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  • lauren blanchard 12:20 pm on February 7, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: articular cartilage lesions hydrogel, Gelrin hydrogel, haisco israel startup, hydrogels for tissue regeneration,   

    Regentis Biomaterials Raises $15M For Tissue Regeneration 

    RegentisFebruary 7, 2016 | Israeli biomedical company Regentis Biomaterials announced today the closing their $15 million Series D funding round, led by Chinese pharmaceutical group Haisco with participation from existing investors: Medica Venture Partners, SCP Vitalife Partners, Italian asset manager Generali Investment, and the technology transfer company of the Technion, T3. Led by CEO and President Dr. Alastair Clemow, Regentis Biomaterials is developing hydrogels for tissue regeneration originally developed at the Technion University by Dr. Dror Seliktar. The company’s flagship product, GelrinC™, combines the stability and versatility of a synthetic material with the bio-functionality of a natural substance. Currently the treatment is under clinical trials for the treatment of articular cartilage lesions.

  • lauren blanchard 11:25 am on February 7, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: bitcoin credit card purchase, bitcoin startup israel, bitmain israel startup, cumberland mining israel startup, fundersclub bitcoin startup, simplex   

    Israeli Bitcoin Startup Simplex Raises $7M In Series A 

    simplexFebruary 7 2015 | The Israeli bitcoin startup Simplex has raised $7 million in a Series A funding round, including investment from bitcoin mining firms Bitmain and Cumberland Mining, as well as crowdfunding platform FundersClub. The new capital adds to the $1.4 million the company already raised, bringing the firm’s total fundraising to $8.4 million, which will allow the company to facilitate faster purchases of bitcoin via credit card, while beefing up their fraud protection services. Founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur Nimrod Lehavi and two PayPal veterans, Erez Shapira and Netanel Kabala, Simplex enables crypto currency businesses to accept credit cards with zero charge. “With Simplex, transactions are convenient, carry less restrictions, and occur almost instantaneously. Bitcoin buyers can use Simplex’s checkout page on Bitcoin exchanges, broker websites, and wallet applications, then proceed with their purchases, as they would on any e-commerce site”, CEO Lehavi said in a statement.


  • lauren blanchard 9:39 am on February 7, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Gartner Cool Vendor israel startup cloud backup, israeli startup data backup cloud, israeli startup innovation endeavors data recovery, microsoft ventures accelerator data recovery cloud backup, Ownbackup   

    Israeli Cloud Backup Startup Ownbackup Raises $3.5M 

    ownbackFebruary 7, 2015 | Israeli cloud backup and recovery startup Ownbackup has raised $3.5 million in a Series A Rounds led by Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, with additional participation from Oryzn Capital. The announcement was made this past Thursday at the demo day of Microsoft Ventures Accelerator (it’s seventh batch so far), in which the company participated. Founded in 2012 and led by CEO Sam Gutmann, OwnBackup recovers lost and corrupted data caused by human errors, malicious intent, integration errors and rogue applications. The company is the top-ranked backup and restore ISV on the AppExchange and was selected as a Gartner 2015 “Cool Vendor” in Business Continuity and IT Disaster Recovery.

  • lauren blanchard 9:23 am on February 7, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Israeli cyber security analytics company, israeli startup private equity, israeli startup PSG, Providence Strategic Growth cyber security, Skybox Security   

    PSG Invests $96M In Israeli Startup Skybox Security 

    skybox securityFebruary 7 , 2015 | Israeli cyber security analytics company Skybox Security has raised $16 million from US private equity firm Providence Strategic Growth (PSG). The private equity house has also bought a $80 million controlling stake in the company from existing shareholders. Founded in 2002 by CEO Gidi Cohen, Moshe Meiseles, and Eran Reshef, Skybox Security provides risk analytics for enterprise security management. Network security and operations teams in the financial services, telecoms, retail, energy and government sectors rely on Skybox Security solutions to prevent cyber threats, reduce risk exposure and demonstrate network compliance with regulations. Today Skybox is headquartered in Silicon Valley and runs an R&D center in Herzliya Pituach, where about half of the company’s 120 employees work. To date, the company has raised $138 million, including investment from Benchmark Capital, Carmel Ventures, Valley Fund, and Mitsubishi Fund.


  • lauren blanchard 8:22 am on February 4, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: ben gurion university cyber security, bgu cyber security summer program, cyber security summer program israel, cyber security university degree israel, cyberspark bgu   

    Ben Gurion University Opens Cyber Security Summer Program 

    bengurionFebruary 4, 2015 | Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is launching a summer program for international students in data mining and business intelligence. BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi made the announcement last week during her opening remarks at the Cybertech conference in Tel Aviv. “The world is increasingly turning to Israel for cyber security, and within Israel, BGU is leading Beer-Sheva to become a major national and international center,” said Carmi, who has spearheaded the CyberSpark initiative, drawing Deutsche Telekom, EMC, Lockheed Martin, IBM, PayPal and other multination companies which have opened centers of excellence at the Gav Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) adjacent to the University. This new program will offer two academic courses where students will learn the basic tools of data mining and the utilization of machine learning techniques for cyber security. The program will include a mandatory one week internship at BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center that will correspond with course materials. In addition, students will take part in professional fieldtrips to leading companies, in order to enhance their understanding of data mining and cyber security.


