Small Israeli institutions get help birthing big ideasSep. 4, 2016
Scores of successful inventions are shepherded from the classroom to the marketplace by Israel’s renowned system of university technology-transfer companies (TTCs).
Just a few of the companies established via TTCs are Mobileye (Yissum, Hebrew University), Mazor Robotics (T3, Technion), Phinergy (BIRAD, Bar-Ilan) and BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics (Ramot, Tel Aviv University).
But what about all the ideas percolating at Israel’s smaller colleges and research institutes that can’t afford a proper TTC?
Many of those technologies and designs withered on the vine until the 2013 establishment of SNÉ, Israel’s first national TTC.
“As a private company, we are not driven by the interests of the researchers or the universities. Our only interest is the business potential of the idea,” SNÉ chief executive officer Avi Ben-Zichri tells ISRAEL21c.