For the benefit of patients in Northern Israel: The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Rambam Health Care Campus announce the establishment of the Wolfe Center for Translational Medicine and Engineering.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Rambam Health Care Campus, and philanthropists Andi and Larry Wolfe announced the establishment of the Wolfe Center for Translational Medicine and Engineering. The Center will combine engineering and medicine to promote new technologies for the benefit of human health.
The Wolfe Center will bring the partnership between Rambam and the Technion to new heights and will serve as a platform for extensive and in-depth clinical applied research. The Center will foster collaboration between physicians, scientists, and engineers and will address unmet clinical needs. These innovations will be examined in the clinic and laboratories and rapidly implemented in the field as part of an overall concept of bringing scientific and technological developments closer to the patient.
The Wolfe Center for Translational Medicine and Engineering will be established in the Helmsley Health Discovery Tower, a state-of-the-art, world-class hub of innovation for the life sciences, which is located within the Rambam campus.
Andi and Larry Wolfe have supported many vital initiatives at Rambam and the Technion via the D. Dan and Betty Kahn Foundation (named for Andi’s parents) in the fields of pediatrics and cardiology and have also supported many initiatives that have benefited the State of Israel.
“We are very proud and excited to be part of this transformational and collaborative research and innovation initiative between Rambam Health Care and the Technion,” Andi and Larry Wolfe said. “Our gift allows us to continue the legacy, vision and philanthropy of D. Dan and Betty Kahn in Israel.”
Technion President Professor Uri Sivan said, “Human health is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century and coping with this challenge requires a combination of capabilities from different worlds of content, from the patient’s bed and the doctors around it, to scientists and engineers from a variety of disciplines. Today, the Technion is creating a revolution aimed at connecting all those disciplines to deal with major challenges in human health, and the Wolfe Center will express the combination of the capabilities of one of Israel’s leading hospitals with a world-renowned scientific-technological university. We are grateful to Andi and Larry Wolfe for a long-standing partnership and for their contribution to enabling the establishment of the Center.”
Director General of Rambam Health Care Campus Professor Miki Halberthal said, “Research and innovation are critical components in the success of the healthcare system in the 21st century. The tremendous contribution of the Wolfe family will enable us to increase our capabilities. Research is now a necessity for keeping Israeli doctors relevant in a competitive and constantly evolving field. The new center will allow us to convince doctors who are engaged in the difficult, demanding clinical field to continue to work in a large medical center, by providing opportunities for advanced research.”
The long-standing cooperation between the Rambam Medical Campus and the Technion has been very strong in recent years. The Larry and Andi Wolfe Center for Engineering and Medicine at Rambam Health Care Campus, will play a crucial role in this endeavor.
Professor Rafi Beyar, former director of Rambam who also served as the dean of the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, added, “The Wolfe Center for Medicine and Engineering in the Helmsley Health Discovery Tower is the realization of Rambam’s master plan to connect clinical medicine and academic research with an emphasis on engineering. The joint center will house Rambam physician-researchers, Technion academic researchers, data science experts, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Bio-Convergence, which is at the forefront of Israeli Innovation, will be advanced at the Wolfe Center, connecting biology to engineering for the benefit of the patient and serving as fertile ground for strengthening the biomedical industry in Israel and around the world.”