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A novel antibody which can be used, for the first time, to recognize ubiquitinated histone 2B. This technology is novel in its ability to recognize proteins and their destinations, and may serve in diagnostics and immunoprecipitation processes.

A novel antibody which can be used, for the first time, to recognize ubiquitinated histone 2B. This technology is novel in its ability to recognize proteins and their destinations, and may serve in diagnostics and immunoprecipitation processes.

Applications


Primary applications in research. Use as a detection tool in western blotting, immunoprecipitation and chromatin immunoprecipitation. Might be used for monitoring processes associated with modulations of ubiquitinated-H2B levels.

Technology's Essence


The invention involves the generation of antibodies specific to ubiquitinated-H2B which selectively recognize H2B when it is ubiquitinated but not H2B in its unmodified state, or ubiquitin unconjugated to H2B.

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  • Prof. Moshe Oren
1265
A Novel water treatment method capable of handling a wide spectrum of pollutants, both organic and metallic was developed by the group of Prof. Berkowitz and proven in large scale. The combination of ever-growing contamination from various sources (industry, agriculture and domestic uses), the toxicity...

A Novel water treatment method capable of handling a wide spectrum of pollutants, both organic and metallic was developed by the group of Prof. Berkowitz and proven in large scale.

The combination of ever-growing contamination from various sources (industry, agriculture and domestic uses), the toxicity of contaminating compounds, and their extreme persistence in the environment, define a complex challenge and serious threat. Feasible technological responses to deal with growing deterioration in water resource quality are difficult to develop, largely because of the wide variety of contaminants having different properties, the stringent environmental standards that must be met, and the inherent heterogeneity of natural aquatic systems. The quest for cost-effective, environmentally-acceptable methods that can target a wide spectrum of contaminants, in situ and ex situ, is urgent and critical today more than ever.

The approach of the technology presented here is to reduce their oxidation state, i.e., to transform them electrochemically. In most cases, complete transformation of contaminants from the oxidized-organic group produces environmentally innocuous compounds, while reduction of heavy metals renders them insoluble and immobile, and therefore much less harmful. These treatment methods can be applied both in situ and ex situ for decontamination of soils, sediments, water, wastewater and gaseous process streams.

Applications


•           Polluted water and wastewater treatment.

•           Soil decontamination.

•           Gaseous process stream treatment.


Advantages


•           Environmentally friendly output.

•           Cost effective.

•           Can be applied in situ as well as ex situ.


Technology's Essence


The treatment method presented here is based on nanosized zerovalent iron (nZVI) particles and cyanocobalamine (vitamin B12) on a diatomite matrix.  Cyanocobalamine is known to be an effective electron mediator, having strong synergistic effects with nZVI for reductive dehalogenation reactions. This composite material also improves the reducing capacity of nZVI by preventing agglomeration of iron nanoparticles, thus increasing their active surface area. The porous structure of the diatomite matrix allows

high hydraulic conductivity, which favors channeling of contaminated water to the reactive surface of the composite material resulting in faster rates of remediation. The composite material rapidly degrades or transforms completely a large spectrum of water contaminants, including halogenated solvents like TCE, PCE, and cis-DCE, pesticides like alachlor, atrazine and bromacyl, and common ions like nitrate, within minutes to hours.

 

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  • Prof. Brian Berkowitz
1506
A simple electrochemical method and apparatus for the continues production of CO (carbon monoxide) from CO2 as chemical storage for electrical energy and a basic material for further organic products. Constant progress is made in solar and wind alternative energy production. Unfortunately, these...

A simple electrochemical method and apparatus for the continues production of CO (carbon monoxide) from CO2 as chemical storage for electrical energy and a basic material for further organic products.

Constant progress is made in solar and wind alternative energy production. Unfortunately, these systems are weather and time-dependent. Additionally, most of the geographic areas best suited for harvesting these resources are remote from population centers. Therefore the need for a reliable method to store and transport renewable energy is clear.

