How Israeli hi-tech works in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

If you watch Sky TV, own a mobile phone, go to a hospital, play video games or use internet banking, you are probably using Israeli technology, research or products.

The country is currently rated the third most productive hi-tech and innovation region in the world, second only to California and Massachusetts.

Everyday products such as Sky boxes, memory sticks, computer firewalls, anti-virus software, mobile phones, Intel computers, Microsoft software, direct electronic printers and solar water heaters all use technology developed in Israel, much at world-renowned universities, the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Sheridan Gould, executive director of Weizmann UK, said: "People need to know that Israeli institutions are some of the world leaders in technology and innovation. That's astounding considering the age and size of the country. But it gets lost in the political mire."

British Technion Society director Tony Bernstein said: "Israeli technology is changing people's lives in the UK. One of the most exciting new developments is from Professor Marcelle Mechluf, who is developing new ways to treat brain tumours using nano-technology."

Ed Mdlavsky one of the most influential people in Israel's hi-tech industry, said: "For anyone who wants to boycott all Israeli products, they should kindly arrange not to have a heart attack." Thousands of small metal coils, called stents, keep arteries open during surgery.

Last updated: 12:48pm, March 10 2011