Congratulations to our PhD student, Chen Tzror Azankot, for successfully completing Teva's National Forum for BioInnovators program for exceptional PhD students in the field of translational biomedicine!
And good luck next year in your role as Mentor in the Forum!
A new paper in collaboration between our lab and Dr. Alexey Lipengolts, of Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology, has just been published in International Journal of Molecular Science: "CT and MRI Imaging of Theranostic Bimodal Fe3O4@Au Nanoparticles in Tumor Bearing Mice".
Congratulations to our PhD student Chen Tzror-Azankot for winning Best Poster Award at the Israel Society for Biotechnology Engineering (ISBE) conference!
Our lab won funding from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology for development of a synthetic biology-based biochip for early detection of gut disease.
Congratulations to our postdoctoral fellows Dr. Shir Hochwald Liber and Dr. Yossi Ben David, who both won the prestigious Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology! In continuation of our collaborative project together with Prof. Ehud Benin's lab, the two founded an innovative venture, Sigint.bio, to develop a biochip for rapid, efficient and non-invasive microbiome-based monitoring of inflammatory bowel diseases.
Our new paper, "Phosphate-Trapping Liposomes for Long-Term Management of Hyperphosphatemia", has just been published in Materials (special issue on Advanced Functional Materials for Biomedicinal Applications). The paper presents a new concept of phosphate-trapping liposomes, for effective and long-term control over serum phosphate levels to improve current management of hyperphosphatemia.
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Our postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Shir Hochwald-Liber, gave an excellent talk at the annual conference of the BIU Faculty of Engineering, on her research on a synthetic biology-based bio-chip for early detection of inflammatory bowel disease.
Pleased to share our new paper together with Prof. Aron Popovtzer of Hadassah Medical Center (HUJI), "Antibody Delivery into the Brain by Radiosensitizer Nanoparticles for Targeted Glioblastoma Therapy", in Journal of Nanotheranostics!
The study is the first demonstration that insulin-coated nanoparticles shuttle antibodies across the blood brain barrier, and specifically target a glioblastoma tumor, to enable targeted radiotherapy.
The study was led by first author & physician scientist Dr. Omer Gal, and we thank Dinorah Friedmann-Morvinski of TAU, and the excellent teams, for their collaboration!
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Congratulations to our to our doctoral student, Chen Tzror Azankot, for her winning project in the Council for Higher Education’s Competition for Outstanding Student’s Proof-of-Concept Phase projects! Her innovative project, ‘SWEET Nanoparticles’, develops a unique nanoparticle-based technology for targeted delivery of radiation directly to tumors and metastases, while reducing damage to healthy tissue. The award will support maturiation of the project to business realization. The project is conducted in collaboration with UnBox Ventures at BIU.
Our new paper in collaboration with Prof. Xiangyang Shi of Donghua University, China, has just been published in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. Our paper presents a novel dual-modal nanoprobe for real-time in vivo monitoring of genetically engineered T cells, using fluorescence imaging and computed tomography imaging. The nanoprobe can provide crucial data on functionality of T cell-based immunotherapy.
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Congratulations to our PhD student Adi Anaki for winning the prestigious Council for Higher Education's Levtzion Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students! We're all very proud!
We are proud and delighted to share that our lab has won a prestigious Israel Science Foundation Research Grant, for our research project: "Uncovering Mechanisms and Function of Small Extracellular Vesicles as Tumor-Targeted Delivery Vehicles Using Gold Nanoparticles".
Prof. Popovtzer gave a talk in the 'Metals in Medicine' Gordon Research Conference, New Hampshire, on the topic of "The Beauty of Gold: Endless Configurations for Personalized Cancer and Brain Disease Therapies".
We are honored and excited to share that our lab has won a prestigious ERC Consolidator grant, for our BrainCRISPR project. In this project, our lab will develop innovative nanotechnology for delivery of CRISPR to the brain.
For details see the link below!
Kudos to our PhD students Chen Tzror-Azankot and Amy Sarah Benjamin for presenting at the Annual Conference of the BIU Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.
Congratulations to our postdoc fellow, Dr. Shir Hochwald Liber, for the birth of her twin daughters!
Congragulations to our talented student, Chen Tzror-Azankot! She has won a 2022 Teva-NFBI (National Forum for BioInnovators) PhD fellowship. The award, issued by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, focuses on advancing research in the field of biologics-based therapeutics performed in academic and medical institutions in Israel and advancing entrepreneurship training in the biomed field.
