Gateway to the World

Ben Gurion International Airport: Exhibition of scientific discoveries that changed the world, dominated by achievements by Technion researchers and alumni.
Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Check in at Ben Gurion International Airport, check your baggage, and then - on your way to the departure lounge - check out the exhibition wall, staged by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space, that presents 60 Israeli scientific discoveries that have changed the world.

Technion researchers and alumni take pride of place among the select developments that affect the lives of billions. Showcased research achievements include the discovery of the ubiquitin system by Nobel Laureates Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover; the discovery of quasiperiodic crystals by Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman; the discovery of the rasagiline molecule by Profs. Moussa Youdim and John Finberg, marketed for the last decade as Azilect® for the treatment of Parkinson's disease; SniffPhone mobile technology developed by Prof. Hossam Haick for diagnosing disease based on a breath sample; new technology for targeted delivery of anti-cancer drugs in the body, developed in the laboratory of Prof. Marcelle Machluf; and a robot for spinal surgery developed by Prof. Moshe Shoham. Technion's involvement at the world's largest scientific experiment at the particle accelerator at CERN is also acknowledged.

Prof. Marcelle Machluf's trailblazing work into a novel drug delivery system is showcased at Ben Gurion International Airport.
Credit: Roei Greenberg

Technion alumni successes with world impact include the "disk-on-key" flash memory drive by Dov Moran; drip irrigation technology that revolutionized agriculture, developed by Raphael Mehoudar; "camera-in-a-pill" for diagnosing and monitoring diseases in the digestive system innovated by Dr Gabriel Iddan; ReWalk exoskeleton enabling paraplegics to walk invented by Dr Amit Goffer; alumnus Prof. Arieh Warshel's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems; and Iron Dome antimissile defense system developed largely by Technion graduates.