Board of Directors
Julian Adams, Ph.D. - Chairman of the Board
Dr. Adams has more than 30 years of experience in drug discovery and development with a strong focus on cancer. He currently serves as president of research and development at Infinity Pharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for the full spectrum of drug discovery, preclinical and clinical development, and regulatory affairs activities. Prior to joining Infinity in 2003, Dr. Adams was the senior vice president of drug discovery and development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he headed multiple global drug discovery and development programs, including the successful Velcade® (bortezomib) program. Dr. Adams also held senior positions in research and development at LeukoSite (acquired by Millennium) and at ProScript, as well as in medicinal chemistry at Boehringer Ingelheim, where he is credited with discovering Viramune® (nevirapine) for HIV. Dr. Adams has won many awards, holds 40+ patents and has authored more than 100 papers and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals. He earned a B.S. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from McGill University in 2012.
Boaz Lifschitz is a General Partner and Co- Founder of Peregrine Ventures. Boaz serves on behalf of Peregrine Ventures on the Boards of Cartiheal Ltd., WhiteSource as a Board observer in Rocketick Ltd. and other companies. Boaz serves as a director in Elbit Imaging Ltd. (EMITF), in Insightec Ltd. Boaz also served as a Director of Neovasc Inc (NVCN) in 2009-2011. Prior to co-founding Peregrine Ventures, Boaz was a Co-founder of Visioncare Ltd. and BioControl Ltd. both biomedical device companies. Boaz also acquired vast experience in financing technology based companies, having been responsible for reviewing potential investments in early and mid-stage stage companies.
Mr. Lifschitz holds a B.Sc. from Bar-Ilan University as well as a M.Sc. from Boston University jointly with Ben Gurion University.
Dr. Margolin has served on the Board of Directors of Gamida Cell since 2000. Prior to her employment as president & CEO of Gamida Cell, Dr. Margolin spent six years as vice president of Denali Ventures LLC, where she specialized in investments in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Dr. Margolin also worked for seven years at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for new product initiatives, evaluation of investment opportunities for the R&D division, and multiple drug development programs. Dr. Margolin holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science and was a post-doctoral associate at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hadar Ron is the managing director of Israel Healthcare Ventures, Ltd. (IHCV), a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli and Israel related companies in the field of medical devices, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical-related IT. Dr. Ron is a physician and attorney. She has extensive medical, legal and management experience gained while serving in senior positions at a range of insurances companies, law firms, medical and educational institutions. Her legal and management expertise includes venture capital consulting, medical malpractice, general and medical insurance and legal practice. In the medical field, Dr. Ron has spearheaded several research initiatives and has developed and taught courses on medical law. Dr. Ron is very familiar with the field of medical product development, the processes associated with their approval by relevant authorities and marketing to customers, and the steps required of developing companies for achieving their business objectives. She is an experienced member of boards of directors of numerous medical companies. Dr. Ron holds MD and LLB degrees from Tel Aviv University and has studied at the School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University and in advanced courses at Boston University School of Medicine.
Kenneth I. Moch
Mr. Moch has more than 30 years of experience in building private and public life science companies. He currently serves as a Managing Partner of The Salutramed Group, where he provides strategic and tactical counsel to biotechnology and medical products companies. He spent most of his career building and leading pioneering life science companies, and has served as the president and CEO of Chimerix Inc. (antiviral therapeutics), Biomedical Enterprises (orthopedic implants), and Alteon Inc. (therapeutics for cardiovascular aging and diabetic complications). He was also CEO of Biocyte Corporation, where he pioneered the use of cord blood stem cells in transplantation therapy and launched the world’s first cord blood cell bank. Earlier in his career Mr. Moch co-founded and served as the vice president of The Liposome Company, Inc. and served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Mr. Moch currently sits on the Boards of Zynerba, Inc. and M2Gen, the personalized medicine subsidiary of the Moffitt Cancer Center, is a member of the New York University Working Group of Compassionate Use and Pre-Approval Access, and served for over a decade on the Board of the Biotechnology Innovation Association (BIO). He holds an A.B. in biochemistry from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Gonen has been with CBI since 2003. He manages the company’s life sciences investments, business development, US-based operations, and investment support for CBI’s portfolio companies. Mr. Gonen serves as an executive chairman and board member of several companies (Gamida Cell, MediWound (NASDAQ: MDWD), CureTech, D-Pharm (TASE: DPRM), Biocancell (TASE: BICL), Avraham, Campus Bio, Polyheal, CLS).
Prior to joining CBI, Mr. Gonen was the general manager of Biomedical Investments as well as a technology consultant to various Israeli venture capital funds and an Academic Aide to the Governor of the Bank of Israel. Mr. Gonen gained extensive experience in R&D and management in defense-oriented projects within the prestigious “TALPIOT” program of the Israeli Defence Forces, for which he was awarded the Israeli National Security Medal.
Mr. Gonen holds an M.A. in Economics and Finance from the Tel Aviv University, and a B.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.