SynVaccine's scientific leadership brings in state of the art technology spanning fields as diverse as virology, synthetic biology, computational biology, engineering and automation.
David Zigdon, Executive Chairman
David is a senior level executive with strong background in the High-Tech, Biomed, Biotech and Pharma startup industry. Mr. Zigdon is the CEO of MIGAL Galilee Research Institute Ltd an independent research organization since January 2019, before that, for a period of approximately nine years, Mr. Zigdon was CEO and President of Rad BioMed, an Israel-based evergreen family fund that invests in early-stage BioMed startups. Rad BioMed is part of the RAD Group that been named "the most fertile ground" for developing Israeli entrepreneurs. Before that David had a two-decade career as CEO/CFO of successful high tech firms, including Bynet, Bynet Electronics, Radcom (Nasdaq: RDCM), Magic Software (Nasdaq: MGIC) and Time To Know. Mr. Zigdon is a CPA and holds a BA degree (Economics) and an LLM degree from Bar Ilan University.
Prof. Tamir Tuller, CSO
Tamir completed his graduate and post doc work at Tel-Aviv University and at the Weizmann Institute of Science as a Koshland fellow. He has formal education and training in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine and Biology (four BSc, two MSc studies, and two PhD titles). He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed, publications in top journals, as well as several patents in the field. Among others, his publications are related to synthetic biology, computational biology, microbiology, and virology. His multidisciplinary research focuses on the deciphering, modeling and engineering of gene expression. A co-founder of Synvaccine, Tamir’s expertise are key to Synvaccine's technology for the computer-aided design of viral genomes for various applications.
Dr. Avner Finger DVM/ Animal Vaccines BD
Avner brings 26 year of experience in the Animal Health industry. In his last position Dr Finger had led the global Vaccine business of Phibro Animal Health focusing in Poultry, Swine and Fish vaccines. During his years with Phibro (previously Teva) Avner successfully led the development and introduction of new vaccines and delivery key animal health technologies to the global market. His specialityies include: Veterinary Vaccines; Task oriented project management; Regulatory Affairs biologicals (EMEA, USDA); Animal Health Strategic Consulting; Supporting R&D and Regulatory projects; and leading Business Development initiatives with a clear focus on taking concepts and ideas to the market.
Scientific Advisory Board
Emeritus Prof. Stanley Plotkin (MD)
Dr. Stanley A. Plotkin is Emeritus Professor of the University of Pennsylvania, and Adjunct Professor of the Johns Hopkins University. Until 1991, he was Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor of Virology at the Wistar Institute and at the same time, Director of Infectious Diseases and Senior Physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1991, Dr. Plotkin left the University to join the vaccine manufacturer, Pasteur-Mérieux-Connaught, where for seven years he was Medical and Scientific Director, based at Marnes-la-Coquette,outside Paris. The same company is now named Sanofi Pasteur. He is now consultant to vaccine manufacturers, biotechnology companies and non-profit research organizations as
principal of Vaxconsult, LLC. Dr. Plotkin attended New York University, where he received a B.A. degree, and then the State University of New York Medical School in Brooklyn, where he received an M.D. degree in 1956. His subsequent career included internship at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital for Sick Children in London and three years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control of the US Public Health Service.
His bibliography includes more than 700 articles and he has edited several books including the standard textbook on vaccines, now in its 6th edition. He developed the rubella vaccine now in standard use throughout the world, is co-developer of the newly licensed pentavalent rotavirus vaccine, and has worked extensively on the development and application of other vaccines including anthrax, oral polio, rabies, varicella, and cytomegalovirus.
Prof. Ruth Arnon
Formerly Vice-President of the Weizmann Institute of Science (1988-1997), Professor Arnon is an internationally acclaimed immunologist. Along with Prof. Michael Sela, she conceptualized and developed Copaxone®, a drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is presently marketed worldwide. She is also the inventor of the new synthetic influenza vaccine and head of BiondVax’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Prior to her appointment as Vice-President, Prof. Arnon served as Head of the Department of Chemical Immunology and as Dean of the Faculty of Biology. From 1985 to 1994, Prof. Arnon was Director of the Institute’s McArthur Center for Molecular Biology of Tropical Diseases. Prof. Arnon has made significant contributions in the fields of vaccine development, cancer research and to the study of parasitic diseases.
Prof. Nava Zisapel, Chairman
Prof. Zisapel is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Neurim Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. She is a full professor at Tel-Aviv University with a specialization in Neuro-biochemistry and holds the Michael Gluck Chair in Neuropharmacology and ALS Research, USA. Prof. Zisapel holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry, a M.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University. She has authored, together with her students and other scientists, over 160 original research publications in peer-reviewed journals.