|| Meet and Greet Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs
|Yochai Blau and Chanan Maoz
A couple of multi-talented Technion students will be playing
hooky soon — and we are reaping the benefits. Doctoral student Yochai Blau and
Maoz will share their personal stories and research during two
presentations for our Boston Chapter supporters and friends. Please join us for
one of these events.
Yochai and Chanan will speak at the Mandell JCC of Greater
Hartford on March 1st at 5:00 p.m. The following evening, March 2nd, the Technion Business Council (TBC) — which has generously hosted the
students in the past — will once again offer a program at the corporate
headquarters of PTC Inc. in Needham, MA at 7:00 p.m.
Yochai is focused on developing super-resolution microscopes,
has already published three scholarly papers and hopes to pursue a career in
Israel’s high-tech industry. But his interests don’t stop with electro-optical
engineering. He has served as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces, and as
deputy commander of a mobile field hospital while on reservist duty. In his free
time, Yochai does rock climbing — on outdoor natural rock faces when weather
permits, or on indoor climbing walls.
Chanan’s academic career is still young, but he is starting
to make his mark. Recognized in high school for his work in physics, he is now
studying robotics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Faculty member
Moshe Shoham is known for his medical robots while Professor Alon Wolf has made
his name in the field of search and rescue robots. Serving in the Israeli Air
Force Flight Academy, Chanan graduated cum
laude in the platoon commander course. He served additional time in the
elite Special Forces unit, and was awarded the Chief of Staff Citation for his
role as a unit team leader during Operation Protective Edge. When not studying,
Chanan volunteers with disabled children, and is a member of the Technion’s
Orienteering sport team.
There is no charge for either of these events. For more
information, or to RSVP, please contact Marilyn Taylor at Marilyn@ats.org or call 617.964.0048.
|Gene Rosenberg of Simsbury, CT, hosts a luncheon
for Ben Soffer and ATS friends and supporters.
| New England Region Board President Gill Fishman (right)
presents Annual Event Co-Chair Scott Miller with the Founder award in
recognition of his generous support of the ATS and Technion.
|(l to r) Daphna Kipman, Consul General Yehuda Yaakov
and Daniel Serfaty at the Hanukkah celebration.
The Boston Chapter closed out 2015 with
two festive celebrations.
We held our Annual Event at the Waltham Westin Hotel on
November 12, 2015, featuring keynote speaker Ben Soffer, CEO of Technion
Technology Transfer (T3).
In his presentation, “Technion
Technology Transfer — Taking Innovation to Market,” Mr. Soffer talked about
T3’s role in helping scientists hone their product, obtain
patents and attract funding. T3’s success in shepherding discoveries from the
laboratory to the marketplace has led to life-saving drugs, such as Azilect to
treat Parkinson’s disease, and start-ups like Mazor Surgical Technologies. He also
talked about T-Factor, a new on-campus business incubator for IT and communication companies.
Mr. Soffer, who has served as Israel’s economic attaché in
Boston, also found time to speak with students from Gann Academy in Waltham,
MA, address a group at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, CT and meet
individually with a handful of supporters.
In addition, the evening offered an opportunity to recognize
some of our most dedicated supporters. Saul Kurlat was recognized as a Technion
Guardian — a designation reserved for those who support at the highest level.
Scott and Anne Miller, who co-chaired the evening’s event, were honored with
the Founder Award. In addition, Aron Ain, a past president of the region, with
his wife Susan, received the Mentor Award as did Regional Director Joel
Berkowitz and his wife Mozelle; Gene & Ruth Fax received the Benefactor
Award; Wayne Domeier received the Builder Award; and Craig Rutfield received
the Patron Award.
Our second event, held December 13 at Temple Beth
Zion in Brookline, was the Technion Alumni
Association Hanukkah Celebration — a holiday get-together where latkes and sufganiyot were plentiful. Some 35 alumni and their children
lit menorahs, sang Hanukkah songs and attended a lively presentation by Yehuda
Yaakov, Israel’s Consul General to New England, on the current state of affairs
in the Middle East, including the Iranian nuclear deal.
||From Fashion to Photons
|Visiting Brookhaven with (l to r) seated: Lillian Freedman and Janice Rossbach; standing: Shirley Bayle and Yael Vizel
|Professor Gadi Eisenstein
The Technion Nation is indeed diverse. Northeast Region
supporters were treated to visits recently by Yael Vizel, a Technion alumnus
and fashion entrepreneur, as well as Professor Gadi Eisenstein, an expert in
photonics and quantum electronics.
The Technion Business Council hosted Ms. Vizel on October
27, 2015 for an event co-chaired by Mimmy Cooper, Partner at Cooper Lapman
Financial, LLC, titled, “Revolutionizing
the Shopping Experience.” Addressing a crowd of 45, she spoke of parlaying
her Technion studies in computer vision and image processing to body-recognition
technology, in order to launch Zeekit—a fashion start-up that enables online
shoppers to “try on” clothing virtually before buying.
During Vizel’s stay, Shirley Bayle hosted a luncheon at the
retirement community Brookhaven at Lexington. Ms. Vizel was named one of the
top three entrepreneurs in Israel in 2014.
Professor Gadi Eisenstein, Director of the Russell Berrie
Nanotechnology Institute, spoke at a breakfast event for a handful of ATS
friends at the Newton Marriott on January 15, 2016. Professor Eisenstein joined
the Technion in 1989, launching Israel’s first significant research laboratory
in fiber optics and related technologies. He is currently working closely with
award-winning Professor Moti Segev on a project in nanophotonics and on another
venture to develop a quantum computer. His presentation covered the many applications of quantum science, including computing, secure communications, imaging and energy-saving solutions.
|| Technion Medical Students Team Up with Boston's Medical Elite
|First-prize winning team Peekaboo (from right to left) Lior Har-Shai,
Yoel Angel and Janna Tenenbaum-Katan, with Technion Executive Vice
President for Research Professor Wayne Kaplan.
After winning both the Technion 3Day Startup Competition in
Healthcare and the BizTEC-2015 National Entrepreneurship Competition, a team of
Technion students and graduates of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, took
their show on the road. The winning team, Peekaboo, came to Boston from January
24-27, 2016 to participate in a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s
Hospital program aimed at fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and innovation
in medicine. The Boston Medical establishment spearheaded the program to
collaborate with the Technion, noting that today’s healthcare depends on technology
and entrepreneurship as much as it does on clinical insights.
Peekaboo, whose members are Janna Tenenbaum-Katan, Bar
Rinott, Lior Har-Shai Yoel Angel, Erez Kurzweil, Yahoo Levy and Samer Toume,
invented an innovative and non-invasive approach for collecting sterile urine
from baby girls.
While in Boston, the students met leaders from academia and
industry, and were introduced to potential investors. The ATS Boston Chapter
also hosted a dinner for the students at Jerusalem Pita in Brookline, which was
attended by Dr. Ronen Rozenblum, director of the Innovative Healthcare Practice
and Technion Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Dr. Yual Barak-Coren, a
Technion alum and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Zvi Ladin,
an ATS supporter, Technion graduate and Principal of Boston Medtech Advisors.
||Think Differently...Think Globally...Travel Technion
Don’t miss the chance to join us this spring for the first
trip of our Technion World Tour (May 30-June 7, 2016) to Israel. The World Tour
is a three-part journey that will visit Technion campuses in Israel (2016), New
York City (2017) and China (2018). The tour combines luxury travel with
intellectual stimulation to take participants along with the Technion into the
Spaces are filling up, so reserve your spot or see
itinerary, pricing and more by visiting www.technionworldtour.org.
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