Israpundit Digest

Support Israpundit


USD

ILS

CAD

Syndication

Blog Traffic

Pages

Pages|Hits |Unique

  • Last 24 hours: 29,163
  • Last 7 days: 147,577
  • Last 30 days: 147,577
  • Online now: 59
Los Angeles SEO
Current Entries

Recent Comments

  • Israpundit is pro-Jewish and pro-Israel (102)

    • dove: @ M Devolin: Ok, so then you are more from the catholic side....

    • M Devolin: The Rabbi said – ” Your religion is meant to destroy my people”....

    • M Devolin: I’m not regarded here as a native Canadian, Dove. There is...

    • dove: @ M Devolin: wouldn’t call it “baggage,” Dove ok…but I wish there...

    • the phoenix: @ M Devolin: Dear Michael, Read your posts (34 and 42). A few...

  • Being anti-Islam is a good thing (1)

    • dove: Kudos…WELL SAID!

  • National Intel Misled Congress About Brotherhood Contacts (10)

    • dove: @ Yidvocate: @ the phoenix: Ya….your better off to stay here in...

    • the phoenix: Just make sure you do not end up in the adjacent meeting room by...

    • Yidvocate: IPhoholics Anonymous – Huray!

    • dove: @ the phoenix: Hi! My name is phoenix, and I am addicted to IP Hi...

    • dove: @ Yidvocate: lol. I hear ya. I don’t have the time either to be...

  • ‘The Temple Mount Has Been Occupied By Hamas’ (202)

    • honeybee: yamit82 Said: Cuckoo’ I give you the bird of up-state NY, damn...

    • yamit82: honeybee Said: And then again it could be “THE GREAT TERADACYLE”...

    • honeybee: the phoenix Said: …there goes the neighborhood What...

    • honeybee: yamit82 Said: sampling the merchandise What do you have worth...

    • honeybee: yamit82 Said: a large rodent And then again it could be “THE...

  • Material Support to Terrorism: The Case of Libya (1)

    • the phoenix: Material Support to Terrorism: The Case of Libya...

  • The Trouble with Gaza (4)

    • keelie: @ ArnoldHarris: That situation can be undone solely by Israel...

    • dove: Hashem will guide and direct the Jews as to how to dismantle this...

  • Does Israel’s triumph mean we are guilty? (16)

    • M Devolin: “May Hashem bless him and all his family.” And may his...

Archives

Sponsor

Fair Use

This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

LIVE HEADLINE NEWS FEEDS
THERE IS NO DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION

Support Israpundit

USD

ILS

CND


  • February 20, 2013

    Israeli invention can detect lung cancer from breath

    Israeli professor’s revolutionary disease-detection device is on the road to changing how early, and how easily, lung cancer is diagnosed.

    Israel 21C

    An Israeli invention that can detect lung cancer from exhaled breath will be commercialized in a joint venture between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Alpha Szenszor, a Boston-based manufacturer of carbon nanotube sensing equipment.

    As ISRAEL21c reported in 2011, Technion Prof. Hossam Haick has been working on what he calls “Na-Nose” (the “na” is for “nanotechnology”) since 2007, and the device has been proven in numerous international clinical trials to differentiate between different types and classifications of cancer with up to 95 percent accuracy.


    Patients breathe into a tube; the Na-Nose analyzes the more than 1,000 different gases that are contained in the breath to identify those that may indicate that something’s wrong. It works by binding gases to specific nano-materials, a technique formally known as volatile organic compound (VOC) detection.

    The breakthrough is significant because there is currently no commercially available way of screening for lung cancer. Expensive and cumbersome imaging technologies (such as CT scans) are ordered only when a patient complains of symptoms, when it’s usually too late, or for a smaller group of high-risk individuals, mostly long-term smokers. And biopsies of tumors, when required, are inherently invasive.

    Na-Nose could potentially change the current reality, where receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer is all too often a death sentence. Eighty-five percent of those with this particularly pernicious form of cancer don’t survive more than five years.

    A few years down the road

    Up until now, Haick’s innovation could only be used in a laboratory setting, says Steve Lerner, CEO of Alpha Szenszor. The new partnership will aggressively push to produce a manufacturable commercial “appliance” within two to three years. FDA testing could take up to another five years.

    But before the decade is over, Haick and Lerner are confident that your local family physician should have a pocketsize “Na-Nose,” costing as little as $10, in his or her office. The initial device will be a lot more expensive, perhaps as high as $10,000 per unit, which will limit it to larger clinics and hospitals. But that’s still much less expensive than a CT imaging machine, and smaller.

