Nano Retina is an innovative company that took on the ambitious goal of restoring vision to blind people using advanced nanotechnology.
Nano Retina was founded in 2009 by two visionary industry experts; Yossi Gross, a serial entrepreneur, inventor and co-founder of Rainbow Medical, and Jim von Ehr, a leader within the field of nanotechnology and founder and CEO of Zyvex Labs.
Based on sound scientific knowledge and through rigorous research processes the team at Nano Retina is developing a device that will enable blind people due to retinal degenerative disease gain functional vision.
While a relatively young company, Nano Retina has managed to make giant technological leaps with the cumulative experience of its team members. Made up of engineers, physicists, ophthalmologists, low vision specialists and regulatory experts the Nano Retina team has a joint experience of over 200 years.
Nano Retina has offices in Herzliya, Israel and it partners with distinguished research centers and technology manufacturers throughout the world.
Our vision is to enable blind people the freedom and independence that comes from seeing.
Our mission is to develop products that will improve the quality of life of blind people by effectively replacing the natural function of their diseased retina with sophisticated artificial retina technology that mimics the natural physiological processes as much as possible. We will provide a solution that will allow the patient increasingly better mobility and orientation while keeping the risk to a minimum.
Rainbow Medical Innovation Ltd. is a private medical device investment and holding company focused on improving people’s lives by transforming innovative therapeutic technologies into breakthrough products. Rainbow Medical Innovation creates and funds companies based on proprietary technologies that solve significant medical unmet needs.
Marrying technical ingenuity with strong business acumen, Yossi Gross, Leon Recanati and Efi Cohen-Arazi founded Rainbow Medical in 2008 to provide seed investment to those inventions by Yossi Gross which have the highest potential to make an impact.
Founded in 1997, Zyvex Labs designs, constructs, and commercializes the world’s most precise manufactured products.
Zyvex Labs is the Founder and Manager of the Atomically Precise Manufacturing Consortium (APMC). Zyvex and its APMC collaborators are developing the tools to build atomically precise products atom-by-atom. The company operates in four major areas; micro assembly, electron optics, ion optics and photon optics.
Zyvex Labs is a founding partner of Nano Retina and continues a close collaboration with its R&D team.
Docor is dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurial start-up endeavors, as well as to supporting mature technological companies demonstrating a high potential for growth.
By applying a dynamic, comprehensive approach to business, as an active investor, Docor provides technological companies and innovative entrepreneurs in Israel with hands-on management skills, a long-term approach and added value, backed by the solid reputation, experience and leadership of the Van Leer Group Foundation. By investing in companies active in Israel or based on technology developed in Israel, Docor seeks to contribute to the welfare of the Israeli economy and society. By investing in globally oriented companies promoting innovative technologies and targeting developing markets, Docor seeks to create added value worldwide.
Ping An Ventures is the venture capital arm of Ping An Insurance Group. Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. is an integrated financial services group with three core businesses of insurance, banking and investment. Ping An is ranked number 96 in U.S. Fortune’s Global 500 ranking, and number 1 among China’s non-state owned enterprises.
Ki Corporation Limited (Ki) is a diversified group founded by Mr. Nathan Kirsh with investments worldwide in trading, property, financial services and other ventures. Ki has a controlling interest in Jetro Holdings, trading as Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash & Carry, which sells wholesale groceries and supplies to restaurant and bodega owners in the US.
Ki’s activities extend beyond food and real estate, with private equity investments in manufacturing, leisure, financial services, technology, mobile telecommunications, and pharmaceutical & life sciences. Examples of investments include stakes in Crest JMT Leather, a U.K.-based tanner, and Holmes Place, an Amsterdam-based fitness chain, but the vast majority of investments are not currently publicly disclosed.
