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Four Startups After One Year: Biodesign entrepreneurship program @ Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

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Israel’s First Biodesign Program Produces Four Startups After One Year

August 6, 2013

Students in Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center program develop “science fiction gadgets”

Biodesign entrepreneurship program is Israel’s first medical innovation accelerator

Jerusalem — As health costs spiraled over the last decade, the need for more cost-effective health care systems has become increasingly urgent. Medical innovation plays a vital role in making medicine both efficient and affordable — not to mention improving the quality of patient care and ensuring positive outcomes. However, the process of creating new medical devices requires an in-depth understanding of multiple disciplines including medicine, engineering, and finance that few could master alone. As a result, most aspiring medical innovators face disappointment as the vast majority of ideas fail before reaching the market.

According to Dr. Yaakov Nahmias, the director of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Center for Bioengineering, “When it comes to bringing an idea to market, there is a huge disparity between Hi-Tech, where a few programmers can succeed, and Bio-Tech, where clinicians, engineers, and business experts must all work together to bring a product to the market.”

To solve this problem, Nahmias partnered with Professor Chaim Lotan, the director of Hadassah Medical Center’s Heart Institute and an expert in clinical innovation. According to Prof. Lotan, “We knew that Stanford University’s Biodesign program was the most successful medical innovation program to date, and considering the outstanding students at The Hebrew University and Hadassah we were certain we could give them a run for their money.”

Developing “science fiction gadgets” GuideIN Tube, MetaboShield, SAGIV, and DCDI at the Biodesign program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center

The two partnered with Professor Dan Galai, the former Dean of the Business School at The Hebrew University, and with the help of Dr. Todd Brighton, a Biodesign program director at Stanford University, established The Hebrew University’s Biodesign Medical Innovation Program, the first academic medical innovation accelerator in Israel.

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Biodesign is a multi-disciplinary, team-based approach to medical innovation. The program takes outstanding medical fellows, bioengineering and business graduate students, and tutors them in the science and practice of bringing a medical innovation to the market. The teams receive a list of clinical problems, collected from Israeli and American hospitals, and critically evaluate their commercial potential. Once they identify a clinical need with commercial potential, they find an engineering solution that can be protected by a patent application.

Developing “science fiction gadgets” GuideIN Tube, MetaboShield, SAGIV, and DCDI at the Biodesign program of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center

The students are mentored by some of Israel’s best and brightest academic and industrial experts, who bring their experience in scientific discovery, clinical applications, and business development.

According to the Hebrew University’s Nahmias, “This isn’t a pure academic exercise. We have students and clinicians who are eager to bring innovation to the market. The program generated quite of lot of excitement with the business and academic environment. It is exactly this drive that makes Israel a start-up nation.”

One year after starting with 20 students and medical fellows, the program has already produced four projects that passed through the proof-of-concept stage, are protected by provisional patent applications, and are showing excellent market potential.

One of the projects, called SAGIV, is a semi-automatic handheld device for rapid and safe IV insertion, using infrared sights and electrical sensing. SAGIV targets a $900 million market with elements already tested on difficult IV insertion cases at the Hadassah Medical Center.

Another project, called GuideIN Tube, is a robotic intubation device which automatically navigates towards the lungs, targeting a $3 billion market.

“The projects really look like science fiction gadgets,” said Dr. Nahmias. “Even if just a few Biodesign companies succeed, they can completely transform the Israeli medical device sector.”

“We have incredibly driven students at The Hebrew University, and Biodesign gives them critical tools they need to succeed,” added Prof. Lotan. Both directors noted that students accomplished in one academic year what many start-up companies take 2 to 3 years to complete, advancing to the point of having proof-of-principle prototypes.

Yehuda Zisapel, president of RAD-Bynet Group, one of the largest investment groups in Israel, said: “Biodesign is a truly innovative approach to generate and accelerate new ideas. The cooperative efforts of physicians, scientists, engineers and business development people allows for a multidimensional approach which encourages the creation and development of new ideas. I was really impressed by the team work and the spirit created by the program, and also by the impressive achievements of the projects.”

Hadassah Medical Center’s Prof. Lotan attributes the program’s success to several additional factors: “We are based in Jerusalem, where biotechnology ventures are buoyed by sustained government support. We are backed by the strong track record of Yissum and Hadasit, the technology transfer companies of The Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center. And we have an important relationship with Stanford’s Biodesign program, which offers knowledge, experience and course materials. The Biodesign program has increased Stanford University biomed startup success rates by 4 to 5 folds over the last decade. We envision a similar revolution in Jerusalem, where 50% of the medical research in Israel is already taking place.”

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Subject: Hear Barbra Streisand accept her Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

‘I wish the world were more like the hallways of the Hebrew University,’ says Barbra Streisand 

 

Legendary singer, actress and philanthropist receives honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Legendary American actress, director, singer, producer, composer, philanthropist and activist Barbra Streisand received an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem today. The ceremony took place at 4 p.m. on the Mount Scopus campus, during the 76th Hebrew University International Board of Governors Meeting.

