Management team

Ohad Karnieli (PhD, MBA)
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Dr. Karnieli earned his PhD in Biotechnology focusing on Cell & Gene Therapy from the Sacler school of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Haifa University school of management. Dr. Karnieli served in several executive rolls in the field of cell therapy and medical devices with his last position being the VP of Technology & Manufacturing at Pluristem Therapeutics. A well-known expert in the field of cell therapy process development and serves on several industry committees including chairing of the process & product development committee of the International Society for Cell Therapy and an expert member in the ISO TC276 Bioprocessing committee. Dr. Karnieli is the founder of Karnieli Ltd and ADVA Biotechnology.

Vered Caplan
Chair, Board of Directors
Ms. Caplan is a highly experienced executive in the field of cell therapy and medical devices and the Chair and CEO of Orgenesis Inc. Formerly Ms. Caplan was the CEO of Kamedis, GammaCan and a director at Opticul Ltd, Nehora Photonics Ltd Ocure Ltd, Eve Medical Ltd and a biotech investment corp. Ms. Caplan has a M.Sc. in bio-medical engineering from Tel-Aviv University specialized in signal processing; management for engineers from Tel-Aviv University specialized in business development; and a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology specialized in software and cad systems.

Nufar Gross (MSc, MBA)
Chief Operation Officer
Ms. Gross has an M.Sc. in Immunology and an MBA from the University in Haifa, as well as over 8 years of experience in biotech industry. Ms. Gross held the positions of Development Team Leader and Production Line Manager at Pluristem Therapeutics as well as Production Department Manager and Project Manager at Accellta Ltd. Ms. Gross has extensive knowledge in management, employee’s qualification, cGMP manufacturing, technology transfer and bioprocessing.

Noam Bercovich (BSc, Eng)
Director of Development
Mr. Bercovich brings to ATVIO over 12 years of cell therapy experience starting as a development engineer, cGMP staff, cGMP manufacturing team leader, manufacturing line manager and director of process engineering at Pluristem therapeutics. Mr. Bercovich was part of the team that developed the proprietary Pluristem packed bed bioreactor and managed the bioreactor team for over 8 years.

Moshik Lindner (practical engineering)
Maintenance Manager
Mr. Lindner has over 6 years of experience in maintenance of cGMP production facilities at Pluristem therapeutics. Among his roles in Pluristem Mr. Lindner was a cGMP production team member, a safety delegate, designated maintenance representative in the production facility and process development team member. Mr. Lindner brings to ATVIO extensive knowledge and understanding on cleanrooms maintenance and operations and HVAC system management.

Atar Liran (MSc.)
Quality Assurance Manager
Mr. Atar Liran was appointed as Atvio Quality Assurance Team Leader in September 2016. Atar has vast experience in biopharmaceutical companies, especially in cell therapy, compliance to quality systems (FDA, GMP), product specifications, process instructions and safety requirements. Between 2011 and 2016 Mr. Liran severed as the GMP Supervisor at Medgenics, a gene-therapy company, with responsibilities for the production of autologous transplanted modified tissue for clinical trials in Israel and the US. Atar started his professional career at Protalix in the QC department. Atar Liran is holding a B.Sc. in Animal Science & Biotechnology from the Hebrew University and M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the Weizmann Institute.

Bassam Hosiesy
GMP Supervisor
Mr. Hosiesy is a practical engineer from ORT Braude College of Engineering. Mr. Hosiesy brings to ATVIO over 7 years of cell therapy experience starting as a production Technician at Protalix in Bioreactors and Media filtration process (FDA approval) for 3 years. Production supervisor at Pluristem therapeutics 4 years include upstream downstream and final formulation.

Moshe (Moish) Cohen
GMP Production Manager and Development Project Leader
Mr. Moshe (Moish) Cohen joined ATVIO in June 2017 and currently holds dual role as GMP Production Manager and Development Project Leader. Moshe is highly experienced manager with proven team leading capabilities as well as cGMP requirements and implementation. Between 2012 and 2017 Moshe served as a Production 3D cell culture technician, cGMP Production Logistics Manager and technology team leader at Pluristem Therapeutics. Moshe Holds an B.Sc. in biology from the University of Haifa.

Vered Aviv
Project Manager
Mrs. Aviv, has earned her PhD degree at the Tel-Aviv university in the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. She joined Orgenesis Ltd., a biotech company developing cell replacement therapy for diabetes, as a Senior Scientist in the R&D unit of the company and then appointed as Research Manager, where she gained significant expertise in the development of cell therapy products. Mrs. Aviv has over 13 years of experience in the use of adenoviruses for therapeutic purposes, including the construction, amplification, purification and analysis of various viruses. Recently she joined ATVIO Ltd, where she holds the position of Senior Scientific Consultant and Project Manager.

Hadi Basha
Mr. Basha joined Atvio in December 2017. Hadi has over 5 years of cell therapy experience as a R&D bioreactor technician at Protalix and production employee at Pluristem therapeutics. In his last role, Hadi served as the production logistics team leader, a role which require both task and team management. Mr. Basha brings to Atvio profound knowledge and great experience in large scale bioreactors, filtration processes and cleanroom operations and GMP environment. Mr. Basha is a practical engineer from ORT Braude College of Engineering.

Vered Porat
Finance Controller
Mrs. Porat has a B.A. in Economist and Accounting from The Ben Gurion University and is a Certified Public Accountant for the last 5 years. Has an experience of 5 years at Deliotte since internship till becoming a Senior Auditor at the Hi-tech and Life-science Sector and 2 years’ experience as a controller at a global financial services company which provide solution for startup, hi-tech, technology and low-tech companies. Mrs. Porat has extensive knowledge in leading the whole financial needs and requirements of companies.

Reem Miari
Head of Gene Therapy & Virus production
Ms. Reem Miari has over 20 years of experience in leading innovative research and development projects in gene therapy and the biotech industry. During the last ten years, Ms. Miari was a senior research and development group leader at Medgenics Israel, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing an innovative and proprietary platform technology for treatment of rare diseases. Prior positions include project manager at GeneGrafts Ltd and working as a leading scientist in Biogenics Ltd., Carmel Biosensors and Migal. Ms. Miari has published a number of articles in peer review journals and filed a number of issued patents. Having earned a B.Sc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and M.Sc in Human Biology from Haifa University, Reem Miari is currently a PhD candidate at Human Genentech specializing in diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer.

Shandy Benn
Purchasing & Logistics Manager
Ms. Benn has over 9 years of experience in purchasing. Before joining Atvio as a purchasing & logistics manager, Shandy worked in multiple companies among them, Pluristem therapeutics as a senior buyer for 4 years. During her work she was involved in supplier and raw materials improvement for R&D and production departments. Ms. Benn has a profound knowledge in qualifying suppliers for the cell therapy industry as well as in negotiation and cost savings management. Ms. Benn has Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) from the Netanya academic college. Shandy helps to implement the quality concepts that are so important in this filed into Atvio’s relationship with its suppliers.