– ISRAEL, Haifa – Pluristem Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PSTI | TASE: PSTI), a leading biotechnology company, today announced the appointments of Prof. Varda Shalev and Doron Birger, a high-tech industry executive with a background in bringing groundbreaking products to market to its Board of Directors.
“Prof. Shalev and Mr. Birger both bring unique expertise and experience that we believe will provide invaluable insight as we move our product candidate pipelines forward. Their combined 60 years of life science experience, both clinical and commercial, are perfectly aligned for Pluristem’s mission to potentially bring its PLX cells to market and reach patients around the world. Pluristem’s strategic goals will be served well by their skillsets and counsel.” said Executive Chairman, Zami Aberman.
About Pr. Varda Shalev
Prof. Shalev is a physician, medical researcher, and Professor of Medicine at the Tel Aviv University’s School of Public Health. He has more than 30 years of experience working in clinical environments and research settings at the intersection of health and technology. She was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the KSM Institute of Research and Innovation and Maccabitech, the epidemiological and clinical research arm of Israel’s Maccabi Healthcare Services, where she established the largest biobank in Israel and developed a computerized system for predicting the risk of colon cancer in patients using a database of two million people. This work led Maccabi Healthcare Services to win the Director-General of the Ministry of Health’s Excellence in Logistics in Health Systems award. Prof. Shalev founded the Department of Medical Informatics at Maccabi Healthcare Services and was the head of the Primary Care division of Maccabi Healthcare Services.
Prof.Shalev is Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of the digital health startup, Alike, which is developing an artificial intelligence-based platform to empower patients to track their own health conditions. In addition to informatics and predictive analytics, Prof. Shalev’s research expertise includes epidemiology. She has authored more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and was included in the Marker newspaper’s list of “100 Most Influential People.” Prof. Shalev earned her medical degree from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, School of Medicine, her Master of Public Health Administration from Clark University in the United States, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Johns Hopkins.
About Doron Birge
Doron Birge is a high-tech industry executive with a background in bringing groundbreaking products to market. He is a prominent business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the Israeli high-tech sector as a chief executive officer, board chairman, director, and advisor to several private and publicly traded firms, with an emphasis on the life science industry.
Mr. Birger served as the president and CEO of Elron from 2002 to 2009. At Elron, he successfully led the development and acceleration of numerous cutting-edge technology firms, including multiple mergers and public offerings. He currently chairs several technology companies, including Sight Diagnostic, Ultrasight, Nurami, Matricelf (TASE: MTLF), and Intelicanna (TASE: INTL).
Mr. Birger was also the Chairman of the Board at Given Imaging from 2002 to 2007, and a director until it was sold to Covidien in 2014. From 1978 to 2001, Mr. Birger was CFO at several companies from various sectors, including the CFO of Elron from 1994-2001.
He is currently a director in a variety of medical device and advanced technology companies, including IceCure (TASE: ICCM), Citrine Global (OTCQB: CTGL), Kadimastem (TASE: KDST), HeraMED (ASX: HMD) Vibrant, and Netive Haor. Mr. Birger earned his bachelor’s degree and Master of Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
About Pluristem Therapeutics
Pluristem is pushing the boundaries of science and engineering to reimagine pharmacological treatments and improve the standard of care. The Company’s cell therapies advance the field of regenerative medicine, with potentially groundbreaking applications for treating damaged muscle, hematology deficiencies, and inflammation. Pluristem sources its therapeutic cells from the placenta, an ethically accepted and potent source. Cells are easy to collect and do not require blood or tissue matching. Cells from one placenta can treat 20,000 patients. The Company’s manufacturing platform, the bioreactor, is a patented and validated state-of-the-art 3D cell expansion system, designed to mimic the human body. Pluristem’s method is uniquely accurate, cost-effective, and consistent batch-to-batch.
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