Congratulations to our medical intern researcher, Dr. Oded Cohen, for winning the Israeli Medical Association Award for Outstanding Basic Research! Dr. Cohen studied the tracking of exosomes labeled with gold nanoparticles in head and neck cancer.
Our new study, titled "Noninvasive Tracking of Natural Killer Cells Using Gold Nanoparticles", has been published in ACS Omega.
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Our lab has won a prestegious Ministry of Defense grant, together with Prof. Ehud Banin, for developing a synthetic biology-based NanoBioChip for real-time detection of biochemical signals.
Kudos to our PhD students Adi Anaki (featured) and Chen Tzror Azankot, for their fascinating poster presentations at the joint ICRS-PAT conference in Maalot!
Excellent talk given by our PhD student Chen Tzror-Azankot, at the Annual Engineering Faculty Conference!
Congratulations to our MSc students Coral Cohen and Omri Perry, for winning the BIU Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Stipend for Outstanding Students!
Congratulations to our post doc fellow, Shir Hochwald-Liber, and our PhD students, Chen Tzror-Azankot and Marianna Beiderman, for winning the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Award for outstanding publications!
Exciting news! Our cooperative project, together with Dr. Violaine Goidts of DKFZ, was selected for funding by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). The project will develop an exosome nanosystem for brain delivery of a glioblastoma-specific peptide therapy.
The Marker magazine features NanoCarry Therapeutics, a recent graduate of the BIU Unbox Entrepreneurship Center, which has recently raised a seed investment from the NfX fund. The company, led by Dr. Revital Mandil-Levin, arose from a study by Prof. Rachela Popovzer and Dr. Oshra Betzer, to develop a nanoparticle-based platform for drug delivery. The company will create innovative avenues for life-saving treatments for millions of patients with currently uncurable diseases.
Our doctoral student, Chen Tzror-Azankot, appears in a special interview for the Faculty of Engineering Newsletter. She tells all about her research on liposomes, for distinguishing between tumors and inflammation, and its significant implications for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. She also shares about her personal experience in the lab and Faculty.
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Check out our newly published paper, entitled " 'Golden' exosomes as delivery vehicles to target tumors and overcome intratumoral barriers: in vivo tracking in a model for head and neck cancer", published in Biomaterials Science!
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Check out our new paper, "Glucose-Functionalized Liposomes for Reducing False Positives in Cancer Diagnosis", published in ACS Nano.
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Congratulations to our MSc student, Jacqueline Labovitz, for winning the prestigious Golda Meir Fellowship for Women in Science in the Academy and Industry!
Prof. Popovzer gave a talk about the power of AI and digital for detection and healing of cancer, on the new online show, "Digital Mindset", hosted by Yaakov Elon.
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Congratulations to Eran Barnoy, Moran Berkman, and Shir Liber, for receiving their doctorate degree! The entire lab is extremely proud of you all!
Prof. Popovtzer gave an engaging talk at the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) Virtual 2020 Live, entitled "Seeing is Believing: Tracking the Movement of Cells and Exosomes Within Our Body".
Our post doc fellow Dr. Shir Howchwald-Liber was interviewed about her research work, and winning the prestigious Israeli Academy of Sciences fellowship grant.
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Congratulations to our post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Shir Hochwald-Liber, for winning the prestigious Israel Academy of Sciences Scholarship for her exceptional research, "Quorum Sensing Biochip for Microbial Diagnosis and Therapy"!
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Our new paper is out! "Gold Nanorod-Based Bio-Barcode Sensor Array for Enzymatic Detection in Biomedical Applications", just accepted to ACS Applied Nano Materials. We demonstrate a novel bio-barcode sensor incorporating plasmonic and fluorescent-enhancing nanotechnologies, and with logic operations, including AND, OR and XOR.
"Nanoparticle contrast agents for X-ray imaging applications": New review published in WIREs Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, in collaboration with Prof. David Cormode's group at University of Pennsylvania. Kudos for the great work!
Check out our newest publication! "Multifunctional Dendrimer-Entrapped Gold Nanoparticles for Labeling and Tracking T Cells Via Dual-Modal Computed Tomography and Fluorescence Imaging", published in Biomacromolecules.
The study is part of our joint Israel-China research project with Prof. Xiangyang Shi of Donghua University, Shanghai, and which is funded by an Israel Ministry of Science and Technology grant.
