Re-educate your muscles; Tax benefits for investors; New immigrants dance at the airport; and much more!

by: Michael Ordman


Whole genome cancer detection

It wasn’t long ago since the genome was fully decoded. Now, Israel’s C2i Genomics (see here previously) has teamed up with Tel Aviv’s Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center take blood test data and perform whole genome minimal residual disease (MRD) testing to detect recurring cancer early.

Biopsy the cells

Israel’s MetaSight Diagnostics is developing fast, low-cost mass spectrometry to perform vast amounts of serum biopsies of the metabolome (molecules in a cell). These can detect cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular and neurological diseases etc. MetaSight is working with KSM (Maccabi’s R&D).



Light-activated cancer treatment gets US support

Israel’s ImPact Biotech has received Orphan treatment designation from the US FDA for its Padeliporfin VTP in Pancreatic Cancer. ImPact stands for IMmune Photo Activated Cancer Treatment and VTP is Vascular Targeted Photodynamic therapy.

US NIH funds Israeli radiation therapy

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has granted Israel’s Pluri (previously Pluristem) $4.2 million to develop its PLX-R18 (see here) as a treatment for Hematopoietic Acute Radiation Syndrome – a deadly disease that can result from nuclear disasters and radiation exposure.

Transforming clinical best practices

Israel’s Quai.MD is developing an AI- platform that improves hospital patient care, reduces costs and saves doctors’ time. The process is tailored to the patient and hospital. Partners include Mayo Clinic & MUSC. Initial focus is the diagnosis of patients with chest pain.


11,000 focused ultrasound procedures

A 5-year study of patients has proved the success of the focused ultrasound treatment from Israel’s Insightec (see here previously). It improved quality of life with no progressive or delayed complications. Insightec’s technology has been used 11,000+ times globally.

Brain stimulation eases ADHD symptoms

In a small clinical study, Israeli and UK researchers found non-invasive brain stimulation improved the condition of 55% of unmedicated ADHD children aged 6-12. Only 17% of the placebo control group improved. 64% of the treated children retained the improvement weeks later.

Next gen blood test device gets US approval

The US FDA has approved the upgraded 15-minute bacteria vs virus diagnostic blood test device from Israel’s MeMed (see here previously). The new MeMed BV is now suitable for urgent care centers, as it avoids the clotting and spinning process of the original.

Approval for smart colonoscopy device

MAGENTIQ-COLO from Israel’s MAGENTIQ-EYE (see here previously) has been cleared by the US FDA and Israel’s AMAR, and received Europe’s CE Mark. The AI-assisted device is significantly more efficient in detecting adenomas (pre-cancerous polyps).



Re-educate your muscles

Israel’s NeuroTrigger is developing a powered muscle stimulator to repeatedly contract muscles to increase their range of motion and prevent retardation. Neurotrigger has received a BIRD grant (see below) to develop an eyelid pacemaker that restores blinking to those with facial paralysis.

Remote health care for Madrid region

Israel’s Essence SmartCare (see here previously) has won a contract from the Community of Madrid governmental region. Essence will use its digital AI systems to replace outdated analog remote care services for 100,000 senior citizens and disabled individuals.


$66 million to help integrate Ethiopian citizens

Israel is to extend and update its plan to integrate its 160,000 citizens of Ethiopian descent. Aims of the $66 million budget for 2023-24 include to integrate Ethiopian Israelis into military service, close the income gap and increase trust between the community and the government.

Clean energy for Israel-Arab cities

Israel has launched a NIS 30 million plan to promote green energy in Israeli-Arab cities. It will finance energy production projects, such as replacing old, inefficient lighting and air conditioning systems, plus the implementation of solar projects in public buildings.

Israeli help for PA fish farmers

Israel is helping edible fish farmers in the Palestinian Authority cities of Tulkarm and (yes) Jenin. They receive financing, equipment, fish food, water filters and training. The Israel helps with veterinary medicine, forestry, plant protection and agricultural imports.

Casablanca course helps careers of Israeli & Moroccan women

Casablanca was the venue of a very successful first Israel-Morocco cohort of the career-advancement program by Israel’s Femforward (see here previously). Jerusalem’s deputy mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum was one of the facilitators.  Bahrain is next.

Search & Rescue training for NY National Guard

15 New York Army National Guard engineers received hands-on training in Oriskany NY, from members of Israel’s Home Front Command. They learned Israeli techniques for locating and rescuing people from collapsed buildings.

US Black Colleges to start exchange programs

5 heads of US universities in the Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) group were so impressed from their recent trip to Israel that they will soon start student-exchange programs. They will also encourage the other 96 member institutions to do so.

Food, water & energy for Rwanda

Israel’s Netafim has designed a unique coworking farm hub in landlocked drought-stricken Rwanda, with a purpose-built water source and energy network. The Gabiro Agribusiness Hub in the Nyagatara region of Eastern Rwanda is built on land that was previously not suitable for farming.

