Sagi Brink-Danan, MSc, MBA – Chief Executive Officer, Board Director
Sagi brings over 17 years of entrepreneurial and executive medical-device experience, mostly in the US, building and growing companies in pain monitoring, orthopedics, robotic spine surgery, advanced wound healing and urology.
At Mazor Robotics (NASDAQ: MZOR; recently sold to Medtronic for $1.6B) he was hired as the second employee in the US, rose quickly through the ranks to senior management positions, and helped develop and lead the company’s nation-wide presence and operations.
Sagi was also the founding CEO of Perfuzia Medical, where he took the company from inception through seed and A-round financing, product development, IP development, clinical studies and strategic partnerships.
In his position as VP at SRS Medical Sagi led the international commercialization of an advanced urological technology, developed at an investment of over $100M.
Prior to his medical-device career Sagi served in an elite Navy unit of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), where he attained the rank of Captain.
He holds an MBA Cum-Laude from Babson College (Boston, MA, USA) in entrepreneurship and international business, and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Tel Aviv University (Israel) with a full merit scholarship; his Master’s thesis was spun out as a startup company funded by Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist. Sagi also holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from TAU (dean’s list, merit scholarship), and is a graduate of Israel’s Naval Officer Academy in Haifa.
He has several scientific and medical publications, and holds numerous patents worldwide.
Prof. Arie Zigler, PhD – Co-founder, Chief Scientist
Prof. Zigler is the Chair of physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He has over 35 years of experience in experimental physics in area of electro-optics, spectroscopy, high power lasers, laser accelerators and plasma physics.
Prof. Zigler has published over 150 scientific publications and delivered numerous invited talks at scientific conferences. He is a fellow of American Physics Society.
Prof. Zigler also holds over 10 granted patents, serves as a scientific consultant to numerous technology companies in both Israel and the US, and was a co-founder of X-Technologies Inc. – an interventional cardiology company which was acquired by Guidant Corp. (now Boston Scientific) in 2003.
Roee Nagler, B.Sc , Commander (Ret.) – V.P Projects
Roee brings over 25 years of experience in leadership and management at the highest levels.
He spent most of his career in the Israeli Navy, first serving as the Commanding Officer of several advanced warships and submarines, then moving on to lead numerous navy-wide multidisciplinary technological and infrastructure projects. Among other things, Roee served as Head of the operational characterization team for the future submarines, Director of the submarine fleet projects branch, and others – and was endowed with the Israel Security Award.
Upon retiring at the rank of Commander Roee served as the Vice-President of Operations at Totem-Plus – a company developing and manufacturing infrastructure and systems for the maritime industry – and held leadership positions in several Defense development projects with I.A.I (Israel Aerospace Industries), Elbit and Rafael.
Roee is member of the Maritime Policy & Strategy center at the University of Haifa and graduate of the US Naval Command College in Newport, RI, as well as of the Israeli Naval Officers Scademy in Haifa. He holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering Suma Cum Laudemn.
Arik Hybloom, CPA – Director of Finance and Operations
A CPA (Israel) for the past 18 years, formerly with Deloitte, Arik brings substantive experience in management, banking and finance.
Prior to joining HIL, Arik served as COO and CFO at P2W (Pollution to Water, Ltd.), where he had direct responsibility for the entire financial activity of the company and acted as the CEO’s deputy in all aspects of company’s activity. Among other things Arik was directly responsible for the ongoing business of the company, including the daily operations of its plants abroad; he was in charge of logistics and procurement in the tens of millions of USD per annum, and responsible for fund raising and financing of P2W’s large-scale projects – upwards of USD 100 million.
Prior to that he served 6 years as VP Operations and Compliance for State Bank of India in Israel, where he oversaw all operational aspects of the bank, financial reports and reporting, credit, regulation, controls, internal audits and business development. As partner to the establishment of the branch in Israel – from the very early stages of licensing, staff recruitment, strategic planning and policies layout – Arik was directly responsible for the recruitment and preservation of over 300 active business customers, which led the bank to profitability and ongoing growth in its activity in Israel.
Before that Arik held various positions in the Israeli and international banking sectors, among them: CFO for 3 affiliates of Bank of Jerusalem, Branch Manager at Mizrahi Tfahot Bank, and Director of the Branch for Dexia Israel.
Arik holds BA degree in Business and Accounting from the College of Management in Rishon Lezion, Israel, and completed additional high-level Accounting studies.
Jenya Papeer, PhD – Director of Research
A highly-trained experimental physicist, Jenya brings over a decade of hands-on experience in R&D management and scientific research, with unique expertise in high-intensity lasers and the complex physics of laser-plasma interaction and laser-proton acceleration.
Jenya joined HIL following an early career in electro-optics at Applied Materials, and quickly rose through the ranks to become R&D team-leader and eventually Director of Research. Among other things he has been leading HIL’s internal and external research efforts in the fields of proton acceleration and ultrafast pulsed high magnetic fields – in Israel and around the world.
Jenya is the author of several dozen patents, peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.
He carries PhD and MSc degrees in Physics, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.