10. SATELLITE CAPABILITIES
The Technion is one of only a handful of universities worldwide with a student program to design, build, and launch their own satellites. The Gurwin TechSat II microsatellite was successfully in orbit July 1998 – April 2010.
Most of Israel’s first spaceship to orbit the moon – Bereshit’s senior staff are Technion alumni – including the CEO.
9. QUANTUM AND PHOTONICS
8. ANTI-PARKINSON DRUG
Professors Moussa Youdim and John Finberg from the Faculty of Medicine, together with Teva Pharmaceuticals, have developed rasagaline, — a new anti-Parkinson’s disease drug (Azilect®.)
The Pillcam was developed by Technion graduate Dr Gavriel Iddan, and it makes digestive system examinations as simple as taking a pill.
PillCam enables physicians to visualise the small bowel, esophagus and colon with a small, disposable capsule used to monitor and diagnose disorders of the gastrointestinal tract without sedation or invasive endoscopic procedures.
Technion graduate Dr. Kobi Vortman, founder and President of InSightec, envisioned the next generation operating room – one where non-invasive ultrasound replaces the surgeon’s knife.
5. USB FLASH DRIVE
Technion alumni and among Israel’s most influential entrepreneurs, Dov Moran, founder and Chairman of M-Systems, introduced one of the world’s most recognisable and used tech devices. He invented the disk-on-key (USB Flash Drive).
Technion graduate, Dr. Amit Goffer, developed ReWalk – a robotic suit that brings paraplegics the ability to stand up right, walk, climb stairs and drive.
ReWalk Robotics is a Nasdaq listed company.
3. GLOBAL PENETRATION
In addition to its main campus in Haifa Israel, Technion has 2 additional major campuses – one in the U.S. New York (a partnership with Cornell Uni) and a second in China, Guangdong.The Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute celebrated the official opening of its permanent home on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island on September 13, 2017.
The Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT), inaugurated in December 2017, brings Technion’s world-class academics to the historic economic center of Shantou, China, with programs in engineering at the Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels.
2. iron dome
The entire senior management team at RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, responsible for introducing Iron Dome are Technion graduates. Iron Dome is the world’s first effective missile defense systems that has since its development saved thousands of civilian lives from rocket attacks..
1. NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATES
Israel’s first Nobel prizes in science were awarded to Technion faculty. Today, the university has 3 Nobel laureates among its faculty, and one Nobel alumnus. The 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, two Technion professors, and their colleague Prof. Irwin Rose for their discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Then in 2010, Prof. Dan Shechtman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of a new class of matter – quasicrystals and in 2013, Technion graduate Prof. Ariel Warshel received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Profs. Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.