Our primary platforms focus on the endocannabinoid system. The SciSparc pipeline composes both FDA – approved, and New Chemical Entities (NCEs) which we believe have strong potential to be indicated for targeted conditions, with no existing or sufficiently effective therapies.
Enhancing existing compounds with our proprietary technologies, we have developed novel therapies that demonstrate in clinic trials heightened bioavailability, significantly improved efficacy, lower dosage requirements, better safety profiles and a reduction in side effects.
Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr. Weiss has served as our Chief Executive Officer and on our Board of Directors since August 2020. He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amitay Weiss Management Ltd. Prior to forming his company, he held several positions at Bank Poalei Agudat Israel Ltd., most recently as Vice President of Business Marketing & Development. He currently chairs and serves as director on the boards of several public companies. Mr. Weiss earned his B.A. in Economics from New England College, and his M.B.A. and LL.B from Ono Academic College in Israel – a branch of the University of Manchester.
PhD. – Chief Technologies Officer.
Dr. Zuloff-Shani joined the Company in February 2016, bringing more than 20 years of experience as a research and development executive in the bio-tech industry and launching start-ups in the healthcare industry. Dr. Zuloff-Shani brought 2 products from bench to market and is currently leading the development of several pharmaceutical products designated to the U.S., EU and Israeli markets. Prior to joining us, Dr. Zuloff-Shani served as Vice President Development at Macrocure Ltd. (Nasdaq: MCUR) where she led all research and development activities. Dr. Zuloff-Shani earned her Ph.D. in Human Biology and Immunology from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
CPA – Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Adler joined the Company in April 2018, initially joining as Controller and then Vice President of Finance, and has a wide variety of managerial, financial, tax and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Adler was employed as a CPA at Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer, a member of Ernst & Young Global. Mr. Adler holds a B.A. in Accounting and Business Management from The College of Management, Israel.
Mr. Shrem has served as our Chairman since August 2020 and brings more than 40 years of experience in financial markets and venture capital. In 1991, Mr. Shrem founded Dovrat Shrem Ltd., an investment banking, management and technology company. Prior to that, he spent 15 years at Clal Israel Ltd., where he served in various capacities, including chief operating officer, and was responsible for capital markets and insurance businesses. In 1993, Mr. Shrem founded Pitango Venture Capital Fund (formerly, Polaris) and served as a partner of Pitango Funds I, II and III. He has been the Managing Director of Yaad Consulting 1995 Ltd. since 1995.
Mr. Shrem currently serves on the board of directors of Rail Vision Ltd. and has previously served on the board of Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, the Weizman Institute Eden Spring Ltd., Nano Dimension Ltd., Ormat Industries Ltd., Retalix Ltd. and as Chairman of Sphera Funds Management Ltd. Mr. Shrem holds a B.A in Economics and Accounting from Bar-Ilan University and an M.B.A. from Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Weiss has served as our Chief Executive Officer on our Board of Directors and since August 2020. He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amitay Weiss Management Ltd. Prior to forming his company, he held several positions at Bank Poalei Agudat Israel Ltd., most recently as Vice President of Business Marketing & Development. He currently chairs and serves as director on the boards of several public companies. Mr. Weiss earned his B.A. in Economics from New England College, and his M.B.A. and LL.B from Ono Academic College in Israel – a branch of the University of Manchester.
Mr. Amit joined the Board of Directors in August 2020. He serves as a consultant to public and private companies as well as individuals, and is currently a director of ScoutCam Inc., Matomy Ltd., Nirplex Ltd., Ronimar Ltd., Endemol Israel Ltd. and B.S.S.CH. – The Israeli Credit Insurance Company Ltd.
Mr. Amit previously served as chief financial officer for BBR Saatchi & Saatchi Group from 1996 to 2013. Mr. Amit is an Israeli Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Amit holds a B.A in economics and accounting and M.B.A. in insurance and finance from Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Vider has served on our Board of Directors since August 2020. He has been a Senior Investment Portfolio Manager at Epsilon Investment House Ltd. since 2010. Previous positions include Chief Investment Manager for Impact Investment Management Ltd., Chairman and member of the Investment Committee for Rahkia Capital Markets Ltd., Financial Desk Manager and Trader of trust funds for Ilanot Discount, and he founded and managed Sponser.co.il, a financial portal specializing in services for investors. Mr. Vider holds a B.A in Industry and Management Engineering from Shenkar College in Israel.
