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February 2016  
Arrow  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 undergraduate Chanan 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 or call 617.964.0048.

Arrow Recent Events
Gene Rosenberg of Simsbury, CT, hosts a luncheon for Ben Soffer and ATS friends and supporters.
_MG_2381 copy.jpg 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.
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(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.

Arrow From Fashion to Photons
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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.

Arrow  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.

Arrow Think Differently...Think Globally...Travel Technion
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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 global marketplace.

Spaces are filling up, so reserve your spot or see itinerary, pricing and more by visiting

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