Israeli food-tech startup More Foods has announced a new partnership with Tivall, a vegetarian frozen food brand owned by food giant Osem-Nestlé. 

More Foods makes high-protein, high-fiber meat alternatives from pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Its products are served in over 100 Israeli restaurants as well as restaurants in the UK and France. 

The startup says its high-protein product uses the seeds in a way that allows for textures and flavors that are not usually found in meat substitutes, mimicking the variety available for meat eaters. 

The collaboration with Tivall, which is based on Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta’ot in northern Israel, will allow More Foods to expand its distribution to meet the growing demand for clean, plant-based products. 

This partnership marks Tivall’s first time working with a food-tech startup. 

“We are proud to partner with the Osem-Nestlé Group and combine our unique product offering with their market accessibility,” said Leonardo Marcovitz, founder of More Foods.

“This collaboration represents an important milestone in our journey to broaden our market presence, reach a larger customer base, and further our mission to make nutritious meaty center-plate plant-based products more accessible to consumers worldwide,” he said. 

More Foods was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv. 

A startup that generates detailed 3D maps of underground utilities without the need for excavation is expanding into the UK as part of a project with one of the country’s largest railway infrastructure companies. 

Tel Aviv-based Exodigo helps companies carry out construction projects by combining 3D imaging and AI technologies with GPR (ground penetrating radar) and electromagnetic sensors to give a clear picture of what’s underground.

Coles Rail used Exodigo’s technology to scan and map a project in Birmingham for part of a light rail expansion that will connect to the city’s Curzon Street Station.

The UK-based company encountered “uncharted services” that were not noted on any existing records. Using Exodigo, Coles Rail was able to detect over 280 below ground utility lines (including 51 additional lines that no other locator or records had detected), providing invaluable data that reduced redesigns and delays.

Exodigo’s tech can identify water and gas pipes, electricity cables, water sources, and other buried obstacles that could cause leaks, explosions or unexpected delays. Actual excavations are time consuming, inaccurate, expensive, and can cause leaks, explosions, or unexpected delays. 

“Redesigns and service strikes as a result of incomplete or inaccurate subsurface mapping continue to be a problem in the UK,” said Trevor Moore, UK Director of Exodigo.

“In my time in the industry, I have seen these issues cause costly delays to critical projects and it puts lives at risk. Exodigo’s technology has the potential to mitigate many of the risks associated with large infrastructure projects by providing comprehensive information about what lies beneath the surface.”

Hamish Falconer, Project Manager on the rail extension for Coles Rail, said: “Excavating around buried services is one of our biggest risks, and the stat plans provided by statutory undertakers are in large part inaccurate. 

“Exodigo’s surveys provide us with much more reliable data that can then be used to select safer excavation techniques around known services.”  

In a 1931 essay, Winston Churchill wrote about how he sees the future of food production: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium,” he wrote.

Fast forward some 90 years, and Churchill’s prediction is coming true, thanks in part to Israeli food-tech company Aleph Farms, which has developed a unique method to cultivate steak meat from isolated cow cells.

First to develop cultured steak

“We’re the first company that has managed to develop cultured steak. Not ground beef or nuggets — an actual steak,” says Aleph Farms’ Senior Manager of Marketing Communication Yoav Peer. 

Aleph Farms’ steak developed from cow cells. Photo by Yulia Karra

The company’s primary vision is not dissimilar to that of Churchill — to advance food security through the ability to produce meat independent of climate change and dwindling natural resources. 

The company grows only the edible parts of cows, using stem cells to generate meat. The focus is solely on beef for now, because of the taxing environmental impact of cattle-raising and because beef is considered the highest quality type of meat. 

The Rehovot-based startup, established in 2017, now boasts 150 employees, the majority of whom work in R&D. 

And it shows. In Aleph Farms’ offices, biologists and biochemists pop from room to room in white coats, giving a sense that you are inside one giant medical lab.

“Aleph Farms was established as an initiative of Strauss Group [one of the largest food manufacturers in Israel] and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, with the cooperation of private investors and the government,” Peer tells ISRAEL21c.

Cultured steaks in supermarkets by 2026

Aleph Farms has been generating quite a buzz recently. It became the first to cultivate beef in space in 2019, and even boasts Hollywood star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as one of its investors. 

