Jacob Harel – Chairman of the Board

Mr. Harel has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing, operation and business development in the global pharmaceutical industry. He demonstrated ability to establish strategic directions, to operate teams in international environments (Europe, Asia, U.S., Latin America, and Middle East) and to accomplish challenging business objectives. Mr. Harel is the founder and president of “The Harel Group”, a business development advisory firm supporting international transactions in the global pharmaceutical industry. Prior to founding “The Harel Group”, Mr. Harel spent more than 27 years at Merck & Co., Inc. in leadership roles in sales, marketing and business development. Most recently, as Executive Director and Head of Corporate Business Development, Mr. Harel led the negotiation and execution of key enterprise transactions, including joint ventures, divestitures, commercial collaborations, licensing and distribution agreements. Mr. Harel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, from Haifa University, and an MBA in marketing, from Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Chaim Hurvitz

Mr. Hurvitz established CH-health, a private venture capital firm, and is serving as its CEO since May 2011. He is the chairman of Galmed Pharmaceuticals board of directors since 2011, board member in UroGen Pharma ltd. and a member of the presidency board of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, chairing its pharmaceutical branch. Mr. Hurvitz was a member of the board of directors in Teva from 2010 to July 2014 and held various top positions therein since 1992, including president of Teva International Group, president and CEO of Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe as well as VP of Israeli Pharmaceutical Sales. Mr. Hurvitz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University awarded in 1985.

Prof. Itzhak Krinsky, Ph.D.

Prof. (Emeritus) Itzhak Krinsky, Ph.D. has broad-based expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, years of experience in investment banking, and a distinguished academic career in finance and business economics. Prof. Krinsky developed extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry during his 12 years of working at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., from which he retired a few years ago. During his tenure at Teva, Prof. Krinsky served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development, a member of the Teva Executive Committee, Chairman of Teva Japan, Chairman of Teva South Korea, and Head of Business Development Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Teva, he held various senior positions in investment banks in New York City including with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, and the Silverfern Group, Inc. Before his career on Wall Street, Prof. Krinsky was a Professor of Finance & Business Economics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He has published more than 80 articles in leading peer reviewed academic journals. Prof. Krinsky currently serves as a director in several private and public companies including but not limited to Kamada, Globrands, Wavelength Pharmaceuticals and Noramco. In 2014, Prof. Krinsky was named by SCRIP as one of the top 100 Global Leaders in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Prof. Krinsky received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Tel Aviv University, Israel and a Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University in Canada.

Amir Weisberg

Mr. Weisberg is leading PolyPid since 2010 and has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of start-up companies with two financial exits. Prior to PolyPid, Mr. Weisberg managed start-up companies in the Life Science sphere, from incubator stage to clinical trials, including leading the financing rounds for these companies.

Anat Segal

Ms. Tsour Segal, business woman and entrepreneur, has over 20 years of experience in venture capital, seed stage investing, portfolio management, public companies and capital markets. Anat brings expertise in corporate finance and in various business and managerial areas, with strong focus on high-tech and med-tech sectors. From 2003 – 2016 Ms. Segal Founded and served as CEO of Xenia Venture Capital, a publicly traded investment company (TASE) and a technological incubator based in Israel. Since its inception, Xenia has executed more than 30 seed stage investments in technology and med tech sectors, established companies that have reached cumulative value of over $250m, raised over $150m from leading investors worldwide, and attained successful exits. Prior to founding Xenia, Anat led her independent  consulting and investment banking practice, having advised to over 20 companies on business planning, corporate development, M&A’s and fund raising of private and public capital (NASDAQ, Tel-Aviv and European stock exchanges). Prior to that Anat was Managing Director & Head of Corporate Finance of Tamir Fishman, held senior Investment Banking positions with Robertson Stephens/Evergreen and Poalim Capital Markets and served as credit officer with Bank Hapoalim International Division. Ms. Tsour Segal holds a BA in Economics and Management, MBA and L.L.B. from the Tel Aviv University. Anat serves as a mentor in the entrepreneurship program in the graduate business school and in the design school of Colman College of Management. Anat also volunteers as a mentor in Tech for Good Rally, a social accelerator, as well as in other organizations that promote high tech entrepreneurship with emphasis on empowerment of women entrepreneurs.


Prof. Yechezkel Barenholz, Ph.D.

Prof. Barenholz is a recognized expert in the field of drug delivery. Prof. Barenholz is the co-inventor of DoxilTM, a liposomal formulation of doxorubicin for cancer treatment marketed in the US by Johnson & Johnson and in Europe by Schering Plough (as Caelyx). Prof. Barenholz serves as head of the Laboratory of Membrane and Liposome Research at the Department of Biochemistry of the Hadassah Medical School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Noam Emanuel, Ph.D.

Dr. Emanuel has vast experience in biotechnology projects, including development of drug delivery systems and immunology. His extensive expertise includes immunotherapy, vaccines, immunodiagnostics, systemic and local drug-delivery, and medical devices. Dr. Emanuel has a number of approved patents in the field of drug delivery and diagnostics. Dr. Emanuel is a co-founder of PolyPid and served as its CEO during the company’s first three years. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Eli Frydman PhD, MBA

With 17 years diverse industry experience, Dr. Frydman is currently Managing Director – Healthcare for Aurum Ventures MKI. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief Business Officer of FutuRx, the drug development incubator established by J&J, Orbimed and Takeda. Prior to that, Eli served for 10 years as the COO of Aposense Ltd., a drug development and molecular imaging company (TASE: APOS), with responsibilities for business development, operations and finance. Before joining Aposense, he served as a Senior Business Development manager at GE Healthcare Europe (based in France), doing healthcare M&A across Europe. Eli holds an MBA from the Ecole des Ponts, Paris, and a PhD in Chemistry (nanotechnology) from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Gerry Rubens

Mr. Rubens founded and managed a successful business in the diamond Industry that was a market leader in its field for over thirty-three years. He founded a company that specialized in the manufacturing (polishing) of diamonds focused on professional expertise and superior workmanship. In parallel to his diamond-related activities, Mr. Rubens started investing in Israeli (or Israeli connected) high-technology companies almost 15 years ago and is an active member in an angels investment club. The club invests exclusively in the Bio-Tech / Life science field and boasts significant returns to its members. The group’s portfolio includes companies dealing in Health IT, natural additives for cosmetics and food, drug delivery, drug discovery and medical devices. Mr. Rubens immigrated to Israel from Belgium at the age of 19. He is fluent in five languages since childhood. Mr. Rubens holds a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel institute of Technology – in Haifa where he lives.