New database will track technology developed in Israeli universities

Start-Up Nation Central’s expanded database now tracks over 1,300 technologies being developed at Israeli research institutions

Shoshanna Solomon was The Times of Israel's Startups and Business reporter

A lab at Ben-Gurion University (Courtesy)
A lab at Ben-Gurion University (Courtesy)

Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), an Israeli nonprofit organization that connects businesses and governments to Israeli startups and technologies, has set up a new database to map over 1,300 technologies that being developed at Israel’s universities and research and medical institutions.

The database is a new layer in the organization’s search platform Start-Up Nation Finder. It will allow users to track emerging technologies in drug discovery, advanced materials science, gene sequencing, robotics, and other fields. The data catalogs the patents, companies, and researchers that are registered at 16 technology transfer organizations (TTOs) that are associated with Israel’s research institutions and academia.

SNC said it used IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence engine to help tag complex technologies in simple industry language.

“Adding the layer of emerging technologies expands the scope of information that Start-Up Nation Central provides to the Israeli innovation ecosystem, as well as to businesses, governments, and organizations around the world who are looking for innovative solutions to their biggest challenges,” Eugene Kandel, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, said in a statement.

Companies like  MobileyeOrCamReWalk Robotics, and Zebra Medical Vision are spin-offs of university research.

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