President & founder
Dr. Lamensdorf founded Pharmaseed in 2003, and has been responsible for its scientific course of expansion, national and international collaborations and staff excellence. He was the founder and CEO of PharmaSense in 2001, a biotechnology company that specialized in the treatment of CNS disorders. Dr. Lamensdorf holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a B.S. and M.Sc. in Clinical Pharmacy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Medical School. He held postdoctoral positions at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland and at the Molecular Genetics Department of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science.
Dr Revital Duvdevani has a Ph.D from the Weizmann Institute, performed her post doctorate studies at Rutgers University in the US and an MBA. Dr Duvdevani has significant experience in managing R&D in biotechnology start-ups in addition to academic activity as a lecturer at the Department of Biotechnology Ben-Gurion University. She served as Pharmaseed’s VP R&D from 2010 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, she was director at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Davidson Institute. As of June 2016, she is acting as Pharmaseed’s CEO.
Chief Science Officer
Prof. Ronnie Levy joined Pharmaseed in 2010 and serves as Chief Science Officer as well as liaison to Pharmaseed’s Scientific Advisory Board. Prof. Levy was the Head of the Radiochemistry Department at the Nuclear Research Center in the Negev (NRCN) for 13 years (1965-1973). During the years 1977 and 2007 he served at the Israel Institute of Biological Reseach (IIBR), 13 of those years as Head of the Pharmacology Department. Professor Levy holds a PhD degree of the Hebrew University in chemistry, post-doc training in pharmacology at the Roche Institute for Molecular Biology and a full professor nomination at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva. Prof. Levy attended several Sabbaticals where he conducted research activities at renowned institutes. Between 1995 and 2000 Prof. Levy served on the Board of Directors of the Dead Sea Bromine Group as head of the Research Committee.
Head of Pharmaceutical Scientific Board
Dr. Yoram Sela joined Pharmaseed in 2009 after being involved in corporate pharmaceutical research and development for the last two decades. He was Vice President for R&D at Nesher Solutions (2008-2010) and LycoRed (2004-2008) as well as a Co-Founder and Head of R&D at Karma Pharm (2000-2004). In the 1990s, Dr. Sela set up and managed the drug-delivery unit at Teva Pharmaceuticals and has since continuously served as director for several early-stage biotechnology companies. He holds a Ph.D. and MSc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry.