2013 Kaye Innovation Award Recipients Includes Two IMRIC Researchers

The Kaye Innovation AwardsAwarded at the Board of Governors meetings, the annual Kaye Innovation Awards at the Hebrew University were established in 1993 by Isaac Kaye, a pharmaceutical chemist who has become very successful in translating novel ideas into marketed profit-generating products. Since their inception, the awards have earned a prestigious reputation. The prizes are awarded annually for any innovation that shows potential for bringing profit or savings to the University principally through royalties.

For the past 19 years, Yissum has been taking part in the selection process of Hebrew University faculty and students for the prestigious Kaye Awards. These annual awards are given to those inventors whose work exemplifies best the synergy of scientific excellence and commercial potential.

Raymond KaempferProf. Emeritus Raymond Kaempfer (right), of IMRIC's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded the Kaye Innovation Award for developing groundbreaking technology in inflammatory disease medicine. Atox Bio is a therapeutics company that was established on the basis of this invention. Atox Bio focuses on treatment of diseases caused by an exaggerated immune response, using a proprietary, host-oriented therapeutic approach rather than the traditional one bug/one drug approach. Click here for more information on Dr. Kaempfer's research and award.

Noa KaynanThe second recipient of the Kaye Innovation Award from IMRIC is Noa Kaynan, a doctoral student of Prof. Ofer Mandelboim of the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at the Faculty of Medicine. She won the award for her work in developing tools for improving antibody medical therapy in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Click here for more information on Noa Kaynan's research and award.

One of the Kaye Einstein Scholarships was also presented to promising student Inbar Avraham,  a Ph.D. Candidate in IMRIC's Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.