Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is pioneering a wave of innovation and economic progress in the Be’er-Sheva desert region. Medtech Insight meets with some of the leaders based at Ben-Gurion’s Advanced Technologies Park where innovation and technology is developing the region into a world-class high-tech hub.
Israel’s first prime minister David Ben-Gurion had a vision. The late leader believed Israel’s large Negev desert area held the key to the country’s future growth and that it could bloom into a place of infinite possibility. Although Ben-Gurion died in 1973, today his vision for the desert may be becoming a reality.
Located at the northern edge of the Negev is Beer-Sheva, one of Israel’s fastest growing cities and the heart of Israel’s rising high-tech hub. The city is home to the Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and a growing number of multinational companies which are forming a strong tech ecosystem.
BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of BGU, is focused on spurring this innovation by commercializing technology coming out of the university to serve market needs. Located in the University’s Advanced Technologies Park, BGN Technologies nurtures relationships between academia and industry to bring inventions from the labs to the market.
To date, the company has founded over 100 start-ups across various fields including medtech companies such as cartilage care start-up CartiHeal, the developer of an implant for repair of articular cartilage and osteochondral defects and ElMindA, that has a platform that reveals and affects the neural pathways in the brain.
“We focus on enhancing licensing and research collaborations between academia and the industry, and we always try to be very flexible in our negotiations,” Netta Cohen*, CEO of BGN Technologies told Medtech Insight. “Each agreement we sign is different from one another, as each company has specific conditions and needs. Most of our efforts are based on feedback we receive from the industry. We ask our potential partners what their needs are and try to come up with arrangements that benefit both parties.”