Aleph Farms’ Talent Acquisition Manager & Human Resources Business Partner Orit Berman with Israeli Arabs participating in the company’s social action program. Photo courtesy of Aleph Farms

The company is also part of a social-action campaign that works to integrate Israeli Arabs into the country’s high-tech sector. 

The actual product is expected to hit the market by the end of this year, starting with select restaurants once Aleph Farms receives regulatory approvals from Israeli Health Ministry and Singapore’s Health Agency. 

Why those two countries?

“Israel and Singapore share a lot of challenges related to food security,” says Peer.

“They don’t have enough resources to feed the local population, so they’re looking at cultivated meat that could be produced anywhere without taking up land and water needed for cattle.”

In the initial stages, Aleph Farms will produce roughly 10 tons of cultured steak per year, and in the future establish additional production facilities. “The goal is to get to supermarkets by 2026,” Peer says.

One of the biggest challenges is to produce at a reasonable cost. 

“It requires innovation in production to make the process more efficient. So, in the beginning it is going to be priced similarly to premium beef. But we hope to reduce the cost within a few years from our launch, until we reach price parity with the broader beef market,” says Peer.

From a fertilized egg to a steak

The first batch of cells the company worked with came from a fertilized egg of a cow named Lucy from California. Lucy apparently was extremely fertile and genetically superior compared to “average” cows. 

“Lucy has children all around the world,” Peer says. He adds that picking a donor is extremely important in order not to end up with “a full tank of problematic cells” from which the meat would be cultivated. 

But how does a fertilized egg from a living cow end up as a beefsteak? To answer that question, we turn to Director of Differentiation at Aleph Farms Natali Molotski.

Director of Differentiation at Aleph Farms Natali Molotski. Photo by Yulia Karra

“To undergo that process, cells need to take on specialized roles, not just multiply. We start working with cells when they are pluripotent,” she says. 

Most of us know pluripotent cells by their “mainstream” name — stem cells. Stem cells can become any type of cell, under the right guidance. 

“You take an embryonic cell and guide it to be whatever you want — muscle, connective tissue or fat cells. Getting the cells to differentiate in the right way is what my team focuses on,” Molotski tells ISRAEL21c. 

“We know how this process happens in the cow’s body, but it takes nine months or so. We need to replicate that process in a few days to reduce production cost. We had to learn to mimic the natural process of cell development, while dealing with regulatory constraints because at the end of the day people are going to eat it. It’s a huge challenge.”


The trickiest aspect in the development of cultured meat is recreating the texture, such as tissue and blood vessels. “You need to feed the cells the right food in order for them to have the same taste as animal meat.”

The cells are fed an “animal cell culture media” developed exclusively by Aleph Farms — and it is, well, also cultured. 

“The common media consists of serum that is derived from cows. So we developed unique media at this company that is without serum, and later we got rid of all animal components [in cell food],” says Molotski.

“When you work in tissue culture with cells, you don’t even think about it. But when you’re producing it for cultured meat, you can’t feed the cells something that comes — although indirectly — from animal slaughter.”

Even with the most exclusive and expensive food, some cells will not grow up to be steaks. 

“We have a machine here that was used for PCR coronavirus tests,” says Molotski. “It helps us extract the DNA and see which cells are more suitable for muscle tissue, for example, and which will not make it to the next round of development.” 

Why not simply extract grown cells from a specific body part of an animal and cultivate the meat that way, saving time that it takes to grow a cell from scratch? 

“That would be quicker and cheaper,” she concedes. “But, these cells die very quickly. Our cells can be in use forever, so you don’t have to go each time and extract new ones. You also need to take into consideration the issue of genetic stability.”

Although the company now is hyper focused on cultured meat, Aleph Farms’ ultimate vision is lab cultivation of all animal products “from leather to collagen,” adds Peer. 

In a huge step towards the future of power generation and propulsion, a team led by Associate Professor Beni Cukurel at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, has designed a micro gas turbine using additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. This revolutionary development presents an ingenious approach towards the ‘Design for Additive Manufacturing’ principle, significantly challenging conventional manufacturing paradigms.