Following welcomes from the Chairman of the Hebrew University’s Board of Governors, Mr. Michael Federmann, and Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, the Hebrew University’s president, the honorary doctorate was presented to Ms. Streisand in recognition of her professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.

An audio recording of Ms. Streisand’s comments is available to news organizations at http://bit.ly/hebrewu_streisand. It is not intended for rebroadcast.

In her comments after receiving the award, Ms. Streisand said, “For close to 30 years, I’ve had a deep connection to the Hebrew University. It’s not only home to a diverse population of some of Israel’s best and brightest students, but it also houses the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies.”

In 1984 Ms. Streisand established the Emanuel Streisand Building in memory of her beloved father, whom she praised at the time as “a teacher, scholar and religious man who devoted himself to education.”

“I think he would be very proud to know that this esteemed institution is honoring his daughter,” she said today.

Streisand said it made her happy to read in the newspaper that more women than men graduated with a doctorate at the Hebrew University’s Convocation last night.

“One of the things I’ve always admired about this university is the fact that here, women and men, Jews and Arabs, Christians and Muslims, native-born and immigrants, sit together in classes, share the same cafeterias, learn from the same professors, and dream together of a good and meaningful life,” she said.

“I wish the word were more like the hallways of the Hebrew University,” she added.

Streisand condemned manifestations of exclusion of women in Israel, saying, “I realize it’s not easy to fully grasp the dynamics of what happens in a foreign land. Israel and the United States have much in common: Two great and noble countries, each with problems of course, but always striving to shine as a beacon of hope. So it’s distressing to hear about women in Israel being forced to sit at the back of a bus, or when we hear about Women of the Wall having metal chairs hurled at them when they attempt to peacefully pray, or when women are banned from singing in public ceremonies. But I’m also pleased to read that things are changing here. Repairs are being made and that’s very good.”

Streisand also complimented the debut speech of new Member of Knesset Dr. Ruth Calderon and said that Calderon’s speech served as an example of secular-religious dialogue through which people and countries can come together.

She concluded by quoting Albert Einstein, one of the founders of the Hebrew University: “Example isn’t another way to teach, it’s the only way to teach.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a member of the audience called out, “We love you, Barbra!” When Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson pointed out that with her honorary doctorate she is now “Dr. Streisand,” the audience member shouted back, “We love you, Dr. Streisand!”

After the event, Streisand  toured the Mount Scopus campus and visited the building named for her father. She also met with a number of scholars and students from the university, and among other things discussed the status of women.

Ms. Streisand has been long admired for her civic activism and philanthropic leadership.  Her commitment is reflected in the work of The Streisand Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering women’s equality and health, protecting human and civil rights, advancing the needs of at-risk children in society and preserving the environment. She often donates the proceeds from her performances on behalf of important causes.

 

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Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

The Hebrew University Leads in I-CORE Participation in Israel

 

Hebrew University faculty lead five I-CORE centers, and hold scientific management positions in five

Hebrew University leads a new generation of scientific and academic excellence. I-CORE – the Israeli Center for Research Excellence is a new initiative designed by the government of Israel to establish leading research centers specializing in crucial scientific and medical pursuits as well as studies of the humanities. I-CORE will strengthen Israel’s academic and research output in the long-term and sustain Israel’s stature worldwide.

 

The Israeli government has chosen The Hebrew University of Jerusalem to establish and lead five of the 16 Centers of Excellence in the innovative I-CORE program. Hebrew University faculty also hold scientific management positions in five additional I-CORE centers. The Technion, Weizmann Institute of Science, and Tel Aviv University each lead three centers, while the University of Haifa and Ben Gurion University each lead one.

 

Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

Director: Professor Howard Cedar, Molecular Biology, The Hebrew University.

Engage in the study of genetic regulation of common complex human diseases. By understanding these diseases better, this I-CORE hopes to find better approaches to prevent and treat them.

 

“Da’at Hamakom”: Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World.

Director: Professor Richard Cohen, Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University.

This I-CORE seeks to address notions of Jewish identity, creativity, tradition, and forms of attachment and belonging in the modern era.

 

The Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law

Director: Professor Ilana Ritov, School of Education, The Hebrew University

The I-CORE’s goals are to conduct studies that examine fundamental issues of the basic-science of law and decision-making, and to address important implications for concrete policy debates.

