MarginProbe for the Elimination of Extra Surgery

Women with breast cancer go through a great deal. And the last thing that they want to do after they’ve already had the tumor removed during a surgery is to undergo followup surgery to remove residual cancer cells. Now, Dune Medical Devices is trying to revolutionize this process. The device they have created is already used by surgeons in more than 100 hospitals in the US and Israel.

What typically happens when a woman undergoes a lumpectomy is that the cancerous tissues are sent to a lab to make sure that the margins are clean. But if they aren’t clean, as happens about 25% of the time, then women have to return for a secondary surgery.

Now, as Gal Aharonowitz, the general manager in charge of Israeli operations for MarginProbe explains,

“We have developed the only technology in the world that has a commercial product that allows surgeons in operating rooms, in real time, to check the margins of the tumor, identify cancerous tissue and decide on the spot if more tissue needs to be removed or not.”

They have found that MarginProbe reduces the need for re-excision by 51% if it is being used for the initial procedure. It has shown a drop of as much as 80% for a repeat surgery. The Wall Street Journal estimated recently that re-excisions for lumpectomy procedures cost from $9000-$16,000. This probe costs approximately $1000 in the US.

Learn more about this product and how Israeli technology is paving the way for a better way of life for so many.

Innovative Trachea Device from Israel

Israel is known around the world for the medical devices that it creates, and the latest one follows in this model. Guide In Medical has recently raised 2 million shekel ($529,000) for a life-saving trachea device. This non-invasive device is placed on the patient’s neck and it transmits light into the tissues to light the inside of the throat. The medical team can then locate the trachea much easier using a video laryngoscope and can more easily insert the tube during the intubation.

The device is for single use and they estimate that each one will cost about $35 per unit. As Ariel Shrem, the co-founder and CEO of Guide In Medical explained,

“The advantages of the device are in the simplicity of use and the ability to quickly and safely identify the trachea even in complicated situations. In the coming years, this device will be in use in every ambulance, operating room, and battalion aid station.”

At the moment, they are working on getting the EU approval, which they believe they will have by March 2017. They hope to have the approval of the US Food and Drug Administration by the end of 2017.

Interestingly, the technology was developed as part of Hebrew University’s bio-design entrepreneurship program, with the cooperation of the Hadassah Medical Center.

So far, since Guide In Medical started, they have received close to NIS 3 million from NGT3 and the office of the Chief Scientist at Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry.

Israel Teams Up with Massachusetts for Economic Advancement

While ties between Israel and Massachusetts have been strong for many years, the recent Bay State’s Economic Development Mission to Israel likely had an additional impact on the economic relations.  Given that statistics in 2015 showed that 200+ Israeli-founded businesses brought the Commonwealth over $9 billion and had jobs for over 9,000 individuals.

At the four day event, Governor Charlie Baker brought a delegation of leaders statewide representing a variety of industries including: academia, non-profits and governmental.  There were briefings, forums, site visits, summits and more during which time the people from each country were able to discuss the possibility of a new cybersecurity liaison between Cyberspark (the venture between the Israel National Cyber Bureau, the Beer-Sheva Municipality, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and leading companies in the cyber-security industry)  and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (the public agency seeking to support a vibrant, growing economy in the region).

The dual-relationship is exceedingly vital on both sides.  According to Baker: “Israel has about a 20-year head start in the cybersecurity space…and because we boast an innovation ecosystem of unparalleled density, there is no better place in the world for you to expand, and grow to scale, than Massachusetts.” And for Israel, should an agreement be signed (a matter also on the agenda at the event, between Baker and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), the benefits would be a bolstering of commercial, economic, industrial and technological interests, given the invariable following of collective research and expansion efforts.  As Israel’s Chief Scientist for the Ministry of Economy, Avi Hasson explained: “The Israel-Massachusetts ongoing partnership is an essential pillar in R&D collaboration. I am assured both industries, from Israel and Massachusetts, will benefit.”

Assessment: Stable IDF

israel-armyAccording to National Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) director Amos Yadlin, the current status of Israel’s army (the IDF) is in great shape, especially in comparison to those in surrounding regions.  This, despite the fact that a civil war rages in Syria and the fact that the entire region has – for many years and currently – been subject to high levels of instability. Yadlin said that the capacity of the IDF – in which Daniel Taub served – is not only incredibly strong, but renders it the Middle East’s strongest, most technologically advanced and most modern.

The findings – presented by Yadlin to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the beginning of 2017 – were based on the 2016-2017 strategic assessment from the INSS.  There was some surprise with these results (given the somewhat volatile US-Israel relations over the last eight years) but it should be noted that Israel was still the recipient of considerable support from the US administration.

Given the US-Israel situation however, it was proposed by Yadlin that all efforts must be taken to ensure rehabilitation of relations occurs, with new liaisons being forged with neighboring countries such as Saudis who feel their security is under threat from Iranian predominance.

On receipt of the report, Rivlin commended the INSS for providing an extensive analysis of extremely fundamental issues that impact Israel’s most basic interests and, for providing access in both English and Hebrew to these publications.