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New MaRS Innovation CEO Rafi Hofstein Will Lead Products to the Promised Land

B&W_rafi_hofsteinRafi Hofstein has joined MaRS Innovation as its new CEO.  He was previously the President and CEO of Hadasit Ltd., the technology transfer company of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, and since 2005, Chair of Hadasit BioHolding Ltd. (TASE: HBL).  In this role, he oversaw:

the commercialization of intellectual property emerging from the Hadassah Medical Organization, clinical trials with industry partners, as well as the launch, development and strategic oversight of a series of medical devices, biomedicine and diagnostic equipment spin-off companies.

He has Ag experience too, having been the Vice President Business Development for Ecogen, Inc., a subsidiary of Monsanto.  He was also at the helm of Mindsense Biosystems, and has his Ph.D. from Weizmann.

Well, Dr. Hofstein, welcome to Canada and to our little University Avenue (and Bay Street) slice of innovation heaven.

For those who aren’t in the know, here’s the scoop on MaRS Innovation:

MaRS Innovation provides an integrated commercialization platform that harnesses the economic potential of the exceptional discovery pipeline of 14 leading Toronto academic institutions.  MaRS Innovation is a non-profit organization with an independent industry-led Board of Directors, funded through the Government of Canada’s CECR Program and contributions of its member institutions, as well as support from the Province of Ontario.

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