The Pontifax Team

  • Tomer Kariv
    Tomer Kariv
  • Ran Nussbaum
    Ran Nussbaum
  • Asaf Shinar
    Asaf Shinar
  • Ohad Hammer
    Ohad Hammer
  • Silvia Noiman, Ph.D.
    Silvia Noiman, Ph.D.
  • Iyona Rajkomar, MBBS, CFA
    Iyona Rajkomar, MBBS, CFA
  • Momi Karako
    Momi Karako
  • Ben Shai, Ph.D.
    Ben Shai, Ph.D.
Tomer Kariv

Tomer is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pontifax. He serves as an active board member of many of the funds’ portfolio companies, assuming a special responsibility for strategic planning. Among other positions, Tomer serves as a board member at Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, LogicBio Therapeutics, VBI Vaccines, Cathworks and V-Wave. During the 10 years prior to establishing Pontifax, he held senior management positions at top Israeli financial institutions, playing a key role in investing in, nurturing and managing technology-driven startups. Tomer holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Ran Nussbaum

Ran is a managing partner and co-founder of The Pontifax Group. The fund runs more than 50 portfolio companies all around the Globe. Ran’s work revolves around constant and active involvement in companies, providing them with strategic and business development oversight. In the past Ran served on Kite pharma BOD (sold to Gilead) and cCAM Therapeutics (sold to Merck). he also chaired Ocon Medical, Nasvax, Spearhead and Biomedix. Currently, Ran sits on many of Pontifax’s portfolio companies including Eloxx Therapeutics (ELOX), UroGen (URGN), ArQule (ARQL), Prevail Therapeutics and Ocon Medical. Ran also serves as Keros’ chairman of the board.

Asaf Shinar

Asaf joined Pontifax in 2007, bringing over 15 years of experience managing finances and operations at Israeli and multi-national VC firms. Prior to joining Pontifax, Asaf was the CFO of Neurone Ventures Fund, which invested in all stages of development in the telecom, enterprise, and life sciences sectors. Asaf serves as a director in Otic Pharma, EyeYon Medical, Hairstetics, Ocon Medical, ForSight Vision6 and Sweetch. Asaf  holds a B.A. in Accounting & Business Management and a CPA from the College of Management.

Ohad Hammer

Ohad joined Pontifax in 2009 and is involved in identifying as well as evaluating new investment opportunities. Ohad focuses on early-stage projects and oversees scouting, due diligence and company formation. He also supports development and business development activities within our early-stage portfolio companies. Ohad serves as a director in Metabomed, Pi Therapeutics, Keros Therapeutics, Eyevensys and Horama. Ohad obtained his M.S. in Biology from Tel-Aviv University and writes about small and mid-cap biotech stocks on his blog: www.orf-blog.com

Silvia Noiman, Ph.D.

Dr. Silvia Noiman is an entrepreneur and leading executive with over 25 years’ experience in the Life Science Industry. Prior to joining Pontifax, she was Founder and Senior Vice President at Predix Pharmaceuticals, bringing a small early-stage drug discovery company from inception to a $500M publicly traded multi-product company (EPIX). Silvia founded many of Pontifax’s portfolio companies, including cCAM Biotherapeutics (acquired by Merck) and Eloxx Pharmaceuticals (ELOX) where she served as CEO and is currently a board member. Silvia holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Tel Aviv University and Post Doc from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Iyona Rajkomar, MBBS, CFA

Iyona joined Pontifax in February 2019 and will be based in the London office. She spent the last four years at Advent Life Sciences where she founded and was a board member on a number of their early-stage companies. She was previously an equity research analyst and also worked in strategy consulting. At Pontifax, she will be responsible for generating deal flow, diligence and transactional work across both the equity and venture debt funds. Iyona qualified as a medical doctor with Honours from St George’s Hospital Medical School and holds the CFA Charter.

Momi Karako

Momi joined Pontifax in 2018, bringing over 16 years of experience managing venture debt funds. Prior to joining Pontifax, Momi was a General Partner in Viola Credit, a leading Israeli venture debt fund, which initiated more than 100 debt transactions in mid to late-stage technology companies in various sectors. Momi served as a director in several technology startups and currently is an investment committee member at Shaked Partners Debt Fund and a director at Migdalor Credit Fund. Momi is a CPA, holds a B.A. in Accounting & Economics from the Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from the New-York Polytechnic University.

Ben Shai, Ph.D.

Ben joined Pontifax’s research and scouting team in 2018, as a biotech analyst. He is a virologist by training and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Cell Research and Immunology, Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining Pontifax, Ben worked for a drug development startup company in the field of neurodegenerative diseases as a senior scientist. Currently, Ben Serves a member of the board of RelTar Therapeutics and is involved in the activities of several portfolio companies.