Geometric Technology Demonstrator of Additively Manufactured Pre-Assembled Micro-Turbojet Engine. Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

Unlike conventional manufacturing techniques, Cukurel’s team and the Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory tapped into the potential of AM in its purest form. In his words, “When you’re using [AM] just as another manufacturing technique, you’re not really fully capitalizing on the benefits of additive manufacturing.” Rather than simply integrating AM as an alternative tool, the team reimagined it as a core resource, creating designs a priori to satisfy constraints and leverage the benefits of AM.

At the heart of their research are micro gas turbines, designed for proportionate power generation. Cukurel defines micro gas turbines as systems capable of generating electricity below 300 kilowatts and thrust below two kilonewtons. Taking the AM approach, the team started their first project, a 5cm scale micro gas turbine that could potentially provide 300 watts for a drone. The micro turbine offers a significant increase in flight time due to its higher energy density compared to conventional batteries.

Functionality of various path indicated by gas and fuel path. Image via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

The team didn’t stop at the micro gas turbine; they further leveraged their AM knowledge during the COVID-19 crisis. They innovated a pre-assembled, self-supported turbomachinery design for medical ventilators. “We transitioned this know-how that we developed in pre-assembled self-supported turbomachinery architectures to gas turbines,” said Cukurel.

The breakthrough offered by these pre-assembled, self-supporting micro gas turbines hinges on their on-demand availability and cost-effectiveness. The primary cost is confined to machine time and power consumption, considerably reducing production expenditure.

Cukurel acknowledged that such innovative work was only possible due to a fruitful collaboration with von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Izmir Katip Celebi University, and PTC. The NATO-funded project saw each party bring its unique expertise to the table. Von Karman Institute provided high-fidelity simulation for aerodynamics and combustion, Izmir Katip Celebi University lent its computational fluid dynamics skills for assessing the load-bearing capacity of hydrostatic bearings, and PTC offered its extensive knowledge in AM technologies, in particular through its powerful CAD design and simulation framework, Creo.

Self-supported Rotor (turbine-shaft-compressor) and Encompassing Self-supported Stationary Housing (recuperator, nozzle guide vanes, bearing housing, combustor, diffusor). Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

Optimizing performance with additive manufacturing

Addressing the constraints of design for additive manufacturing, Cukurel explains that they began by developing a reduced order model. In simple terms, this is an optimized model that maintains the crucial aspects of the original system, but simplifies it for easier analysis and use.

In designing a jet engine, traditionally, aerodynamics takes center stage. The goal is to achieve peak performance in terms of thermodynamics, translating to the thrust-to-weight ratio and specific fuel consumption, or in other words, power and energy density. However, this approach falters when it comes to miniaturized engines.

“What we have created are reduced order models that capture all the disciplines present in the engine. These include aerodynamics, heat transfer, rotor dynamics, and combustion, among others,” Cukurel explains. Think of it like condensing a symphony into a solo performance – you need to maintain the essence of the piece while also accommodating the capabilities of the lone performer.

He continues to detail how they’ve created a multidisciplinary optimization environment that a priori knows all the constraints of additive manufacturing. This basically means they’ve designed a system that, from the beginning, understands the limits of what it can create. It’s like an experienced architect who knows not to design a roof with angles too steep for the building materials to support.

They’ve ensured that every layer built during the manufacturing process is self-supported while obeying the constraints of additive manufacturing, which includes considerations for cantilever angles, minimum thicknesses, and porosity, among others.

When asked about the material used in the component being discussed, Cukurel confirms that it’s a metal part printed with an EOS M 290. “We’re also using Lithoz for all our ceramic manufacturing,” he adds. Lithoz is a ceramic manufacturing company that Cukurel speaks highly of, stating that they’ve been “very supportive and enthusiastic about this unique application of the technology.”

Ceramic components, while being tougher to manufacture, offer advantages like smaller defect sizes and smoother finishes, leading to improved aerodynamic performance. This performance translates into significant savings in fuel consumption, hence the potential appeal of using ceramics for specific components.

Cukurel concludes by emphasizing the importance of hitting the conceptual design target, noting that a deviation of as little as 5% can impact fuel savings or thrust by almost the same margin. In the world of jet engine design, even the smallest percentage points can lead to major changes. The compressor performance of the ceramic parts was aerodynamically somewhere between three to four percentage points greater, “I know it sounds small, but you know people sacrifice their firstborn child for the 1% difference in performance,” said Cukurel.

Monolithic additively manufactured silicon nitride rotor of ultra micro gas turbine, designed to operate at 500,000 RPM. Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

Is the future of energy 3D printed?