Mr. Revach has served on our Board of Directors since August 2020. He is currently Deputy Mayor of the city of Ramat Gan, Israel, and has held the sports and government relations portfolios in the Ramat Gan municipality, and has served in various positions with the Municipality since 2008. Mr. Revach serves as a director of L.L.N IT solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Jewish Agency for Israel and of Biomedico Hadarim Ltd., and has served as a director of the RPG Economic Society and Jewish Experience Company on behalf of the Jewish Agency. Mr. Revach holds an LL.B from the Ono Academic College, Israel, and a B.A. in Management and Economics from the University of Derby.
Ms. Sidi Has served on our Board of Directors since August 2020. She is currently Manager of Accounting for Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FRSX), and has previously served as an accountant for Panaxia Labs Israel Ltd. (TASE: PNAK), Soho Real Estate Ltd., Feldman-Felco Ltd. and the Eli Abraham Accounting Firm. Ms. Sidi completed tax, finance and accounting studies in Ramat Gan College of Accounting.
Mr. Alon Dayan has served as our external director under the Companies Law since January 2021. Mr. Dayan is the founder of L1-Systems Ltd. and has been serving as its chief executive officer since 2015. Since 2018, Mr. Dayan has served as the chief executive officer of Virtual Crypto Technologies Inc. (OTC: VBIX), which he founded as well. Prior to that, he served as a business development manager at Elbit Systems Ltd. from 2006 to 2013. Mr. Dayan holds a B.A. in electronical engineering from Ariel University, Israel.
Mr. Amnon Ben Shay has served as our external director under the Israeli Companies Law since January 2021. Mr. Ben Shay has been serving as the chief financial officer of Hadar Hasharon Marketing and Distributions Ltd. since 2019. Additionally, Mr. Ben Shay currently serves on the board of directors of Value Capital One Ltd. (TASE: VALU) and previously served on the board of directors of Azorim Investments and Building Development Company Ltd. (TASE: AZRM) and B.G.I. Investments (1961) Ltd. (TASE: BGI). From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Ben Shay served as the chief financial officer of Fridenson Air & Ocean Ltd. From 2014 to 2017, he served as the chief financial officer of Abetrans Logistics Ltd. Prior to that, Mr. Ben Shay served as the chief financial officer of Isline Export and Import Services Ltd. from 2010 to 2013. Prior to the year 2009, Mr. Ben Shay served as the chief financial officer of several Israeli real estate investment groups. Mr. Ben Shay holds a B.A. in economics and business and an M.B.A. in business, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and an accounting certificate from The College of Management Academic Studies, Israel.
Prof. Raphael Mechoulam is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Natural Products of the School of Pharmacy at the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Prof. Mechoulam’s research in the field of cannabis has led to his discovery of the endocannabinoid system. Additionally, Prof. Mechoulam was among the first to complete the total synthesis of the major plant cannabinoids, THC, cannabidiol, cannabigerol, and others, and also played a key role in the isolation of the first described endocannabinoid anandamide. Prof. Mechoulam’s research interests are in the chemical and biological activity of natural products and medicinal agents, of which his primary contributions are in the field of the constituents of cannabis, about which Prof. Mechoulam has published extensively. Prof. Mechoulam has received amongst others, the Israel Prize in 2000, the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the Rothschild Prize in 2012.
Dr. Yossi Tam received his B.Med.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. and D.M.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Tam did his postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and in 2011, became a staff scientist at the NIH. In June 2014, Dr. Tam moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he heads the Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory at the Institute for Drug Research, and focuses on targeting the endocannabinoid (eCB) system for Obesity, Diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Dr. Tam also serves as the Director of the Hebrew University’s Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research and a Scientific Advisory Board Member of several biotech companies, which develop a portfolio of non-psychoactive cannabinoid and cannabinoid modulating medicines for unmet market needs. Dr. Tam won major national and international grants and authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals, and two book chapters.
Prof. James Leckman, M.D. is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale University. Prof. Leckman has served as director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center for more than twenty years. Prof. Leckman’s current research involves exploring whether the strengthening of families and the enhancement of childhood development leads to peaceful results and the prevention of violence. Additionally, Prof. Leckman has a longstanding interest in Tourette syndrome and OCD. Prof. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 430 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, twelve books, and 140 book chapters.
