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Israelis You Should Know: Yossi Gross

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Name: Yossi Gross

Age: 68

Known for: Gross is an Israeli entrepreneur who has filed 567 patents and started 27 medical device companies based on his various inventions.

About him: Yossi Gross was born in Hungary, and he made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) with his family when he was 3 years old. He grew up in central Israel near Petah Tikva, and in 1976, he received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. After he graduated, he worked as a flight test engineer for about 10 years.

Gross then opened General Ideas and Products Ltd., where he developed several small electric consumer appliances. In the 1990s, he began developing medical inventions, primarily medical drug delivery systems.

By 2007, Gross had launched 27 separate medical device companies, all based on his patents and inventions. His various companies have developed or are currently developing treatments for diabetes, gastroenterology, stroke, ophthalmology, asthma, congestive heart failure, and urology.

In addition to his inventive work, Gross is also a conference speaker about Israeli start-ups.

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