Board of Directors

Paul Sekhri

Chairman of the Board

Paul Sekhri joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2017. Mr. Sekhri has over 25 year of experience in the life sciences industry. He currently serves as President and CEO of Lycera Corp. Prior to joining Lycera, Mr. Sekhri served in senior management positions at Sanofi, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Novartis. Mr. Sekhri also served as Operating Partner and Head of the Biotechnology Operating Group at TPG Biotech, the life sciences venture capital arm of TPG Capital. Mr. Sekhri has been a director on more than 20 private and public company boards, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Veeva Systems Inc. and Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc.; Mr. Sekhri is also the Chairman of the Board of Pharming N.V., Petra Pharma, and Topas Therapeutics GmbH. Additionally, he serves on several non-profit boards including the BioExec Institute, Inc., the TB Alliance, Young Concert Artists, Inc., The English Concert in America (TECA), and the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Mr. Sekhri also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall from 2010-2012, where he is now an active member of their Patrons Council. Mr. Sekhri completed graduate work in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also received his BS in Zoology.

Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Dr. Cohen-Dayag joined Compugen in 2002, and has held various management positions, including VP R&D. In 2009, Dr. Cohen-Dayag was appointed, together with Mr. Martin Gerstel, as co-CEO of Compugen. In 2010, Dr. Cohen-Dayag was appointed Compugen President and CEO. Prior to joining Compugen, she was head of R&D and a member of the executive management at Mindsense Biosystems. Dr. Cohen-Dayag holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Ben-Gurion University, and an M.Sc. in chemical immunology and a Ph.D. in cellular biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. In addition, Dr. Cohen-Dayag is a director of Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd., and a director of the IATI (Israeli Advanced Technologies Industries).

Yair Aharonowitz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Biotechnology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Aharonowitz joined Compugen’s Board of Directors as an external director in 2007 and was reappointed as an external director in 2010 and 2013. He is a Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Biotechnology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He was a visiting scientist at Oxford University, an Alberta Heritage Fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and a visiting professor at the Karolinska Institute and at the University of British Columbia. Professor Aharonowitz’s research interests include the molecular genetics and biosynthesis of antibiotics, molecular biology of microbial pathogens and the development of new targets for new antibiotics. He served as TAU Vice President and Dean for R&D (1997-2001), Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology and Chairman of the Institute of Biotechnology and served as a member of the TAU Executive Council. He served as the Chairman of Ramot Fund for Applied Research, as a member of TAU committee for strategic planning, on the TAU patent committee and was a member of the National Committee for Biotechnology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Ruth Arnon, Ph.D.

Professor at the Department of Immunology, the Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Arnon joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2007. Formerly the Vice-President of the Weizmann Institute of Science (1988-1997), she is a noted immunologist, having joined the Institute in 1960. She served as Head of the Department of Chemical Immunology, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Director of the Institute's MacArthur Center for Molecular Biology of Tropical Diseases. Prof. Arnon has made significant contributions to the fields of vaccine development, cancer research and the study of parasitic diseases. Along with Prof. Michael Sela, she developed Copaxone® a drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis which is presently marketed worldwide. Prof. Arnon is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and presently serves as its President. She is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, served as President of the European Federation of Immunological Societies and as Secretary-General of the International Union of Immunological Societies. Her awards include the Robert Koch Prize in Medical Sciences, Spain's Jiminez Diaz Memorial Prize, France's Legion of Honor, the Hadassah World Organization's Women of Distinction Award, the Wolf Prize for Medicine, the Rothschild Prize for Biology, the Israel Prize and an Honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University and from Tel Aviv University. In addition, Prof. Arnon is the incumbent of the Paul Ehrlich Chair in Immunochemistry at the Weizmann Institute.

