Success Stories


Many BIRD projects have had long-term impact on companies and society;
Here are some examples:


Helping Paraplegics to Walk

New Drug for Gout

An Advanced Learning System
3D Imaging for Orthodontics
Aircraft Enhanced Vision System (EVS)
Time-Temperature Indicator
Reducing Tooling Cost
All Digital Endoscope
Semiconductor Process Equipment
Seasonal Allergy Treatment
Digital Servo System
Through-Wall Location and Sensing System
Cutting-Edge HR System
Mobile Travel Tool
Sperm Quality Analyzer
Next Generation Disaster Recovery
Brain Training Tool for Hockey Players
Treatment of Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Mobile Internet via Satellite  

Reducing & Prreventing Urinary Incontinence 




Helping Paraplegics to Walk:
 With support from the BIRD Foundation, Argo Medical Technologies and Allied Orthotics & Prosthetics are working together to develop the ReWalk device that allows a paralyzed patient to "walk" again. The ReWalk acts like a pair of robotic trousers that use sensors and motors to allow paralyzed patients to stand, walk and even climb stairs. The device can help paraplegics to stand and walk - using crutches for stability - when they lean forward and move their upper body in different ways.


New Drug for Gout: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved KRYSTEXXA(TM) (pegloticase), a PEGylated uric acid specific enzyme indicated for the treatment of chronic gout in adult patients that are refractory to conventional therapy. The drug has been developed by Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, and Bio-technology General (acquired by Savient Pharmaceuticals) with a grant from the BIRD Foundation.




An Advanced Learning System: McGraw-Hill Education acquired Tegrity while collaborating in the development of an advanced learning system with the support of the BIRD Foundation. The companies received a BIRD grant for the development of LOTUS- a next generation integrated student learning system that will provide students with efficient access to and navigation between multiple sources of learning content.

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3D Imaging for Orthodontics:
 This development allows orthodontists to optimize the location of brackets by using digital models of the teeth, eliminating the need for plaster model storage and retrieving. The system reduces the treatment time and number of visits required. The technology was developed by Cadent, which originally collaborated with 3M , and the companies received a grant from the BIRD Foundation. Cadent has since been acquired by Align Technologies, Inc. for $190 million in cash.



Aircraft Enhanced Vision System (EVS): The combined project between Kollsman and Opgal and funded by the BIRD Foundation produced the EVS camera which is designed to provide day/night improved orientation during taxiing or flying. It allows visual landing in reduced visibility conditions, such as fog, haze, dust, smog etc.



Time-Temperature Indicator: Ciba Specialty Chemicals and FreshPoint have developed the OnVu™, a novel time-temperature indicator (TTI). The most common cause of spoilage of chilled food and beverages is the temperature being too high during storage and transport. This new TTI device, supported by the BIRD Foundation, shows at a glance the freshness of perishable goods. It allow producers, retailers and consumers to check whether perishable products have been correctly stored and supplied, thus helping to enhance consumer convenience and confidence.


Reducing Tooling Cost:
 At the urging of General Motors Corp and with funding from the BIRD Foundation, Tesco joined forces with CogniTens Inc. to develop a measurement system specifically tuned to the needs of automotive BIW assemblies. The result is the I3 Measurement Cell, which reduces auto makers’ cost for developing, proving out and monitoring expensive product-specific tooling. GM uses the I3 approach extensively to evaluate, fit and finish the interior and exterior of the Pontiac Solstice roadster and the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV.

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All Digital Endoscope: ACMI corp. and CByond developed the All-Digital Endoscope. This compact endoscope with an integral miniature camera and internal LED illumination was the first in the market. It offers 7x better resolution versus a traditional fiber optic endoscope and was developed with a grant from the BIRD Foundation. CByond was later acquired by ACMI.


Semiconductor Process Equipment:
 The BIRD project between Applied Materials and OrAmir led to the development of laser cleaning systems capable of effectively removing defects from the most demanding applications in the semiconductor area. Following the successful completion of the project, Applied Materials acquired OrAmir.



Seasonal Allergy Treatment: The joint development of ‘loteprednol etabonate’ (LE) by Pharmos and Bausch & Lomb, funded by the BIRD Foundation, has been the fundamental formulation for the development of Lotemax, the No. 1 dispensed ophthalmic steroid brand in America, and Alrex, the treatment of choice among many eye-care professionals in the United States for severe seasonal allergic conjunctivitis.