CO can be easily converted into methanol, which is one of the major chemical raw materials and can by itself be used as fuel for diesel engines and the energy source for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC).

At present no reliable method of CO2 to CO reduction is available. Either using low temperatures which leads to low thermodynamic efficiency (<60%), Requires precious metals for electrodes and results in toxic byproducts, or using high temperatures which Requires pure CO2 input and Produces a mixture of CO2 and CO.

The current technology describes an efficient, flexible, continues method for production of CO at high temperatures (900oC) without any byproducts or toxic materials.

Applications


  • Production of CO from CO2
  • Easy conversion into methanol

Advantages


·         No precious (Pt, Ag, Au, Pd) metals required

·         No hazardous chemicals involved, no pollution

·         Continuous operation is possible

·         One can use flue gas as a source

·         Capture of CO2 from air is possible

·         The system is very compact>20 kW/m3

·         Operation conditions are very flexible

·         The process fits existing infrastructure

·         CO can be easily converted into liquid fuel (CH3OH)


Technology's Essence


The outlined technology overcomes the basic problems of CO production by using molten Li2CO3 as the electrolyte, a Ti container (will not undergo corrosion), Ti cathode (does not catalyze decomposition of CO), and a graphite anode (no chemical reaction with Li2CO3). At 900°C and current density of 0.05-2 A/cm2, this unique system enables a thermodynamic efficiency close to 100%, continues production of CO – efficiently separating CO2 to CO and O2.

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  • Prof. Igor Lubomirsky
1121
A method for aligning video images according to sequence. The problem of image alignment has been extensively studied, and successful approaches have been developed for solving this problem. However, these approaches turn out as problematic when there is insufficient overlap between the two images to...

A method for aligning video images according to sequence. The problem of image alignment has been extensively studied, and successful approaches have been developed for solving this problem. However, these approaches turn out as problematic when there is insufficient overlap between the two images to allow extraction of common image properties, i.e., when there is no sufficient similarity (e.g., gray-level, frequencies, statistical) between the two images. Whereas two individual images cannot be aligned when there is no spatial overlap between them, this is not the case when dealing with image sequences. The outlined technology consists of fusion and alignment of discrete, non-overlapping moving images from different sources, by aligning spatio-temporal changes in each sequence rather than in each image.

Applications


  • Multi-sensor image alignment for multi-sensor fusion
  • Alignment of images (sequences) obtained at significantly different zooms (can be useful in surveillance applications)
  • Generation of wide-screen movies from multiple non-overlapping narrow field-of-view movies (such as in IMAX movies) 
  • Alignment and integration of information across video sequences to exceed the physical visual limitations of any individual sensor (e.g., dynamic range, spectral range, spatial resolution, temporal resolution, etc). ~

Advantages


  • Useful for spatially non-overlapping sequences
  • Useful in cases which are inherently difficult for standard image alignment techniques, such as when there is insufficient common spatial information across the two sequences

Technology's Essence


An image sequence contains much more information than any individual image frame does. In particular, temporal changes in a video sequence (e.g., due to camera motion) do not appear in any individual image frame, but are encoded between video frames. When these temporal changes are common to the two sequences, then these sequences can be aligned both in time and in space, even if there is no common spatial information whatsoever. The need for coherent visual appearance, which is a fundamental assumption in image alignment methods, is replaced in this invention with the requirement of coherent temporal behavior. This can be achieved by attaching the two video cameras closely to each other (so that their centers of projections are very close), and moving them jointly in space (e.g., such as when the two cameras are mounted on a moving platform or rig).

 

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  • Prof. Michal Irani
1441
New protein as a target to treat B cell-related cancer.Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a malignant disease characterized by the accumulation of B lymphocytes in the blood, lymphoid organs, and bone marrow, is the second most common type of leukemia in adults, accounting for about 7,000 new cases of...