Martin S. Gerstel

Former Chairman of the Board

Martin Gerstel served as the Active Chairman of our Board of Directors from 1997 to September 2017, other than one year during which he served as either our CEO or co-CEO. Currently, in addition to his directorship at Compugen, Mr. Gerstel is the Chairman of Evogene Ltd. and the co-founder and director of Itamar Medical. He is a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science and a director of Yeda, its technology licensing affiliate, and is a frequent lecturer and seminar leader in negotiating, corporate strategy and finance. Previously, Mr. Gerstel was co-chairman and CEO of ALZA Corporation, which he helped found in 1968, and a director of, and consultant to, various public and private companies in the US. Mr. Gerstel holds a B.Sc. from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University.

Dov Hershberg

Co-Founder Powermat Technologies Ltd, Former Head of US Israel BIRD Foundation

Dov Hershberg joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2009 and served as Chairman of the Board until 2010. Prior to Compugen, Mr. Hershberg co-founded Powermat Technologies Ltd., a pioneer wireless electrical charging company, and served as its CEO and later as board and management team member until September 2014. From 1997 through 2006 Mr. Hershberg managed the Israel US (BIRD) R&D Foundation and the Israel US Jordan (TRIDE) R&D Foundation, supporting and funding hundreds of successful hi tech and bio tech joint projects, facilitating cooperation on an international scale. Prior to joining the BIRD Foundation Mr. Hershberg was the founder, with colleagues from Stanford University, and the CEO of Molecular Applications Group, a biomedical software company, which was located in Palo Alto, California. Mr. Hershberg holds graduate degrees in mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and in applied mathematics and operations research from Columbia University in New York City.

Arie Ovadia, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Shamrock Israel

Dr. Ovadia joined Compugen’s Board of Directors as an external director in 2007 and was reappointed as an external director in 2010 and 2013. He advises major Israeli companies on finance, accounting and valuations, and is a member of the Board of Directors of several corporations, including Strauss Ltd., Israel Petrochemical Industries Ltd., Bazan Ltd., Maxtech Technologies Ltd., and Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. He has taught at New York University, Temple University and, in Israel, at Tel Aviv and Bradford Universities and at the College of Management. Dr. Ovadia served as a member of the Israeli Accounting Board, and is a 14-year member of the Israel Securities Authority. Dr. Ovadia holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Michal Preminger, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Executive Director, Harvard University Office of Technology Development’s Harvard Medical School site

Dr. Preminger joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2017. Dr. Preminger is the Executive Director at Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development's Harvard Medical School site, overseeing industry partnerships, startup formation and development of scientific programs and discoveries emerging from research at Harvard Medical School. In this role, she has initiated and negotiated a multitude of licensing and strategic alliance agreements with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and supported the launch of many biotechnology startups. Prior to joining Harvard in 2005, Dr. Preminger held a number of senior executive business development and R&D positions in technology and biotechnology companies, including at Compugen, where she was a member of the management team that took the Company public in August 2000. In addition, she is currently a member of the Board of Directors at BioArray Genetics and Israel Brain Technologies, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Futurx Accelerator (Takeda/J&J/Orbimed) and Prize for Life. Dr. Preminger holds an undergraduate degree in Medicine from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Medicine, MSc and PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Joshua Shemer, M.D.

Full Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and Chairman, Assuta Medical Centers in Israel

Prof. Shemer joined Compugen’s Board of Directors as an external director in 2007 and was reappointed in 2010 and 2013. Prof. Shemer is Full Professor of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University. In addition, Prof. Shemer is the Chairman of Assuta Medical Centers in Israel and a member of the Board of Directors of Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel. Prof. Shemer is a director of the Israeli center for medical technology assessment in healthcare in Gertner Institute, Tel Hashomer. Prof. Shemer is an Associate Editor at IMAJ and Harefuah, and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Prof. Shemer teaches Medical Technology Management at the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He was a member and former chairman of the National Public Committee for Updating the National List of Health Services in Israel and the National Council for Trauma of the Israeli Ministry of Health. Prof. Shemer was the Director-General of Maccabi Healthcare Services, and was formerly Director-General of the Ministry of Health and Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps. Prof. Shemer has published five books and more than 200 peer reviewed articles. Additionally, he is an external director of El-Al Airlines Ltd. Prof. Shemer is a graduate of the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine and Board certified in Internal Medicine in Israel , and board certified in health administration in Israel.