The Trendines Group Update February 2013

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From the Top

steve 149Medtech and Agritech: The Common Denominator
Israel has earned its well-deserved reputation as the “start-up nation.” In its nearly 65 years, the country has learned very well how to do more with less, a challenge that continues to foster resourcefulness and form a natural foundation for innovation. Nowhere is the creative, entrepreneurial spirit more apparent than in the numerous early-stage companies supported by the nation’s 22 government-licensed technology incubators. In both the medical and agricultural fields, we are faced with problems that require forward-thinking and urgent solutions.

Steve Rhodes
Chairman and CEO
The Trendlines Group

Recent Raises for Our Companies

NeuroQuest Raises $500,000
NeuroQuest raised $500,000 in financing from Charleston, South Carolina-based The InterTech Group and the Maryland/Israel Trendlines Fund to continue toward a trial for its simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s.

In other news from NeuroQuest: The company is engaged in talks with the South Carolina Research Authority about a grant enabling a U.S. development center in Charleston.

NeuroQuest was featured in a recent Israel 21c article, “Blood test for Alzheimer’s.

NovoSpeech Raises $500,000
Automatic speech recognition company NovoSpeech announced it raised $500,000 in a recent financing round. Tina Ornstein, NovoSpeech CEO, says, “the funding will be used to continue development of our flagship product, Speech++, and to push sales and business development efforts for our Pulsar1000 and Quasar1000 products.”

News from Our Portfolio Companies

  • Three Patents for Virtual Ports  Virtual Ports received approval in the United States and Japan for three patents for EndoGrab™ and EndoClear™, its MicroAnchoring™ devices for use during abdominal surgery.
  • LapSpace Receives FDA Approval  LapSpace Medical received FDA approval for its inflatable retractor. The company plans to start sales in Q3.
  • ApiFix Receives EU Regulatory Approval  ApiFix received European regulatory approval to market its ratchet-based spinal scoliosis correction implant. ApiFix also recently completed a successful pilot clinical trial.
  • EdenShield Stars in the Media  The environmentally friendly pest control solution from EdenShield was featured in two articles: “A Herbal Remedy for the Bug Crisis” (The Times of Israel) and “New Solution Makes Crops Invisible to Pests” (No Camels).

Welcome to Our New Companies

  • Gordian Surgical‘s laparoscopic surgery closure device improves closure of surgical ports.
  • The angioplasty system from SiL Vascular treats peripheral vascular disease.
  • Catalyst AgTech prevents environmental contamination from agrochemicals.

News in Brief

  • FDA approval for Dune Medical
  • Headway completes trials
  • Advanced Mem-Tech: Finalist in the W.E.T. competition and subject of Israel 21c feature article
  • Nitza Kardish, Trendlines Agtech – Mofet CEO, interviewed in Hebrew press

Latest News from The Trendlines Group

Trendlines Agtech – Mofet’s New Home
On January 28, 2013, Trendlines Agtech – Mofet moved to its new offices in Efrat.

Tree planting at Trendlines Agtech offices

Motti Biran, CEO of MicroSpark (standing), takes part in the tree-planting ceremony to celebrate Trendlines Agtech – Mofet’s new offices.

Trendlines Agtech offices

Trendlines Agtech – Mofet Office Manager Chaya Feuerstein and CEO Nitza Kardish pose in the bright new entry.

Trendlines Chairman and CEO Speaks to UC San Diego Business School Students
D. Todd Dollinger, Trendlines Chairman and CEO, addressed business school students and other guests at the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management on February 11 on “Business Incubation and Seed-Stage Investment in Israel.”

Todd with UCSD faculty visitors

Trendlines Chairman and CEO Todd Dollinger (center) meets with VLC Director Rosibel Ochoa and UCSD JSOE faculty members.

In October 2012, Rady established a U.S.-Israel Center on Innovation and Economic Sustainability. “This center will be the first U.S.-Israel center at a major university to focus on innovation, sustainability and job creation,” said Rady Dean Robert S. Sullivan.

Be Our Guest … at Trendlines
Who has been at our Misgav headquarters recently?


Shalom Simhon, Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade & Labor and Minister of Minorities, meets with Trendlines Chairman and CEO Steve Rhodes and Manager of Investor Affairs Etai Gilboa during a visit to Trendlines offices in Misgav in January 2013.

Steve speaks to Nigerian visitors

Steve Rhodes speaks to Nigerian students from the Galilee International Management Institute. The students learned how the Trendlines incubator model develops and supports its early-stage portfolio companies.


Trendlines Road Show eventCoast-to-Coast U.S. Medical Device Road Show
CoreBone. IntelliBreathe. LapSpace. ProArc. SensoGo. These five medtech companies will present their innovative devices to investors and potential strategic partners during our U.S. Medical Device Road Show, March 4 to 8, 2013

Road Show events will take place in several cities in California and will continue in New York City. Each Road Show event includes five-minute company presentations followed by one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities.

Agritech Companies Head to the U.S. in April
Five agritech companies will spend five days meeting with investors in five cities, April 22 to 26, 2013.  Catalyst Agtech, Organis, EdenShield, MiRobot, and SolChip will present their technologies to potential investors or strategic partners in Memphis, Detroit, Denver, St. Louis, and New York City.

Wish You Were There?
If you missed the Trendlines 3rd Annual Investment Event in Israel (Shefayim, December 26, 2012), see highlights or watch the company presentations on the Trendlines YouTube channel.

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