Board of Directors

Yaron Daniely PhD MBA Chairman Yaron Daniely

Dr. Yaron Daniely is the Chief Executive Officer of Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. From 2010 through May 2017, he served as President & CEO of Alcobra. Prior to Alcobra, Dr. Daniely was the President and Chief Executive Officer of NanoCyte, Inc., a company that develops transdermal delivery technologies based in Caesarea, Israel. Before NanoCyte, Dr. Daniely was the General Manager of Gamida Cell—Teva Joint Venture Ltd., a joint venture company that acquired an exclusive license to develop and commercialize a Phase 3-stage cell therapy product for treatment of Leukemia and Lymphoma based in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Daniely also served as the Vice President of Business Development of Gamida Cell Ltd., and engaged in several licensing and financial transactions for the Company Dr. Daniely holds a B.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University, and holds a Ph.D. from the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the New York University School of Medicine. Following his doctoral program, Dr. Daniely served as an NIH Visiting Fellow in its Cell Biology section and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at The Weizmann Institute for Science in Israel. Subsequently, he received an Executive M.B.A. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


Howard B. Rosen Director Howard Rosen
Elected 2013

Howard B. Rosen has served on our Board since the closing of our initial public offering in May 2013 and as our Chairman since February 2014. Since 2008, Mr. Rosen has served as a consultant to several companies in the biotechnology industry. He has also served as a lecturer at Stanford University in Chemical Engineering since 2008 and in Management since 2011. Mr. Rosen has served  as a director at AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ACRX), Inc., a company developing products for pain relief, since 2008, as its interim CEO from April 2015 to March 2016 and from April 2016 to March 2017, as its CEO. Mr. Rosen served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Therapeutics, Inc., a company focused on developing combination therapies for the treatment of highly prevalent chronic respiratory diseases, from June 2010 to March 2011. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Rosen was Vice President of Commercial Strategy at Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 2003 until 2004, Mr. Rosen was President of ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical and medical systems company that merged with Johnson & Johnson, a global healthcare company, in 2001. Prior to that, from 1994 until 2003, Mr. Rosen held various positions at ALZA Corporation. Mr. Rosen is also a member of the board of directors a number of private biotechnology companies as follows: Entrega, Inc. and Kala Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Mr. Rosen served on the board of directors of a number of public companies, as follows: Pharsight Corporation, a company focused on providing software products and consulting services to biopharmaceutical companies that was acquired by Tripos International in 2008 and CoTherix, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Actelion Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in 2007. Mr. Rosen holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Joao Siffert MD Director Joao Siffert
Elected 2015

Dr. Joao Siffert joined our Board in July 2015. Dr. Joao Siffert  is currently the Chief Medical Officer, Nestlé Health Science. Since August 2011 and till 2016, Dr. Siffert has led the Research and Development Organization at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on development and commercialization of neurology products. Dr. Siffert is currently the Executive Vice President, R&D and Chief Medical Officer, responsible for R&D, regulatory, quality, CMC and commercial supply, as well as medical affairs and pharmacovigilance. Prior to joining Avanir, Dr. Siffert served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Ceregene, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of neurotrophic gene therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, from September 2007 to August 2011. Prior to his work at Ceregene, Dr. Siffert served as the Chief Medical Officer at Avera Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from May 2005 to September 2007. Prior to joining Avera, Dr. Siffert held positions with Pfizer (from February 2002 to May 2005) first as a medical director for Relpax and subsequently as the worldwide medical team leader of Lyrica and Neurontin, focusing in areas of pain and epilepsy. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Siffert held academic positions at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY where he served as director of the Adult Neuro-Oncology program, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was an assistant professor of neurology. Dr. Siffert completed residencies in pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and in neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Siffert was certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in 1996. He holds an M.D. from the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine, Brazil as well as an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Daniel E. Geffken Director Daniel Geffken
Elected 2013

Daniel E. Geffken has served on our Board since our initial public offering in May 2013. Since October 2011, he has been Managing Director of Danforth Advisors, LLC, a management consulting firm that provides financial and strategic support to emerging life science companies.  Mr. Geffken has also been the chief financial officer or chief operating officer of eight companies, four of which were U.S. public reporting companies and six of which were life science companies.  He has a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Orli Tori Director

