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Who are we?

The huge advances in all facets of technology, the new challenges facing humankind and the unlimited availability of Insects led to explosion of research in uses of Insects’ Expression in many areas. Insects as Food & Feed, Treatment of waste, Micro Aviation Vehicles, New methods to fight deadly mosquitos, Pharma and Cosmetics are some examples.

The Organization was established following a report issued by Shmuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research that checked the potential use of Insects’ Expression in Israel and abroad, and to recommended a workplan.

The research, https://www.neaman.org.il/Insects-in-the-Service-of-Man, acknowledged the global business potential of these uses. It indicated the need for interaction and collaboration between the different disciplines of R&D, the emerging Innovations in these fields and the Industry. In view of Israel’s success in integrating knowledge from different foci into vibrating innovation community, they recommended establishing a center that will promote cooperation between the Academia, Industry and the Innovation communities both in Israel and Abroad.

Our activities are hosted by The Innovation Center Kinneret and Kinneret College, Jordan Valley Israel.


The Organization will act to establish Innovation Center for uses of Insects’ Expression for the benefit of mankind.

The center will promote multidisciplinary collaboration between Israeli and International R&D, entrepreneurial and business communities that are believing in the huge potential of Insects Expressions uses and applications. It will initiate and coordinate activities to enable successful implementation of these uses in the marketplace.

The center will act to promote the Jordan Valley region as center of excellence for Insects Expression innovative uses.

Executive Committee

Mr. Shaul Bassi


Shaul Bassi was born in 1972 at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, Israel. He is holding a B.A. degree in Economics and Management.
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Prof. Shimon Gipstein

president of Kinneret College

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Mr. Elad Shamir

CEO of Kinneret Innovation Center

Elad is a Major in the IDF special forces and is currently serving as an active reserve commander.
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Mr. Nissim Konforty


Nissim Konforty is an experienced business executive in the field of fertilizers and plant protection.
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Mr. Yoel Biali


Married + 4 children and 8 grandchildren children and eight grandchildren Extensive management experienced
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Mr. Uriel Perman

Head of Innovation of Kinneret Innovation Center

More than 15 years in the hi-tech industry and stratups.
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Scientific Committee

Prof. Ilan Halachmi

Head. Lab. For Precision Livestock Farming (PLF)​

Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Research Organization (A.R.O.) – the Volcani Centre
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Dr Shimon Steinberg

Chief Scientific Officer – Biobee Sde Eliyahu

Dr. Steinberg is an Entomologist, bearing a
B.Sc. degree in biology from Tel Aviv University
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Dr. Gal Yarden

holds PhD in Chemistry with xpertise in Chemical ecology
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Dr. Yoram Yerushalmi

Yoram holds PhD in Zoology with expertise in Insect Physiology from The Hebrew University at Jerusalem
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Dr. Gilead Fortuna

Senior Research Associate and Head of the Center for Industrial Excellence at Samuel Neaman Institute
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