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NOVEMBER 2016

Personalized cancer therapy Near

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Prof. Avi Schroeder

Technion researchers, led by Professor Avi Schroeder, have developed a diagnostic technology to determine the suitability of specific anticancer drugs for a specific patient—before treatment begins. His team created a miniature lab inside the patient’s body that tests the effectiveness of several drugs concurrently, in minute doses not felt by the patient. Synthetic DNA sequences are attached to the drugs in advance to serve as biological “barcode readers.” Based on the test results, treatment begins using the drug that was most effective.

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Celebrating Technion Alumni

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(l to r) Rachel Cedar, Omer Cedar, Yoram Cedar, Zahava Cedar, Monica Jung Cedar, and Oded Cedar with the Cedar children

The ATS North Pacific Region honored extraordinary alumni in the Bay Area for their high-tech achievements at a most appropriate venue—the Computer History Museum. More than 300 guests joined us for the November 6th event to celebrate alumni game changers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders whose collective resumes include such tech giants as Apple, Qualcomm and SanDisk. Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie was on hand, as was local entrepreneur and alumna Ilana Golan, who served as the evening’s emcee.  

Are you a Technion grad? Connect with us at www.ats.org/alumni.

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Zuckerman Honored with Technion Medal

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Technion President Peretz Lavie (l) with Mortimer Zuckerman

On Monday, The Technion awarded Mortimer B. Zuckerman with its highest honor, The Technion Medal, for his role in advancing science and technology. Mort has an impressive career including his role as Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and an equally impressive track record in supporting Israel. More than 100 friends, family, and business and community leaders gathered in New York City in recognition of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program. The initiative paves the way for Israeli postdocs to study and collaborate at the highest levels of science and technology in America, and vice versa. This marks the first time the medal was awarded in the U.S.

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Advance Aims to Meet Global Energy Demands

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Prof. Carmel Rotschild

Photovoltaic cells (which convert visible light into energy) use a very narrow range of the light supplied by the sun, limiting our efficiency in harnessing solar power.

Technion researchers have developed a technology that taps into the now unused part of the solar spectrum, and could improve the efficiency of photovoltaic cells by nearly 70 percent. The breakthrough, led by Professor Carmel Rotschild, head of the Excitonics Lab, brings us closer to meeting the world’s demands for energy consumption.

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The "Golden Chip"

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The winning team of Technion students

A Technion team won the gold medal for the third consecutive year in the iGEM International Biology competition held at MIT. A team of 13 undergraduate students developed Flash Lab—an innovative chip for fast detection of the presence or absence of substances such as hormones, pollutants or heavy metals. Their invention is based on the natural biological process in which bacteria (in this case, E. coli located inside the chip) respond to exposure of a specific substance by either moving toward or away from it, creating clusters of visible bacteria.

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JOIN US ON THE TECHNION WORLD TOUR

The second of three trips will visit New York City, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, in 2017. The third leg will visit China in 2018.

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ATS Named to Philanthropy 400 List 


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Once again, the American Technion Society made The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Philanthropy 400” list—a ranking of America’s largest charities based on the private support they raise. The ATS placed 345th, up from 370th last year, to become the only “American Friends” of Israeli universities on the 2016 list. The ranking puts the ATS ahead of many high-profile American universities including Brandeis and Tufts, and on par with universities such as Virginia Tech. With gifts topping $2 billion, the ATS has made the list every year since its inception in 1991.

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