The future of energy could be reinvented by Israeli researchers and their work on preassembled engines using 3D printing technology. Their project, focusing on the application of micro gas turbines in distributed energy generation, is shaking up conventional understandings of energy efficiency and creating new possibilities for sustainability.

Cukurel offered two distinct applications for the technology. Firstly, he highlighted military usage, specifically unmanned aerial systems. In this sphere, supply chain disruption is a significant concern, potentially leaving crucial operations without essential components like bearings for six to nine months. The preassembled engine technology circumvents this problem by eliminating the need for such a supply chain altogether.

The second, and arguably more compelling application, is in distributed energy generation. The conventional centralized power plants have an energy efficiency cap at around 65%, meaning 35% of energy generated simply goes to waste. Cukurel proposed a solution using combined heat and power with distributed micro gas turbines in localities. 

5cm scale ultra micro gas turbine intended to produce 300w. Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

He further explained, “Renewables are interrupted sources. You don’t want to rely on whether there will be wind today, right? Or there’ll be sun today. You want to run your factory no matter what. So then how do you have an agile, robust grid even when your renewables may or may not be producing?”

Agile in this context doesn’t mean sprinting around a track. It refers to the ability to quickly adapt and respond to changes in energy demand. In this case, those changes are the unpredictable outputs of renewable energy sources. Traditional centralized power plants aren’t exactly Usain Bolt in this race—they’re not built for quick changes. Small micro gas turbines, however, are.

Although the transformative potential of this technology is evident, a major obstacle lies in the return on investment. As it stands, the cost of these micro gas turbines is too high to yield a satisfactory ROI in a reasonable timeframe. Yet, the technology discussed here offers a potential breakthrough by drastically reducing the associated costs.

Furthermore, these researchers have plans to commercialize their work. A spinoff from Technion is in the pipeline, and partnerships with industry players and strategic investors are on the cards. Cukurel expressed his excitement at the potential societal impact of their work, particularly in enabling micro gas turbines to burn ammonia, which could act as a renewable, green, carbon-free fuel. He passionately explained, “Forget about all this work that I’ve mentioned to you. Okay, just to be able to have a micro gas turbine that’s burning ammonia, in terms of sustainability is a breakthrough.”

Ammonia has been used as fuel before, notably during World War II in Belgium, but the combustor designs for gas turbines have changed significantly since then. The technology Cukurel and his team have developed — a porous media combustor — is particularly suited for burning ammonia. While they didn’t invent the porous media combustor, they are the first to apply it to this landscape.

With my curiosity sufficiently piqued, I delved further into the mechanics of ammonia combustion.

Silicon carbide Porous Media Combustor providing wide stability for fuel/air ratios. Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

Sustainable energy using ammonia engines

The wartime ammonia-powered engines presented a number of challenges, primarily their sensitivity to fuel and a general lack of flexibility. That’s why Cukurel and his team found gas turbines a more appropriate technology for their project.

“In gas turbines,” Cukurel explained, “most of the combustor designs use a completely different technology. They optimize for vaporization, then have these dilution tubes to meter the fuel, and introduce the hot gases into the turbine.” What sets the Technion team apart is their unique application of a specific technology – the porous media combustor. This is the first time it’s been applied to ammonia-burning micro gas turbines, making their work ground-breaking.

Let’s demystify the term ‘porous media combustor.’ It’s a special type of combustor where the fuel-air mixture is burned within a porous medium, creating highly efficient, low-emission combustion. This isn’t something new; it has been around for at least 50 years, with traditional manufacturing methods involving dipping foams into a ceramic slurry and then sintering them. However, as Cukurel points out, this gives you “no control over the porosity and how it gets distributed in the flow direction.”

The breakthrough lies in the application of additive manufacturing. I was fortunate enough to observe one of these combustors, and what caught my eye was its doughnut shape with an organic, bubble-like lattice structure inside. The porosity of this structure changes in the flow direction, which in this case is radially inward. This is where the utility of 3D printing comes in, as it allows for control of the porosity gradient that is impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing techniques.

Porous Media Combustor operating with premixed fuel/air mixtures. Photo via Technion Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer laboratory.

