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 a 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.
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.
Jesse Adams, PhD – Vice President, North America
Dr. Adams joined HIL following the acquisition of NanoLabz, where he was Co-Founder and Vice President; there he led the development and fabrication of smart nano-engineered targets for the short-pulse laser R&D sector. Under his leadership NanoLabz created IP and developed laser physics targets and alignment systems with the aim to help create next-generation, compact, high-performance and reduced-cost proton sources for research and cancer therapy.
Prior to NanoLabz Dr. Adams founded – and still serves as CTO of – NevadaNano, where he has spent over a decade integrating multiple complementary chemical sensors onto silicon chips. Incorporating a patented array of sensors and methods, these chips are currently being developed for an array of real-world applications including chemical vapor detection, blood analysis, drug discovery, and water quality analysis.
Before launching his entrepreneurial career Jesse spent several years as an assistant professor of nanotechnology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He co-authored a first-of-its-kind textbook on nanotechnology, that subsequently won a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award, and published more than 20 technical papers. Dr. Adams won a national speaking award, a national design award, a university innovation award, and the 2004 Scientific American 50 award in the defense category. He holds multiple patents and patent applications.
Jesse earned a bachelor’s degree Summa Cum Laude in mechanical engineering with a business minor from the University of Nevada, Reno, a Masters of Science in mechatronics from Stanford University, and a PhD in nanotechnology – also from Stanford. During the course of his training he had the privilege of earning a NFS graduate fellowship and working under co-inventor of the Atomic Force Microscope Calvin Quate, Director of the Stanford Learning Laboratory Larry Leifer, and Stanford provost Condoleezza Rice.