  • lauren blanchard 12:34 pm on February 3, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: clicksoftware private equity, ivc private equity isael, ivc private equity report, ivc shibolet report, lumenis private equity   

    Number Of Private Equity Deals In Israel Up 13%, According To IVC Report 

    ivcresearchFebruary 3, 2016 | The number of private equity (PE) deals in 2015 increased by 13 percent, from 80 to 90 deals, according to research firm IVC and law firm Shibolet. Their annual report recorded a total of $3.4 billion in PE investments in Israeli companies, a three percent increase from last year, and three percent below the $3.5 billion invested in PE in 2012, the record year so far. Foreign PE funds accounted for the majority of Israeli PE investments in 2015 with $2.2 billion or 64 percent of the total capital, including the two largest deals: XIO Group’s buyout of aesthetics company Lumenis for $510 million and Francisco Partners’ buyout of ClickSoftware for $438 million. “Looking at the number of new growth funds raising capital and the over subscription for Israeli PE funds we have seen, we believe that the positive trend in the Israeli private equity market is likely to continue,” Omer Ben-Zvi Partner at Shibolet & Co said in a statement. However, he warned that “the private equity market is affected by global changes, so recent developments, such as the ones in the Asian capital markets, are likely to have an impact on the Israeli private equity market as well.”

  • lauren blanchard 8:39 am on February 3, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: israel gambling company lse, playtech acquisition, playtech openbet, playtech software company acquisition,   

    Playtech Considers Buying OpenBet For $427M 

    playtechFebruary 3, 2016 | Online gambling platform Playtech, controlled by Israeli entrepreneur Teddy Sagi, is vying with bookmakers William Hill and Paddy Power to purchase OpenBet, a UK-based gambling software company. However, OpenBet’s owner Vitruvian Private Equity bought OpenBet five years ago from Rupert Murdoch’s NDS for £208 million ($296 million) and is now reportedly asking for £300 million ($427 million)—a million more than what Sagi is thought to have offered. Founded in 1999, Playtech is now traded on the London Stock Exchange with a current share price of £7.65, a P/E ratio of £20.04, and a market cap of £2.45 billion.

  • lauren blanchard 8:07 am on February 3, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: agriculture technology israel venture capital, agritech israel startup, israel life science investment, life science israel venture capital,   

    Pontifax Raises $50M For Its AgriTech Fund 

    PontifaxFebruary 3, 2016 | Israeli life sciences venture capital firm Pontifax has raised $ 50 million for its first fund in food and agriculture technologies, Calcalist reports. Established in 2004 and run by Co-Founder and CEO Tomer Kariv, Pontifax specializes in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices investments. The Herzliya-based firm currently manages $ 445 million in four funds, investing in over 40 companies, two of which have recently exited: exoskeleton system ReWalk, which now trades on the Nasdaq for $10 per share with a $125.17 million market cap, and cancer immunotherapy drug developer CCAM Biotherapeutics, recently acquired by Merck (for an undisclosed amount). Pontifax’s first two funds recorded impressive returns: the first fund raised in 2004 has achieved an annual return of 48 percent, and the second fund raised in 2007 has achieved an annual return of 31 percent.


  • lauren blanchard 7:56 am on February 3, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: taboola comscore, taboola content discovery platform success, taboola facebook comparison, taboola google comparison, taboola yahoo comparison   

    Taboola Reaches More Readers Than Google, Facebook or Yahoo 

    TaboolaFebruary 3, 2016 | Content discovery platform Taboola, (the “you may like this” links at the end of articles) has reached 88 percent of U.S. desktop users, surpassing Google (86.2%), Facebook (61.5%), and Yahoo (60.3%), according to analytics company comScore. Despite the popularity of adblockers, the Israeli-founded company (now headquartered in New York) has raised $160 million in five funding rounds, including investment from Pitango Venutre Capital and Fidelity Investment Managers. Adam Singolda, founder and CEO at Taboola, said in a statement,“The latest numbers from comScore validate our continued efforts towards our vision of building a new category we call ‘discovery,’ connecting people with content they may like and never knew existed, alongside search and social. Consumers are awash with information, and we’re excited about the opportunity to create new ways for brands and publishers to break through and engage with audiences across the web, providing meaningful scale and ROI-driven storytelling.”



  • lauren blanchard 9:54 am on February 2, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: cyber security Yariv Gilat, Eddy Shalev cyber security, israel cyber security startup mobile protection, kaymera, mobile threat cyber security israel   

    Mobile Cyber Security Startup Kaymera Raises $10M 2, 2016 | Israeli cyber security startup Kaymera has raised $10 million in a round led by a Hong Kong venture fund (reported to be the website-less Go Capital) with additional participation from Israeli angel investors Eddy Shalev and Yariv Gilat. Using the newly raised capital, the company is expected to hire 10 new employees at their office in Herzliya as well as opening offices abroad (location TBC). Founded in 2013 and led by Co-Founder and CEO Avi Rosen, Kaymera has developed a mobile cyber defense system to provide enterprises with a multi-stacked approach that includes hardware enforced endpoint protection, encrypted data and behaviour analytics to monitor and mitigate mobile threats.

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