Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Gianni Gromo

Dr. Gromo is a world-renowned expert with a proven track record in drug development and discovery. Throughout his long career at Roche, he has held key positions including Head of Global Cardiovascular & Metabolic Research, Chair of the Global Metabolic & Vascular Management Discovery Team, and as Head of Discovery Research and Non Clinical Development at the Basel Headquarters in Switzerland. Dr. Gromo was also a member of the Pharma Committee of China and served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota. He also serves as a Scientific Advisor at various companies including CCSIRO and the Baker Institute in Australia.

Prof. Itamar Shalit

Prof. Shalit is an expert in infectious diseases, actively involved in various national committees of the Israeli Ministry of Health. He was awarded Certificate of Appreciation Declaration by the World Health Organization for his role in eradicating poliomyelitis in Israel. In the past, Prof. Shalit also served as the Director General of Schneider Children’s Hospital and of Carmel Hospital, and was the Chairman of the Israeli Society for Infectious Diseases. Prof. Shalit serves as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at BioLineRx, Ltd., NasVax, and Therapix Biosciences Ltd. Prof. Shalit served as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Teva Innovative Ventures until 2011. Currently, he serves as CEO of the Galilee Biomedical Research Administration. Prof. Shalit holds an MD from Tel Aviv University and an MPA from Harvard University.

Dr. Yafit Stark, Ph.D.

Dr. Stark is VP Global Clinical Development at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. Dr Stark is pioneer and expert in global clinical development strategy. Dr. Stark joined Teva in 1987, where she established, grown and developed the clinical department of the Innovative R&D Division of Teva and was responsible for the clinical development of Copaxone® and Azilect®. During her long term career in the industry, Dr Stark was involved in building up new clinical therapeutic areas such as Oncology and Biosimilars as well as advancing new technologies into clinical trials. Dr. Stark holds a Ph.D. in Pathology from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and a Post-Doctorate in Immuno-Histopathology from Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Dr. Kenneth D. Noonan, Ph.D.

Dr. Noonan is the CEO of Lightstone Singapore PTE. Ltd. Previously Dr.Noonan was a senior partner and head of the European Life Sciences practice at L.E.K. Consulting LLP. He has been a BOD member of public and private life science companies in both the U.S. and Europe to include Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc., Kailos Genetics and Orchid Biosciences. Dr. Noonan holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from Princeton University.

Dr. Joao Siffert, M.D.

Dr. Siffert is the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Development at Nestle Health Science S.A. Previously, Dr. Siffert was EVP R&D and CMO at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 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. degree from the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine as well as an M.B.A. degree from Columbia University Business School.