Prof. Elon Eisenberg, is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Eisenberg is a Professor of Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and holds the Otto Barth Family Academic Chair in Biomedical Science. Prof. Eisenberg graduated from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Prof. Eisenberg completed a residency in Neurology, at Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, and Neurology – Pain Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. Prof. Eisenberg has been the director of the Institute of Pain Medicine at Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel, and the President of the Israeli Pain Association. Prof. Eisenberg is currently the director of the Pain Research Unit at the Institute of Pain Medicine, Rambam Health Care Campus. Prof. Eisenberg’s main areas of research include mechanisms and treatment of pain with special emphasis on neuropathic pain, CRPS, cancer pain, opioids and cannabinoids. Prof. Eisenberg has published about 200 articles, book chapters and other manuscripts in various areas of pain.
Prof. Michael Davidson currently serves, among other things, as Chairman of the Stuckinski Centre for Alzheimer’s Disease Research in Ramat Gan, Israel. Prof. Davidson is also the editor of European Neuropsychopharmacology. Prof. Davidson served as Chief Psychiatrist at the Department of Psychiatry of the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel-Hashomer for six years. Prof. Davidson holds a professorship at the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University and a secondary appointment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Prof. Davidson is considered an international expert on Alzheimer’s disease and is the author of approximately 300 publications in scientific literature.
Prof. Daniele Piomelli serves as the Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Irvine. Prof. Piomelli is also the founding director of the drug discovery and development unit (D3) at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy, as well as the Editor in Chief of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research of Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Prof. Piomelli’s research has resulted in several contributions to the pharmacology of lipid based signaling molecules including endocannabinoid substances and lipid amides. Prof. Piomelli is the author of more than 400 peer reviewed articles and books and has received several awards and honors. Prof. Piomelli studied Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Columbia University, and the Rockefeller University, and earned his degree of Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Naples.
Prof. Kirsten Müller-Vahl is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, Social psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Hanover Medical School, Germany. Prof. Müller-Vahl is a specialist in both neurology and adult psychiatry and has worked extensively at a specialized movement disorder clinic. For six years, Prof. Müller-Vahl was a grant-holder for the German Government for scientific research related to Tourette syndrome. Over the past eighteen years, Dr. Müller-Vahl has investigated more than 12000 patients with Tourette syndrome, both children and adults, and has served as the head of the Tourette syndrome outpatient department for over twenty years. Additionally, Prof. Müller-Vahl served on the scientific advisory board of the German Tourette Syndrome Association, and, in 2011, she became the president of the German Society for the Study of Tourette Syndrome. Furthermore, Prof. Müller-Vahl is a German representative member of the management committee and coordinator of the COST Action BM0905, which is involved the study of Tourette syndrome, and the leader of Working Group 4, which is involved in outreach activities. Prof. Müller-Vahl is a full partner in the EU funded FP7 program, the “European Multicentre Tics in Children Studies.”
Prof. Avi Weizman is a Professor of Child and Adult Psychiatry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University, a Director of the Felsenstein Medical Research Center and the head of a Laboratory for Biological Psychiatry and the head of a Research Unit at the Geha Mental Health Center. Prof. Weizman’s research involves the investigation of brain mechanisms of mental disorders, and currently focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, development of new strategies for the treatment of psychotic disorders and the psychopharmacology of mental disorders. Prof. Weizman is the author of more than 760 original papers, five full books, 28 book chapters and 60 review articles. After completing his residency in Psychiatry, Prof. Weizman spent two years as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Michael H. Bloch, M.D., M.S. is the associate training director of the Child Study Center’s Solnit Integrated Program, which provides psychiatrists-in-training with the opportunity to integrate general, child and research psychiatry during many stages of their career. Dr. Bloch’s research interests focus on studying Tourette syndrome, OCD, and trichotillomania. Dr. Bloch’s current research involves developing superior treatments for children and adults diagnosed with the aforementioned indications and examining predictors of long-term outcomes with an emphasis on neuroimaging. Dr. Bloch has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has received the Keese Prize (Best Research Thesis by graduating medical student at Yale University), the Lustman Award (Best Research performed by Psychiatry Resident at Yale University) and the AACAP Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement (Best Manuscript Published in JAACAP by Child Psychiatrist). Dr. Bloch graduated from Yale School of Medicine, where he completed training in both child and adult psychiatry.
Prof. Saoirse O’Sullivan, PhD received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology. She was made Lecturer in 2007 and Associate Professor in 2011. Prof. O’Sullivan has over 26 original research articles, six reviews and three books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology, with specific interests on the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal effects of cannabinoids and therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines. Prof. O’Sullivan’s research methodologies span from cellular and animal models to human healthy volunteer studies and early phase clinical trials. In 2016, Prof. O’Sullivan was named the International Cannabinoid Research Society Young Investigator of the year. In 2017, Prof. O’Sullivan started her own consulting company, CanPharma Consulting.