The coronavirus pandemic has strained healthcare systems and battered economies worldwide. While the duration and scale of the outbreak remain to be determined, meeting the challenge it presents will undoubtedly require the rapid deployment of research, innovation, and resources on a scale rarely seen in world history.
With deep experience confronting widescale emergencies and harnessing research and innovation to meet pressing public challenges, Israel is in a unique position to help the globe respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
The non-profit organization Start-Up Nation Central has compiled a directory of nearly 80 Israeli companies and start-ups that can help combat the virus. The companies span a range of focus areas, including remote monitoring, medical devices, diagnostics, and more.
Here’s a preview:
- As healthcare facilities seek to limit patients’ exposure to coronavirus while delivering accessible care to those in need, use of telehealth solutions has surged. Tyto Care, founded in 2012, is a leading telehealth provider that connects patients and clinicians using a hand-held, all-in-one diagnostic tool for examining the heart, lungs, skin, ears, throat, abdomen, and body temperature. The company’s platform supports video exams, the sharing of exam data, and appointment scheduling, and has been used by doctors in Israel and the United States as they respond to coronavirus.
- Biobeat’s wearable devices enable medical-grade, non-invasive, continuous monitoring of patients’ vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, stroke volume, cardiac output, and more. The device sends data to care providers via the company’s cloud-based system.
- Founded in 2011, Inovytec Medical Solutions develops emergency critical care devices, including an automated oxy-defibrillator, an upper-airway opening device, and an ultralight ventilator.
In addition to a wide array of companies developing cutting-edge technologies and treatment solutions, Israel is also home to several esteemed academic and research institutions hard at work on the coronavirus response – including the Institute for Biological Research; the Weizmann Institute of Science; Ben-Gurion University’s Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases & AIDS, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and more.
At a time when the world needs it most, Israeli research and innovation is acting as a light unto the nations.