Press Coverage in 2015

Secretary of Energy Moniz praises U.S.-Israel BIRD Energy cooperation

United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz speaks at a joint U.S.-Chamber of Commerce – BIRD Foundation Reception, on October 21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. Excerpt from his speech discussing BIRD and BIRD Energy (BIRD Foundation= Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation)

“Our work in R&D will build on the excellent collaboration already going on under the BIRD auspices….”

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October  21, 2015
Jerusalem Post

PetPace Smart Collar Raises Heartworm Patient Activity Compliance

Wireless pet wearable tech health monitoring collar detects, alerts about high activity levels, positively impacting treatment for life-threatening condition, new veterinary case study finds.

PetPace, the provider of an innovative IoT collar for remote real-time monitoring and analysis of pet vital signs and activity, today released the findings of a new medical case study. The PetPace smart collar case study, documents in detail how the PetPace collar facilitated the successful treatment of a three-year-old American Pit Bull from a dangerous heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) parasitic infection.

PetPace is a BIRD grantee (2013) with U.S. partner BluePearl Veterinary Partners developed in the funded project, an Integrated In-Hospital and Outpatient Pet Wireless Remote Monitoring System.

Burlington, MA
June 23, 2015

NCBiotech Showcase Proves It: Ag Is A New Culture

If you’ve never been to an event organized by ag biotech specialists from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, your first one is likely to be a mind bender.

Today’s agriculture is a far cry from the old stereotype of overall-wearing goobers muscling “fert ‘n’ dirt.”

That’s never been more clear than it was this week as 135 movers and shakers from the expanding world of agricultural biotechnology shared ideas, auditions and a jam-packed day at NCBiotech’s third annual Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase.

One successful recruit to the program was Ron Maron, Ph.D., business development director for the Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research & Development Foundation (BIRD). He brought “oohs’ and “ahhs” from the investment-hungry auditorium as he explained why he’d flown halfway around the world to give away money.

Maron explained that his foundation is an endowment set up 40 years ago to to stimulate industrial R&D for the mutual benefit of the U.S. and Israel. It does that by providing some $25 million a year in non-diluting grants. He noted just a year ago BIRD saw a successful outcome from an investment in a joint research effort by Durham’s Precision Biosciences and Israel’s Danziger Innovations Ltd. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Maron as he perused the audience.

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Submitted by JShamp
May 20, 2015
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Digital Technology Helps Lower Risk of Heart Attacks

Use of the technologies was associated with a significant 1.24% reduction in patients’ Framingham risk score, which estimates the 10-year risk of a first heart attack.
The Internet is helping patients with cardiovascular disease actually stay healthy, says a meta-analysis in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Health-related smartphone apps, text-message reminders and other digital technologies significantly reduced recurrences of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular illnesses, the analysis found. Use of the technologies was associated with a significant 1.24% reduction in patients’ Framingham risk score, which estimates the 10-year risk of a first heart attack.

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Ann Lukits
May 4, 2015
The Wall Street Journal

More Power per Flower

Joint Israeli-American ‘precise breeding’ project is working toward extending the shelf-life of petunias, one of the world’s favorite flowers.

A pot of pretty petunias will practically sell itself, but petunias don’t retain their beauty for long. A joint Israeli-American “precise breeding” project is now working toward extending the shelf-life of these popular flowers.

The three-year collaboration brings together a patented plant-breeding technology called MemoGene, developed by Israel’s Danziger Innovations and the Hebrew University’s Yissum tech-transfer company, with a DNA editing platform developed by Precision Biosciences in North Carolina.

The partnership is supported by a grant from the BIRD (Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation warded in December last year.

Abigail Klein Leichman
April 1, 2015

Israeli Technology Could Solve the Next Food Crisis

From robotic tractors to satellite photographs, technology is changing the world of agriculture

Many researchers and professionals around the world warn of worldwide starvation by 2050. Less and less cultivated land will have to supply more food for the population, that is expected to grow two or three-fold by then. Farm lands are being sold as real estate for the expansion of cities. The average age of farmers in the United States in 2007 was 57; thus, the younger generation is abandoning agriculture for more modern and lucrative professions. If solutions are not found for producing an adequate amount of food, then wars will be waged over water and food.

Ron Maron and Victor Alchanatis
TheMarker – Click here for the original in Hebrew
March 18, 2015

Amyris & Genome Compiler Partner to Commercialize DNA Construction Software Services for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), an industrial bioscience company, and Genome Compiler Corp., a synthetic biology platform company, have entered into a collaboration agreement to integrate Amyris’s automated lab services with Genome Compiler’s online design tools and e-commerce platform to enable users to design and order DNA or other biological products seamlessly.

This joint project is funded in part by a grant from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD Foundation), a U.S.-Israeli partnership between private sectors to expand private high-tech industries.

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By GlobeNewswire
March 03, 2015, 08:00:00 AM EDT

StartUp Health Academy Grows to 90 Digital Health Companies

World’s Largest Digital Health Portfolio Includes Companies from 8 Countries and 45 Cities
New StartUp Health Companies include Healarium – A BIRD Grantee

Healarium  and The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) collaborated to develop an application for self monitoring of cardiovascular risk.

Amnon Keynan, Co-founder & CEO, and the Healarium team are transforming the way physicians prescribe care plans to patients for chronic conditions, pre-op and discharge services. As the demand for smarter population health management continues to grow, Healarium provides consumers with daily regimens for self management. Over 25,000 patients have completed prescribed care plans on the Healarium platform.

New York, NY (PRWEB)
February 03, 2015

A game-changing battery for renewable energy

EnStorage’s low-cost unit stores more megawatts of power for a longer time – major advance for wind- and solar-energy producers.

“A second EnStorage system is being installed in Texas through a partnership with New Jersey’s Princeton Power Systems and O’Brien and Gere national engineering and construction firm.

The Texas project is fueled by a $950,000 grant from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), and is intended as a working demo site to gain the attention of potential customers and partners.

Abigail Klein Leichman
January 26, 2015