New protein as a target to treat B cell-related cancer.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a malignant disease characterized by the accumulation of B lymphocytes in the blood, lymphoid organs, and bone marrow, is the second most common type of leukemia in adults, accounting for about 7,000 new cases of leukemia each year. Presently, there is no cure for CLL, and the overall goal of leukemia treatment is to bring about a remission. Therefore, identifying new proteins that may serve as a target for inducing cell death in the malignant cells is highly desirable. The present technology identifies a new regulator protein that is essential for the survival of CLL cells.

Applications


• Treatment of CLL, as well as other B cell-related cancers (e.g. gastric cancer and renal cell carcinoma), by blocking CD84 activity
• Diagnosis of CLL

Advantages


• Very specific to malignant B cells
• Diagnosis, and therefore treatment, can be made at early stages of the disease

 


Technology's Essence


B cells taken from CLL patients have a high level of the protein CD84. Stimulation of CD84 upregulates the survival of B-CLL. However, inhibition of CD84 activity with a blocking antibody downregulates the expression of another protein which controls B-CLL survival, thus inducing cell death. Therefore, the present invention reveals CD84 as a regulator of B-CLL survival

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  • Prof. Idit Shachar
1267
Description: Monoclonal antibodies specific for cholesterol/ceramide-rich domains (clones 405F, 14F, 499F) and cholesterol micro-domains (clones 36A1, 5881) in cell membranes. Originally raised against an artificial monolayer of lipid mixtures in, and were shown to specifically label the above domains...

Description: Monoclonal antibodies specific for cholesterol/ceramide-rich domains (clones 405F, 14F, 499F) and cholesterol micro-domains (clones 36A1, 5881) in cell membranes. 
Originally raised against an artificial monolayer of lipid mixtures in, and were shown to specifically label the above domains in different cell membranes. 
Reference:  Scheffer L, Futerman AH, Addadi L. 2007. Antibody labeling of cholesterol/ceramide ordered domains in cell membranes. Chembiochem 8(18):2286-94.

M263, M264, M265

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  • Prof. Lia Addadi
1451
A monoclonal antibody against GluR3B, a peptide found in epilepsy patients, and especially in patients suffering from intractable, resistant forms of the disease, could be used in diagnosis kits as well as in drug development for this form of "autoimmune epilepsy".

A monoclonal antibody against GluR3B, a peptide found in epilepsy patients, and especially in patients suffering from intractable, resistant forms of the disease, could be used in diagnosis kits as well as in drug development for this form of "autoimmune epilepsy".

Applications


1. Producing a new kit for epilepsy patients, able to detect GluR3b Ab's and thus GluR3-mediated neuropathology
The anti GluR3B monoclonal Ab could be used for developing a new diagnostic kit to detect neuropathogenic human anti-GluR3B in serum and CSF of patients with epilepsy. The patient's GluR3B Ab's would compete and displace the GluR3B mAb's of its ligand: the GluR3B peptide. The presence of GluR3B Ab's in a patient, would indicate that autoimmunity against GluR3 may underlie the patient's neuropathology and a) would suggest the initiation of an immune-based therapy b) prevent useless and dangerous brain surgery c) prevent non-effective medication.

2. Drug design for GluR3-mediated neuropathology
The unique GluR3B monoclonal antibody could be used to screen a potential drug for 'Autoimmune Epilepsy'. The GluR3B monoclonal antibody could be used to screen for a molecule (i.e. Anti-idiotypic antibodies) that would block the GluR3 autoantibodies and their detrimental neuropathological effects.

3. Research tool for a kaleidoscope of purposes, including:

  • Detection of the GluR3 glutamate receptor subtype on various target cells.
  • Studies of the properties of the Glutamate/AMPA receptor subtype 3.
  • Studies of the Glutamate-liked agonist activity of the GluR3B monoclonal antibody, and of the GluR3 receptor ion channel gating properties.
  • Production of an animal model of 'Autoimmune Epilepsy'.
  • Studies of neuronal death caused by binding of the GluR3 autoantibody to glutamate/AMPA receptors.
  • Studies of behavioral impairments caused by binding of the GluR3 autoantibody to glutamate/AMPA receptors.

