Our Team

Yuval Gottenstein


Yuval possesses a broad range of knowledge and experience in the financial and pharma markets, leading projects from early R&D into commercialization. Throughout the years Yuval has raised numerous investment rounds, structured complex transactions and performed out licensing deals with substantial accumulated monetary value. Yuval holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Guy Kornberg


Dr. Kornberg has a BA in Economics from Stanford University, and a PhD in Biophysics from the Stanford University School of Medicine.  With the completion of his PhD in 2014, Guy returned to Israel and was selected for service in the Office of the Prime Minister.  Guy worked in the Prime Minister’s Office for eight years, receiving a number of commendations and rising through the ranks to senior management.  In addition to his academic background, Guy has gained hands on experience in a variety of technological and operational fields, as well as experience managing multidisciplinary teams responsible for projects with strategic importance.

Hagit Grimberg, Ph.D.

Executive VP, R&D

Dr. Grimberg has been with Aposense for the past 14 years. She has a strong background in innovation, research and novel product development, with experience driving development from the drawing board and into the clinic. Dr. Grimberg is responsible for leading Aposense’s therapeutic R&D projects through all developmental stages. Prior to her current position, Dr. Grimberg served as Project Manager at Aposense. Dr. Grimberg obtained an M.Sc in Biochemistry from Ben Gurion University and a Ph.D in Physiology & Pharmacology from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Grimberg has published several articles in leading journals and holds numerous patents.

Ilan Ziv, MD

Chief Scientist

Prof. Ziv is a Senior Neurologist and Staff Member at Rabin Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Tel Aviv University.  Prof. Ziv is a co-founder of Aposense and the company's Chief Scientist. He is the Inventor of the Aposense Technology and all related products. Prof. Ziv has been involved in the field of apoptosis for more than two decades, with emphasis on the clinical applications of regulated cell death. Prof. Ziv is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Apoptosis.

Etty Genis Barak


Ms. Genis began her career at Ernst & Young, where she was a manager and spent 4 productive years.  While at Ernst & Young Ms. Genis was responsible for both privately held and publicy listed clients (mainly NASDAQ) in the technology and communications sectors.  Prior to joining Aposense, Ms. Genis was a controller at Radview Software Ltd.  Ms. Genis has worked at Aposense since 2008 and took part in Aposense’s successful IPO on the TASE in 2010. Ms. Genis is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a BA in Accounting from the College of Management at Tel Aviv University.

Joel Van Gelder, Ph.D

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Van Gelder has over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in research and development programs of small molecules and biologicals for various indications.  Dr. Van Gelder served as Principal Scientist at FutuRx, as Scientific Manager at Tarom Innovative Technologies, as Chief Scientist of InSight Biopharmaceuticals, as Associate Director of Chemistry at Aposense and Head of Chemical R&D at Gamida Cell. Dr. Van Gelder holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the School of Pharmacology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Dr. Itzchak Angel

External Executive Director for Business Development

Dr. Angel is an accomplished executive in the Pharmaceutical Industry, with over 30 years experience in guiding strategic drug- and business- development in both large and emerging Companies. Dr. Angel effectively established Discovery, Research and Development Teams and Projects and brought several pharmaceutical drugs to market.

Liraz Harel, PhD

Associate Director for R&D

Avi Dayan, PhD

Senior Scientist

Hamutal Ben Dov, Ph.D


Rawan Saeed, M.Sc

Research Assistant

Ylena Poliansky, DVM

Attending Veterinarian

Ackmaral Omargaliev

Technic of Laboratory

Carmit Lev

Operations & HR Manager

Shira Bezaleli

Bookkeeper & Salary Administrator