Alona Shagan is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Bitechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology. She graduate her BSc. in Chemical Engineer cum laude (2015) and immediately started her PhD in the direct tract. Her main field is Smart Biomaterials for Biomedical Engineering, and during her studies she has research and designed a light triggered drug releasing platform and a tissue glue. She also Volunteers in"Paamonim", a non-profit who aims to help people reach economic independence. She was recently nominated one of Israel 30 under 30 young promising people of Forbes magazine.
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Smart Biomaterials for Biomedical Engineering
General, Inspirational, Innovation
Most serious injuries are currently treated with sutures and staples, which are considered painful, require high skills and training to be applied and sometimes leave ugly scars. Biomedical adhesives are attractive alternatives and they have been widely used in dermatology, surgery rooms, and in the field. Despite their obvious advantages, currently available tissue glues suffer from several shortcomings which limit their use in the clinic, such as poor mechanical properties, toxicity issues or luck of biodegradability. An ideal bioadhesive is liquid during application but solidify quickly after administration. It should maintain both adhesion and cohesion strength, biodegradability, elasticity, and biocompatibility. Our solution is a unique system based on biocompatible materials of low melting points, that can be applied into a hot-melt glue gun deviceand applied directly to the wound to close it.
Smart Economic Behavior
General, Professional Development, Inspirational
How do you chose when and where to spend you money? Do you know exactly how much money you spend every month? Did you know that most people don't even check their bank accounts? In this lecture we will briefly go over the basic definitions of banks, lawns, pension and insurance, while advising about smarter economic behavior.