Steven Lisi has served on our Board since January 2017 and on the Board of AIT Ltd., our wholly-owned subsidiary, since June 2016. Mr. Lisi was previously Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Avadel Pharmaceuticals (AVDL) where he was instrumental in restructuring the company, raising $121m and transforming it from $100m enterprise value to $1b in three years. Prior to his position at Avadel, Mr. Lisi spent 18 years investing in the global healthcare industry at Mehta and Isaly (now Orbimed), SAC Capital, Millennium Management, Panacea Asset Management and as a Partner at Deerfield Management. Mr. Lisi serves as Chairman of the Board of Mico Innovations, a next generation coronary and neurovascular stent company. He received his Master in International Business from Pepperdine University.
Ron Bentsur joined AIT Ltd. in August 2015 and serves as a director. Mr. Bentsur has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of UroGen Pharma, Ltd. since August 2015. From 2009 through April 2015, Mr. Bentsur served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Mr. Bentsur’s tenure as CEO of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals culminated in the September 2014 FDA approval of AuryxiaTM (ferric citrate) and its December 2014 U.S. launch. Prior to joining Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., from 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bentsur served as Chief Executive Officer of XTL Biopharmaceuticals, Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Bentsur served as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., as Director of Technology Investment Banking at Leumi Underwriters, where he was responsible for all technology and biotechnology private placement and advisory transactions, and as a New York City-based investment banker, primarily at ING Barings Furman Selz. Mr. Bentsur holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration with distinction from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business. Mr. Bentsur also serves as Director of Stemline Therapeutics, Inc.
Erick Lucera joined AIT’s Board of Directors in August 2017. He is the Chief Financial Officer Valeritas, a US NASDAQ traded commercial stage company developing new technology for diabetes. Mr. Lucera served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Viventia Bio. From 2012 to 2015, he was Vice President, Corporate Development at Aratana Therapeutics, a veterinary biopharmaceutical company. While at Aratana, he helped grow the company’s product pipeline through a series of acquisitions and in licensing transactions financed through 5 public and private offerings of nearly $250 million. Before his career as a healthcare company executive, Mr. Lucera spent over 15 years in investment management as a healthcare analyst at Eaton Vance, the portfolio manager of the Triathlon Life Sciences Fund at Intrepid Capital and as head of the healthcare research team at Independence Investments. He holds a CPH from Harvard University, and MS in quantitative finance from Boston College, an MBA from Indiana University Bloomington, and a BS in accounting from the University of Delaware. Mr. Lucera has obtained CFA, CMA, and CPA designations.
Amir Avniel has served on AIT Ltd.’s Board since 2011 and became AIT Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer in August 2014. He has served on our Board and became our Chief Executive Officer on January 13, 2017. He has more than ten years of management experience in the biotechnology industry. From 2013 through 2014, Mr. Avniel served as Strategy and Business Development of A.B. Seeds, a wholly owned subsidiary of Monsanto Company. Mr. Avniel served as the Chief Executive Officer of Rosetta Green Ltd. from 2010 through 2013 and led Rosetta Green in its acquisition by Monsanto. He also served as the president and the Chief Executive Officer of Rosetta Genomics from 2006 to 2009, and Mr. Avniel is a named inventor in over 20 patent applications. He studied computer science at the Academic College of Tel Aviv – Jaffa Israel and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Humanities – from Open University in Israel. Prior to his academic studies, he served as an officer in the Israel Defense Force, where he was awarded four commendations for excellence.
David Grossman has served on AIT Ltd’s board since February 2016 and our Board since January 13, 2017. Mr. Grossman serves on Ltd’s audit committee and compensation committees and we intend to have him serve in the same capacities with us once we form those Board committees. Since 2016, Mr. Grossman has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at D-Pharm Ltd. (TASE: DPRM). Since 2015, Mr. Grossman has served on the board of Amnis Therapeutics Ltd. (TASE: AMNS) (formerly ITGI Medical Ltd.) and since 2014 is an External Director at Cellect Biotechnology Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: APOP). From 2014 to 2016, Mr. Grossman served as the Chairman of Algomizer Ltd. (TASE: ALMO). Mr. Grossman previously served as Chief Executive Officer at XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: XTLB, TASE: XTL), from 2009 until 2014 and was also a member of the board from 2009 until 2013. He served as a Vice President of Eurocom Investments LP, a private equity fund, from 2006 to 2009. Also during that time, Mr. Grossman served as Vice President of Sahar Investments Ltd, (TASE: ENLT; formerly SAIN) which focused on investments in the life sciences arena. Prior to that, Mr. Grossman was a Senior Analyst at Israel Health Care Ventures (IHCV), an Israeli healthcare venture capital fund. Mr. Grossman has previously served on a number of boards of public companies including Proteologics Ltd. (TASE: PRTL) and InterCure Ltd. (TASE: INCR) from 2012 to 2013, Rosetta Green Ltd. (TASE: RSTG) from 2011 to 2014, Bio Light Israeli Life Science Investments Ltd. (TASE: BOLT) from 2009 to 2011, and Gilat Satcom Ltd. (AIM: GLT) from 2007 to 2008. Mr. Grossman received a BA in Business Administration with a focus on information technology, from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
Professor Yossef Av-Gay, PhD, co-founded AIT Ltd. in 2011 and became a director of AIT Ltd. at that time. Prof. Av-Gay became AIT Ltd’s Chief Scientific Officer in 2012, and was AIT Ltd’s Chairman from January 2014 until July 2015. He has been a professor of microbiology at the UBC, Faculty of Medicine and the Division of Infectio and is a member of the scientific review panels of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (since 2010), the French Agence Nationale de la Rechereche (since 2008), Innovative Medicine Innovations, the U.S. Natius Diseases since 1997. He is engaged in basic research in microbial genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms, and his research focuses on translational research of bacterial pathogens aiming at antimicrobial drug development. He is a consultant to several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies,onal Institutes of Health (since 2010), the European Commission FP6, FP7 (since 2002) and Horizon 2020 (since 2014). Dr. Av-Gay received a B.Sc. in biology, a M.Sc. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in molecular microbiology from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Ari Raved served as a Senior Vice President of IDB Development Corporation Limited., a subsidiary of IDB Holding Corp. Ltd. from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Raved served as the Vice President of IDB Development Corporation. He served as the Chairman of Bartan Holdings and Investments Ltd. from 2006 to 2014. He serves as a Director of Modiin Energy Limited Partnership. Mr. Raved has been a Director of the Company. since 2012. He served as a Director of Property & Building Corp. Ltd., from May 15, 2012 to December 14, 2015. He served as a Director of Gav-Yam Land Corporation Ltd. He served as a Director of Modiin Energy – LP.from 2006 until 2014 he was the Chairman of the Board at Bartan Holdings and Investments Ltd. Mr. Raved holds a Degree in Social Sciences and Masters of Arts in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University.