from the July 2006 issue

My Son the Doctor

In the 20th century, Jews, more than any other minority, ethnic or cultural, have been recipients of the Nobel Prize, with almost one-fifth of all Nobel laureates being Jewish. Of the total Israel has six Nobel laureates.

A total of nearly 700 individuals and 20 organizations have been Nobel recipients. Jewish names appear 127 times on the list, about 18 percent of the total. Of these 48 have been awarded for achievements in the fields of medicine and biomedicine. It is estimated that about one-third of the faculty at Harvard Medical School is Jewish. A 12th century physician Moshe ben Maimon-Rambam (Maimonides) is the role model for a generation of Israeli physicians who became active not only in the care of the sick but in the development of treatments and medical systems. Israeli researchers and developers developed the first fully computerized, no radiation diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer. An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment.

Israel's Given Imaging developed the PillCam - the first ingestible video camera, which is so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose digestive disorders of the small intestine and esphagus without invasive treatment. C2Cure is producing disposable miniature imaging medical devices. The viewing systems consist of miniature, disposable video camera and a light source that are assembled on the tip of endoscopes. The technology is suitable for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) endoscopic market and the intra-vascular segment. A new acne treatment developed in Israel causes acne bacteria to self-destruct - all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue. A new brain implant has been developed in Israel that can lower the risk of stroke, by diverting blood clots away from sensitive areas of the brain. Primate research at Hebrew University is leading to the development of a robotic arm, that can respond to the brain commands of a paralyzed person. Two Israeli researchers are creating cancer-killing molecules that will recognize cancerous cells and target them aggressively, while not affecting normal cells. Israeli researchers developed a novel stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's Disease - using a patient's own bone marrow stem cells to produce the missing chemical that enable the restoration of the motor movement. Insightec developed an ultrasound system for removing tumors without surgery. Researchers at the Technion have developed an antibiotic that destroys anthrax bacteria as well as the toxins it secretes into the bloodstream of the infected body.

At the recently held Biomedical Israel 2006 conference held in Jerusalem Prof. Rafael Beyar, a developer of cardiac stents has chosen a cross-section of 17 medical companies which we present in this month's report.. These include cardiovascular imaging and image integration, heart failure and cardiac arrest, pharmaceutical cell and gene therapy. Many of these companies are seeking additional funding to further their activities.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report July 2006

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