Israeli company Enzymotec’s directors had the honor of ringing the NASDAQ Stock Market opening bell in New York, NY, one of the world’s largest and most important stock exchanges.
On Wednesday, company president and CEO, Dr. Ariel Katz, along with other senior executives, participated in the bell ringing ceremony to commemorate Enzymotec’s listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ENZY,” Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reported.
The company has gone public about a month ago, selling over $62 million in shares on its first day on the market.
Since then, the company’s stock has gone up a remarkable 30%.
Enzymotec, founded about 15 years ago in kibbutz Ma’anit in central Israel, specializes in developing lipid-based nutritional ingredients which are familiar to human body and designed to uniquely address dietary needs and dietary management for prevention of medical disorders and common diseases.
About 40% of the company’s shares are owned by Ma’anit.
The Star of David could join the 20 other flags of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, if the organization that runs the world’s largest particle physics lab votes Israel in.
CERN’s governing council, made up of representatives from each member nation, meets on December 12. Israel will need a unanimous vote to become the first non-European member of the organization based just outside Geneva.
Scientists and diplomats told Haaretz they are optimistic about the vote despite the crisis between the European Union and Israel over Brussels’ guidelines that bar Israeli projects with links on the other side of the Green Line. The issue has snarled talks on Israel’s participation in the Horizon 2020 research program, but it should not affect the CERN candidacy because Israel’s membership does not entail funding from EU countries.
“The membership process is very long and complex, but votes in the past have been supportive of Israel,” said Eviatar Manor, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva. “We’re on track and hopefully on December 12 we’ll become full members.”
Israel has cooperated on CERN experiments since the 1980s, becoming an observer in 1991. In 2011 it applied for membership, launching a probationary period.
“Scientists from around the world are aware of this and are very happy and excited,” said Erez Etizion, a Tel Aviv University physicist who works at CERN. “The lab is opening up to non-European countries and Israel was a natural candidate.”
Founded in 1954 on the Swiss-French border, CERN operates particle accelerators in which subatomic particles are pushed almost to the speed of light and smashed together to study the underlying structures of matter. In this way, questions can be answered about the Big Bang and the makeup of the universe.
It was in the largest of these underground accelerators, the 27-kilometer Large Hadron Collider, that scientists last year found what they believe is the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that gives mass to protons, electrons and other subatomic particles, allowing the universe to exist as we know it. Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, who first theorized about the existence of the “God particle” in 1964, were awarded the Noble Prize in Physics last month following CERN’s discovery.
Israeli universities and scientists played an important role in the hunt for the Higgs. Of about 50 Israeli scientists who collaborate with CERN, most work on Atlas, one of two massive detectors built to analyze the particle collisions inside the colliders and sniff out the Higgs and other exotic particles. The seven-story underground detector is one of the most complex scientific instruments ever built, and parts of it were put together by the Weizmann Institute, Tel Aviv University and Haifa’s Technion technology institute.
As a full member of CERN, Israel would have to contribute 13 million to 14 million Swiss francs (NIS 50 million to NIS 54 million) to the organization’s annual budget of 1 billion francs, but Manor, the Israeli envoy, said the benefits would greatly outweigh the costs.
More Israeli scientists would be able to join CERN’s staff, and Israeli companies would be able to compete for contracts to build and maintain the accelerators and other facilities. By gaining a seat on the council, Israel would also have a vote in future experiments and the construction of new accelerators, steering the direction of research in the coming decades.
“In a way, the Higgs is the past and we’re now working on the future,” said Yaron Oz, a theoretical physicist and dean of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Exact Sciences.
The collider is offline until 2015 for an upgrade that will allow it to run at full capacity. CERN is already planning the next generation of accelerators, including a 100-kilometer ring that would extend under Lake Geneva. The collider and its successors will explore many more questions about how the universe works, Oz said.
Scientists will be looking for new particles that may signal the existence of other dimensions, or that may be candidates for dark matter. Dark matter is a substance that makes up 70 percent of the universe but so far has only been detected through its gravitational effect on stars and galaxies. CERN research has also helped produce more mundane applications such as advances in nuclear medicine and the 1989 creation of the World Wide Web.
They “created a semi-automatic handheld device for rapid and safe IV insertion. Called SAGIV, the device uses infrared sights and electrical sensors to identify veins, insert the needle into the correct location, and withdraw it in a single, rapid robotic movement,” writes the website Nocamels.com, after interviewing Dr. Yotam Almagor, the group’s clinical expert.
“Inserting an IV is a demanding procedure, and many times children need to be pricked five, six or more than 10 times for successful insertion,” Dr. Almagor was quoted as saying. “This leads to a lot of pain and frustration.”
The group’s prototype has already been tested successfully on children at the pediatric ward of Hadassah Medical Center.
“We had a lot of excited parents asking that we use the device,” Dr. Almagor saod. “Children who used to be pricked numerous times in every visit can now be connected in a single attempt.”
Watch a video of how it works below:
Mobli, a mobile photo and video sharing platform, said Latin America’s biggest phone company America Movil has made a strategic investment in the company as part of a $60 million funding round.
Mobli did not disclose the amount of America Movil’s investment. But it said it reached a collaboration arrangement to introduce Mobli’s products to America Movil’s mobile users.
Israel-based Mobli, launched in 2011, is a photo and video sharing community that allows users to follow people, hashtags and locations straight to their feed.
“I’ve always been excited by Mobli’s mission to connect people around the world through shared visual images,” said actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who is a Mobli investor and advisor.
The investment “means that a massive new community of users will be introduced to an incredible experience of discovery and sharing,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.
The strategic investment will allow Mobli to launch and expand its visual search engine enabling users to see the world through other people’s eyes and to scroll back in time through previous images, the company said.
“The mobile access is significantly enriching our daily lives and is opening the door to completely new experiences for users around the world,” said billionaire Carlos Slim, who controls America Movil.
“Mobli has developed a remarkable technology and this strategic alliance will allow America Movil to bring value added experiences for its users throughout the Americas,” he said.
Moshe Hogeg, founder and chief executive of Mobli, said the new partnership with America Movil will enable Mobli to reach millions of users in Latin America.
“The technologies that will power autonomous vehicles include smart sensing, vision imaging, human machine interface, wifi and 4G/LTE communications, and much of that is being done at our Herzliya facility, in conjunction with GM’s other R&D facility in Silicon Valley,” said Gil Golan, director of GM’s Advanced Technical Center in Israel, the Times of Israel reported.
GM started working in Israel nearly 20 years ago, according to Golan.