Israel-US BIRD Foundation Invests $8 Million in 10 New Collaborations
CTech – The board of Governors of the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approved $8 million in funding for 10 new projects between US and Israeli companies.
The BIRD Foundation promotes collaborations with companies from the two countries in a variety of technological fields. To date, the BIRD Foundation has invested more than $350 million in 1,000 projects over 43 years. In total, it has generated direct and indirect sales of more than $10 billion.
“These approved projects, which advance AI, biomedical health, autonomy, and cybersecurity, exemplify the continued innovation leadership of the US and Israeli private sectors in driving new industries and revolutionizing existing ones,” said Dr. Walter Copan, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Director of NIST, and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors.
In addition to grants up to $1 million, the foundation also works with the companies to identify partnerships and acts as a liaison for introductions. The 10 projects are made up of partnerships between an Israeli and an American company in the fields of automotive, cybersecurity, healthcare IT, homeland security, life sciences, and more. The following are the 10 projects that were approved for funding:
Partnership: Aeronautics Defense Systems and PreVision
Locations: Yavne, Israel and Edgewood, New Mexico
Product: Developing a Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensor with an automated interface to an Electro-optics payload on a UAS platform.
Founders: Moshe Caspi, Avi Leumi, Zvika Nave, and Tuncat Isik
Partnership: AEYE Health and University of Massachusetts Medical School
Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel and Worcester, Massachusetts
Product: Developing a diagnostic screening system for retinal imaging.
Founders: Zack Dvey-Aharon, Danny Margalit
Partnership: Datumate and Heavy Construction Systems Specialists
Locations: Yokneam Illit, Israel and Sugar land, Texas
Product: Developing a construction site management collaboration framework.
Founders: Jad Jarroush and Mike Rydin (CEO)
Partnership: Firedome and Olibra
Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel and Cresskill, New Jersey
Product: Transforming traditional consumer electronics devices into connected cybersecurity guardians of the home.
Founders: Moti Shkolnik, Sharon Mirsky, Orr Chen, and Zohar Shinar (CEO)
Partnership: Genoox and ASPiRA Labs, A Vermillion Company
Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel and Austin, Texas
Product: Developing “AGTT,” an AI-based, dynamic, and affordable genetics testing technology transfer.
Founders: Amir Trabelsi, Moshe Einhorn, and Valerie Palmieri (President and CEO)
Partnership: Redler Technologies and Martin Technologies
Locations: Netanya, Israel and Hudson, Michigan
Product: Developing an advanced automotive electronic power distribution module.
Founders: Yesaiahu Redler (Chairman) and Harold Martin
Partnership: Senso Medical Labs and Haystack Diagnostics
Locations: Nazareth, Israel and Brookline, Massachusetts
Product: Developing a multi-electrode device to advance electrodiagnostic medicine.
Founders: Maroun Farah and Dr John P. Wilson
Partnership: Serenus.AI and HealthTrio
Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel and Denver, Colorado
Product: Developing an AI-based platform to assist medical professionals and insurance companies in making better medical decisions.
Founders: Dan Berachowitz, Hillary (Orly) Harel, Prof. Josef Elidan, and Dr Malik Hasan
Partnership: VayaVision and Trimble
Locations: Or Yehuda, Israel and Sunnyvale, California
Product: Developing a perception-based autonomous-driving system for vehicles and heavy machinery in the agriculture, construction, and mining markets.
Founders: Ronny Cohen, Youval Nehmadi, and Charles Trimble
Partnership: XRHealth and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel and Boston, Massachusetts
Product: Developing a perioperative VR platform designed to distract patients from pain while undergoing medical procedures.
Founders: Eran Orr (XRHealth)