1. WeCU: reading the mind of potential terrorists
When a passenger in an airport is planning to commit an act of terror, they exhibit emotional strain — strain that goes undetected. WeCU (We See You) is an Israeli tech company that is working on a system to identify those emotional signals and stop potential terrorists before they act.
3. IceCure: freezing breast tumors to death
A cure for breast cancer? Getting there. Israeli biomed company IceCure has developed an FDA-approved process that kills benign tumor cells in the breast by freezing them. The process is not surgical, not painful, and takes about 15 minutes.
6. Waze: an app that helps people help each other find their way
There’s a good chance you’ve already used Waze — after all, Google bought the Israeli company for $1.3 billion in 2013. Waze users help each other by reporting slowdowns, road closure, and speed traps, and the result is a map that gets you there without a hitch.
7. Gagomers: a system that increases the accuracy of chemotherapy
Gagomers, discovered at Quiet Therapeutics in Israel, are nanoparticle clusters unique in their ability to target malignant cancer cells. Gagomers bind the cells and then deliver their therapy, killing the bad cells and leaving the good ones unharmed. This technology has the potential to minimize side effects for chemotherapy patients, since it transports the drugs directly and specifically to the cancer cell.
8. Antibacterial nanoparticles: keeping hospitals safer with fabric
Bacterial infections contracted during a hospital stay cause or contribute to over 75,000 preventable deaths per year. A professor at Bar-Ilan University in Israel has developed an antibacterial fabric to reduce the occurrence of these bacterial infections.
9. PillCam: a way to finally see the small intestine
The human gut is about 25 feet long, and endoscopy and colonoscopy can show only the two ends of the digestive tract. PillCam is a pill-sized TV camera invented by Given Imaging in Israel. When swallowed, it travels through the intestine and provides eight hours of images to the doctor — all without anesthesia.
12. Like-a-Fish: lets divers breathe underwater without a tank
Like-a-Fish is tankless diving gear that is able to extract air from water. It was created by Israeli scientist Alan Bodner in 2001 and is a boon not only for divers but for submarines, which can utilize the technology to remain underwater for much longer periods.
13. Implantable Miniature Telescope: helping people with macular degeneration see better
Israeli company VisionCare created the FDA-approved Implantable Miniature Telescope, which can actually be implanted in the eye. The telescope implant improves visual acuity and quality of life for patients with age-related macular degeneration.
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