  • Technology's Essence


    Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered a unique anti-GluR3B monoclonal antibody Glu149/29/61.

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    • Prof. Vivian I. Teichberg
    • Prof. Vivian I. Teichberg
    1512
    Materials with unique optical and magnetic properties for preventing counterfeiting. Product counterfeiting is a worldwide problem; the range of counterfeited goods touches almost all industries, from clothing to pharmaceuticals. It is estimated that counterfeiting is a $600 billion a year business,...

    Materials with unique optical and magnetic properties for preventing counterfeiting.

    Product counterfeiting is a worldwide problem; the range of counterfeited goods touches almost all industries, from clothing to pharmaceuticals. It is estimated that counterfeiting is a $600 billion a year business, and that counterfeit goods currently account for 5-7% of world trade. For this, companies need strategies that include various layers of security. Counterfeiters have learned to duplicate various types of security measures, so it is important to use a combination of overt and covert techniques simultaneously. The present technology consists of complexes and clusters  with a unique combination of optical and magnetic properties, that may be utilized for product authenticity.

    Applications


    • Security 'markers' in documents or product authenticity, in the form of special printing inks or ink-jet applications


    Advantages


    • Delayed emissions guarantees low noise level from exogenous fluorescent impurities

    • The clusters are emissive both in solution as well as in the solid state

    • Emissive complexes and clusters are circular polarized and therefore provide an additional layer of genuineness, as the true nature of the markers can only be identified using appropriate filters
    • The high magnetic properties of several of the compounds allows fast automated document screening


    Technology's Essence


    The outlined technology consists of a series of chiral organic ligands, their metal complexes, and several multi-nuclear clusters. Upon excitation, fluorescence emission can be selected to occur in the visible or the invisible near infrared regions of the spectrum. The spectrum is characterized by several well resolved emission maxima. The unique combination of optical and magnetic properties of these materials makes them promising candidates to serve as security 'markers'.

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    • Prof. Abraham Shanzer
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    A series of monoclonal antibodies for monitoring hormone and drug additives in animals grown for the food industry. These include mAbs for peptide hormones, steroid hormones, drugs, leukotrienes, isoflavones, and veterinary drugs.

    A series of monoclonal antibodies for monitoring hormone and drug additives in animals grown for the food industry. These include mAbs for peptide hormones, steroid hormones, drugs, leukotrienes, isoflavones, and veterinary drugs.

    Applications


    Monitoring hormone and drug additives in food providing animals for veterinary use and for the food industry.

    Technology's Essence


    Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science have developed a series of mAb against peptide and steroid hormones, isoflavones, and human and veterinary drugs. These antibodies are particularly valuable for monitoring hormone and drug additives in food providing animals. The mAb are available for diagnostics, research, and therapeutics.

    The following mAb are available for licensing:

    (Clones marked with * are available for diagnostic and therapeutic use only).

    Peptide Hormones:
    LH: 4F10
    bFSH: 1G12*, 1H9, 1H7
    FSH: 6H6
    bHCG: 1D5
    bHCG+: 1C7 3F11
    HGH: 1C12*, 1C4*, 5E9, 4E12, 5C3, 1C5, 6G3, 5E6, 2C12

    Steroid Hormones:
    progesterone-11a-HS 1E11*
    progesterone-7a-CET 2H4
    Estrone-3-glucuronide 8A3
    Testosterone-3-CMO 5A4
    Testosterone-3-CMO 5F2*
    Estradiol-6-CMO 8D9*

    Anti-idiotypic antibodies to anti-steroids:
    betatypic anti-anti-testosterone 5A4 8G9
    betatypic anti-progesterone 2H4 15F11
    betatypic anti-anti-estrone-3-glucuronide 8A3 7C1
    alphatypic anti-progesterone 2H4 2E11
    betatypic anti-anti-estrone-3-glucuronide 8A3 11C1