Cukurel is also a co-author of a recent paper providing a comprehensive analysis of the design, production, assembly, and high-speed testing of monolithic rotors using Lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) techniques. Entitled, Ceramic and metal additive manufacturing of monolithic rotors from sialon and Inconel and comparison of aerodynamic performance for 300W scale microturbines, this is the first study to directly compare micro-turbomachinery components made with these methods using aerodynamic and manufacturing quality assurance diagnostics. The paper examines the aerodynamic implications of support-free compressor and turbine design, formulates detailed manufacturing considerations and process parameters for both LCM and SLM, and conducts quality analysis of the parts through surface and CT scans, as well as SEM micrography. The results reveal that LCM rotors exhibit higher geometric detail, better surface finish, fewer manufacturing-related surface artifacts, and lower porosity compared to SLM rotors.

These groundbreaking concepts and future applications could change the world as we know it. As we face the existential threat of climate change, innovations like these are not just intriguing; they may be crucial for our survival. 

About one person in 50 – equally in men and women –will suffer from alopecia areata at some point in their life.

Haifa researchers have found a non-genetic cause for alopecia areata baldness, which triggered the surprising incident at the the 94th Academy Awards in which actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after he joked about Smiths wife’s shaved head because of the autoimmune disease.

About one person in 50 – equally in men and women – will suffer from alopecia areata at some point in their life. The condition can develop at any age, although most people are diagnosed for thefirst time before the age of 30. In recent years, more and more research evidence has accumulated on the source of the autoimmune disease in an inflammatory process caused by cells that develop in patients with genetic predisposition that attack the hair follicle at its growth stage and results in the collapse of the immune system that characterizes it.

But a new study at the dermatology department at the Rambam Healthcare Campus and the skin research lab at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine has found evidence of another source – involvement of innate lymphoid cells-type 1 (ILC1) – that can cause its outbreak among people who do not belong to the high-risk group.

It has just published in the online journal e-Life under the title “Involvement of ILC1-like innate lymphocytes in human autoimmunity, lessons from alopecia areata.”

Hair loss caused by alopecia areata. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A common skin disease that breaks out when the immune system attacks and harms the hair follicles, after accidentally recognizing the body’s tissue as a foreign tissue, it causes baldness on largeareas of the scalp, and in more severe cases, there is body-hair loss on larger and other places, as well as itching and a feeling of burning in the affected areas. There is no cure, but last June, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a first drug to treat severe cases of the condition – baricitinib (Olumiant).

Olumiant is a Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor that blocks the activity of one or more of a specific family of enzymes, interfering with the pathway that leads to inflammation. It restored hair growth in 25% to 35% of patients but also causes side effects.

Rambam and Technion researchers found evidence of another source

In recent years, more and more research evidence has accumulated on the source of the autoimmune disease in an inflammatory process caused by cells that develop in patients with genetic predisposition, which attack the hair follicle at its growth stage and results in the collapse of the training that characterizes it. However, a new study common to Rambam and the Technion has found evidence of another source, which can cause the outbreak of the disease among people who do not belong to the risk group.

The conventional hypothesis is that CD8 cells are responsible for the disease. But in a study conducted by a team led by Prof. Amos Gilhar and in collaboration with researcher Dr. Aviad Keren and Professor Dr. Rimma Laufer- Britva , another group of cells was found that so much was unknown to its involvement in the disease. LC-1 constantly secretes a variety of proteins that usually attack external factors that invade the tissues they are in,” explained Gilhar.

Thus, the classic lymphocyte cells, those that used to be regarded as solely responsible for the onset of the disease, are not alone.

As part of the research experiments, the team transferred these cells to a healthy scalp and then transplanted on unique mice. Exposing hair follicles from a completely healthy source to ILC-1 cells caused the secretion of a high level of interferon gamma, a material known as a major part in causing hair loss leading to alopecia areata – so there is not a single route, in which genetics and classical immune cells play an exclusive role, but several pathways, said Gilhar.

The journal editor commented that the study provides “compelling evidence that injection of ILC1-like cells induces alopecia in a mouse model grafted with human hair follicle-containing skin and will be of interest to immunologists, skin biologists, and scientists interested in autoimmune disorders” and eventually leading to better treatment of alopecia areata.

