Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
President Shimon Peres announced Monday at the ILSI-Biomed Conference 2011 he
will set up a nonprofit organization to support brain research in
It will be headed by Dr. Rafi Gidron, a cofounder of Chromatis
Networks, which was sold to Lucent for over $4 billion in 2000. He is currently
involved in volunteer work and invests in clean-tech companies through his firm
The aim of the proposed NPO will be to shift the
emphasis of research in Israel toward brain research through conventions,
steering committees and, most importantly, by raising money.
The NPO will
identify the most interesting and important subfields in brain research where
Israel has the greatest comparative advantage and raise capital to support basic
and applied research in them via a range of research institutes, NPOs and
possibly young commercial companies.
“We intend to replicate our
achievements in nanotechnology in neuro-technology, but the scale will be much
greater and more impressive,” Peres told Globes.
“Israel lives on its
brain,” he said. “This is not a onetime thing; it is something renewed
constantly and ever more powerfully. We’re now embarking on the fourth
revolution. The first were the agricultural, industrial and information
revolutions, and now comes the revolution of the brain. This is a problem that
Israel devotes itself to solving as quickly as possible and as strongly as
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