    Drugs
    Digoxin 10F10
    RU-486* 8B6*
    Buserelin 8B4
    Medroxy-progesterone-acetate* 1F5*

    Leukotrienes
    LTC4* 6E7

    Biotin
    Biotin-BSA F1

    Isoflavones
    Daidzein 4E4
    Daidzein/daidzin/genistin 2F11
    Estrone-3-glucuronide 8A3
    Genistein/biochanin A 10D8
    Genistein/genistin/daidzin 6E8
    Betatypic anti-anti-genistein 10D8

    Veterinary drugs
    Sulfamethazine (SMZ) 21C7
    Betatypic anti-SMZ 12E12
    4-chloro-androstenedione 14H2
    Virginamycin 486
    Spiramycin 110
    Betatypic anti-anti-spiramycin 133

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    • Dr. Fortune Kohen
    1448
    A method to produce amides in one step without any unwanted by-products, by coupling of alcohols with amines with the liberation of hydrogen gas, catalyzed by unique ruthenium complexes. Amides are widely used in the industry (e.g. nylon, Kevlar) and have widespread importance in biochemical and...

    A method to produce amides in one step without any unwanted by-products, by coupling of alcohols with amines with the liberation of hydrogen gas, catalyzed by unique ruthenium complexes.

    Amides are widely used in the industry (e.g. nylon, Kevlar) and have widespread importance in biochemical and chemical systems (e.g. proteins). Synthesis of amides is mostly based on activated acid derivatives or rearrangement reactions induced by an acid or base, which often produce toxic chemical waste and involve tedious procedures. Therefore, an efficient synthesis that avoids wasteful use of coupling reagents or corrosive acidic and basic media is highly desirable. The current technology allows for the clean production of amides from amines and alcohols.

    Applications


    • Production of amides for various applications (plastic and rubber industry, paper industry, pharmaceutical intermediates, etc.)

    • Use of the liberated hydrogen (e.g. for the production of ammonia)


    Advantages


    • Clean and selective procedure

    • Environment friendly reaction (no base or acid promoters are required, no carboxylic acid derivatives, such as acid chlorides, are needed)

    • Amides and molecular hydrogen are produced in high yields and high turnover numbers directly from alcohols in one step

    • The liberated hydrogen can be used for different applications

    • Formation of a variety of amides


    Technology's Essence


    Amide formation is a fundamental reaction in chemical synthesis. Amides are commonly formed from the reaction of a carboxylic acid derivative with an amine. Instead of using carboxylic acid derivative, in the present invention the amide motif is generated by direct acylation of amines with alcohols. This is possible through the use of a unique catalyst. This method enables the simple and elegant production of amide polymers and industrially important amides.

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    • Prof. David Milstein
    1478
    Plants can regain enhanced color and aroma via increased production of aromatic amino acids. Researchers at the Weizmann institute of science discovered a key regulatory enzyme of a central metabolic pathway in bacteria and expressed it in plants, obtaining transgenic plants with increased levels of...

    Plants can regain enhanced color and aroma via increased production of aromatic amino acids. Researchers at the Weizmann institute of science discovered a key regulatory enzyme of a central metabolic pathway in bacteria and expressed it in plants, obtaining transgenic plants with increased levels of secondary metabolites including higher level of aromatic amino acids.

    Farmers and researches have implemented intense selective breeding in flowering plants as an attempt to improve features of decorative flowers, focusing on appearance and shelf life. Consequently, one of the most valuable qualities of the flower such as its scent and had been severely weakened. Traditional breeding is limited in its ability to supply the market demand for creating original or enhanced colors due to genetic requirements.

    The innovative method can improve scent and color of decorative flowering plants without interfering with other natural mechanisms of the plant.

