Board of Directors - Compugen

Board of Directors

Paul Sekhri

Chairman of the Board

Paul Sekhri joined Compugen’s Board of Directors as its Chairman in October 2017. Paul Sekhri was appointed the President and CEO of Lycera Corp. in February 2015. Prior to joining Lycera, Mr. Sekhri served as Senior Vice President, Integrated Care for Sanofi from April 2014 through January 2015. From May 2013 through March 2014, Mr. Sekhri served as Group Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. Prior to joining Teva, Mr. Sekhri spent five years as Operating Partner and Head of the Biotechnology Operating Group at TPG Biotech, the life sciences venture capital arm of TPG Capital. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Sekhri was Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cerimon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to founding Cerimon, Mr. Sekhri was President and Chief Business Officer of ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Previously, Mr. Sekhri spent four years at Novartis, as Senior Vice President, and Head of Global Search and Evaluation, Business Development and Licensing for Novartis Pharma AG. Mr. Sekhri also developed the Disease Area Strategy for Novartis, identifying those specific therapeutic areas upon which the company would focus. Mr. Sekhri’s first role at Novartis was as Global Head, Early Commercial Development. Mr. Sekhri completed graduate work in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he also received his BS in Zoology. Mr. Sekhri is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Veeva Systems Inc., Ipsen S.A., Chairman of the Board of Supervisory Directors of Pharming N.V. and Topas Therapeutics GmbH, and Chairman of the Board of Petra Pharma. Additionally, Mr. Sekhri is on the Board of Directors of the TB Alliance, and, as an avid classical music enthusiast, is on the Boards of The Metropolitan Opera, The Knights and the English Concert in America. Mr. Sekhri is also an active member of the Patrons Council of Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Sekhri is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.

Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D.

President and CEO

Anat Cohen-Dayag, Ph.D. joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in February 2014. Dr. Cohen-Dayag joined Compugen in 2002 and held various positions. In November 2008, Dr. Cohen-Dayag was appointed as Vice President, Research and Development. In June 2009, Dr. Cohen-Dayag was appointed as co-Chief Executive Officer of Compugen and in March 2010 Dr. Cohen-Dayag was appointed as Compugen’s President and CEO. Prior to joining Compugen, Dr. Cohen-Dayag was head of research and development and member of the Executive Management at Mindsense Biosystems Ltd. Prior to Mindsense Biosystems Ltd., Dr. Cohen-Dayag served as a scientist at the R&D department of Orgenics Ltd. Dr. Cohen-Dayag holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the Ben-Gurion University, Israel, and an M.Sc. in Chemical Immunology and a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology, both from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Additionally, 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. Prof. 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.
Prof. Aharonowitz is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.

Gilead Halevy

Founding Member and General Partner of Kedma Capital Partners

Gilead Halevy joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Halevy brings to Compugen extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions, deal making and finance. He is a founding member and general partner of Kedma Capital Partners, a leading Israeli private equity fund since 2006. Prior to establishing Kedma, from 2001 to 2006, Mr. Halevy was with Giza Venture Capital, where he led investments in communication and information technology companies, and directed Giza’s European business activities. Previously, from 1998 to 2001, Mr. Halevy practiced law at White & Case LLP., where he was also a founding member of the firm’s Israel practice. Mr. Halevy currently serves as chairman of Brand Industries Ltd., Carmor Integrated Solutions Ltd., Carmel Wineries, Continuity Software Ltd. And S.AL Holdings. Mr. Halevy holds a B.A. in Humanities (multidisciplinary program for exceptional students) and an LL.B. (Magna Cum Laude) both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Halevy is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.

Kinneret Livnat Savitzky, Ph.D.

Interim CEO and Board Member of FutuRx Ltd.

Dr. Kinneret Livnat Savitzky joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2018. Dr. Livnat Savitzky brings to Compugen significant experience in the life sciences industry, including drug discovery and development, corporate partnering and capital raising. She currently serves as the Interim CEO and a board member of FutuRx Ltd., an Israeli biotechnology accelerator established by OrbiMed Israel Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Takeda Ventures Inc. (the venture group of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company). Dr. Livnat Savitzky also serves on the boards of the following biotechnology or healthcare companies: as an active chairperson in KAHR Medical and ImmPACT-Bio, and as a director in Evogene Ltd. Hadasit, and DreaMed Diabetes. In addition, Dr. Livnat Savitzky serves as a consultant to other pharmaceutical development companies and related funds. From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Livnat Savitzky served as CEO of NASDAQ-listed BioLineRx Ltd. Prior to being appointed CEO of BioLineRx, Dr. Livnat Savitzky held various R&D management positions at BioLineRx and Compugen. Dr. Livnat Savitzky holds a B.Sc. in Biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. with distinction in Human Genetics from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Livnat Savitzky is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.

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.
Dr. Ovadia is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.

Sanford (Sandy) Zweifach

Founder and CEO of Nuvelution Pharma, Inc.

Sanford Zweifach joined Compugen’s Board of Directors in 2018. Mr. Zweifach is senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in the life sciences industry. He has an extensive background in corporate partnering, business development, operations, private and public investing, and capital raising. Mr. Zweifach is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nuvelution Pharma, Inc. since 2015. Previously, from 2010 to 2015, Mr. Zweifach served as CEO of Ascendancy Healthcare, Inc., which he also founded. He has also been a Partner at Reedland Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank, from 2005 to 2010, where he headed its life sciences M&A and advisory efforts. Prior to this, he was CEO of Pathways Diagnostics, a biomarker development company. Mr. Zweifach was a Managing Director/CFO of Bay City Capital, a venture capital/merchant banking firm, specializing in the biotech and the life science industry, where he was President of the firm’s M&A and financing division and was also responsible for oversight of the firm’s finance department. Prior to this, he was President and CFO of Epoch Biosciences, which was acquired by Nanogen in 2004. Currently, he is Chairman of Lyric Pharmaceuticals Inc., Chairman of IMIDomics, S.L., and a Director of Realm Therapeutics, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zweifach was a Certified Public Accountant (US) for Coopers & Lybrand and held various investment banking positions focusing on biotech. He received his B.A. in Biology from UC San Diego and an M.S. in Human Physiology from UC Davis.
Mr. Zweifach is an independent/non-executive director as determined by our Board.