Our PhD student, Noy Elmaliach, presented her work entitled "Gold nanoparticle-labeled exosomes as vehicles for tumor targeting", at the annual conference of the Bar Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.
Honored to participate in the Malta IX Frontiers of Science conference for Research and Education in the Middle East as a Bridge to Peace. This important conference had very good vibes and promoted important scientific cooperation.
Congratulations to our PhD students, Noy and Marianna, and our post-docs Oshra and Moran, for winning prestigious research grants from the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology!
Congratulations to our PhD student Marianna Beiderman for winning the prestigious Ministry of Science and Technology travel grant to the International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Technology in Japan!
Our lab has received the prestigious German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development Award, for research entitled "Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Early Diagnosis of Amyloidogenic Diseases". In this research, BIU cooperates with the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany.
Congratulations to our PhDs students, Noy Elmaliach and Jacqueline Labovitz, for winning the Nano Center Scholarship for Outstanding Students!
Prof. Popopvtzer and team were hosted for an engaging visit at Prof. Shi's lab and the impressive scientific exhibition, in the State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials of Donghua University, Shanghai, China.
The visit was part of our Israel-China research cooperation, supported by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, and China's One Belt One Road initiative.
Congratulations to our PhD student, Chen Zror-Azenkot, on the birth of her daughter!
Congratulations to Chen Zror-Azenkot and Tal Shachar Ben-Gal for receiving their MSc degrees, both Magna Cum Laude!
Our paper, "Golden Exosomes Selectively Target Brain Pathologies in Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Disorders", has been featured on the June cover of Nano Letters.
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Congratulations! Our article, 'Cisplatin-conjugated gold nanoparticles as a theranostic agent for head and neck cancer', published in Head & Neck, is one of the journal's top 20 most read papers of the year!
Check out our newest publication in Nano Letters, "Golden Exosomes Selectively Target Brain Pathologies in Neurodegenerative and Neurodevelopmental Disorders".
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Prof. Popovtzer gave a talk on nanoparticles in medicine, at the Biennial Conference on Science & Diplomacy, under the auspices of M.K. Ofir Akunis (center), the Minister of Science and Technology. Dr. Andrei Broisman (left), Director of Applied Science and Engineering at the Ministry of Science was also part of this conference.
Our PhD student Chen Ztror-Azankot gave an excellent talk on her research of PET-compatible liposomes for specific tumor detection at the annual BINA conference.
Our PhD student Marianna Beiderman gave an exellent talk on her research at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference 2019.
Our lab was honored to welcome Prof. Meifang Zhu, Prof. Shi Xiangyang, and Prof. Shengyuan Yang from the College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, China. Our joint Israel-China research cooperation is supported by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology and China's 'One Belt One Road' initiative.
Congratulations and kudos to our Phd student Chen Zror-Azankot, for receiving the distinguished Jabotinsky award for applied research in engineering!
A novel technology developed by the Popovtzer lab together with Prof. Cyrille Cohen of BIU, is featured in Globes magazine, as part of an article on promising discoveries from the largest universities in Israel.
The article features our technology, enabling fast image-guided stratification using targeted gold nanoparticles for cancer immunotherapy.
Congratulations to our post-doc Dr. Oshra Betzer, and our PhD students Marianna Biederman and Chen Tzror-Azenkot, for being awarded prestigious Women in Science scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Technology!
Our lab welcomes our research partner, Prof. Zhuang Liu, of Soochow University, China! Prof. Liu gave a fascinating talk at the Nano-IL conference, followed by a tour of Jerusalem.
Our Israel-China research is supported by the Israel Science Foundation.
Our PhD student Chen Tzror-Azenkot presented her research on liposomes for cancer diagnosis, at the Israeli Chapter of the Controlled Release Society conference.
*Pictured: Chen discussing her research with Hezi Bernholtz, co-inventor of the liposomal cancer drug Doxil.
Congratulations to our PhD students Rinat Meir and Oshra Betzer, for winning postdoctoral scholarships for Outstanding Students from the Fullbright Foundation and the Council for Higher Education!
Congratulations to Oshra Betzer, Tamar Dreifuss and Rinat Meir, for receiving their doctoral degrees! The whole lab team is extremely proud of your dedication and achievements!
Congratulations to our PhD student Eran Barnoy on the birth of his son!
Check out our new Spotlight piece in Trends in Cancer: 'Nanoinformatics Revolutionizes Personalized Cancer Therapy', as well as our two new publications in Nanomedicine. Access though the link below and the Publications tab.
