Top 10 Is­raeli in­ven­tions of the decade

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • By EYTAN HALON

Ev­ery time you turn around, it seems the Jewish state has cre­ated yet an­other star­tling new in­ven­tion or start-up. Here are the top 10 of the decade.

1. OrCam

The Jerusalem-based start-up, founded in 2010 by the team be­hind Mo­bil­eye, is lead­ing a rev­o­lu­tion for the blind and vis­ually im­paired. The com­pany’s ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence wear­able de­vices, equipped with high-qual­ity cam­eras, seek to change the lives of many by em­pow­er­ing them to read text, rec­og­nize faces and more. OrCam is val­ued at over $1 bil­lion.

2. ReWalk

De­vel­oped by quad­ri­plegic Is­raeli en­tre­pre­neur Dr. Amit Gof­fer, ReWalk is a wear­able ro­botic ex­oskele­ton en­abling par­a­lyzed in­di­vid­u­als with spinal cord in­juries to stand and walk again. Pro­vid­ing pow­ered hip and knee mo­tion to users, the com­pany’s tech­nol­ogy is the first ex­oskele­ton de­vice to re­ceive FDA clear­ance for per­sonal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion use in the United States. Ear­lier this year, the ex­oskele­ton helped par­a­lyzed vet­eran Terry Han­ni­gan Vere­line com­plete the New York City Marathon.

3. Beresheet

The eight-year jour­ney of Is­raeli lu­nar lan­der Beresheet may have ended in dis­ap­point­ment, but the en­gi­neer­ing in­no­va­tion that brought the space­craft to the Moon’s sur­face in­spired a gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren and the en­tire na­tion. Beresheet, de­vel­oped by SpaceIL and Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries, made Is­rael only the sev­enth coun­try to suc­cess­fully place a space­craft in the Moon’s or­bit. The team be­hind the achieve­ment is cur­rently plan­ning its next chal­lenge. We are sure it will equally cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of the na­tion and far be­yond.

4. Water­gen

Ris­hon Lezion-based Water­gen is the am­bi­tious com­pany be­hind ground­break­ing tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate fresh drink­ing-qual­ity water from noth­ing but plain air. The com­pany’s de­vices tap into at­mo­spheric water to pro­duce safe water wher­ever it is most needed, in­clud­ing dis­as­ter zones and res­cue scenes. Chaired by Is­raeli-Ge­or­gian phi­lan­thropist Mikhael Mir­i­lashvili, Water­gen’s large-scale gen­er­a­tor can pro­duce up to 5,000 liters of clean water ev­ery day, re­quir­ing no in­fra­struc­ture other than a stan­dard elec­tric­ity sup­ply.

5. Iron Dome

The Iron Dome air de­fense sys­tem, which first went into pro­duc­tion in 2011, has changed and saved the lives of count­less Is­raeli res­i­dents un­der rocket fire. De­vel­oped by Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems and Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries, the Iron Dome in­ter­cepted over 700 rock­ets dur­ing 2014’s Op­er­a­tion Pro­tec­tive Edge alone. In Fe­bru­ary 2019, the United States Army pur­chased two Iron Dome bat­ter­ies from Rafael to pro­tect troops against aerial threats.

6. Drone Dome

Rafael is the only com­pany to make the list twice, this time for pro­tect­ing in­fra­struc­ture from a dif­fer­ent aerial threat. The com­pany’s Drone Dome sys­tem, first dis­played in 2016, is able to neu­tral­ize hos­tile drones op­er­ated by ter­ror­ists and crim­i­nals. The anti-drone tech­nol­ogy was de­ployed in De­cem­ber 2018 at Lon­don’s Gatwick Air­port by the Bri­tish Army af­ter un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles caused the UK’s sec­ond-busiest air­port to com­pletely cease op­er­a­tions for al­most 36 hours.

7. Aleph Farms

One of a grow­ing list of Is­raeli food-tech com­pa­nies, Aleph Farms an­nounced in De­cem­ber 2018 that it had suc­cess­fully grown the world’s first “cell-grown minute steak.” Grown from a few cells ex­tracted pain­lessly from a liv­ing cow, the mass pro­duc­tion of slaugh­ter-free meat has long been con­sid­ered the Holy Grail of the food and agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries. Not con­tent with grow­ing meat in the lab, Aleph Farms said it suc­cess­fully cul­ti­vated meat aboard the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) in Oc­to­ber.

8. StemRad

As the United States turns its at­ten­tion to ad­vanc­ing space ex­plo­ration, a ra­di­a­tion pro­tec­tion vest de­vel­oped by Tel Aviv-based StemRad could play a key role. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Oren Mil­stein and Daniel Le­vitt, the AstroRad vest of­fers per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment for as­tro­nauts to wear be­yond lowEarth or­bit, mit­i­gat­ing space ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure out­side the Earth’s mag­ne­to­sphere. De­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Is­rael Space Agency and Lock­heed Martin, the vest is cur­rently be­ing tested by NASA prior to the launch of manned deep-space mis­sions.

9. 3D printed heart

Re­searchers at Tel Aviv Univer­sity grabbed the at­ten­tion of the med­i­cal world ear­lier this year when they “printed” the world’s first 3D vas­cu­lar­ized, en­gi­neered heart. The de­vel­op­ment, us­ing a pa­tient’s own cells and bi­o­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als, was hailed as a break­through for fu­ture en­gi­neer­ing of per­son­al­ized tis­sue and or­gan re­place­ment. Within a decade, the re­searchers hope, or­gan print­ers will be lo­cated in hospi­tals world­wide.

10. Ze­bra Med­i­cal Vi­sion

As the mam­moth global health­care mar­ket rapidly em­braces in­no­va­tion, She­fayim-based health­care start-up Ze­bra Med­i­cal Vi­sion’s suite of di­ag­nos­tic so­lu­tions is trans­form­ing the world of triage. The com­pany’s tech­nol­ogy has re­ceived four FDA ap­provals to date, us­ing deep-learn­ing and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to au­to­mat­i­cally iden­tify med­i­cal con­di­tions from pa­tient scans, quickly no­ti­fy­ing ra­di­ol­o­gists and en­abling them to both ef­fec­tively ad­dress and pri­or­i­tize ur­gent cases.

(Cour­tesy Space IL/Hand­out via Reuters)

AN IM­AGE taken by Is­rael space­craft ‘Beresheet’ on its way to the moon, ob­tained from Space IL on April 11.

(Mike Se­gar/Reuters)

IN MO­TION with a ReWalk elec­tric-pow­ered ex­oskele­tal suit in New York City’s Mount Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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