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Board of Directors

Jean Smal


Senior executive leader with global experience in the R&D and manufacturing vaccines industry. Jean is a bioengineer and holds a PhD in biochemistry. As Head of Technical Development at GSK Vaccines, he developed vast experience of the development of new vaccines wih an end-to-end view, from the design of antigens to the final commercial production scale. Prior to GSK, Jean occupies various positions from Project Leader to General Manager at Eurogentec. He also served as VP Head of Development at Imcyse.

Jean-Paul Prieels


Jean-Paul Prieels holds a PhD in Biochemistry from ULB. He started his industrial career at Petrofina and then joined GSK Biologicals. His responsibilities gradually expanded to lead the vaccine preclinical R&D development activities as Senior VP of R&D. His career spans from basic research to applied research and product development. He was instrumental in the development of several commercially available vaccines. Jean-Paul was also the founding CEO of Masthercell. Today he is Director at Vaximm AG, NCardia, Themis, Leukocare, Nouscom, DNAlytics, Bone Therapeutics and PDC*Line Pharma.

Vered Caplan

Director of Orgenesis

Since 2008, Ms. Caplan has been CEO of Kamedis, a company focused on utilising plant extracts for dermatology purposes. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Caplan was CEO of GammaCan, a company focused on the use of immunoglobulins for the treatment of cancer. During the previous five years, Ms. Caplan has been a director of the following companies: Opticul Ltd., a company involved with optic based bacteria classification; Inmotion Ltd., a company involved with self-propelled disposable colonoscopies; Nehora Photonics Ltd., a company involved with non-invasive blood monitoring; Ocure Ltd., a company involved with wound management; Eve Medical Ltd., a company involved with hormone therapy for menopause and PMS; and Biotech Investment Corp., a company involved with prostate cancer diagnostics. Ms. Caplan has a M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from Tel-Aviv University specialised in signal processing; management for engineers from Tel-Aviv University specialised in business development; and a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology specialised in software and CAD systems. 

Shimon Hassin

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Shimon Hassin, Ph.D., serves as Chief Operating Officer at BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Dr. Hassin has over 10 years of experience in Biotechnology, with specific expertise in the development of biopharmaceuticals. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Hassin was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kadimastem. Before joining BiondVax, Dr. Hassin worked at InSight Biopharmaceuticals, a leading Israeli biotechnology company active in the area of Biogenerics. In his capacity as Head of Process Development, he was responsible for the manufacturing of a variety of Biogenerics such as therapeutic antibodies, cytokines and hormones. Dr. Hassin holds a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and was a post-doctoral associate at the University of Bergen Center of Marine Biotechnology.

Ohad Karnieli (PhD, MBA)

ATVIO Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Dr. Karnieli earned his PhD in Biotechnology focusing on Cell & Gene Therapy from the Sacler school of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Haifa University school of management. Dr. Karnieli served in several executive rolls in the field of cell therapy and medical devices with his last position being the VP of Technology & Manufacturing at Pluristem Therapeutics. A well-known expert in the field of cell therapy process development and serves on several industry committees including chairing of the process & product development committee of the International Society for Cell Therapy and an expert member in the ISO TC276 Bioprocessing committee. Dr. Karnieli is the founder of Karnieli Ltd and ADVA Biotechnology.