Science & Technology
- Written by Trendlines
Yair Shamir (Minister of Agriculture) and Todd Dollinger (Chairman and CEO of The Trendlines Group
On December 4, more than 250 professionals gathered at Eretz Yisrael Museum in Tel Aviv on Tuesday for an international conference exploring the state of agriculture technology and investment, specifically focusing on how Israel’s R&D advantage, the country’s unique multidisciplinary approach, and more than 100 years of experience tackling “food security” may indeed solve current global challenges. Distinguished panelists included members of the Israeli government, executives from leading international agrochemical and food companies, as well as venture capitalists from international agritech-focused firms.
Avi Hasson (Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Economy) and Steve Rhodes (Chairman and CEO of The Trendlines Group)
Margaret Dohnalek, global head of technology scouting in corporate R&D for PepsiCo, remarked that she understands “we don’t know what we need to know about Israel,” underscoring a sentiment across the panel of corporate executives, that technology currently being developed in Israel may be the next game-changer. The conference was part a 4-day Agrivest Tour of Israel organized by The Trendlines Group (www.trendlines.com), which included visits to Israel’s top agricultural research organizations, as well as agritech start-up success stories, such as Evogene and Bio-Bee.
At the conference, Dohnalek, along with corporate leads from Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto spoke on a panel (“Profiling Tomorrow’s Ag Solutions”) offering insights into why companies are looking to Israel for the next addition to their pipelines, and discussed their “dream technologies.” Precision agriculture, with a focus on gaging weather patterns, was the most popular response. Virginia Ursin, Technology Prospecting Lead at Monsanto added that this sector -- “smart farming” -- is growing rapidly.
Ofra Strauss (Chairperson of the Board, Strauss Group) and Dr. Nitza Kardish (CEO of Trendlines Agtech)
Prof. Avi Perl, chief scientist, Israeli Ministry of Agriculture agreed and emphasized the formal funding structure the government gives to agritech start-ups as a sign of the government’s commitment to the sector’s growth and success. Dohnalek of PepsiCo said the formal support makes it more feasible for Israel entrepreneurs to successfully come up with ideas that address multiple challenges. She acknowledged this as a reason why large corporations seek collaborations and acquisitions in Israel. Ron Meeusen, managing partner of Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, said that what sets the Israeli start-up ecosystem apart is a culture of serial entrepreneurs who are willing to start over again and again.
Photos : Moshe Amar Liran Shemesh
- Written by Unfo Med
Israeli pride. An innovative development with regards to babies' twisted feet. Children orthopedics is evolving with no need for casts or surgery.
UNFO MED Company was introduced this week during the thirty-third Orthopedics Conference held in Tel-Aviv. The company was previously titled one of Israel's promising companies in the Med in Israel Conference.
What are the various ways of treating Metatarsus Adductus? Introducing a unique, easy-to- use solution, developed and manufactured in Israel, which solves the problem perfectly.
Metatarsus Adductus is common amongst babies and is usually caused by the position of the baby in the womb. The baby's feet look like two halves moon bending towards one another. Up until today there has been no effective solution to this problem. The common treatment is the use of a special splint or casting of the foot till the baby turns 9 months old.
The cast is changed once a fortnight. The casts are outdated and were originally designated for a graver problem called Clubfoot. Usually the cast or splint is used till the baby starts walking. This obsolete and awkward treatment leads many families and doctors to avoid treatment due to the cumbersome process of changing the casts once a fortnight which is performed by a specialist doctor at a hospital or qualified stuff at a special ward. This tiresome process also requires preparation prior to the hospital visit. The process lasts for weeks and weeks and also involves dealing with hygienic issues related to the baby's stool and urine. When plastic casts are used the changing of casts is done by sawing which might cause injuries to the baby's feet.
In other cases, doctors recommend physiotherapy sessions at home, hoping to achieve some improvement. In such cases the responsibility falls on the parents rather than on the doctor. In the worst case scenarios, parents are sent home, being told that "there is no need for treatment, it will improve by itself". Indeed, sometimes the problem is solved without treatment, but in most cases it doesn't. One can never know in which case the problem will resolve itself and in which case the baby will continue to suffer from the problem and its side-effects in the future.
We are proud to introduce: a new, easy-to-use and effective solution to Metatarsus Adductus, made in Israel.
A one-of-a-kind biomechanical shoe which completely solves the problem. It is light, simple and elegant and has a unique feature – the shoe is worn below the ankle.
