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Israel Becomes First Country to Incorporate Breakthrough Leukemia Therapy

Israel is the first country to incorporate a breakthrough therapy developed for cancer patients suffering from an aggressive type of leukemia which, although extremely common, often leaves them with no other treatment options.

The new therapy, the first of its kind to be developed in twenty years, is by AbbVie, a research-based global…

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Israeli Company Helps US National Institutes of Health Fight Coronavirus

Israeli data company MDClone is supporting the US National Institutes of Health in the fight against the coronavirus crisis.

The Beersheba-based company, established four years ago, provides big-data solutions for healthcare systems and works with organizations in several countries, including Israel, the US and Canada.

As explained to The…

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Israeli Doctors to Blast Bacteria Into Orbit, Readying For Space-Based Medicine

An Israeli hospital is preparing to launch 20 million bacteria into space in order to carry out an experiment that it says will prepare for the medical needs of space tourism, and advance research to combat the “global health threat” of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

As soon as the weather clears over The Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, a…

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Israel Inaugurates First ‘Blue-And-White’ COVID-19 Mask Production Line

The country has inaugurated its first production line for N95 masks, with the expectation that it will produce as many as two million per month.

N95 masks are medical grade masks with a filtering capacity of 95% and are essential for medical teams that come into direct contact with coronavirus patients and carriers. The World Health Organization…

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Drive-Through Corona Testing in Congo, Courtesy of Israel

It’s not quite as enjoyable as ordering a burger from the car, but Israelis who need to be tested for coronavirus can head to the nearest drive-through testing facility set up by Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA). Drivers don’t even have to get out of the car to get swabbed.

The Israeli coronavirus drive-through concept is now coming to the…

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Israel Aiming to Enable Unprecedented Human DNA Edits, to Help Cure Illnesses

Israel is setting up a task force aimed at bringing a new level of accuracy to genome editing, in the hope it will pave the way to cures for various medical conditions.

The state-run Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) has allocated NIS 36 million ($10 million) for the country’s academic institutions and several companies to advance CRISPR, a…

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6 Coronavirus Vaccine Developments From Israel to Watch

Research groups across the world are using a variety of approaches to formulating vaccines that could protect people from coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19).

Big money and urgent demand are accelerating the normally lengthy process of vaccine development (see our companion story, “In the race for a coronavirus vaccine, first doesn’t mean best,” to…

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The Israeli-American Doctor Who Has Helped Restore Eyesight to Thousands of Ethiopians

In 2014, Dr. Morris Hartstein and his family were trying to plan their summer vacation. They considered a few destinations in Europe, but one of their four children suggested something a little different. He wanted to take a family volunteer trip, where they could help make a difference.

The Hartsteins ended up in Ethiopia that summer, visiting…

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Three Gulf States Reach Out to Israel for Help Battling COVID-19 Pandemic

Three states in the Arab Gulf are actively engaged in cooperation with Israel’s health system, with one having recently asked for help installing an advanced telemedicine system to confront the coronavirus pandemic, a senior official at one of the country’s leading hospitals said Sunday.

Top representatives from Bahrain and the United Arab…

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Israel’s Defense Ministry Hails ‘Significant Breakthrough’ in New COVID-19 Treatment

Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said that “a significant breakthrough” in developing treatment against the novel coronavirus was presented to him during a visit to the Israeli Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) on Monday evening.
“It is an antibody that attacks the virus in a unique way and can neutralize it in the body of…

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Israel’s IIBR Completes Development Phase of COVID-19 Antibody

The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has completed the development phase of COVID-19 antibody or passive vaccine, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry.

 Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Ness Ziona-based lab on Monday and was briefed by the research team, who revealed a breakthrough antibody that attacks the…

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Israeli Developers of Corona Vaccine to Initiate Human Clinical Trials in Summer

An Israeli company working on a COVID-19 vaccine will begin human trials this summer, a senior company official said on Wednesday.

MigVax, an affiliate of the Migal Galilee Research Institute, will conduct safety and efficacy assessment in rodents starting next month.

Phase 1 of clinical trials in humans will start during the summer and last six…

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OurCrowd to Back Israeli COVID-19 Vaccine Company in $12 Million Round

Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding company OurCrowd will lead a $12 million investment round for newly formed Covid-19 vaccine company MigVax, the company announced in a statement on Wednesday.

MigVax intends to use the funds to accelerate the development of a coronavirus vaccine and bring it to the market.

“We are humbled by the opportunity to…

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Tel Aviv University Professor Granted US Patent for Coronavirus Vaccine Design

A professor at Tel Aviv University (TAU) has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for his innovative vaccine design for the novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, TAU announced on Sunday.

Prof. Jonathan Gershoni of the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology at TAU’s George S. Wise…

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US Patient Receives Israeli Coronavirus Treatment with 100 Percent Survival Rate

An American patient diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been given a treatment by Israeli-based Pluristem that, so far, has a 100 percent survival rate.

The development, which occurred under the Israel’s compassionate-use program, comes days after the company released preliminary data showing that six critically ill coronavirus patients…

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New Israeli COVID -19 Treatment Seemingly Successful with First Two Patients

The first two patients who were treated with a new Israeli treatment for the novel COVID-19 after testing positive have shown significant improvement, with one of them even being removed from the intensive care unit (ICU) within days of treatment.

Israeli biopharmaceutical RedHill Biopharma Ltd. administered their experimental drug, Opaganib, in…

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Hebrew University Gets $4.2 Million From Rothschild Foundation For Coronavirus Fight

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has received a $4.2 million donation from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation to fund coronavirus research.

The money will be used to fund 60 Hebrew University research teams that are “working to find a vaccine, produce faster and cheaper testing methods, and develop targeted treatments for those afflicted by…

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Israeli Researchers at Hebrew U Develop Faster, Cheaper COVID-19 Test

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced on Sunday that they have developed a new method of testing for COVID-19 which is not only 4-10 times faster than the tests most commonly used today, but also significantly cheaper, while supplying the same level of accuracy.

Moreover, most of the materials required to perform the new…