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Advisory Board

Stan Yakatan

Chairman & Co-founder of Katan Associates

After 30 years as a successful CEO, entrepreneur, and operational manager, Stan has dedicated the last 12 years of his career to sharing his experiences with management teams interested in building technology based companies. His experience as a "C" level executive is far reaching and he has served in such a capacity with: New England Nuclear, EI Dupont, ICN Pharma, New Brunswick Scientific, and Biosearch.

Stan has founded or co-founded more than 15 companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, France, and Germany. In many cases he also served as the initial CEO and Chairman of these companies. In Stan’s career, he has advised several of the world's leading venture capital firms including TVM (Germany), Ventana (USA), MSP (USA), and Biocapital (Canada). During the 1990s Biocapital was the most successful venture capital fund in Canada.

He is a frequent speaker at financial and biotechnology conferences throughout the world speaking on topics including, "Capital Raising for the Technology-Based Startup" and "The Need to be Global in the Quest for Capital and Partners". Rick Biondi, Editor of Lab Business Magazine stated,"Mr. Yakatan is a venture capital raising guru and it is part of his genetic make-up."

Miomir Knezevic,

CEO of Biobanka and CEO of Educell (Slovenia)

His career started as a teacher in secondary schools and continued as a researcher and CEO in small biotechnology companies in Slovenia and Austria. Miomir is biologist and he got his PhD in biotechnology at the University of Ljubljana in 1994. At the Institute of Applied Microbiology in Vienna he specialised in Biotechnology, especially animal cell technology, cell therapies and tissue engineering. During his more-than-20-year professional career he worked on different institutes in Slovenia, Austria and Belgium. Miomir is habilitated as an Assistant Professor in University of Ljubljana. He worked as a national expert on detachment in the unit for Applied Genomics and Biotechnology for Health, in the directorate Health, DG Research, European Commission, Brussels. He has also worked at the Blood Transfusion Centre in Ljubljana as the Head of the Unit for Collection and Processing of Haematopoietic Stem Cells.  He collaborated as Assistant Director for Technology Transfer with the National Institute of Biology. Miomir is a member of the Investment board of the Venture Capital fund “ Prvi Kapital” in Ljubljana, an advisor in the Technology Park Ljubljana and a member of scientific advisory boards of several Biotech companies and research projects.(

Jean Kadouche

President & CSO - Immune Pharma SAS

His interests include fully human antibody generation, bi-specific antibodies and antibody drug conjugates. He helped developed the NanoMAbs technology - Antibody Targeted Nanoparticles - licensed by IMMUNE from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a co-author of several papers with Professor Benita. Dr. Kadouche has 25 years of experience in the development of mAbs in both academia and in the industry. Previously he was the CEO of MAT BioPharma, an Antibody company where he developed and partnered several clinical and pre-clinical Antibodies. He is the founder of Clonatec and a co-founder of Novagali (NYSE Euronext: NOVA), which was recently acquired by Japan's Santen. Dr. Kadouche has been an advisor to Sangstat, Roche and J&J. He holds PhD in Immunology from the Pasteur Institute and was an Assistant Professor at St Louis Hospital in Paris, France.

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