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Technion Facts:

* Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is independently ranked as one of the world's most respected science and high technology institutions of  higher learning. 

* Technion Distinguished Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover were awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of  "ubiquitin mediated protein degradation" in living cells. 

* Technion graduates compromise the majority of Israeli-educated scientists and engineers, and has provided over 70% of the country's founders  and CEOs of high-tech industries.   

* The ingenuity of Technion alumni has brought Israel the highest concentration of high-tech start-up companies anywhere outside of the Silicon  Valley.

*  90% of Israeli start-ups, which generate 31% of Israel’s GNP and 1/3 of its exports, are lead by Technion Graduates.

* 135 out of every 10.000 workers in Israel are scientists and engineers and has thereby the highest rate of the world.

* The high-tech industries account for more than 54% of Israel's indusrial exports, and over 26 % of the country's exports.

Recent Technion research breakthroughs:

* A pill-sized camera, used around the world, was developed by a Technion graduate (at Given Imaging Ltd) and is used as a non invasive diagnostic tool for the digestive system. 

* A miniature robot for fail-proof spinal surgery, which was developed at Technion, has received FDA approval.

* Prof. Dan Shechtman of the Technion's Faculty of Materials Engineering received universal acclaim for his discovery of Quasiperiodic Crystals - a new  class of materials.

* Prof. Moussa Youdim and John Finberg of the Faculty of Medicine together with Teva Pharmaceuticals developed Rasagiline - a new anti-Parkinson's disease drug.

* A revolutionary gene therapy approach is being developed by Dr. Marcelle Machluff of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering via ultrasound waves. The system uses non-invasive cell engineering to bring painless treatments to victims of cancer and diabetes.

* Technion is one of a handful of universities around the world supporting a student program to design, build, and launch its own satellite. (The Gurwin TechSat II microsatellite has successfully been in orbit since July 1998).

* The Lempel/Ziv Algorithm, developed by Professors Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv has become an international standard for data compression, and a prestigious milestone of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

* Technion was one of only ten research universities in the world authorized to receive U.S. federal research funds for stem cell research.