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Our Team

 

Dr. Orna Dreazen, CEO and Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Dr. Orna Dreazen holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her postdoctoral studies were completed at University of California in Los Angeles. In 1994 she got a diploma in Business administration from the Tel Aviv University. Dreazen served in key positions in the Industry as well as a public servant: She was the Quality control manager of Interpharm Laboratories Ltd., Established a start up biotech company, Portaman pharmaceuticals Ltd. Between 1994 and 2000, she was the General Director of the National Public Health Laboratories of the Ministry of Health and between 2000 to 2008 she served as the General director of the Israel Laboratory Accreditation Authority. In this capacity, she was involved in many international activities like taking an active role as a member in the Board of Director of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), The Arrangement Committee Chairperson, representing ILAC in ISO and WHO, and The Bureau International Poids and Measures (BIPM) managing the metrology, weights and measures around the world. Dr. Dreazen is an expert in Quality and Metrology and was the Chairperson of the Israel Society of Metrology.

 Ludmila Feigel, B.Sc.- Pharmacist in Charge 

Ms. Ludmila Feigel got her B.Sc. Pharm and studied towards M.Sc Pharm at the School of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining Nextar, Ms. Feigel held the position of pharmacist-formulator (R&D department) at Lycored Ltd. and the position of pharmacist in charge at Nesher Solutions Ltd. She has 10 years of experience in research and development. Ms. Feigel developed drugs for clinical trials, controlled by the Israel Ministry of Health and FDA, in compliance with the GMP requirements. During her employment Ms. Feigel gained experience and knowledge in development, GMP and regulatory affair requirements.

 

Hagit Binder, M.Sc., MBA- VP Projects and Marketing

Ms. Hagit Binder has 11 years of demonstrated marketing and project management experience in drug development. Ms. Binder holds a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and an MBA from Bar Ilan university.

During her 11 years of marketing drug development experience Ms. Binder has worked with numerous companies both locally and globally. As VP for projects and marketing Ms. Binder is leading projects from inception to submission in various therapeutic areas.  


Dr. Joseph Klein- VP R&D

Dr. Joseph Klein has over 25 years of demonstrated R&D experience in the fields of organic synthesis of new chemical entities and development of biopharmaceuticals.

Dr. Klein holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, followed by a post-doctorate fellowship at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium in the field of organic synthesis. After returning to Israel, he joined Complexx LLC where, as VP of R&D he led the development of novel imaging agents for CT and MRI from early stages to phase III clinical studies. In 2002 he moved to InSight Biopharmaceuticals as Director of Chemistry and Drug development, heading a team of chemists, biochemists and engineers, developing new chemical entities in the fields of cancer and autoimmune inflammatory diseases. Dr. Klein also had a key role in developing sophisticated generics from concept to commercialized products. In addition, he served as the Head of the Downstream Process Development group, developing purification processes of recombinant proteins and antibodies as active substances in a variety of biopharmaceuticals.

Dr. Daniel Epstein- Director of Analytical Labs 

Dr. Daniel Epstein holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He brings with him 10 years of experience in analytical chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry.  Before joining Nextar Dr. Epstein worked as a Study Director at Analyst Research Laboratories where he gained extensive experience in analytical and Bioanalytical methods development, validation, and implementation.  In his capacity as Study Director he oversaw the performance of up to 20 GLP studies annually from development to the successful analysis of thousands of biological samples.  Dr. Epstein brings with him a broad knowledge of analytical instrumentation encompassing all aspects and stages of drug development.
 

Paul Levius, B.Sc.- Production Director

Mr. Levius  holds a B.Sc in Industrial and Management  Engineering from the Technion  Israel Institute for Technology and a B.Sc. Hons.  in Operations Research from Unisa.

Most of Mr. Levius career is in the Israeli biotechnology, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries specializing in Engineering, Operations and Computerized Systems both as an employee and as an external consultant.

Mr. Levius brings with him extensive experience in new product development and scaleup as well as in commercial cGMP production of oral, topical and parenteral dosages as well as medical devices, medical cannabis and nutritional supplements.

Mr. Levius is an expert in validation of equipment, facilities, processes and computerized systems.

 

Efrat Hetzroni, M.Sc.- QA Manager 

Ms. Efrat Hetzroni holds a M.Sc in Biochemistry from Bar-Ilan University and a B.Tech in Chemical & Biotechnology Engineering from Ariel University. She brings with her 12 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry and a broad knowledge of Quality Assurance Systems and GMP requirements.

Before joining Nextar, Ms. Hetzroni worked at Teva Pharmaceuticals as a compliance leader and was responsible for continuous improvement. In her capacity as a compliance leader she led the Quality Council meetings, participated in regulatory inspections (such as FDA and EMA) and internal audits.  Furthermore, she oversaw and managed deviations and customer complaints. Prior to being a compliance leader Ms. Hetzroni worked at Teva Pharmaceuticals R&D analytical laboratories. 

 

Eng. Avi Semel- VP operation

Mr. Avi Semel, Industrial engineer graduated Tel Aviv University. Brings over 25 years of managerial experience. Total logistics management T.L.M at Intel ptk. for 5 years Founder and CEO of a ZIM daughter company- International transportation,leading the company for 7 years. Managed a large-scale of military project at Orlight Industries during more than10 years. Managing product development and bringing to production and coordination with military establishment, introducing new developments
 

Mor Lanel, Cpa- CFO

Mr Lanel holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University. A Certified Public Accountant Since 1981.Served as the CFO of Isrotel Hotel Management, A lecturer in Finance and Accounting in Ben-Gurion University, CFO and CEO of Inntegral  Business Intelligence Systems Ltd. Financial and Economical Advisor to to Bank Hapoalim, Koor, Cal, Mivtahim Pension Fund, R&D companies of Bar- Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University, Ofer Brothers and other companies.