Hebrew U to Celebrate its Scientific Heritage in Photo Exhibit

March 8, 2012  

A new photo exhibition will celebrate Israeli innovation, as Hebrew University launches the “Innovators Way,” photo exhibition showcasing 27 researchers whose work led to commercial products on the market today. These innovations, developed at the Hebrew University, improve quality of life and human welfare worldwide in fields such as health, safety, environment and nutrition.

The exhibition will include photos of inventors and innovators, as well as the devices and technologies they developed. Among the innovations documented in the new exhibition are a drug that slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, developed by Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin; a system that prevents accidents by warning drivers in real-time about dangerous conditions, developed by Prof. Amnon Shashua; a delivery system for treating gum disease by releasing an antibacterial agent into the periodontal pockets, developed by Profs. Michael Friedman, Michael Sela, Doron Steinberg and Aubrey Soskolne; a nanotechnology delivering drugs and treating skin disorders, developed by Prof. Elka Touitou; and a presentation on cherry tomatoes and cluster tomatoes, which were developed by Prof. Nachum Kedar and Prof. Haim Rabinowitch. All these technologies were developed in whole or part at Hebrew University, and all will be proudly displayed as the school celebrates its scientific heritage.

“If Israel is the start-up nation, then the Hebrew University is the start-up of the start-up nation,” said Hebrew University president Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson. “So far the university has registered approximately 7,000 patents protecting roughly 2,000 developments and inventions, and founded 72 companies based on some of those inventions,” he added.

The exhibition, by photographer Nati Shohat, will be inaugurated on Sunday, March 11. The innovators will be joined by Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Hebrew University president; Mr. Michael Federmann, chairman of the Board of Governors; Prof. Shy Arkin, vice-president of research and development; Mr. Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum Research Development Company, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University; and  representatives of the executive committee, among others. Shohat is the founder of Flash 90, a photography agency that supplies photographs to newspapers, magazines and other customers in Israel and abroad.

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