    Applications


    • Improved esthetical value due to strong color and pleasant scent to ornamental flowers.
    • The color and scent of flowers has an additional eco-systematic role in the reproduction of fruits. Manipulating both color and odor may allow future optimized ability the repulse insects or attracts pollinators. 
    •  This method can be applied not only to enhance naturally existing color but also for the recently commercialized production of new colors of plants. For example flavonoid biosynthesis which was shown to be enhanced by this method was also found to be highly relevant in generating unique flowers colors

    Advantages


    • Enhanced fragrance and colors utilizing natural metabolic pathways of flowering plants.
    • No breeding and selection required to enhance flowers’ traits.
    • Endogenous integration between bacteria and plant that involves no interference with other natural mechanisms in the plants.

    Technology's Essence


    Researches at Prof. Gad Galili’s lab elicited a significant increase in the direct products of the shikimate pathway and in the aromatic amino acid Phenylalanine.

    A central regulator in the shikimate pathway is the first committed enzyme of the pathway; 3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate 7-phosphate synthase (DAHPS). The bacterial DAHPS is feedback inhibited by a separate amino acid. At the core of this technology is the dominant isoform that is the AroG gene which is under the regulation of Phenylalanine and responsible for 80% of the total DAHPS activity.

    By expressing a mutant bacterial AroG gene encoding a feedback insensitive DAHPS in transgenic Arabidopsis plants, researchers achieved increased levels of the shikimate direct metabolites, products and aromatic amino acids. Detailed analysis revealed that while no metabolite exhibited decreased levels in the transgenic plants, the levels of shikimate intermediate metabolites, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and a verity of secondary metabolites (such as auxin and hormones conjugates) were increased by the mutant bacterial gene.

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    • Prof. Gad Galili
    • Prof. Asaph Aharoni
    1357
    A method to introduce salt responsive genes from halo tolerant organisms was used to generate salt resistant transgenic plants. The progressive salinization of agricultural soils poses a major limitation for the growth and productivity of crop plants. Although engineering technologies involving...

    A method to introduce salt responsive genes from halo tolerant organisms was used to generate salt resistant transgenic plants.

    The progressive salinization of agricultural soils poses a major limitation for the growth and productivity of crop plants. Although engineering technologies involving drainage and supply of high quality water have been developed to overcome this problem, the existing methods are extremely costly and time-consuming. In many instances, due to the increased need for extensive agriculture, neither improved irrigation efficiency nor the installation of drainage systems is applicable. Current attempts to enhance the salinity tolerance of crop plants are based on conventional breeding and selection of resistant variants. However, such breeding techniques typically require years to develop, are labor intensive and expensive.  The present invention relates to the transformation of salt inducible or salt-responsive genes into plants, thus turning them into having high salt tolerance.

    Applications


    • Salt resistant plants can grow in soils containing a high salt concentration
    • Survival of salt shock
    • Modification of  plant recovery after exposure to salt stress

    Advantages


    • The use of genes adapted specifically to very high salt concentrations, rather than genes from regular plants, makes the transgenic plants superior compared to other salt-tolerant plants
    • Transgenic plants can grow in seawater, thus saving precious drinking water

    Technology's Essence


    The unicellular green algae Dunaliella salina, a dominant organism in many saline environments, can adapt to practically the entire range of salinities. Dunaliella proteins function at high salinity, and this special feature of the proteins was utilized in order to confer salt-tolerance in plants. In the outlined invention plants were transformed with genes from Dunaliella, thus creating transgenic plants that have increased tolerance to salt as compared to corresponding non-transgenic plants.

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    • Prof. Uri Pick
    1522
    A method for enhancing the spatial and or temporal resolution (if applicable) of an input signal such as images and videos.   Many imaging devices produce signals of unsatisfactory resolution (e.g. a photo from a cell-phone camera may have low spatial resolution or a video from a web camera may have...

    A method for enhancing the spatial and or temporal resolution (if applicable) of an input signal such as images and videos.

     

    Many imaging devices produce signals of unsatisfactory resolution (e.g. a photo from a cell-phone camera may have low spatial resolution or a video from a web camera may have both spatial and temporal low resolution). This method applies digital processing to reconstruct more satisfactory high resolution signals.

