A search and rescue crew from IsraAID in action after the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. Photo courtesy Mickey Noam-Alon, IsraAID

• NGO IsraAID is founded to provide lifesaving disaster relief and long-term support across the world. The organization has since sent professional medics, search-and-rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers to help after humanitarian disasters in Greece, Haiti, the United States, Nepal, Japan, Kenya, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Greece, Mexico and the United Kingdom, among others. As of 2018, IsraAID has responded to crises in 46 countries and has ongoing programs in 20 countries, helping populations move from crisis to reconstruction/rehabilitation and to sustainable living.

Mazor Robotics creates a guidance system that enables spine surgeons to create a three-dimensional blueprint of the spine from a CT image. The robotic spine and brain surgery products are based on technology pioneered by Prof. Moshe Shoham from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The company’s first product, SpineAssist, was approved by the FDA in 2004. Mazor’s next-generation Renaissance Guidance System is now installed in about 100 medical centers around the world (more than half in the United States) for biopsies, reconstructive surgery, scoliosis correction, spinal fusion and other delicate operations.