The ongoing efforts to forge links between Rochester and Israeli companies, which I wrote about Sunday, cannot yet be described as a success. But one thing is for certain: Rochester is getting audiences with some of the more promising Israeli ventures. For instance, Notal Vision Inc.
is developing technology for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. The Tel Aviv company visited Rochester as part of the region's first outreach mission. Voice Sense Inc.
, which is developing software for call centers that senses dissatisfaction in a caller's voice, was part of that group as well, as was Techtium
, a fabless mixed-signal semiconductor company developing a new hybrid battery management technology. It could be that some opportunities have slipped away due to continuing challenges from a scarcity of venture capital. For instance, Lumus Ltd.
, which is developing compact, personal display screens for mobile devices, earlier this year signed a round of funding
with Motorola Ventures. One good site to read about Israeli business and other developments in the country other than the Palestinian conflict is ISRAEL21c
, a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of California.