Orli Tori joined our Board in August 2016. Ms. Tori is an experienced executive with over 20 years of practice in leading teams towards their goals and beyond. Since 2012 and until recently, Ms. Tori served as Chief Executive Officer of BIRAD Ltd., managing Bar Ilan University's IP and commercialization efforts as well as all research collaborations with Industry. During her tenure, the company built a diverse portfolio of companies based on University IP. Before joining BIRAD, Ms. Tori spent 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, fulfilling different positions including, General Manager of Neopharm Israel Ltd. from 2007 through 2012, ($200 Million revenues), and SVP Corporate BD of the Neopharm Group, and was responsible for the group overall corporate development activities, including structuring, negotiating and closing transactions. Ms. Tori serves as a board member at Collplant Ltd. (CLPT) and is former chairperson of the Israeli Technology Transfer Organization. Ms. Tori obtained her M.Sc. in Microbiology (cum laude) and B.Sc. in Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel, and graduated the Executive Program for senior business managers at the Tel Aviv University School of Business.

Aharon Schwartz PhD Director Aharon Schwartz

Dr. Aharon Schwartz joined our Board as Chairman in January 2013, serving as our chairman until February 2014. He retired from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. where he served in a number of positions from 1975 through 2011, the most recent being Vice President, Head of Teva Innovative Ventures from 2008. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of BioLineRx Ltd., and director several other biotechnology companies. Dr. Schwartz received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute, his M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the Technion Institute of Technology and a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has received a second Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Arieh Ben Yosef Director Arieh Ben Yosef

Arieh Ben Yosef joined our Board in May 2014. Mr. Ben Yosef is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Herd MOOnitor Ltd. Mr. Ben Yosef has served as a director of Insuline Medical Ltd. (TASE: INSL) since October 2010, which is focused on improving the performance of current insulin treatment methods. From August 2000 to July 2014, Mr. Ben Yosef served as a director of Microwave Networks Inc., a provider of microwave communications products and services. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Ben Yosef was employed by Teledata Networks Ltd., a global provider of access network products and solutions for Telecom Service Providers, in the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President for Finance & Operations and later on as the General Manager of the company. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Ben Yosef served as the President of Elisra Inc. and from 1998 to 2000 as the CFO of Tadiran Electronic Industries Inc. Mr. Ben Yosef holds a M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ofer Segev Director

Ofer Segev has served as a director since August 2016. Mr. Segev has been Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at AlgoSec, Inc., a network security policy management solutions provider, since February 2017. Mr. Segev has over 25 years of management experience in the high-tech and services sectors. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of AudioCodes Limited, a communications company traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, from November 2014 through April 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Segev served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Ness Technologies Srl from 2012 to 2013 and as its Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Segev also serves as a director of Varonis System Inc. Mr. Segev holds a B.A. in economics and accounting from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and has studied at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Amir Efrati Director

Mr. Efrati joined our Board in June 2017. Mr. Efrati is the Founder, Managing Partner and CIO of Brosh Capital Partners, founded in 2013 in Israel. Prior to that, from 2008, he was the Managing Partner of the Dragon Variation Fund. Mr. Efrati was a sector specialist at JCK Partners and prior to that at Elm Ridge Capital Management in New York City. Previously, he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York City and a management consultant in Israel. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Tel Aviv University and an MBA with distinction from Columbia University, New York.

Yuval Yanai Director

Mr. Yanai joined our Board in June 2017. Mr. Yanai serves as an external director of Check-Cap Ltd., an Israeli company whose shares are listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. Mr. Yanai also serves as an external director of Medical Compression Systems (D.B.N) Ltd. and Call Biotechnology, Israeli companies whose shares are listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Mr. Yanai also serves as an external director of Hadassah Medical Center, as an external director of Standard & Poor’s Maalot and as a director of Compulab Ltd. and Efranat Ltd. Mr. Yanai also acts as the Chairman of Endobetix Ltd. and as the chairman of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF. From September 2005 until March 2014, Mr. Yanai served as Given Imaging’s Chief Financial Officer and from October 2012 until June 2014, Mr. Yanai served as a director of Citycon Oyj and Macrocure Ltd. Mr. Yanai holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting and Economics from Tel-Aviv University.