    The vision is even bigger. Lerner anticipates a day when the nanotechnology underlying the Na-Nose will be built into smartphones and tablets – allowing you to connect a tube to your iPad and screen yourself for cancer at home. Haick envisions an even lower-cost model of Na-Nose put to work in the developing world.

    While the initial focus for the joint venture is on lung cancer, the possible benefits go much further. Haick says that, in the five years since he’s been working on the technology, his team has expanded the range of diseases it can detect. Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other types of cancer — including breast, prostate and gastric — are all being found with similar levels of accuracy.

    Alpha Szenszor is probably the ideal partner to bring the Na-Nose to market. Lerner has spent his career building and managing scalable manufacturing operations, from consumer electronics to semiconductors. Meanwhile, Alpha Szenszor had been perfecting its carbon nanotube sensor equipment but hadn’t yet found the right commercial application. Haick needs those nanotubes to move to the next level.

    “The Technion has gone through all the engineering work, significantly accelerating our path. They’ve also made inroads with the medical community,” Lerner tells ISRAEL21c.

    Duplicating a dog’s sniffer

    If Lerner represents the manufacturing brawn, Haick is clearly the scientific brains. A faculty member in the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Unit and a professor in the Technion’s Department of Chemical Engineering, he was inspired to apply his chemistry background to disease detection after he read that dogs could sniff out certain types of cancer.

    “But they had no way to communicate that efficiently,” he said, “and it’s not possible to bring dogs into a hospital setting due to issues with hygiene.” The Na-Nose explicitly seeks to duplicate the dog experience with technology.

    Na-Nose’s detection device can be used at three different stages. The first, and most critical, is advanced screening. The earlier cancer is detected, the better the survival rate. The second stage is detailed diagnosis and monitoring during the cancer treatment: a simple breath analysis could mean less radiation or fewer biopsies. And finally, the Na-Nose can be used following successful treatment, to stay on top of any signs that the cancer may be recurring.

    Haick, 37, is something of an Israeli scientific superstar. Born and raised in the Christian Arab city of Nazareth, he appeared on Yedioth Ahronoth’s list of 50 leading Israelis in 2007; on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review list of 35 leading young scientists for 2008; and in 2010, he was named one of the 10 Most Promising Young Israeli Scientists by Calcalist, and one of the Jerusalem Post’s Young Israelis of the Year.

    The market for cancer diagnostic devices is estimated at $7.9 billion; the total global market for medical diagnostic devices is over $40 billion. Some 1.6 million people worldwide are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.

    With time the Na-Nose will get smarter and new medical treatments will follow. For example, Haick is working on the ability to connect lung cancer detection with genetic mutations. “This is quite important,” he said, “as many people with similar lung cancers, in the same environment, who get the same treatment don’t respond equally. We attribute this to genetic mutations.”

    The promising future of personally tailored treatment cocktails requires this level of differentiation.

    There’s still much to be done to make the new joint venture a reality. But given the potential, Haick and Lerner may just hit this one on the nose.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 5:35 pm | 3 Comments »

    3 Comments to Israeli invention can detect lung cancer from breath

    1. Shy Guy says:

      Breadth of breath?

    2. Laura says:

      Haick, 37, is something of an Israeli scientific superstar. Born and raised in the Christian Arab city of Nazareth, he appeared on Yedioth Ahronoth’s list of 50 leading Israelis in 2007; on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review list of 35 leading young scientists for 2008; and in 2010, he was named one of the 10 Most Promising Young Israeli Scientists by Calcalist, and one of the Jerusalem Post’s Young Israelis of the Year.

      Anyone not Jewish is not a genuine Israeli. Israel 21C and Israpundit should only be celebrating Jewish accomplishments.

    3. Shy Guy says:

      Laura Said:

      Anyone not Jewish is not a genuine Israeli.

      Is Ayub Kara a genuine Israeli?

    Site Membership



    Google Site Search

    Editor

      Ted Belman

      tbelman3-at-gmail.com

    Mission

      News and Views on Israel, the Middle East, the war on terror and the clash of civilizations.

    Polls

    Will Israel attack Iran

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

    RECOMMENDED BOOKS




    Tolerism2

    Iran islam

    Sharing

    mandate4

    Daily Archives

    April 2014
    S M T W T F S
    « Mar    
     12345
    6789101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    27282930  

    Selected Israpundit Articles

    Sponsors

    Miscellaneous Info

      All Politic Sites