Cutting-Edge Medicine


070513_mishmash_israel_lgWhen it comes to medical accomplishments, Israel places near the top, according to a World Health Organization study. In its 65 years, this tiny country has developed cutting-edge technologies that have changed how doctors discover and treat diseases. Today, physicians in 60 countries are using PillCam, a miniature camera in a pill, to visualize digestive tract disorders. Sightec’s magnetic resonance-guided ultrasound, which has the potential to destroy tumors, was named one of Time magazine’s Top 50 inventions. And pharmaceutical breakthroughs are treating multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, to name a few.

What about the medical inventions of tomorrow?

In November, the Maryland/ Israel Development Center, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, will host a medical mission to Israel. Participants will dialogue with leaders of biotech and device companies including Biond Vax and Micromedic. Biond Vax is an Israeli company working on a universal flu vaccine. If successful, the vaccine would provide multiseason and multistrain protection against most flu strains. Micromedic develops cancer diagnostic products for screening and personalized treatment.

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