Whitehead Connects presents Yaniv Bejerano and Ifat Rubin-Bejerano, ImmuneXcite

ifat_yaniv“From immune recognition of fungi to immunotherapy of cancer”

February 10, 2016

5:30 presentation; 6:30 networking reception
Whitehead Institute
Nine Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142

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About the Speakers

Yaniv Bejerano, B.Sc., MBA
Yaniv Bejerano co-founded ImmuneXcite and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He has been instrumental in shaping the vision of ImmuneXcite and leading the venture from inception to raising over $10M and collaborating with leading pharma companies in the immunotherapy field. Prior to ImmuneXcite, Yaniv held various product management, marketing and business development positions, the latest as Senior Director of Worldwide Product Marketing and Business Development at Enigma. Prior to that, at Biosense, he was a Product Manager leading a product from pre-clinical development through preclinical studies, clinical trials, and 510k submission to the FDA. Biosense was acquired by J&J for $400M. Yaniv holds an MBA from Northeastern University with distinction, and a B.Sc. from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Ifat Rubin-Bejerano, Ph.D.
Dr. Ifat Rubin-Bejerano co-founded ImmuneXcite and served as its Chief Scientific Officer. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute of MIT with Prof. Gerald R. Fink, where she was interested in the host-pathogen interaction of fungi with immune cells. Her research led to the identification of a fungal carbohydrate that recruits and activates neutrophils, which she then conjugated to cancer-specific antibodies to direct neutrophils to tumors. Ifat has been instrumental in translating the basic science into a commercial platform technology and has been leading the R&D efforts at ImmuneXcite. Dr. Rubin-Bejerano holds a Ph.D. and a B.Sc. magna cum laude from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

About Whitehead Connects
Whitehead Connects is an initiative that brings renowned biology and biotech leaders to Whitehead Institute for an engaging presentation and dynamic networking opportunity for participants. Following the free, public lecture participants will have the opportunity to meet Whitehead postdoctoral fellows and learn about their latest discoveries.