In October 2023, Professor Emeritus Avraham Shtub of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, will offer his course “New Product Development” as a Global Network online course for the ninth time. While the content is similar, the course has evolved over the years. In 2014, “New Product Development” was among the first small network online courses (SNOCs) offered through the Global Network for Advanced Management. In 2019, a version of the course was added to Coursera, and Shtub shifted to a “flipped classroom model” for the SNOC, assigning lectures on Coursera for homework, and then using the virtual class time for discussion. Then in 2021 and 2022, the course added an additional experiential component. Shtub assigned students to projects with early-stage startup founders with whom they collaborated, giving them hands-on experience in product development.

We asked Professor Shtub about his motivation for offering the course as a SNOC and what students can expect from the course.

What made you decide to teach this particular course as a SNOC?
As the head of the project management research center at the Technion I was asked to develop a course focusing on the management of New Product Development (NPD) projects, as part of the new Startup MBA program at the Technion. Today I teach this course at several universities in Europe and the USA using zoom.
During a meeting of GNAM universities in China I presented this course as part of the Technion presentation. Several universities – members of GNAM – were interested in the course. I agreed to teach it as a SNOC as it was a great opportunity to collaborate with other GNAM universities and to teach students how to manage international NPD projects.  
Who should take this course?
The course is designed for students who want to learn how to manage NPD projects and would like to apply this knowledge in the framework of an international team of GNAM students. Specifically, students who consider the idea of founding a new startup can use this course to simulate the development process, including the preparation of a project plan and its execution in a simulated environment.
What does the global virtual environment of a SNOC provide for students in terms of cross-cultural learning, and how can this also help you?
Many NPD projects are performed by international teams. The concept of a Glocal product (Global product with a local adaptation) is based on the understanding of customers’ needs and expectations in different countries. Working with a team of GNAM students from different countries facilitates cross-cultural learning and helps in the development of ideas for Glocal products and services.
What do you hope students take away from your class that they can apply to their careers, regardless of the path they choose?
I hope that the tools and techniques discussed and used in this course will help the students in focusing on the most important issues in the New Product Development process. The opportunity to work with a team of GNAM students from other countries will expose the participants to other cultures and a variety of decision-making processes.
Is there anything I haven’t asked you about that is worth considering or mentioning? 
A paper recently published:

Solan, D., & Shtub, A. (2023). Development and implementation of a new product development course combining experiential learning, simulation, and a flipped classroom in remote learning. The International Journal of Management Education, 21(2).‏
Can help students understand the course content, structure and learning outcomes.

While the micro turbojet engine may be small – weighing only eight pounds – it remains a startling chunk of Inconel. The engine is a single, complete assembly, including all rotating and stationary components.

The turbojet was designed in Creo CAD software, using Inconel as the material and an EOS 3D metal printer as the production machine. “The engine is about the size of a basketball. It would probably be used for drones,” Steve Dertien, chief technology officer at PTC, said during a presentation.

The jet engine project was the brainchild of Ronen Ben Horin, a VP of technology at PTC and a senior research fellow at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – and Beni Cukurel, an associate professor of aerospace at Technion. The two took their scientific research in jet propulsion and their engineering expertise and designed the engine for additive manufacturing.

When designing the engine, the researchers focused on:

  • A lightweight design: That required sophisticated lattice modeling and generative design for material and weight reduction while maintaining the appropriate strength and performance that could match designs with more material and heavier weight.
  • Self-supporting geometries for 3D Printing: That means the software had to optimize designs for printability. Creo needed to create self-supported formula-driven lattices that can be paired with printability checks and modifiers to adjust the design for printing efficiency.
  • 3D printing equipment interoperability: Creo software is compatible with most 3D printing equipment for printing and post-processing. Creo provides a variety of formats, including 3MF, for sending 3D models to the market’s various printer technologies, while also allowing users to create associative models for machining operations. This micro-jet engine was printed with an EOS printer.

In a statement, Cukurel acknowledged that designing the engine with Horin was the culmination of many years of research that included staying on top of advancements in the supporting technology of 3D printing and design software. He noted that the design offers a viable way of producing micro turbojet engines.

While this machine is not the first 3D-printed jet engine —  Monash University in Australia claimed that title in 2015, and GE claimed it in 2020 – Cukurel and Horin can probably claim bragging rights for doing it as one piece.

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is teaming up with Toronto University on the use of artificial intelligence in the field of medicine. 