Screening women for cancer in DRC

Israel’s MobileODT (see here previously) has partnered US-based Cingulate Medical to launch phase one of a National Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer screening and treatment program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – the largest such program in Africa.

Agreements with Zambia

Israel and Zambia’s Foreign Ministers met in Jerusalem and signed several cooperation agreements to strengthen the two countries’ ties in the spheres of medicine, agriculture, communications, and culture.


Ammonia for carbon-free fuel

Israel’s Nitrofix (see here previously) has developed a zero-carbon, green electricity, zero hydrogen, method for producing ammonia for use as a green fuel. Nitrofix uses an organic metal catalyst to help combine nitrogen from the air with water. The only by-product is oxygen.

SodaStream switches to renewable energy

New Israeli energy regulations has allowed Israel’s SodaStream (see here previously) to sign a 15-year deal with Israel’s Enlight (see here previously) that will power all of SodaStream’s production facilities in Israel with 100 percent renewable energy by the start of 2024.

Recycling synthetic fibers

Israel’s TextRe (see here previously) creates plastic pellets from synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon from textile waste.  The pellets are then used to make other plastic products.

Food packaging from waste-produced fungi

Israel’s MadeRight takes industrial organic waste to grow fungi. This is then fermented to produce bioplastic pellets that can be made into biodegradable plastic food packaging. MadeRight has won two sustainability awards and MassChallenge.


Smart headband for blind swimmers

Israel’s EyeCan has developed a vibrating headband device that alerts swimmers in real time if they move from the center of their lane or are approaching an obstacle. EyeCan is part of the IDF’s 8200 Impact program and has received a $30,000 grant from the Israel Innovation Authority.

Using AI to fight antisemitism

Israel’s Cyabra (see here previously) not only spots fake videos, but is also playing a key role in the fight against the surge of antisemitism online. Cyabra is using an algorithm developed by Israeli startup Final to flag antisemitic posts on social media and initiate their removal.

Using AI in the emergency services

Excellent article on how AI is being used today in Israel to save lives by two of the country’s emergency services: the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority and Magen David Adom, which oversees emergency medical response. AI significantly speeds up response times.

The cutting edge of 3D software

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed software, called ArchCUT3-D, to extract and analyze ancient engravings that could lead to a better understanding of ancient engravers’ background and skills.

The best battery

Israel’s Addionics (see here previously) won the UK Research and Innovation’s SME Credit Competition – part of UKRI’s Faraday Battery Challenge. Addionics receives £1 million to enable Addionics to access the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre for scaling up production.

Perfect dubbing

Israel’s Deepdub (see here previously) has launched Deepdub Go. Now any business can transform its audio-videos into any language, whilst lip-synching the presenters / actors but retaining their original voices and emotions.  For training videos, university courses, ad agencies and movies.

In-car speed camera

Israeli-founded Mobileye has introduced the world’s first vision-only Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) solution to meet European standards for all new vehicles to recognize speed limits without relying on 3rd-party map and GPS data. Certified for all 27 EU countries plus Israel, Norway, Switzerland, and Turkey.


Good news for Arab women and Haredi men

In 2020, 25% of Arab women aged 30-34 held academic degrees, double the percentage in 2010. In 2023, 45% of Arab women were employed, up from 33% in 2014. Among Haredi men, employment has reached 56%, up from 52% in 2014.

New grants for Israeli Arab entrepreneurs

The Israel Innovation Authority has announced new grants for innovative programs to train entrepreneurs in research and medical institutions with at least 50% representation from Israel’s Arab community. The Human Capital for High-Tech Fund is offering up to 70% of program costs.

Tax benefits for investors

The Israeli Knesset has passed the “Angels Law”. It grants tax benefits to investors in the local high-tech industry as well as incentives for purchasing other tech companies based in Israel. Benefits take effect immediately. Foreign firms also get benefits for lending to Israeli startups.

BIRD invests $8 Million in 9 new projects

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation is granting $8 million for 9 joint hi-tech projects. The Israeli startups are Agado Live, Agromentum (Fieldin), AlvaLinks, ContainerEyes, GeneYX, NeuroTrigger, Oshi, Quantum Machines, and Treetoscope.

Flying high

Israel’s Arkia is starting flights from Tel Aviv to Sri Lanka in Oct. Meanwhile, El Al is to begin a Tel Aviv to Fort Lauderdale (Hollywood International) service in April plus six seasonal flights this year. However, the recent Jeddah to Tel Aviv flight, for Israeli passengers from the Seychelles, was a one-off.

El Al’s new Dreamliner uses sustainable fuel

El Al Israel Airlines’ newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner flew from Boeing’s Seattle factory using 30% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). It is El Al’s first use of SAF, made from sources such as CO2 in the air and emits far less carbon than fossil fuels.

