The Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approved $7.75 million in funding last month for nine new projects between US and Israeli companies. In addition, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting their total value to approximately $19.3 million.
AgRobics (Shfaram, Israel) and Bennett & Bennett (Lemoore, California) will develop an innovative anaerobic wastewater treatment for food-processing plants.
Axon Vision (Tel Aviv) and DermaSensor (Miami) will develop a medical household device for skin-cancer evaluation powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
Farm Dog Technologies (Tel Aviv) and Deere (Urbandale, Iowa) will develop a variable-rate pesticide application based on in-field observations.
ImageSat Israel (Or Yehuda) and Balcony.io (Sunnyvale, California) will develop a system that aggregates high-resolution satellite imagery with crowdsourced mobile user information.
Motorola Solutions Israel (Airport City) and Neurala (Boston) will develop on-edge video analytics for public safety.
MyndYou (Tel Aviv) and Genesis Rehab Services (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) will develop AI-optimized care for a growing elderly population.
NSLComm (Airport City) and Space Micro (San Diego) will develop high-bandwidth communications for nano-satellites.
RunEL NGMT (Rishon LeZion) and Anokiwave (San Diego) will develop a 5G cellular communication platform.
Taranis (Tel Aviv) and Advanced Microbial Solutions [Agricen] (Frisco, Texas) will develop crop abiotic stress detection and prevention.
The BIRD Foundation has approved some 950 collaborative projects for funding throughout its 40-year history, totaling $350 in investments to date and helping to generate direct and indirect sales of more than $10 billion in various technological fields. The foundation works with companies to help identify and facilitate potential strategic partnerships.
Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority. The next project approval will take place in June 2018, with a deadline for submission in March.