The collaboration sees the faculty and students from Technion’s Artificial Intelligence Hub (Tech.AI) and the Canadian university’s Center for AI in Medicine (T-CAIREM) teaming up to develop working practices for “the medicine of the future,” based on commonly shared challenges.

The new partnership was inaugurated this week in a joint tree-day workshop in Ein Gedi in southern Israel, which was attended by dozens of scientists and research students from the two schools. On the agenda were existing capabilities in the field of AI medicine, avenues for growth, advancing education on the subject and joint projects. 

The partnership was welcomed by the two institutions. 

“The Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) of the University of Toronto is very excited to work with the excellent clinicians and researchers from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology on this highly collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative,” said Prof. Muhammad Mamdani, director of T-CAIREM. 

“Our goal is to advance innovative research in AI in medicine that will serve as the foundation for transforming medicine and delivering the best possible care for the patients we serve.”

Prof. Shai Shen-Orr of the Technion said: “We are laying down another broad foundation for the Tech.AI.BioMed activity that promotes the use of AI in medicine. We are certain that this collaboration will add depth and richness to our toolbox for creating new responses that will shape the medicine of the future.”

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon spent time at the Israel Institute of Technology on an official visit to Israel

Minister of State for the Middle East is impressed by Technion visit
PHOTO: Professor Hossam Hayek showing Lord Ahmed his invention

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome the Minister of State for the Middle East to its campus this week.

Lord Tariq Ahmad – a British Muslim politician – was impressed with the proportion of Arab students on campus. 30% of this years new students are from the Arab Community and benefit from the Technion Empowerment Programme which gives them individual attention, supervision and monitoring, particularly in their learning of Hebrew which is one of the biggest challenges for Arab students. 

This educational model has since been copied by other institutions throughout Israel, enabling a growth in Arab university students in Israel of 78% over seven years, according to research by Israel’s Council for Higher Education. 

Lord Ahmad – along with representatives from the British Embassy and the British Council – were welcomed to the campus by the President of the Technion, Uri Sivan, along with several members of the senior team. They learned that 5,000 out of 20,000 students live on campus – the highest number in Israel.

He asked about all the impressive high-tech companies he had driven past on his way to the campus, such as Google and Intel, and learned that they have all come to Haifa because of the Technion and to recruit graduates from the University.

He was also interested to learn that nearly 70% of the founders and CEOs of Israeli start-up companies are Technion graduates and that there are two campuses abroad – one in China and one in New York.

Taking to Twitter following his visit, he wrote: “Fantastic to visit Technion – Israel Institute of Technology University and learn more about the vibrant Israeli innovation scene. I met Professor Uri Sivan and with Professor Hossam Hayek, a BIRAX recipient who created the groundbreaking ‘Alzheimer’s breath test’.”

This invention. which is also used to detect cancer in a matter of seconds was shown to King Charles when he last visited Israel a few years ago. He said that this is a remarkable technological development and an ingenious invention.

The Churchill Awards Gala Dinner was back with a bang after a long hiatus

An incredible quarter of a million pounds was raised for Technion UK during its first gala dinner in three years.

Over 300 people enjoyed a Tony Page catered event at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Sunday night. 

Nobel laureate, Professor Dan Schechtman, who defied critics for his “off-the-wall theory” and the went on to claim the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, delivered the illuminating keynote speech. He spoke about the importance of education and gave examples of his contribution to help the Technion become the powerhouse of Israel’s high-tech society having trained most of Israel’s engineers who helped build the country.

Baroness Ruth Deech DBE, a British academic, lawyer, ethicist and politician received the prestigious Churchill Award and members of the Technion Chamber Orchestra provided entertainment, wowing the room with a violin medley of classical pieces.

For the first time,guests were invited to choose exactly where their donation went: The Program of Excellence for fast-tracked students, the Defence and Aerospace department, the Sustainability and Grand Technion Energy Program and research into Parkinson’s and other neo-generative diseases. 

Baroness Ruth Deech DBE said: “I cannot tell you how delighted I was with the dinner and the award – more than I deserve! It is a great piece of art, and I shall treasure it. The dinner was beautifully organised and conducted and it was a privilege to hear Dan Shechtman.”

CEO of Technion UK, Alan Aziz, said: “I’m delighted that after three long years we have been able to host another big gala dinner with amazing speakers and guests!”