Sagi Brink-Danan, MSc, MBA – Chief Executive Officer, Board Director
Sagi brings over 15 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.
Prior to joining HIL he was 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.
At Mazor Robotics he was hired as the second employee of the US subsidiary, rose quickly through the ranks to senior management positions, and helped develop and lead the company’s nation-wide presence and operations.
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 patent applications.
Prof. Yehoshua (Shuki) Shemer, MD – Board Director
Professor Shemer is Chairman of the Board of Assuta Israel, the country’s largest private hospital network. He is also Director of the Israeli Center for Technology Assessment in Health Care (ICTAHC) at the Gertner Institute, which is a research unit serving the Israeli Ministry of Health. A graduate of the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine, he is a foremost specialist in medical technology management and serves in that capacity as a faculty member at the Tel Aviv University Business School.
Over the years, Professor Shemer has served as Surgeon General of the IDF, Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Health, and CEO of Maccabi HMO. He has led a number of national reform committees and has been an active participant in more than a hundred scientific meetings both in Israel and abroad.
A prolific writer and editor, he has published extensively in prominent professional publications, authored numerous chapters and 6 books on trauma, terror, health reform and technology assessment.
Morris Laster, MD – Board Director
Dr. Laster is a healthcare executive/entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical and medical-device industries.
Currently he is a Venture Partner responsible for Medtech investments at OurCrowd (www.ourcrowd.com), and the Founder of Clil Medical and Xerem Medical.
Dr. Laster has founded 6 companies that have gone public in the US, UK and Israel. He was the Founder and Director of Kitov Pharmaceuticals (TASE: KTOV), Founding CEO of BioLineRX (dully-listed on NASDAQ and TASE: BLRX), and Chairman and CEO of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:KERX) – where he led the first simultaneous NASDAQ/AIM listing in 2000.
Dr. Laster began his entrepreneurial career as a VP of medical venture capital at Paramount Capital in NYC. While in that capacity he founded three companies that went public: XTL Therapeutics (NASDAQ:XTLB) – which developed hepatitis B and C antibodies in programs that were licensed to Cubist, Progenitor (NASDAQ:PGEN), and Neose Technologies (NASDAQ: NTEC).
He received his MD from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1990 and a BS in Biology from SUNY Albany.
Shmuel (Shmulik) Eisenmann, PhD – Co-founder, Board Director
Dr. Eisenmann is a hands-on experimental physicist specializing in high power lasers, electro-optics, non-linear optics, plasma physics and laser accelerators. Prior to founding HIL he led the R&D efforts of several technology companies in the fields of medical devices and data analysis.
Dr. Eisenmann had served in an elite Navy unit of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), where he attained the rank of Captain. He holds a PhD, MSc and BSc degrees in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel), and is a graduate of Israel’s Naval Officer Academy in Haifa. Dr. Eisenmann’s has numerous scientific papers in leading physics journals, and holds several patents. He currently heads Research and Innovation at Syneron-Candela – the global leader in aesthetic medical devices.