NIS 100 billion high speed train plan

Israel is planning a 100-billion-shekel ($27 billion) high-speed rail line from Kiryat Shmona in the north to the southern city of Eilat 400km (250-miles) away.

The world’s second most Unicorn founders

Tel Aviv University has produced the second-most unicorn ($1 billion+) companies in the world, based on where their founders went to college. Stanford was the highest, but TAU was next, even beating UK’s Oxford University.

Partnering to detect diabetic retinopathy

Customers of US retinal imaging and diagnostic company IRIS will be able to use AEYE-DS from Israel’s AEYE (see here previously) for the autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy.

Exits, takeovers & mergers to 3/9/23

US Dynatrace is acquiring Israel’s Rookout for NIS 40-50 million. Israeli-founded, US based Coro Cybersecurity has acquired Israel’s Privatise. Israel’s InMode has acquired the patients of Colorado’s Viveve Medical.

Investment in Israeli startups to 3/9/23:

AI21 Labs raised $155 millionFeelBetter raised $5.9 millionAppend Medical raised 4.35 millionMadeRight raised $2millionSkillset raised $1.65 million.


Sussita – Israel’s new National Park

The Hellenistic / Roman / Byzantine city of Hippos (Sussita in Hebrew) was established over 2,300 years ago in the Golan Heights. The new Sussita National Park (see here previously) offers a glimpse of ancient life there.


Gal Gadot movie is a hit in six Arab countries

Gal Gadot’s spy thriller “Heart of Stone” is number one on Netflix in 93 countries, including in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

Real Madrid opens Jerusalem soccer clinic

Spanish soccer club Real Madrid opened its youth training camp in Jerusalem. It welcomed 450+ teenage players from Israel, Morocco, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority.

Gymnastic successes

Israel’s women rhythmic gymnasts won the silver medal in the 2023 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup event in Milan, achieving the same score as Italy. They then made history at the World Championships in Valencia, Spain, winning gold medals in both the All-Around and the Combined events.

Ju-Jitsu medals

Israel’s Lia Shalev, Guy Burshtein and Michal Baly won gold medals at the Ju-Jitsu Youth World Championships in Kazakhstan. Roi Shtoff and May Daniel won silver medals and Zohar Sela, Erez Malka, Ayman Halabi, Noga Reshef, and Maya Day won bronze medals at the event.

Marathon runner wins World silver medal

History was made when Marhu Teferi won Israel’s first-ever silver medal in the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. His 2hr 9min time was also a new Israeli record.

Israelis win video game final in Saudi

Israelis Shahar Shoshan and Lotan Giladi were part of the 5-person Vitality team that won $400,000 in the final of the Counterstrike event at the Gamer8 tournament in Saudi Arabia. The video and screenshot show Giladi’s keyboard on which he had printed the Israeli flag.




Kosher cruises from Haifa

An article about Royal Caribbean’s cruises out of Haifa on the Rhapsody of the Seas and (2024) Jewel of the Seas. Up to 400 of the 2500 passengers can sign up for the Fresh Kosher food program run by Rabbi Dovid Weberman and his wife Esther. Cruises visit Cyprus and Greece.

New immigrants dance at the airport

The arrival at Ben Gurion International airport of 215 immigrants from the US and Canada sparked emotional reunions and dancing in one of the terminals. The flight included 45 future lone soldiers, 7 doctors and 15 health professionals. 29,293 Olim have arrived in the first half of 2023.

The shofar as you never heard it before

In the month of Elul, news of Israel’s Amit Sofer, a talented trumpet player who has transformed the traditional Shofar into a versatile musical instrument. Recent article, plus two older videos.



Constant change on Jerusalem streets

Jerusalem of Gold could also be called Jerusalem of Change. The skyline and the seasons are always changing; so are the flowers, the pavements, Shaare Medical Center, the hotels, the Skatepark, First Station, the skaters in the Ice Rink, and the live concerts at Sultan Pool.

Sailing for Change

The non-profit Mifrasim, (“Sails” in Hebrew) is helping those at risk or in need address their challenges through “maritime group therapy”. Mifrasim purchased Challenge ’67, a 67-foot steel-hulled yacht which enables individuals to gain confidence and develop sailing, communication, and leadership skills.

Survivor sees the ocean again

81-year-old Shoah survivor Mina longed to see the Mediterranean but has been housebound for years due to illness. Volunteers from the Hevel Sorek branch of United Hatzalah brought her to the beach in Ashdod. Mina said, “I truly feel like I have been reborn.”

Doctor delivers baby of woman he helped beat childhood cancer

Talia recovered from leukemia as a 2-year-old, but it returned 7 years later to attack her ovaries. Dr Doron Cabin was one of the oncologists who saved her. 15 years later, and after a stillbirth, Dr Cabin (now an obstetrician) delivered Talia’s healthy baby.

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