• In this record-breaking year for Israeli high-tech, 662 companies closed financing rounds, raising a cumulative $2.3 billion. The life-sciences sector led with $522 million raised. Israeli venture-capital fund investments reached $546 million in 2013.

• The total value of exits by Israeli technology companies in 2013 was $7.6 billion, led by Google’s acquisition of Waze for $1.03 billion.

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• A study in the American Journal of Ophthalmology shows that Israel leads the world in preventing and treating all four main causes of preventable blindness: age-related deterioration, glaucoma, diabetes and cataracts.