BEER-SHEVA, Israel – March 4, 2020 - BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, announced today the appointment of Josh Peleg as its new Chief Executive Officer. Josh Peleg will replace Netta Cohen, who held the position for the past 15 years
Josh Peleg has over 20 year of experience in senior managerial positions both in the private sector and as a civil servant, with a focus on agtech and biotech. Between 2009-2017 he worked at Zeraim Gedera and Syngenta (which acquired Zeraim Gedera), with his most recent role there being CEO Zeraim Gedera & Head of Commercial Unit Syngenta Israel. Between 2000-2008 he worked at the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, including in the role of Israel's Commercial Attach in Mexico for four years. From 1994-2000 Mr. Peleg worked as an attorney at law at Wine, Misheiker and Ernstoff Law Offices. Mr. Peleg has a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and participated in the Marketing and Sales Excellence Certificate Program at INSEAD.
Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, President of Ben Gurion University, commented, "Ben Gurion University of the Negev excels in its interdisciplinary research and study programs. The university upholds an approach leading to cutting edge research and patent-protected innovations alongside a strong bond with the industry. BGN Technologies is more than a technology transfer company for technologies originating from the university. Rather, BGN Technologies is a fundamental tool connecting the outstanding research and development on campus with the needs of the industry. This is why we have leading technology companies at the high-tech park adjacent to the university, in which one third of the park employees are BGU graduates. This renders the
role of BGN Technologies' CEO unique and challenging, and I believe that Josh is the right person for carrying out our vision. I wish him and us a future of numerous achievements."
Gil Weiser, Chairman of BGN Technologies, said, "I would like to thank our former CEO, Netta Cohen, who in his long tenure in office transformed BGN Technologies into a significant player in the development of the Negev and Beer-Sheva's ecosystem. Netta promoted centers of innovation, entrepreneurship, accelerators and incubators, and led the organization to considerable achievements of commercializing BGU's impressive IP of as well as forging considerable connections with international companies in a variety of fields, including cyber, engineering, biotechnology, water, ecology, communications and more."
Weiser continues, "Josh Peleg brings with him broad managerial and business experience in numerous sectors and fields of interest relevant to propelling BGU technologies and the development of the Negev. I look forward to working with Josh and the team at BGN Technologies to continue commercializing cutting-edge technologies developed by the university researchers, for the benefit of people around the world, as well as to promote regional growth and the transformation of the Negev into a hub of knowledge, innovation and technology."
Josh Peleg said, "I am very happy for this opportunity to lead BGN Technologies at such an interesting phase of development of the Negev and the South of Israel. BGN Technologies is a leading player in the ecosystem emerging around BGU, and I look forward to working closely with the excellent team of the organization and to cooperating with all the other players of the Negev's ecosystem."
About BGN Technologies BGN Technologies is the technology company of Ben-Gurion University, Israel. The company brings technological innovations from the lab to the market and fosters research collaborations and entrepreneurship among researchers and students. To date, BGN Technologies has established over 100 startup companies in the fields of biotech, hi-tech, and cleantech as well as initiating leading technology hubs, incubators, and accelerators. Over the past decade, it has focused on creating long-term partnerships with multinational corporations such as Deutsche Telekom, Dell-EMC, IBM, PayPal, Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, Merck, Sigma
and Bayer, securing value and growth for Ben-Gurion University as well as for the Negev region. For more information, visit the BGN Technologies website.
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