     

    Previous methods for Super-Resolution (SR) require multiple images of the same scene, or else an external database of examples. This method provides the ability to perform SR from a single image (or a single visual source). The algorithm exploits the inherent local data redundancy within visual signals (redundancy both within the same scale, and across different scales).

     

    Examples of the methods' capabilities can be found here: http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~vision/SingleImageSR.html

     

    Applications


    • Enhancing the spatial resolution of images

    • Enhancing the spatial and or temporal resolution of video sequences

    • Enhancing the spatial and or temporal resolution (if applicable) of other signals (e.g., MRI, fMRI, ultrasound, possibly also audio, etc.)

     


    Advantages


    • No need for multiple low resolution sources or the use of an external database of examples.

    • Superior results are produced due to exploitation of inherent information in the source signal.


    Technology's Essence


    The framework combines the power of classical multi image super resolution and example based super resolution. This combined framework can be applied to obtain super resolution from as little as a single low-resolution signal, without any additional external information. The approach is based on an observation that patches in a single natural signal tend to redundantly recur many times inside the signal, both within the same scale, as well as across different scales.

    Recurrence of patches within the same scale (at subpixel misalignments) forms the basis for applying the 'classical super resolution' constraints to information from a single signal. Recurrence of patches across different (coarser) scales implicitly provides examples of low-resolution / high-resolution pairs of patches, thus giving rise to 'example-based super-resolution' from a single signal (but without any external database or any prior examples).

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    • Prof. Michal Irani
    1245

    Applications


    The novel DNA Aptamer is a promising candidate for therapeutic as well as diagnostic uses: Therapeutic: A novel therapy for Influenza Diagnostics: Detection of Influenza infection in vertebrates such as avian, swine and human

    Technology's Essence


    Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science describe a novel oligonucleotide, also known as an Aptamer, which has been designed to complement the receptor-binding region of the influenza haemagglutinin molecule. It was constructed by screening a DNA library and processing by the SELEX procedure. This DNA Aptamer comprises of a polynucleotide sequence that can bind to a polypeptide within the binding region of the influenza virus to the host cell. The proposed mode of action of this Aptamer is by blocking the binding of influenza virus to target cell receptors and consequently preventing the virus invasion into the host cells. Aptamer is capable of inhibiting the haemagglutinin capacity of the virus and the viral infectivity in vitro. Furthermore, it was shown in an animal model to inhibit viral infection by different influenza strains, as manifested by up to 99% reduction of virus burden in the lungs of treated mice.

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    • Prof. Ruth Arnon
    1482
    Modification of the electronic properties of layered-type semiconductors can be accomplished by doping/alloying of the semiconductor. In the present disclosure we show that doping of MoS2 and WS2 nanotubes/nanoparticles can be accomplished by doping with either Re (n-type) or Nb (p-type) foreign atoms...

    Modification of the electronic properties of layered-type semiconductors can be accomplished by doping/alloying of the semiconductor. In the present disclosure we show that doping of MoS2 and WS2 nanotubes/nanoparticles can be accomplished by doping with either Re (n-type) or Nb (p-type) foreign atoms. These nanoparticles combine both superior mechanical properties and high electrical conductivity.

    The main market for these kinds of nanoparticles is in thin films that combine superior mechanical and electrical properties. For example, as part of touch screensin addition, polymer nanocomposites containing such nanoparticles can be used among other things in electromagnetic shielding and conductive films for packaging and high performance adhesives. These nanoparticles are expected to reveal interesting catalytic applications, for example to obtain sulfur free gasoline. They can be used in third generation photovoltaic cells, etc.

    Applications


    • Catalytic processes for energy storage and sulfur free gasoline.
    • Polymer nanocomposites for packaging
    • Electromagnetic shielding.
    • Conductive glues/adhesives with superior performance.
    • Energy storage.

    Advantages


    The combination of superior mechanical properties and high electrical conductivity offers new kinds of applications in catalysis; energy storage; high performance nanocomposites and in macroelectronics.

     

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    • Prof. Tenne Reshef

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