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Shai Beilis - Chairman of the Board

Shai Beilis

Shai Beilis is a veteran business executive, with an extensive track record in the Israeli knowledge-based sector, including: founder of Formula Ventures (a VC fund within the Formula Group); CEO of Clal Computers and Technology (an Israeli IT holding company traded on the TASE); Vice President at Digital Equipment Corporation Israel; and founder and CEO of Yael Software and Services (a leading software services group in Israel). Mr. Beilis has served as Director or Chairman of over sixty Israeli high tech companies (including 4 NASDAQ- listed companies).

Shai Beilis holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and a B.Sc., cum laude, in Mathematics and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Yigal Gezundhait - CEO

Yigal Gezundhait is a business executive with wide-ranging management and financial experience in general, and with R&D oriented businesses in particular. Prior to his position at BotanoCap he served as business development manager and assistant to the marketing director at Rafa Laboratories, as R&D manager at Vitamed Pharmaceuticals Industries, and as R&D project coordinator at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

Yigal holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot – Watt University, a M.Sc. in Biotechnology, and B.Sc. degrees in Biology and Pharmaceutic Science.

Ziv Shomroni, Director of Business Development

Ziv Shomroni is an experienced business executive. Prior to his position at BotanoCap he served as VP and Head of Business Development at Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At Yissum, Ziv was in charge of business development for technologies resulting from long-term research in the fields of Agriculture and Food, Animals and Veterinary Science, and Water and Environment Technologies. He initiated and promoted research collaboration and joint ventures with local and multinational companies, including establishing spin-off and start-up companies.

Prior to his position at Yissum, Ziv served in top management positions in several high tech companies.

Ziv holds a B.Sc. in Information System Management from the University of Maryland, additional post graduate diplomas in Business Administration and Marketing and diploma for Company Directors from Lahav Executive Education of Recanati Business School, Tel-Aviv University.

Hadar Sutovsky - Director of Global Marketing

Hadar Sutovsky is a business executive with extensive marketing and management experience in life science-based companies. Prior to her position at Botanocap she served in senior positions at Frutarom Industries, Solbar, and GE Healthcare.

Hadar holds an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Professor Arie Markus - Co-founder and CTO

Professor Arie Markus is in charge of BotanoCap's scientific and technological activities . Professor Markus serves as head of the Controlled Release Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, with more than 30 years of experience in microencapsulation. He commercialized several microencapsulated formulations that are sold all over the world. He is the co founder of two other companies dealing with microencapsulated products: AgroVant and Eshed Chem.

He holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Avishay Pelah, Ph.D., Research and Development Manager

Dr. Avishay Pelah is a chemist with expertise in polymers, stimuli responsive materials and organic chemistry. Prior to his position at BotanoCap Dr. Pelah served as a senior lecturer in the department of plastics engineering at Shenkar College.

Dr. Pelah holds a Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University.

Varda Sagiv, CPA - CFO

Varda Sagiv is an experienced chartered accountant who, prior to her position at BotanoCap, served as CFO at BluePhoenix Solutions, a publicly traded IT company (Nasdaq, TASE), at Formula Ventures and at InterSystems Inc.

Varda Sagiv holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

Research Professor Charles Linder – Co-founder and IP Officer

Dr. Charles Linder

Prof. Charles Linder participates in BotanoCap's scientific and technological activities. Dr. Linder is a research professor at Ben-Gurion University in the areas of supramolecular chemistry and polymer/macromolecules for drug delivery, and microencapsulation and membranes for water treatment. Dr Linder was a senior scientist at Hoffman LaRoche where he developed oral drug delivery systems with high bioavailability. From 1976 to 1998 Dr. Linder was the scientific director of Membrane Products Kiryat Weizmann Ltd. in Israel, where he pioneered the field of nanofiltration - for which he was awarded the Weizmann Institute Dudley Wright prize.

Charles holds a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Polymer Chemistry Department, and a M.Sc. in Organic Physical Chemistry from the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

Shimrit Weinberg, Ph.D., Regulatory Affairs Manager

Dr. Weinberg is a regulatory affairs expert, with more than 7 years experience in pesticides regulation worldwide. Prior to her position in Botanocap she served as a regulatory affairs product manager in Adama Agricultural Solutions.

Shimrit holds a Ph.D. In Organic chemistry from Tel-Aviv University.

Danny Seades – Logistics Manager

Danny Seades is an experienced Industrial Engineer who, prior to his position at BotanoCap, served as Director of Procurement and Logistics at Israel Aircraft Industries and as Purchasing Manager at Rafa Laboratories.

Danny holds a B.Sc. Degree in Industrial Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, USA.

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