December 2014

“The world has been asleep for 50 years regarding infectious diseases and Ebola is the wake-up call,” said Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) Professor Leslie Lobel, one of the few virologists worldwide who has been focused on Ebola, Marburg and other infectious diseases emanating from Africa. According to Dr. Lobel, “Fifty years ago, we were...

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a possible target for therapies that can treat cocaine addiction.  The study, which received advance online publication in Molecular Psychiatry, found evidence that changing one amino acid in a subunit of an important...

About 55,000 people die from rabies every year.  The dreaded disease causes acute inflammation of the brain, producing psychosis and violent aggression.  The virus, which paralyzes the body’s internal organs, is always deadly for those unable to obtain vaccines in time. Tel Aviv University scientists have discovered the exact mechanism this killer virus uses to efficiently...

BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), EMC Corporation and Jerusalem Venture Partners recently announced the CyberSpark Industry Initiative, which will serve as a coordinating body for joint cyber industry activities with government agencies, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and academia. The innovative public/private cyber center established in Beersheva, Israel,...

With drug companies investing huge amounts of time and money to produce viable products, it is not surprising that they look for drug candidates that will provide a return on the investment.  Whereas rare diseases may not have been the way to go before, there are indications that the trend may be changing in some...