As with many other high-tech fields, Israel’s medical technology advances have come in large part from the defense sector. One company, based in Ohio but started by two Israelis, is Surgical Theater, where two former air force officers use virtual reality flight simulator technology in brain surgery modeling. Other start-ups also are highly interdisciplinary, such as Zebra Medical Vision, which teaches computers to read and diagnose medical imaging, for example x-rays. And, on a high note, Israel is at the forefront when it comes to the technological application of medical marijuana, as in the Syqe inhaler for which the company raised $20 million in 2016, for which it has signed a distribution deal with Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva.

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