 

Astrophysics: from the Big Bang to Planets

Director: Professor Piran Tsvi, Racah Institute for Physics, The Hebrew University

 

The role of chromatin, RNA modifications and non-coding RNAs in regulation of gene expression in development and disease

Director: Professor Friedman Nir, School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hebrew University

 

Israel Multidisciplinary Center for Mass Trauma Research: From Basic Research to Real Life Application

Scientific Management Member: Professor Hermona Soreq, Biological Chemistry, The Hebrew University

 

Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters

Scientific Management Member: Dr. Ram Ben-Shalom, Jewish History, The Hebrew University

 

The Quantum Universe

Scientific Management Member: Professor Rabinovici Eliezer, Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University

The anticipated data from particle physics, gravity, cosmology, astrophysics and strings, is the basis of research of this center, and may well lead to major breakthroughs in the study of fundamental physics at all length scales.

 

Comprehensive understanding and modeling of plant responses to multiple abrupt abiotic stresses and to prolonged climatic changes

Scientific Management Member: Professor Weiss David, Robert H. Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University

The I-CORE will contribute to a more holistic view of a plant in a changing environment, will boost research of fundamental scientific questions, and will impact on the local Ag-Biotech industries towards improved plant robustness under changing climate.

Center of Excellence in Algorithms

Scientific Management Member: Professor Danny Dolev, School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hebrew University

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The I-CORE Program in Israel

http://www.icoregroup.com/

The Israeli Centers for Research Excellence (I-CORE) is an initiative designed by the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) and the Government of Israel. The initiative is part of the Higher Education multi-year Reform Plan, which gradually establishes leading research centers specializing in a range of disciplines. The Centers of Excellence and the program’s vision are aimed at fundamentally strengthening the long term positioning of Israel’s academic research and its stature among leading researchers in Israel and abroad.

 

I-CORE was endorsed by the Government of Israel and adopted by Israel’s Council of Higher Education in March 2010 (see The government decision here).

 

The program is jointly run by the PBC and the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF).

 

The I-CORE Steering Committee is in charge of designing and approving the program’s principles and modus operandi, the selection of research topics, the reviewing of the evaluation committees’ reports and declaration of the groups selected to establish the I-COREs.
The International Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the program advises to the Steering Committee on the various issues, supplying it with an external professional perspective, and assists the ISF with managing the evaluation process.

The Program’s objectives are:

  • Strengthening scientific research in Israel and establishing Israel’s standing as a world leader in scientific research;
  • “Brain Return”: returning excellent researchers to Israel, as a central means of fortifying the research capabilities and the academic staffs of the institutions of higher education;
  • Creating a critical mass and intensifying the relative advantages in select fields in the different institutions;
  • Improving and upgrading the research infrastructure in the universities;
  • Encouraging academic innovation, including integration between different fields of knowledge (multi-disciplinarity);
  • Maintaining and promoting advanced programs of instruction and training in select fields;
  • Encouraging research collaboration between institutions of higher education, both universities and colleges;
  • Strengthening the scientific research in Israel in disciplines of system-wide and national importance
  • Promoting collaboration with leading researchers and research institutions worldwide.

 

A “Center of excellence” is an association of outstanding researchers in a specific research field, who are current staff members of different higher education institutions, for the purpose of promoting groundbreaking and innovative research. The center serves as an anchor for shared research infrastructure and research groups in this field, and allows optimal utilization of the scientific potential of Israel.

 

Apart from the research infrastructure that is being established and upgraded in the framework of the I-CORE, the members of the center benefit from a significant budget for the center’s activities, including international activities, scholarships for research students and postdoctoral fellows, usage of equipment and materials, technical HR etc.

 

In addition to the members of the I-CORE who are current staff members of Israeli institutions of higher education, new outstanding researchers also join the center during the first three years of activity. The new researchers join the various higher education institutions where they get a regular tenure-track academic appointment, and also receive annual research grants for a period of five years and equipment grants.

 

In order to encourage research collaborations between the various researchers in the center which come from various institutions, the program encourages joint mentoring of graduate students by researchers who are members of the center, regardless of their institutional affiliation. In addition, the program assists the I-CORE members in organizing workshops and unique programs of advanced teaching, including International Graduate programs, in developing partnerships with industry, and in contributing to the community by holding public lectures or programs for high school students.
The research topics selected for the Centers were selected in a wide bottom-up process of consultation with the Israeli academic community, such that they reflect the genuine priorities and scientific interest of researchers in Israel. Out of the large number of suggestions received by researchers, specific topics were chosen by designated committees. Once the topics were announced, a call for proposal was issued inviting groups of researchers to submit proposals for the establishment of I-COREs in these topics.
The evaluation and assessment processes of the proposals are carried out by the Israeli Science Foundation via international evaluation committees, which examine the proposals on a competitive basis. The evaluation and assessment processes are carried out in two stages – preliminary proposals and full proposals.
The first wave of I-COREs started operating in October 2011. 
The second wave 12 I-COREs, are expected to be established during 2013. The new Centers will span a wide array of topics in exact sciences, life sciences, engineering and medicine, as well as in social sciences, humanities, education and law.

 

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