The Falling Walls Lab Israel set the stage for inspiring ideas
On 7 June 2016, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem organised the second Falling Walls Lab of Israel in Jerusalem in collaboration with the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and with the support of the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities.
20 outstanding talents from a broad spectrum of scientific fields came together to share their innovative research in front of more than 90 guests and a high-calibre jury. 3D printing, global food insecurity, cancer treatment and information technology were only a few of the topics presented.
The winners of the Israel Lab qualified for the Falling Walls Lab Finale which takes place in Berlin on 8/9 November 2016.
Meet the winner:
1. Place: Ofer Stempler, Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Breaking the wall of Fighting Bacteria
Bacteria have developed resistance to every antibiotics discovered so far. With no game-changing antibiotics discovered recently, the number of people dying from antimicrobial resistant bacteria is expected to increase in an alarming rate. We bring a novel method designed to eradicate any required bacterial species by the use of Endolysins; hydrolytic enzymes derived from phages, viruses that attack only bacteria.
2. Place: Oren Ben Dor, Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Breaking the Wall of Embedded Memory Components
Future electronic components will need to be further miniaturized and will have to consume less power in the face of an ever growing demand for information and communication technologies worldwide. Oren presented a Molecular-based universal memory which is: high-density, high speed, low-power, random accessible, non-volatile and has unlimited endurance.
3. Place: Renata Gomes, United Kingdom, King's College London - Breaking the Wall of Broken Hearts
The effects of heart attacks & cardiovascular disease are abysmal. Mending Broken Hearts is a challenge! Despite innovation, therapies are failing, prognosis remains poor, life quality diminished. How to Mend Broken Hearts? Renata created a teragnostic system – nanotechnology & one’s adult blood cells for prevention via targeted engagement and delivery in situ.
Meet the jury:
Prof. Asher Cohen (Chair), Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Noam Eliaz, Founding Chair of Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Sergiu Hart, Alice Kusiel and Kurt Vorreuter University Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Rafi Nave, Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Prof. Tamar Ziegler, Professor of Mathematics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ofer Stempler (l), Renata Gomes (c) and Oren Ben Dor (r) will travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin.