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Research Institute inaugurated
This week the Dead Sea Research Institute at Masada was inaugurated with many attendees who watched a very moving ceremony. Attached are several photos relating to ICA’s involvement.
The Institute was established by the Tamar Regional Council with the support of the Israeli government, the Porter Foundation (England) and, of course, ICA in Israel at a cost of 4 million NIS.
During the ceremony Professor Yona Chen spoke on behalf of ICA that was praised by many participants for its activity overall and, specifically, at the Tamar Regional Council and at the scientific R&D.
The greatest achievement of the Dead Sea & Arava Science Center has been to attract a significant number of researchers, engineers, technicians and research students. Just a few years ago there were hardly any researchers with little laboratory efforts. Without a doubt, the Ein Gedi branch is the most outstanding of the 3 R&D branches. ICA will have to try to strengthen the other branches at Hatzeva and at Ketura.
The Research Institute will house both the Science Center and the Tel-Aviv University. At the ceremony university researchers presented about 20 diverse study areas to be explored at the Institute. All research will be both practical and feasible, enriching the region with researchers and other academic staff.
The combination of the University and the Science Center marks an important stage of development, encompassing the University’s power and prestige with researchers’ work at the Center, assures fruitful cooperation that will benefit both sides, as well as the Tamar region itself.
One study presented by a University researcher was about the use of tools in the genome field for identifying and joining different sections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered 60 years ago in the Judean desert. This is a perfect example that demonstrates the integration of scientific technology and the historical story. Professor Bentwich presented achievements in the microbiome and skin field, that the Science Center focuses on and specializes in.
With great pleasure I take this opportunity to inform you that 2 patents, related to the MOR plant, have been registered by the Science Center. The research has now ended and its results enable us to proceed to the commercial phase. Both Algatech and Kibbutz Hatzerim are examining possible investment and commercialization. I recently met with American trade companies that will also study possible cooperation in the MOR and skin field. All this brings much respect to the Science Center and ample pride and joy to ICA.