16 October 2018 - 8 Heshvan 5779 - ח' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Israel-Singapore collaboration to detect dengue fever E-mail

BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, has announced a collaboration with Singapore medical diagnostics firm Biosensorix to develop quantitative point-of-care diagnostics.

The technology is an electrochemical lateral flow immunosensor test that can quantitatively diagnose disease-related biomarkers and pathogens. The device will be similar to a USB drive.

The collaboration involves joint research by scientists at BGU and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore as part of the Singapore-Israel NRF CREATE programme.

The new technology will be used initially to detect dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is endemic in Southeast Asia and South America. “Most people with dengue fever can be released to home care, yet are kept at the hospital until results come in,” said Robert Marks, a professor in the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren department of biotechnology engineering at BGU. “Our kit provides physicians with true triage power: with the new diagnostic kit, the physician can release the patient within half an hour, saving time and money.”

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Tel Aviv-based whisky distillery launches exclusive second-edition barrel E-mail

After launching Israel’s firstever single malt whisky in June 2017, which was successfully sold at an international public auction, Milk & Honey (M&H) Distillery has launched an exclusive second edition of lightly peated single charred barrel. Only 324 bottles have been produced.

Similar to the first single malt whisky, this cask is also part of the Experimental Series, distilled in the early stages of setting up the distillery, before the establishment of the distillery in south Tel Aviv and the acquisition of the current industrial equipment, and before a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo. The cask was distilled in April 2014.

This whisky was crafted from lightly peated malt, made in-house and matured for 32 months in a new American oak barrel, before being transferred to an ex-bourbon barrel for an additional 11 months, and then being bottled at the perfect time.

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India-Israel flights to start operational flights E-mail

In a diplomatic breakthrough, Air India will begin operating direct flights from Israel on a route passing over Saudi Arabia. The new Tel Aviv-New Delhi route will shorten the flight time to six hours.

The Ministry of Tourism has been exerting pressure on Air India for two-and-a-half years. The ministry believes that incoming tourism from India has potential, and began pressuring Air India to begin a direct route from New Delhi. The Indian airline hesitated to do so, given the indirect route it involved. This problem has now been solved, and Air India says it will begin operating its flights on 20 March for the coming Passover holiday.

Civil aviation sources expressed doubt as to whether the Indian airline would manage to inaugurate its route on such a tight schedule, but Air India is determined to do so.

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Technology to assist Vietnam with water solutions E-mail

A delegation of Israeli business executives was in Vietnam in February, and visited the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre to explore co-operation opportunities in some water and treatment technology-related sectors.

Boaz Zadik, CEO of Arrow Technologies, said his company is looking for investment opportunities in Vietnam. Arrow Technologies has been undertaking projects in India and Africa for 30 years and is ready to tie up with Vietnamese companies, he said.

Other executives also hoped to tie up with Vietnamese companies and transfer technology to the country. Bar Sharon, marketing director of Argos Company, said: “We will transfer technology and show Vietnamese companies how to use it so that they can develop steadily for the long term.”

Dr Ngo Ke Xuong, an agricultural expert, said he is intrigued by Israel. “A country with sand and desert can export tomatoes, cucumbers and mangoes. It is amazing! Vietnam should get technologies from Israel. Adoption of technology in agriculture is inevitable because we are under pressure from an increasing population and limited land.”

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China and Israel open incubation centre in Xiamen E-mail

China and Israel officially launched an incubation centre on 17 January in Xiamen, in China’s southeastern province of Fujian, to promote technology cooperation.

Located in Xiamen’s Software Park, the centre is dedicated to providing services for Chinese companies keen to apply Israel’s advanced technologies to their innovation projects.

The centre has established ties with more than 200 hightech companies, research institutions and incubators in Israel, in areas such as artificial intelligence, health care and clean energy, according to Jiang Baoqi, chairman of Innovation Connect (Xiamen) Technology, the centre’s operator.

“During the centre’s preparation phase, companies from the two countries expressed interest in nearly 100 projects covering a wide range of fields, including gene testing, smart cities and big-data analysis,” said Gabriel Simons, CEO of Innovation Connect.

Nadav Cohen, Consul General of Israel in Guangzhou, expressed his willingness to introduce Israeli companies to China, saying he looked forward to fruitful co-operation between the two sides.

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