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Digital Servo System: The BIRD project between Kollmorgen and Servotonix led to the development of a low cost, high performance digital servo motor drive serving a wider range of power requirements. Following the project, Kollmorgen acquired Servotronix. Today, Kollmorgen-Servotronix in Israel is a center of excellence, responsible for the development of custom servo and motion control systems for large OEMs.



Through-Wall Location and Sensing System: General Dynamics (GDATP) and Camero developed a portable solution for through-wall location and sensing with the support of the BIRD Foundation. The Xaver™ 400 system detects whether people are present behind walls, how many individuals are present, and where they are situated. The system, simple to operate, is a dependable tool to increase situation awareness and to support effective decision making.


Cutting-Edge HR System: The Shanghai Municipal Labor and Social Security Bureau is using web-based screening and assessment tools to support entrepreneurs. This innovative system was developed by CareerHarmony and Manpower with a grant from the BIRD Foundation. Following the project, Manpower Inc., the $11 billion staffing and HR organization, became the majority shareholder, a major client and powerful strategic partner of CareerHarmony.

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Mobile Travel Tool:
 WorldMate (formely MobiMate), a provider of mobile travel services, partnered with Conducive Technology, to develop its newest mobile travel tool, WorldMate Live. With funding from the BIRD Foundation, the companies developed a mobile travel application that proactively aggregates and monitors all details from a user's travel bookings and Outlook meetings into a detailed itinerary, then pushes pertinent information to the user in real time. As a result, WorldMate Live accurately predicts travel conflicts for road warriors and automatically provides solutions, often before a traveler even knows there is a potential problem.



Sperm Quality Analyzer: The Optibreed Sperm Quality Analyzer was designed and developed by Progeny Systems and MES (Medical Electronic Systems Ltd.), as a unique portable unit that combines optical detection with an internal computer to provide a rapid sperm analysis --- both for the human fertility market as well as the veterinary market. The Analyzer, funded by the BIRD Foundation, provides quantitative evaluation of the semen quality of cattle and wine.

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Next Generation Disaster Recovery: EMC and Axxana teamed up to develop an Advanced Disaster Recovery System – The AxxBox Solution sets a new standard for data protection. The system provides a synchronous replication solution that utilizes existing asynchronous infrastructure, and enables replication of more data without the need to increase communication link bandwidth. This sturdy and robust disaster-proof storage protection system is capable of withstanding extreme conditions and surviving any type of disaster without losing data.



Brain Training Tool for Hockey Players:
ACE and USA Hockey have teamed up to develop the first hockey-sense training program for hockey players. The Hockey IntelliGym™ is a software-based program that allows players to develop perception, short-term memory focus and decision-making skills, and enables coaches to fine-tune programs and follow up on each player's progress.




Treatment of Alpha1 Antitrypsin Deficiency: This project extracts the Alpha-1 Anti-Trypsin (AAT) Protein needed for patients whose liver is unable to naturally synthesize it, and administer it to patients by infusion. The joint project between Kamada and the American Red Cross and funded by the BIRD Foundation, to develop Alpha1-Proteinase Inhibitor from Human source for Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency patients, has been completed with the preparation of clinical grade of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient and IND submission to the FDA. This submission led to successful clinical trials completed with FDA approval in July 2010. Kamada has reached a major licensing agreement with Baxter International to distribute intravenous Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Product for the treatment of hereditary Alpha-1 antitrypsin Deficiency which is distributed under the trade name “Glassia™”.



Mobile Internet via Satellite:
 RaySat and iDirect Technologies collaborated to launch a mobile satellite communication platform that supports live TV reception and 2-way broadband data connectivity in automobiles, recreation vehicles, trains, buses and public service vehicles, while in motion. This successful project, funded by the BIRD Foundation, provides a tested solution for customers on the move.

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Reducing & Preventing Urinary ncontinence:  With the support of the BIRD Foundation, a United States-based corporation teamed with ConTIPI Ltd., who developed a vaginal device for the management of urinary incontinence in women. Following conclusion of development and approval of the device for over the counter sales by the US  Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all rights to the device were purchased by another United States–based multinational company.


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