Meet the Team

JLM-BioCity Officers

Joe van Zwaren

Joe van Zwaren



Mr van Zwaren has over 30 years experience matching scientists and entrepreneurs to industry and investment. He is presently director at Haruv Technologies, and was VP at Leviathan Energy, and a R&D director at First Quality. He has also served as Director of Exact Sciences at the Ministry of Science and Technology, and was responsible for introducing both Internet and Internet-2 to Israel and along with many other national research programs.

Dr Yaron Suissa

Dr Yaron Suissa



Dr Suissa holds his degrees from the Hebrew University and led the pre-clinical research testing a new treatment for Pancreatic Neuro-Endocrine Tumors. He served as the head of R&D at TenCure, Manager of Business development and operations at NextGen-BioMed and the CSO at Molecular Detection Israel LTD.

Dr Vitali Shilo

Dr Vitali Shilo


Vice President, Outreach

Dr Shilo, PhD from the department of  Nephrology at the Hadassah Hospital, Hebrew University. The PhD project was focused on the development of a new treatment for kidney failure complications. He is an experienced R&D researcher and has worked for a cell-cure neuroscience company. His specializations are nephrology, stem cells, and endocrinology. Dr Shilo is currently serving as a branch manager of the Meuhedet health provider.

Dr Tamar Tennenbaum

Dr Tamar Tennenbaum


Vice President, Strategic Affairs

Dr. Tennenbaum holds her degrees from the Hebrew University and has over 50 scientific publications and 40 granted patents. She is an established BioMed entrepreneur specializing in discovery and development of innovative pharmaceuticals. She was the founder and CEO of HealOr and TenCure and is currently the CTO of Arava BioTech.

Avigail Frij

Avigail Frij


Vice President, Logistics

Avigail Frij is a Senior Technical Writer and Marketing Communications professional, who has created technical documentation and marketing materials for a wide variety of technologies, including various bio medical related concerns. She has served on the board of the Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF) as a founding member and has been instrumental in creating JLM-BioCity to serve Jerusalem’s BioMeders.

Rivkah Rybak

Rivkah Tirschwell


Vice President, Communications

Rivkah Tirschwell is the CEO and Programmer for Web Tech Israel, with more that 20 years experience in areas, such as Custom Software Design, Web Site Design, Data Security, and Data Recovery. Rivkah has recently joined the board of the Jerusalem Business Networking Forum (JBNF), but has been an active member with the JBNF group for several years.

JLM BioCity Team Member Mordechai Applebaum

Mordechai Applebaum


Vice President, Public Relations

Dr. Applebaum is an experienced R&D researcher, with expertise in immunology and cancer. Currently he is a senior scientist at Enlivex Therapeutics. Dr. Applebaum holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from the Medical Neurobiology Department and an M.A. in Philosophy, both from The Hebrew University.

JLM-BioCity Team Member Yitz-Goldglanz

Yitz Goldglanz


Vice President, Operations

Yitz Goldglanz is a healthcare industry executive with extensive experience working in a top performing U.S. Hospital system. He holds an MBA is from Nova Southeastern University and is Lean Black Belt certified by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. His expertise is in working with all levels of organizational leadership and staff to strategically plan, build and deliver excellence to patients and providers. Currently, he also serves as a mentor, advisor, and coach to several U.S. and Israeli based health care focused startups and non-profits.



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