Netta Cohen - CEO
Netta Cohen – CEO, BGN Technologies - Technology Transfer Company of Ben-Gurion University. Appointed CEO of BGN in 2004, Netta Cohen has significantly increased the University's technology transfer programs, creating relationships with international corporations around the world. In the fields of information systems and communications, BGU now has relationships with global powerhouses such as Deutsche Telekom, EMC, IBM. On the Bio-pharma domain, a number of BGU patented technologies are now in clinical trials and hope to be in the marketplace soon. Prior to joining BGN, Mr. Cohen was VP of Pharma-Israel, The Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies Association. Previously, he was the Director of Finance & BizDev for Novartis Consumer Health and Gerber Baby Food at its regional offices. He began his managerial career at Kibbutz Harish, where he served as its General Manager. Mr. Cohen currently sits on the boards of BotanoCap, MediLogos, Rotec, Inner-Eye and other privately-held companies. He also sits on the board of Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU. Mr. Cohen holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bradford, UK, and a BA in Economics from Ruppin Academic Center.
Dr. Ora Horovitz - Senior VP Business Development - Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Cleantech
Dr. Horovitz joined BGN Technologies in 1997, following 25 years of R&D, International Marketing and Business Development positions in academy and industry.
She is responsible for licensing and intellectual property at BGN Technologies - Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech and Cleantech.
Dr. Horovitz is a graduate of Bar Ilan University and the Hebrew University and holds a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Zafrir Levy - Senior VP Business Development - Exact Sciences & Engineering
Mr. Levy joined BGN in 2007. Prior to Joining BGN, Mr. Levy managed for several years the business development activities in the areas of engineering, computer, exact sciences and medical devices at TRDF (Technion R&D Foundation). Previously he held a number of managerial positions in the R&D and Marketing teams of Encotone, a provider of PKI digital signatures solutions and acoustic signing technologies. He was the founder and the CEO of Thinking Different, a company which activated out-sourcing classes and other activities in the field of computers, sciences and innovative thinking. Mr. Levy holds a MBA focus on Hi-Tech from the Technion, and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Haifa University.
Avi Strugano - Business Development
Mr. Strugano joined BGN in 2002. He has over 15 years of international marketing and business development experience. In addition to his business development position in BGN, Mr Strugano is the CEO of MultiPON which is one of BGU start-up companies developing chips to the ultra high data rates (10Gps and above) markets. Mr Strugano was the VP for Business Development and Marketing at Ness-ISI, a division of Ness Technologies (Nasdaq: NSTC), the Founder and VP for Sales and Projects at ScheduLogic and the Projects and Marketing Manager at Yahav – Projects and Computers. He is a graduate of the special program for PhD students in Physics and Electro-optics at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and is currently doing his PhD in Business Management at BGU.
Mario Krimerman - CFO
Mr. Krimerman joined BGN in 2001 as the company's CFO. Prior to joining BGN, he served as a comptroller of Yitran Ltd., a start-up company, and prior to that at Brand Industries Ltd. Mr. Krimerman holds a M.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Buenos-Aires, Argentina and is an Israeli Certified Public Accountant (CPA).