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Dr. Joao Siffert joined our Board in July 2015. Since August 2011, 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 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 joined our Board in 2016. Mrs. Tori brings a strong background in both life sciences and business. Mrs.Tori is currently the CEO of BIRAD - Bar Ilan R&D Co. Ltd. Prior to that she served as General Manager of Neopharm Israel, a diversified company combining activity in pharmaceuticals, medical and scientific devices, diagnostics and consumer health care products and services. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of publicly traded Collplant. Mrs.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.
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 1957 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., BioCancell Therapeutics Inc., CureTech Ltd. and 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 joined our Board in May 2014. 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 2014 to 2015, Mr. Ben Yosef served as the Chief Financial Officer of Yazamtech Ltd. 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 an M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ofer Segev has served as a director since August 2016 and is a board member of Varonis Systems Inc (VRNS) since February 2015. Mr. Segev has over 25 years of management experience in the high-tech and services sectors. He most recently served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of AudioCodes Limited, a company publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Prior to AudioCodes, Mr. Segev served at different times as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and as a director of Ness Technologies Srl. Mr. Segev has also been the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of various other companies, including Attunity, and was a partner at Ernst & Young
Dr. Yaron Daniely became our President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director in March 2010. Immediately prior to joining us and since 2007, 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 and from 2004, 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. From 2003-2007, 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. In addition, he is a director of Bioblast Ltd, a private company incorporated in Israel. 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.