Horizon 2020, Nanoparticles for muscle regeneration: Our consortium meeting after first 6 months of research
Check out the new site for our Horizon 2020 project! "nTRACK: Multimodal nanoparticles for structural and functional tracking of stem cell therapy on muscle regeneration".
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Our PhD student Rinat Meir was awarded a prestigious Fullbright Post-Doc Fellowship. Congratulations and good luck!
Congratulations to our PhD student, Tamar Dreifuss, for winning the 2018 Biomedical Engineering award for outstanding students!
Our PhD student Eran Barnoy gave an excellent talk at the SPIE conference in San Francisco.
Rachela, as well as our PhD student Eran Barnoy, gave excellent talks at the Nano Center BINA Conference. Congratulations to our PhD students Tamar Driefuss and Oshra Betzer for winning the BINA NanoArt competition!
Congratulations to Reut for the approval of her doctoral thesis!
Congratulations to Renana for the approval of her Master's thesis!
We met with our collaborator, Prof. Zhuang Liu, of the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials (FUNSOM), Soochow University. Thank you for your warm hospitality, and anticipating a fruitful collaboration!
Our recent study was featured on the cover of Head and Neck.
The paper, entitled 'Cisplatin-conjugated gold nanoparticles as a theranostic agent for head and neck cancer', can be found in the Publications section, and at DOI: 10.1002/hed.24935.
Warm congratulations, Rachela, for winning the Leon and Maria Taubenblatt Prize for Excellence in Medical Research, 2017! The prize is for research on theranostic nanoparticles for future personalized medicine. Your whole team is very proud!
Congratulations to our graduate student Tal-Shahar Ben-Gal, and our doctoral student Marianna Biderman, who both received prestigious scholarships from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Tal-Shachar won a scholarship for use of gold nanoparticles as unique immunotherapeutics. Mariana won a scholarship for study of nanoscale barcodes for the identification of biological processes within the body.
Watch our team in an engaging demonstration for kids and their parents, explaining all about "The Golden Era", on Bar Ilan Science Day!
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Congratulations to our PhD student, Rinat Meir, on the birth of her daughter!
Congratulations to our lab for winning a Magneton grant from the Israel Innovation Authority, for development of a nanoparticle-based radioactive marker for cancer detection, allowing differentiation between tumor and inflammation for the first time.
Our latest research published in Theranostics is featured on the December cover of the journal.
We show that personalized, targeted gold nanoparticles based on molecular profiling of tumors can enhance radiotherapy of cancer.
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European Union's Horizon 2020 awards €8.6 Million to our nTRACK project led by Prof. Popovtzer.
The nTRACK project, a joint European Consortium research, aims to develop an imaging method that will enable non-invasive monitoring of stem cells for regenerative therapy.
Read Ha'aretz's coverage of the project here: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.816461
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Channel 10 interviewed our PhD student Oshra Betzer about our new Horizon 2020 project, which will develop a multimodal nanoparticle for structural and functional tracking of stem cells within the body.
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Our lab recently attended the annual BIU Faculty of Engineering conference. Our MSc student, Renana Opochinski, gave an excellent talk, and our PhD students presented posters. See more under the Lab Life tab in the main Menu.
Check out our newest publications!
In ACS Nano, Theranostics, Nanomedicine, Journal of Biophotonics, and Wiley Inderdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology.
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Our new review on non-invasive tracking of therapeutic cells, using CT and gold nanoparticles, is now featured on WIREs' Advanced Science News. Please click below for access.
Congratulations to our Lab Manager, Dr. Menachem Motiei, who has just received his second (!) MSc degree, in Public Health and Health System Management. This degree now joins his post doctorate in Bioengineering, his PhD in Pharmacology, and his MSc in Physical Chemistry. Keep up the great work!
Our PhD student Eran Barnoy won the Excellence Award for Medical Optics short lectures at the 2017 ISMBE Biomedical Engineering conference. Congratulations!
Our MSc student Renana Opochinsky won the Excellence Award for Nanomedicine short lectures at the 2017 ISMBE Biomedical Engineering conference. Congratulations!
Our lab has won the prestigious NIH Cutting-Edge Basic Research Award, for highly innovative and conceptually creative research that is high-risk and potentially high-impact. The proposal won a top score, for studying treatment of cocaine addiction with gold nanoparticle-labeled mesenchymal stem cells. The research will be conducted together with Prof. Yadid of Bar Ilan's Brain Research center. Congratulations!
