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Summit connects bright minds

Hundreds of people came together to discuss the future of cyber security, digital health and climate-tech at the 2022 Australia Israel Innovation Summit.

Professor Eyal Zimlichman from Sheba Medical Centre speaking at the summit. Photo: Shane Desiatnik
Professor Eyal Zimlichman from Sheba Medical Centre speaking at the summit. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

MORE than 30 experts, 10 leading Israeli tech companies, and over 700 people attended the hybrid 2022 Australia Israel Innovation Summit on October 19 and 20, to network and discuss the future of cyber security, digital health and climate-tech.

Hosted by the Australia–Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC), in partnership with the Embassy of Israel and the Israel Trade Commission, the online part of the summit was officially opened with a video message from Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese, who encouraged participants to make the most of the opportunity “to build on the already strong connections between our nations”.

“We have so much in common, including a shared appetite for innovation,” Albanese said.

“It’s a relationship that has huge potential to grow and thrive, especially with the right supports in place … through collaboration, as friends and as partners.”

In his video address, Israeli President Isaac Herzog said, “What flows through the national ethos of both Australia and Israel is the spirit of innovation, of thinking outside of the box.

“It is only natural, therefore, that our brightest minds will find common cause in joining together to tackle the most acute challenges facing humanity.

“The AICC is the home for these commercial partnerships, and I look forward to seeing the fruits of this summit in coming months.”

The summit concluded with an Israel innovation showcase at EY’s Sydney headquarters, headlined by Professor Eyal Zimlichman, chief innovation officer at Israel’s Sheba Medical Centre, home of the ARC Centre for Digital Innovation.

Zimlichman revealed how advancements in precision medicine, use of artificial intelligence (AI), virtual patient assessment and treatment, and augmented reality applications, are already transforming healthcare – and the sky is the limit.

“AI will tremendously improve our decision-making, quality of care, patient safety, and reduce cost – and we have shown that using augmented reality in the surgical room reduces the time required for some surgeries by almost 50 per cent,” he said.

“Our view is that hospitals of the future can be reduced in size, but grow in impact … by doing only the most advanced surgeries and intensive care, while mostly managing virtual beds, using technology that can transform a patient’s home into a healthcare environment.”

Israeli companies represented in the showcase included cyber attack prevention specialists Orca Security and Transmit Security, 3D printing firm Nano Dimension, and ASX-listed HeraMed, which is a leader in the digital transformation of maternity care.

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