New Photo Exhibition To Showcase 27 Israeli Inventors Whose Products Benefit Humanity


Exhibition will be launched at Hebrew University, “the start-up of the start-up nation,” in honor of Israel’s National Science Day

Jerusalem, March 6, 2012 — To celebrate Israel’s National Science Day, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will launch the "Innovators Way"—a photo exhibition showcasing 27 researchers whose work led to commercial products on the market today. These innovations, developed at the Hebrew University, improve quality of life and human welfare worldwide in fields such as health, safety, environment and nutrition.

The exhibition, by photographer Nati Shohat, will be inaugurated on Sunday, March 11 at 11:45 a.m. in the Forum of the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. The innovators will be joined by Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Hebrew University president; Mr. Michael Federmann, chairman of the Board of Governors; Prof. Shay Arkin, vice-president of research and development; Mr. Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum Research Development Company, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University; and  representatives of the executive committee, among others.

"If Israel is the start-up nation, then the Hebrew University is the start-up of the start-up nation,” said Hebrew University president Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson. “So far the university has registered approximately 7,000 patents protecting roughly 2,000 developments and inventions, and founded 72 companies based on some of those inventions."

The innovations documented in the new exhibition include:

  • A drug that slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease (developed by Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin);
  • A system that prevents accidents by warning drivers in real-time about dangerous conditions (Prof. Amnon Shashua);
  • Cherry tomatoes and cluster tomatoes, now popular consumer products worldwide (developed by Prof. Nachum Kedar and Prof. Haim Rabinowitch);
  • A delivery system for treating gum disease by releasing an antibacterial agent into the periodontal pockets (developed by Profs. Michael Friedman, Michael Sela, Doron Steinberg and Aubrey Soskolne);
  • A technology that enables hours of security camera footage to be viewed in minutes (developed by Prof. Shmuel Peleg);
  • An eye drop therapy and an ointment for treating psoriasis (developed by Prof. Shabtay Dikstein);
  • A nanotechnology delivering drugs and treating skin disorders such as herpes (developed by Prof. Elka Touitou);
  • And many more.

The exhibition’s photographer, Nati Shohat, is the founder of Flash 90, a photography agency that supplies photographs to newspapers, magazines and other customers in Israel and abroad. Shohat’s news photography and artistic and portrait work have been exhibited in many venues and in publications such as Stern Magazine, Paris Match, Le Monde, Time and others.