Monday, March 7, 2016

Yearlong Ben Gurion Airport exhibit celebrates Israeli innovation

Image from article, with caption: Production of the Copaxone drug, a revolutionary treatment for multiple sclerosis, by Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals. Copaxone is among the Israeli innovations featured in a yearlong exhibit at Ben Gurion Airport. Credit: Teva Pharmaceuticals.

A yearlong exhibition featuring 60 celebrated Israeli innovations was launched Monday at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

The exhibition is displayed along a large wall just beyond passport control at the airport, with the goal of introducing Israeli science and leading innovators to the 8 million travelers who pass through the airport annually.

“The exhibition is a major public diplomacy asset for Israel,” said Israeli Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis. “We are showing the vast contributions of Israeli science and technology to the world and all of humanity….The world admires and is amazed by our achievements. Therefore, it is fitting that they be shown at the gateway into and out of Israel.”

The exhibition will feature cherry tomatoes, the flash drive, Teva Pharmaceuticals’s Copaxone drug for treating multiple sclerosis, the PillCam disposable capsule that films the gastrointestinal tract, a robot that helps with back pain, the Mobileye collision avoidance system for cars, and Intel chips that were developed in Israel, among other innovations.

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