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Label Letter from Executive Director - Yair Rotstein
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Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

On May 11, the people of Israel will once again celebrate their nation’s Independence Day. In Israel’s infancy, visionaries like David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, strove to “make the dessert bloom” with science, technology, agriculture and innovation.

But I doubt that even Ben-Gurion could have dared imagine the scientific and technological powerhouse that Israel has become. In slightly less than seven decades, Israel has gone from being a start-up country to Start-up Nation. According to a recent article in the Times of Israel, fully one out of four successful innovations in life sciences have some kind of connection to Israel. Some of the solutions and patents developed in Israel are advancing treatments in several of the world’s most devastating diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and numerous forms of cancer.

Speaking of cancer, did you know that BSF-funded scientists played a major role in developing the PET scan, now one of the most popular tools for helping to detect cancer? You can read more about that below, in our new newsletter feature, “Did You Know?” This new section will highlight BSF’s role in scientific innovations that have made our world a better place. I hope you’ll share this information far and wide. The more people know about Israel’s impressive scientific and technological achievements – as well as BSF’s role in making them happen – the more they realize Israel’s immense contributions as a trusted partner with the United States.

Happy Birthday, Israel. Or, as we say in Hebrew, yom hu'ledet sameach. Here’s to a future filled with trail-blazing innovations that will be a guiding force in our 21st Century.

Thank you for your interest and support,


Yair Rotstein
Executive Director
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