Jonathan Eitan Solomon
CEO and Board Member
Prior to his role in BiomX, Mr. Solomon was a co-founder, president, and CEO of ProClara (formerly NeuroPhage), which is pioneering an approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases. Under his leadership, the company raised more than $100 million and launched an ongoing clinical trial related to Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to that, he was selected to participate in the elite Israeli Defense Forces ‘Talpiot’ program, graduated as class valedictorian, and served for 10 years in a classified military unit. Mr. Solomon holds a B.Sc. magna cum laude in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University, an M.Sc. summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University, and an M.B.A. with honors from the Harvard Business School.
Assaf Oron has served as chief business officer since January 2017. Prior to this position, he served for over a decade at Evogene Ltd. (NYSE:EVGN), an agriculture biotechnology company which utilizes a proprietary integrated technology infrastructure to enhance seed traits underlying crop productivity. At Evogene, he worked in various roles such as executive vice president of corporate development and executive vice president of strategy and business development. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Oron served as CEO of ChondroSite Ltd., a biotechnology company that develops engineered tissue products in the field of orthopedics. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Oron was a senior project manager and strategic consultant at POC Ltd., a leading Israeli management consulting company. Mr. Oron holds an M.Sc. in Biology (bioinformatics) and a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Economics, both from Tel Aviv University.
Sailaja Puttagunta, MD
Dr. Sailaja Puttagunta, M.D., was most recently Vice President, Development at Iterum Therapeutics, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing antibiotics against multi-drug resistant pathogens. Prior to Iterum, Dr. Puttagunta served as VP, Medical Affairs for Anti-infectives at Allergan from early 2015 and was the VP of Development and Medical Affairs at Durata Therapeutics, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Actavis plc. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Puttagunta led teams within clinical development and medical affairs on various antibiotic compounds at Pfizer Inc. Dr. Puttagunta has 20 years of clinical, academic and research experience in medicine and in the sub-specialty of infectious diseases. She graduated from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. She also holds an MS in Biochemistry from the New York University School of Medicine.
Merav Bassan Ph.D.
Dr. Bassan was most recently Vice President Head of Translational Sciences at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc., where she was responsible for early stages of clinical development via translation from animal data to human. Prior to this role, Dr. Bassan served as Vice President of Project Leadership at Teva Pharmaceutical, where she managed project leaders overseeing end-to-end drug development at pre-clinical, PI-III and post marketing stages in multiple therapeutic areas, such as pain, oncology, women‘s health, endocrinology, GI, biosimilars and other areas. Overall, Dr. Bassan has over 20 years of leadership experience with clinical and drug development teams in her various roles at Teva Pharmaceutical and other smaller biotech companies. Dr. Bassan is also a member of the Israeli 8400 health network, a cross-sector network of leaders actualizing the global disruptive capabilities of Israel’s HealthTech ecosystem. Dr. Bassan holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Tel-Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at Harvard University.
SVP of Finance and Operations
Marina Wolfson has served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations of the Company since December 2019. Ms. Wolfson’s experience includes working with large pharmaceutical and hi-tech companies, as well as venture capital funds. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Wolfson worked as Vice President of Finance at BioView Ltd. (TASE) from 2010 to 2019 and a senior auditor at Ernst & Young, an international auditing and business advisory firm 2007 to 2010. Ms. Wolfson is a certified public accountant in Israel and holds a B.A in Economics and Accounting (with honors) and an MBA (with honors, specializing in finance) from Ben-Gurion University.
Ms Benjamini-Elran has over 15 years of experience in executive HR roles in global and diverse environments. At Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Inc (NYSE:TEVA) she served in various senior roles including Director of HR of the European HQ (Netherlands) and HR manager of R&D API division. Her most recent experience was as Head of HR at Herzog, one of the largest law firms in Israel and as an independent HR consultant, advising a variety of companies in the Israeli hi-tech and biotech sectors. Ms. Benjamini-Elran holds an MBA from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in behavioral science from Ben-Gurion University.