OptimisTech: the Israeli Tech Sector Mobilizes to Help Fight Covid-19

Developing story: Israeli tech companies are supporting the fight against coronavirus with funds, medical equipment, and new technologies

CTech 17:4013.04.20

Technion researchers develop technology to treat Covid-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. The team’s technology is known as Liquid Foam Therapy (LIFT), and is intended to improve the distribution of surfactant, the liquid that coats the surface of alveoli in the lungs. Read more


Israel awards NIS 22 million in grants to corona-fighting startups. The grant, spearheaded by government investment arm the Israel Innovation Authority, was handed to companies that address the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more


Ben Gurion University, Simbionix donate lung ultrasound training module. Simbionix provides simulation and training services for the medical industry. Read more

Coronavirus checkup (illustartion). Photo: Getty Images Coronavirus checkup (illustartion). Photo: Getty Images


Cybersecurity company Cyberbit to provide remote cyber training. Cyberbit develops and markets a cyber training and simulation platform as well as a detection and response platform for cyber threats. Read more


While Covid-19 forces companies to cut back on staff, Israeli defense contractor IAI Is hiring. As Israel’s unemployment rate climbs over 24%, the state-owned defense contractor is looking to hire some 60 people. Read more


Jack Ma, Alibaba Foundation donate medical supplies to Israel to fight coronavirus. The supplies include Covid-19 test kits, face masks, face shields, and protective clothing. Read more


Business magnate Eyal Ofer donates $2.8 million to fight coronavirus.The donation will go towards three Israeli hospitals for research and medical supplies. Read more 


Israeli sleep app developer Dayzz Live Well Ltd. will offer its sleep training program at no cost due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the company announced Thursday. Founded in 2017, Dayzz offers a mobile sleep app that matches users with a training plan tailored to their specific sleep issues. The company targets companies and its service is designed to provide personalized sleep training plans to employees as a way to increase productivity and wellbeing. Read more 

Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Photo: AP Carmel Market in Tel Aviv. Photo: AP


March madness: VC launches online startup competition. Ground Up Ventures is launching a competition for startups, the chosen companies will pitch to a live audience of global investors via video. Read more


Israeli metalworking company donates 20 ventilators to northern hospitals. Northern Israel-based metal cutting tools company ISCAR has donated 20 ventilators to the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa and the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. Read more


Rafael tailors AI big data tech to combat coronavirus. Israeli defense technology company believes it can help predict future outbreaks of Covid-19 with big data system. Read more


These are some of the Israeli inventions that shoulder some of the healthcare system’s burden. Israeli innovation has been enlisted in the battle against Covid-19. Here are six technological inventions helping health personnel in their fight against the pandemic. Read more


Israeli startup tries to figure out what coronavirus sounds like. Israel’s Ministry of Defense is testing technology developed by voice analyses startup Vocalis Health on confirmed coronavirus patients to see if it can detect a vocal coronavirus fingerprint to help with diagnosis. Read more


The robot that automates an Israeli HMO's coronavirus data. Tel Aviv-based Kryon develops virtual agents, or bots, used to automate organizational processes such as paperwork and the filing of insurance claims. Read more


Mobileye to donate $2.75 million to social services. Organizations can apply to receive money from Mobileye until the end of the month. Read more


MyHeritage donated 66,000 swabs to Israel to assist in the battle against Covid-19. The swabs were brought in from MyHeritage’s supplier in North Carolina and the company estimates its donation to be worth about $10 million. Read more


Portable medical device developer Inovytec provides Israeli defense ministry with 1,000 respiratory machines. As coronavirus spreads in Israel, the country's defense industries are called on to assist in the blitz-manufacturing of respiratory machines. Read more


Bllionaire Yuri Milner donates $3 million to fight coronavirus. The Russian-Israeli billionaire, through his foundation the Milner Foundation, has donated $3 million to three Israeli institutions currently working to beat the coronavirus pandemic. Read more


With employees working remotely, Playtika donated food budget to senior citizens. Starting Friday, the Israeli online gaming company will use its weekly food budget to finance 1,000 food baskets full of essential products such as oil, sugar, and tea, to be donated to eight different organizations and charities throughout the country. Read more


Intel to donate coronavirus testing system to Israeli hospital. The $320,000 automated system can extract RNA from respiratory samples taken from people suspected of contracting the virus. Read more


Israel Chemicals donated money, swabs to bolster battle against Covid-19 in Israel. ICL has donated NIS 900,000 (approximately $247,000) and 20,000 swabs to Israeli hospitals Soroka University Medical Center in Israel's southern city Be'er Sheva and Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer for their efforts in countering the virus. Read more