Israel Is Reinventing Innovation, Again

By Sharone Levinson, April 24, 2011

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While global media outlets focus on Israel in the context of the Israeli Palestinian conflict,  Israel’s amazing contributions to the world are often ignored.    It is astounding to    realize that while Israel is smaller in size than New Jersey,  the small country is a global leader when it comes to the    entrepreneurial spirit and innovations.



  • Veterix, an Israeli start-up company invented an electronic capsule that sits in the stomach of  livestock and sends out information on the health of the herd to the farmer via cell phone or email.  The capsule, which also sends out alerts if the animal is injured, distressed or lost is now being tested on a herd of cows with hopes of leading to healthier and “tastier” meat and milk.
  • Magal Security Systems has produced computerized security systems to protect national borders, nuclear facilities, refineries and airports. The newest product, Dream Box, described as state-of-the-art, includes “Intelligent video, audio and sensor management.” In the United States, Dream Box is being used by a major water authority on the east coast to safeguard the utility’s different sites. Magal’s Security System is used by 70 countries around the world.
  • BioControl Medical invented an electrical stimulator that successfully treats urinary incontinence.  Now, the company focuses on the development of CardioFit, which uses electrical nerve stimulation to treat congestive heart failure. Nearly five million Americans have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure; 400,000 cases added each year.
  • Israel is the only country with a registry for Arab bone marrow donors, though only about 1.2 million of the world’s 400 million ethnic Arabs live in Israel.
  • Skin Cancer Screening, an Israeli company, has developed  a breakthrough device that can detect skin cancer at a much earlier state than traditional tests.  Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States.  More than 2 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are found in this country each year.  Melanoma, the most lethal and rapid type of skin cancer, accounted for about 68,130 cases of skin cancer in 2010.
  • Israel will be the first country in the world to install a cutting edge network grid for electric cars.  A Better Place, an Israeli start-up, invented the electric car smart grid.  In addition to the cutting-edge technology, which will enable the existing energy infrastructure to support mass numbers of users,  the electric car is both attractive and affordable.

This is the first in a series of  Act For Israel blogs that will highlight Israel’s innovation and scientific discoveries.


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