- Former Head of the Life Sciences Sector at the Israel Innovation Authority
- Dr. Ora Dar has over 28 years of scientific, technological and operational experience, including 13 years (2005-2018) of senior management positions as the head of the Life Sciences sector at Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Israeli Ministry of economy), and currently as a leader of National Infrastructure Platforms for Biotech R&D.Dr. Dar initiated and implemented tools and new incentive platforms required for advancing R&D in Life Sciences companies and for enhancing the technology transfer between Academia and Industry. Viable outcomes, among others, are a track for funding applied research at academic institutes, schemes that attracted the investment and active involvement of global Life Sciences companies and a special government backed Bio VC Fund. The latest raised $510 million, leveraging the government investment over 10X.
Ora’s leadership led to an annual financial funding of companies and academic research groups at a total of 60-70M$.
Currently, Dr. Dar is among the leaders of the newly launched Israeli National Genomic and Personal Medicine Initiative, that include the establishment of a National research oriented Genomic-Clinical Database of 100K volunteers.
Prior to joining the Office of the chief scientist, Dr Dar spent 16 years in academic research, experienced working at industry, and is a venture capital consultant for more than 25 years.
Dr. Dar is a Medical Sciences graduate of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and holds a Ph.D. from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK.