Dr. Kira Radinsky, 36, co-founder and CEO of "Diagnostic Robotics" (Photo: Reuven Castro)
Who I am
: I have no such thing as not solving a problem, because someone, at some point, solved it.
When I encounter a difficulty like this, I tell myself, now it's not easy, but soon I will feel the best possible.
: My family is from Ukraine.
My grandfather on my mother's side was an engineer in a Ukrainian company similar to "Raphael", with one part making turntables and two making missiles with nuclear warheads.
Grandmother is a civil engineer.
My parents divorced before I was born and the relationship with my father and his family was severed.
In the USSR, it was customary to get married after a superficial acquaintance in order to get apartments.
When I was 15 years old, I found out through a distant cousin that I had a sister on my father's side. I asked them to connect us through ICQ and he suggested that I come to visit him in Ukraine. We met. He repented, became Haredi and we had nothing in common. With my sister the relationship is loose.
I grew up with my mother, aunt and grandmother.
Citizens were not allowed to leave then and my aunt managed to get permission and convinced her mother, grandfather and grandmother to immigrate to Israel with her as a family.
Almost a year before the departure date, they had to quit their jobs and lived off their savings.
Grandpa was before retirement.
They called him a traitor, abused him, and he died of a heart attack two months before we left.
We came to Israel destitute.
"Before going to sleep, mom and I would solve questions in a book of psychotechnical tests, completing shapes and riddles, and I would get a pink and white marshmallow" (Photo: Reuven Castro)
When we arrived in Israel, the Gulf War broke out.
Because there was a strike at the Ministry of the Interior, we didn't have identity cards and without them we couldn't get anti-terrorist masks. Following a friend of my aunt's we were accepted in Haifa and from there we moved to Nesher. We got an agency bed, money for electrical appliances and went to the studio. My mother and aunt were software engineers, but because The first course that opened was in teaching, she became a mathematics teacher. My aunt studied for a master's degree in computer science, worked at Intel and Amdocs.
Sagi, my husband, who was my neighbor, said that in our neighborhood in Nesher they called us "the Amazons", a house full of women, an immigrant neighborhood near the university. The first years were difficult, you always had to save. I remember once I found a shekel on the floor and wanted to buy a Bamba, so they told me to save it. Over the years, when the financial situation began to stabilize, we started buying clothes and not just getting used clothes, and when I turned 14, my parents, I mean, my mother and aunt started flying abroad.
From the age of five I studied karate, today I have a black belt dan 2. Karate with its values built me and thanks to them I learned not to be influenced by outside opinion.
I studied computers and physics and enlisted in Unit 81.
: I studied in a class of immigrants.
Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a scientist.
I participated in every scientific project I could, in the summer I went to the Technion, after begging to work with doctoral students.
I was always on the seam between medicine and technology and I was in love with mathematics, my computer games were math puzzles and I read science fiction.
I was interested in everything related to genetic replication and Dolly the sheep and in the third grade I wrote a paper about it.
Already in preschool, before going to bed, my mother and I would solve questions in a book of psychotechnical tests, completing shapes and riddles, and I would receive a pink and white marshmallow.
I absorbed the motivation to learn, improve and be better.
I had private tutors, I was a science seeker in my youth and after the army I returned to the Technion to finish the first degree I started in high school.
: My husband, surprisingly, is also the CEO of an artificial intelligence company, "Spark Beyond". At school, they called him Leonardo da Vinci. He paints, sculpts, is a scientist, a technologist, a cluster man. Every minute he has, he researches and builds. He lives near me, at the age of 15 we started dating and we got married when I was 23. We have two children and we live in Zichron Yaakov.
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: I entered the outstanding program directly for a doctorate in computer science and artificial intelligence, when it was still considered a niche subject.
Everyone was excited about Cyber and I was excited about the concept.
I dealt with the connection of mimicking biological elements through computer programming and general prediction, from riots to diseases.
At the same time I worked at Microsoft in the USA, and together with another engineer we wrote the technology and algorithm of the "Bing" search engine, and since Sagi worked in Israel, we flew back and forth.
Part of my doctorate was in collaboration with Microsoft's laboratories and another part in collaboration with the United Nations.
They asked me to try to predict with the algorithm I developed an outbreak of diseases, epidemics and then riots.
We did work on a cholera outbreak in Cuba that materialized.
: After three years I returned to Israel and founded "Sales Predicate" which was based on technology I developed and knowledge of observations based on artificial intelligence, to anticipate micro-economic events with elements of macroeconomics and to provide a service to companies to anticipate that there might be a good client for them, in other words a kind of pairing or Tinder of membership.
The technology knows how to locate patterns and patterns - and predict events, consumer behavior and buying preferences according to them.
: After three years the company was sold to eBay.
And I became the chief scientist of eBay Israel and was subordinate to the company's headquarters.
It really helped our peace of mind.
We bought a house, mother and aunt were already settled, and we could take bigger risks.
: After three years on eBay.
I decided to leave and move to Diagnostic Robotics, which I founded together with Moshe Shoham, Prof. Americus at the Technion and a serial entrepreneur who founded, among other things, "Mazor Robotics" and Yonatan Amir.
We do not do diagnostics or robotics, but proactive medicine, medicine that addresses a variety of mental and environmental characteristics that have a possible effect on physical and mental health.
In 2030 there will be about four billion people in the world without access to family medicine.
It is clear that the burdens on the hospitals and clinics will be enormous and we are trying to reduce them with digital means.
The artificial intelligence system questions the patient and relies on his medical file with the help of an algorithm, thereby trying to imitate the family doctor and direct him to appropriate treatment, whether he needs surgery, urgent treatment for depression, an orthopedist, who will prevent deterioration.
The algorithm does not come to replace the doctor, but a means that can detect the smallest signs.
We do not wait for them to contact us, but contact patients by phone or ask them to fill out a digital questionnaire.
"If we don't find a way to optimize patient care, we will begin to feel the burden in an unbearable way in less than a decade" (Photo: Reuven Castro)
: the information belongs to the funds and in the USA, we get access to anonymous data as a subcontractor. We have no interest in personal details, we have no idea where they live or what their names are, but only in the medical information that we analyze. We have no ambition to become a health fund. We We
are touching 30 million people around the world today and want to reach 300 million.
: We didn't miss it, because we never looked for it. When the corona started in China, they asked us to check what it was. We distributed a questionnaire that surveyed the symptoms and received results of who deteriorated to hospitalization. We We recognized that loss of taste and smell is part of the symptoms of the disease, that weakness, fatigue and cough characterize the corona virus more than fever, and to which cities it has spread - and the Home Front Command sent teams there. After the first wave in Israel, we moved to India and the USA.
The health system in Israel
: If we don't find a way to optimize the treatment of patients, we will start to feel the burden in an unbearable way in less than a decade.
I believe in systems that know how to sort and refer patients to where they need to be.
Hi -tech crisis
: We became more efficient even before the crisis.
We did a $45 million fundraising round because we showed revenue.
: I am a big believer in the entry of artificial intelligence into the pharmaceutical field.
Two entrepreneurs founded a start-up based on a technology I developed with Prof. Avi Schroeder of the Technion, the goal of which is to find molecules that are suitable for transporting drugs in the body that are intended for the treatment of a certain organ, a kind of "spaceships" that are sent to the liver or pancreas, for example, so that the body does not break them down.
I am a scientific partner in the company.
"We managed to move our lives to a proper and healthy place, with freedoms that allow us to succeed" (Photo: Reuven Castro)
Lighting the torch
: I was chosen to be among the torchlighters in 2014. The late Geula Cohen, who for years led the struggle for the Jewish people of the USSR to immigrate to Israel, was also among the torchlighters.
This was for me and my family a closing of the circle in more ways than one, evidence that we were able to move our lives to a correct and healthy place, with freedoms that allow us to succeed.
Every immigration is a difficult process and we, the children, were always told that the parents did it so that we could gain freedom.
The ceremony itself was phenomenal.
Bright, colorful, fireworks and fire, many flags.
In my speech, I dedicated the beacon to my mother and aunt, "who came alone from the USSR, to Lebanon, a new life in Israel and for their passion for science and excellence, and thanks to them I stand here excited today."
: We do a lot of nature walks with the children and I try to allocate time for that.
We do science experiments together.
My daughter has a birthday coming up and I am preparing a science magic activity.
: I am a big believer in society, my vision is to solve the burden on the medical services.
"My vision is to solve the burden on the medical services" (Photo: Reuven Castro)