Congratulations to our PhD student, Oshra Betzer, for winning the Excellence Prize of the Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE), for her outstanding achievements in studies and research, commendable motivation, and significance of her PhD research to the field of Biomedical Engineering.
Congratulations to our PhD student Eran Barnoy for winning the NanoArt competition at the Bar Ilan Academy of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Conference, Ein Gedi, 2017. Eran's fluorescence lifetime image shows dried liposomes, containing fluorescent dye and gold nanorods. The color variation expresses the different states of fluorescent dye binding in the liposome.
Congratulations to our lab member, Dr. Inbal Hazkany, for receiving the the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) prize for Outstanding Basic Research. The ceremony was held in the presence of the IMA chairman, the Scientific Council members and all six outstanding prizewinning researchers. Dr. Hazkany studied the impact of molecular profiling guided targeted gold nanoparticles on radiosensitivity of metastatic salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma.
Our PhD students Oshra Betzer, Tamar Dreifuss and Rinat Meir participated in the World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC) in New York, after all three won travel grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology for presenting their research in the conference.
Our research on non-invasive, quantitative and longitudinal cell tracking with gold nanoparticle-based CT imaging was reviewed by Philip Hunter in EMBO Reports (Hunter P, 17(12), Dec 2016), as a promising method for tracking of manifold cell types and prediction of treatment outcome, including cancer immunotherapy, treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and more. Follow the "read more" link for the special report!
Congratulations to Renana Opochinsky on the birth of her son.
Congratulations to Malka Shilo for receiving her PhD degree.
Congratulations to Dr. Inbal Hazkany for winning the prize for Excellence in Basic Research from the Israeli Medical Scientific Council, for her research entitled “The impact of molecular profiling guided targeted gold nanoparticles on radiosensitivity of metastatic salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma”.
PhD student Rinat Meir presented her research on “Tracking cancer-specific T-cells in vivo with CT imaging”, at the CLINAM conference for Clinical Nanomedicine in Bazel, Switzerland.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Rinat Meir for winning the Dan David Prize Scholarship for young researchers. The international Dan David Prize doctoral scholarships are given annually to outstanding researchers from around the world. The prestigious prize is awarded for innovative and interdisciplinary research
Oshra Betzer, Rinat Meir and Tamar Dreifuss was awarded a travel expenses stipend from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, for active participation in the international conference WMIS World Molecular Imaging Society that will be held in NYC in September 2016.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Rinat Meir, awarded the Wolf Foundation Scholarship. The Wolf foundation awards international prizes to outstanding scientists and artists for achievements in the interest of mankind.
Congratulations to Oshra Betzer for winning a travel grant to participate and present her poster, entitled "Nanoparticle-based CT Imaging Technique for Stem Cell Tracking within the brain", at the 3rd BIRAX conference for Regenerative Medicine, Oxford University, UK.
Congratulations to Rinat Meir for winning a travel grant to participate and present her poster, entitled “Tracking Cancer-Specific T-cells in vivo with CT Imaging”, at the BIRAX Conference for Regenerative Medicine at Oxford University, UK.
Congratulations to Tamar Dreifuss on the birth of her daughter.
Our lab welcomes Prof. Mostafa El-Sayed, an Egyptian-American chemical physicist, a leading nanoscience researcher, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a US National Medal of Science laureate. Prof. El-Sayed heads the laser dynamics Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology .
PhD student Oshra Betzer presented a poster entitled "Nanoparticle-based CT Imaging Technique for Stem Cell Tracking within the brain", at the Nano-Israel conference, Tel Aviv.
Congratulations to PhD students Oshra Betzer and Tamar Dreifuss for winning a three-year scholarship for Bio-medical engineering for Outstanding Students, granted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (2016-2018).
Congratulations to our PhD student Oshra Betzer for receiving the best poster award at the 3rd conference of the Israel Society for Biotechnology Engineering (ISBE), for her study entitled "Nanoparticle-based CT Imaging and quantitative stem cell tracking within the brain: application in neuropsychiatric disorders
Oshra Betzer presented her research, entitled "Stem-cells therapy for drug addiction combined with nanotechnology-based CT imaging", at the Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) conference in Eilat.
Prof. Rachela Popovtzer has been named by Globes financial magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel.
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