Orna Harel, Ph.D.

Bio:Dr. Harel earned her PhD degree in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch at the NIH. Upon returning to Israel she became a senior investigator at the University of Haifa where she managed a lab of 7 MSc and PhD students.

Having decided to pursue a change in her professional career she took advantage of her experience in securing grant money for research and started working as a senior analyst in a consultancy firm specializing in raising funds from non-dilutive sources such as govt. agencies, private foundations and others. In that position she managed a portfolio of small and medium-size companies developing new and innovative technologies, mostly in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries.

As a scientific and business consultant she gained extensive experience in developing strategies for securing government/industry funding for applied research. In her current position as VP of Business Development of MIGAL she is responsible for mapping scientific opportunities at the institutional level and managing the effort to identify new growth opportunities for innovation. She is also responsible for the evaluation and commercialization of MIGAL’s IP portfolio through identification of potential industry partners, technology presentations and deal structuring.