UNFO MED Ltd. which developed the footwear is an ISO 13485-certified orthopedic company.
The company was founded by Dr. Izak Daizade, a specialist in the field of orthopedic surgery with over 35 years of experience in the field. UNFO MED is the manufacturer of the revolutionary orthopedic system for newborn feet. The system is based on the expertise of Dr. Daizada in pediatric surgery. Dr. Daizade developed a treatment for Metatarsus Adductus and Clubfoot in newborns and is nowadays promoting this revolutionary treatment.
According to the company's owners there is no longer a reason to make do with answers such as "it will be fine" or "perhaps the problem will go away with time". You no longer have to go through the exhausting archaic treatments or complicated surgeries. The most important thing is to identify the problem at an early stage and start treating it with UNFO Foot Brace, preferably before the child is 6 months old. At a later stage it is much more difficult and complicated to treat the problem and it might even be impossible to do so.
What could happen if the child is not treated at all?
According to Dr. Daizade it might cause future side effects which are usually reflected in footwear fitting, frequent wear and tear of shoes, calluses, pains, toes deformation and other orthopedic and aesthetic problems. It is easier to deal with the problem when the babies are younger and their skeleton is softer. You don't need to take the risk and see what the future holds.
Dr. Daizade adds that he is very proud that Israeli children are the first to enjoy this innovative treatment.
For further information :
Address: 52 Weizmann Street, Holon
Photos provided by UNFO MED
- Written by SanDisk
SanDisk Ventures officially introduced itself on Sunday and called for opportunities to invest in Israeli companies at an investment event in the old city of Jaffa and Tel Aviv coast.
In the event, that was held as a conference, leading multinational corporates, as well as venture capitals and startups from the Israeli ecosystem, discussed the future of storage and the innovations taking place in the global enterprise cloud and mobile flash storage industry.
Among guests there were Drew Henry, SanDisk Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile and Connected Solutions; Rene Hartner, SanDisk Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, David Flynn, PrimaryData CEO and ex founder and CEO of Fusion-IO; Riccardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies CEO; Bryan Bogensberger, Inktank CEO; Emil Alon, Pebbles Interfaces CEO and Oren Boiman of Magisto, CEO.
"We see Israel, as a leading hub of storage solution companies, technology and innovation," said Amir Fridman, SanDisk Director of Corporate Strategy & Business Development.
"SanDisk will be investing over $75 million dollars in select early- to mid-stage companies that demonstrate innovation across the spectrum of flash storage, from companies with solutions that enhance enterprise storage applications to companies that develop consumer products. By collaborating with SanDisk, these companies gain access to a broad product portfolio from a recognized leader in flash, world-class technical expertise, customer introductions and an expanded channel for their products and services".
In the last year, SanDisk announced five investments, 3 three in the US and 2 two in Israel, Pebbles Interfaces and Magisto.
Photo Ifat Golan. from right: Drew Henry and Amir Fridman.
- Written by Tozza
Italian vegetable vendors have signed an agreement to grow potatoes in the Negev during the winter, with the aim of retaining a supply of fresh produce when the Italian cold does not enable growing
The European seed company, Germicopa, sent diploid potato seeds to Negev farmers, for them to grow during the winter, when whether conditions in Italy are not conducive for growing. This joint venture is aimed at avoiding any severance of the marketing sequence, enabling Italy’s regions to enjoy fresh produce in the winter as well.
According to Abraham Rothstein, CEO of "Tozza" (representing Germicopa), this is a preliminary export of the species from Israel to Italy. The Italian vendors discovered the combination of good winter weather in the Negev and the quality of southern farming products.
The first transaction entails the export of 450 tons derived of the Negev fields. In light of the demand for this species in Italy, measures will be taken to increase the scope of marketing next winter.
The diploid seeds were brought to Israel after joint planning by the Italian distributor and Negev farmers in Israel. The diploid has a unique flavor and color that is loved by Italian consumers, especially in Sicily. The species produces high yields and is suitable for mashed potatoes, gnocchi, filling pocket pastries, knishes and baking.
The Germicopa seeds are advanced hybrid seeds created under full growth control in isolated areas of the French Brittany region.
Rothstein adds that the Israeli market is very important to the Europeans, seeing that we serve as their vegetable barn during the winter, when the ground on the continent is frozen, preventing vegetable growth in open areas. In the past, Europeans made do with vegetables that were stored since the summer or obtained through limited import, but as the standard of living improved in Russia and Eastern Europe, so did the demand for vegetables in the winter and spring.