli Covid-19 vaccine The Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) is beginning Phase 1 human trials. Head of IIBR, Professor Shapira confirmed this at... Read more »

AI triage for Brown University; Locating landmines by detecting bacteria; Beautiful Sukkot; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 prevention cocktail Trials will start soon of an antibody cocktail developed by Tel Aviv University scientists to treat Covid-19 patients and to protect highly vulnerable individuals from the virus until a vaccine is... Read more »

A healthier future; Israel at the UN; Solar powered fabric; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Five patients saved by new Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Enlivex Therapeutics reported positive results in its clinical Covid-19 trial of its Allocetra treatment (reported here previously) Five seriously ill patients made complete recoveries, an average 8.5 days after... Read more »

Israeli Art Lending Library; Rescuing refugees on Lesbos; OrCam wins German innovation prize; and much more! by: Michael Ordmam ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Know your enemy Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and the Israel Institute for Biological Research have identified four new proteins and 19 peptides that Covid-19 infected patients produce. They believe that these may... Read more »

A painless bandage; Baby turtles get a helping hand; A date with history; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Radiation to reduce Covid-19 inflammation Doctors at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center are to test the use of low-dosage radiation on 30 severe Covid-19 patients. It is expected to reduce the inflammatory cells that... Read more »

The patient room of 2030; Covid-19 aid to Liberia; Israeli Wonder Woman returns; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS More patients to receive Covid-19 treatment Israel’s Pluristem (reported here previously) has launched an FDA-cleared Covid-19 expanded access program. It enables Pluristem to use its PLX-PAD cells to treat up to 100 more infected... Read more »

Maya goes viral; Making facemasks together; WakeUp with a BioLift; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 one-second gargle test Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is trialing a gargle-and-spit test that is 95% accurate in detecting Covid-19 infections. The USB-powered machine is the size of an ashtray and takes just one second to... Read more »

Hadassah tests Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine; 4 Israeli women lawmakers; Gong becomes a Unicorn; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Covid-19 passive vaccine cures 3 Israelis Three of the first critical Covid-19 patients treated with the new IgG plasma-derived “passive vaccine” product developed by Israel’s Kamada and Hadassah Medical Center (reported here previously), have... Read more »

Competition for remote Femtech; The future of Education; Israel’s largest server farm; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Aviptadil saves Covid-19 patients As reported here previously, Aviptadil from Israel’s NeuroRx, is undergoing Phase 2/3 trials in Israel and the US. The adapted treatment, now known as RLF-100, prevents Covid-19 replication and has already... Read more »

So how is your health?; Covid-19 Shield updated; Monitoring construction sites; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS Pre-clinical success for Covid-19 ARDS treatment Israel’s BrainStorm (reported here previously) reported promising results of pre-clinical trials for its Nurown treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) brought about by Covid-19. The NurOwn cells reduced the... Read more »

Positive report on “second wave”; Safe analysis of dangerous viruses; Japanese investment increases; and much more! by: Michael Ordman ISRAEL’S MEDICAL ACHIEVEMENTS The 3rd most Covid-19 solutions Cross-border investment specialists Cukierman & Co state that Israel has the most Covid-19 solutions, after the USA and China. Some 180 of Israel’s 1,600 life sciences companies are... Read more »