Students Win Award for Bee-Free Honey

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One team of Israeli students has won the gold medal for their efforts to produce honey, without bees. The team from the Technion Institute of Technology entered the iGEM competition, or International Genetically Engineered Machine, which takes place in Boston where 300 teams took part. The competition takes place annually since 2004, and it is the sixth time an Israeli team won the gold medal.

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With the decline of bees, the 12-person team of students wanted to ensure that honey would forever remain on the shelves. They successfully created bee-free honey by using a bee’s stomach enzymes to create synthetic honey – and it worked. Not only did they need to build on a technology, but they needed to build a business, now dubbed BeeFree.

The team of students spans an array of STEM specialties including: biotechnology, medical technology, chemical, aerospace and food engineering, and industrial management. They collaborated with BioCastle, were supported by other biochemical companies, as well as the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology.

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Based in the startup city of Tel Aviv, Zo Flamenbaum is a writer and social entrepreneur who dedicates her time to mission-driven projects that empower connection between the many diverse layers of our world. In 2014, she founded School of Shine as a value-based educational space for women who are tired of the ‘default life’ and crave personal freedom through self-expression for more purposeful living.

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