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May 2012


Radio Waves

          Technion and the Big Apple                  

The Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute (TCII) in New York City was the subject of a public radio broadcast May 9-10 that focused on the Technion side of the equation, asking: “We know Cornell, but what is the Technion?” WNYC, New York’s award-winning flagship public radio station, reports on Mayor Bloomberg’s goal to outpace Silicon Valley with new start-ups, and the Technion’s role in helping make this possible.

Tune in to a recording of the broadcast here.


In Other TCII News


                    Tech campus rendering 

An artist's rendition of the NYC Tech Campus. Architecture by Skidmore, Owings; Landscape architecture by Field Operation.

After screening close to 40 top architectural firms, Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne and his architectural firm, Morphosis, has been chosen to build the campus’s first academic building on Roosevelt Island. Mayne hopes to set architectural precedent by creating an academic building that would combine traditional, quiet study areas with open spaces to foster collaboration and innovation in today's connected world. He will work with the engineering firm Arup to design an ecologically sustainable building that uses geothermal and solar power to bring the net-energy consumption to zero.
Mayne expects to complete
construction by Fall 2017.


Technion Alum's ReWalk Makes Marathon History 


The ReWalk device helps paraplegics to walk again.

Who would dare dream that a woman paralyzed by a horseback riding accident would ever again stand, walk and even run? Technion graduate Amit Goffer’s innovative “robotic suit,” called the ReWalk TM, has allowed Claire Lomas to run the London Marathon, her husband, Dan, and three-month old daughter by her side.

Read more about Claire Lomas and ReWalk.

Watch Dr. Goffer speak at last year’s Technion International Board of Governors meeting.


Best Humanoid Robot

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Dan Cuperman (center) and the students (from right to left) Yarin Frenkel, Omer Shoshan and Omer Zamir.

A robot waiter developed by Israeli middle school students under the guidance of a Technion professor won “Best Humanoid Robot” in a prestigious international contest, underscoring the Technion’s prowess in computer science as well as its dedication to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. Click here to read more about the robot who stole the show.

Read the full story here.

Watch a video of the competition here.



 And the Winner is... For $30 Million



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Five years after winning Israel’s national entrepreneurship competition -- the Technion BizTEC challenge -- three young Technion alumni entrepreneurs scored an even bigger prize. Global healthcare products company Covidien acquired their PolyTouch Medical Ltd. for $30-$40 million. PolyTouch develops devices for deploying mesh during laparoscopic soft tissue repair surgeries.

Click here to read more.

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