Founder and CEO of Rainbow Medical and Chairman of the Board of Nano Retina
Mr. Cohen-Arazi has over 20 years of experience in the medical and biotech industries involving executive management responsibility for both development and business. Prior to establishing Rainbow Medical, Mr. Cohen-Arazi served as CEO of IntecPharma, Israel, a company specializing in drug development and delivery. Previously, Mr. Cohen-Arazi was V.P. Corporate Manufacturing, Head of Contract Manufacturing and Site Head at U.S.-based Amgen Corporation, where he established and led several global strategic partnerships to develop and manufacture small molecules and biopharmaceuticals. Mr. Cohen-Arazi held senior positions at Immunex in the U.S. and at the Merck-Serono Group in Switzerland. Mr. Cohen-Arazi holds advanced degrees in Agriculture and Microbiology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Milstain has over 35 years of managerial and hands on experience in development of multidisciplinary high-tech products in various global companies. Mr. Milstain has worked in multinationals such as Cadence, Intel, and National Semiconductors and with young start-up companies such as Seagull Semiconductors (sold to Cisco) and DSP Group. Most recently, Mr. Milstain was the head of the electronic development of Infrared detectors and cameras in SemiConductor Devices (SCD). Prior to SCD he served as VP and GM of design services in TowerJazz, a global specialty foundry leader. Mr. Milstain holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. He is also a graduate of the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute for Management of High-Technology Companies at Stanford’s School of Business.
Mr. Mendelewicz has over 15 years of experience in managing multidisciplinary R&D projects, primarily in the medical device field. In his most recent position, Mr. Mendelewicz established and led the engineering group supporting 3 medical device startups in the fields of Laparoscopy, Gastroenterology and Diabetes Control (Easylap, Easyglide and Easynotes respectively). His responsibilities included leading R&D activities, supporting clinical and regulatory processes and preparations for mass production. Prior to this role Mr. Mendelewicz headed the mechanical development team of GI View, another medical device start up founded by Mr. Yossi Gross, founder of Nano Retina. Mr. Mendelewicz has global managerial experience leading innovative R&D projects in the UK from concept to mass production. Mr. Mendelewicz holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Prof. Yael Hanein
VP of Scientific Affairs
Ms. Hanein is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. In the past she conducted research at the Weizmann Institute of Science (M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics), Princeton University, and at the University of Washington. Her research field is neuro-engineering and her main passions are developing wearable electronic technology and bionic vision.
Prof. Hanein is the co-founder of Tel Aviv University Micro and Nano Central Facilities (MNCF). Since 2012 she has been the head of Tel Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, steering Tel Aviv University activities in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. In 2012 she was appointed to the Israel Young Academy by the Israel Academy and served for two years as the first head of its executive committee. Prof. Hanein has been part of Nano Retina since its inception in 2009 and is responsible for providing the Nano Retina team with scientific training and technical leadership.
VP Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs
Mr. Rigler has over 18 years of experience in leading clinical research, regulatory affairs and quality assurance teams in medical device startups. Mr. Rigler has a solid background in the fields of metabolic syndrome (Metacure) cardiology (Bio Control Medical) and vision restoration (Vision Care Ophthalmic Technologies) and has successfully mastered the regulatory and clinical path of implantable devices. He has set up quality systems that comply with international standards, clinical studies to support regulatory approvals, and early stage clinical research to develop new innovative products. Mr. Rigler holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Director of VLSI
Mr. Liran has over 30 years of experience in various managerial and technical positions in the VLSI industry. Mr. Liran has extensive experience in analog and digital VLSI design, process, testing, qualification, failure analysis and packaging. He has worked with multinational companies such as National Semiconductor, Intel, Philips and SanDisk. Mr. Liran is responsible for the microelectronic definitions and implementation of the implantable devices. Mr. Liran has an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics, both from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Mr. Liran also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
Dov Weinberger, M.D.
Rabin Medical Center, Israel
A senior advisor to Nano Retina in the field of retinal surgery, Prof. Dov Weinberger has expertise in the area of ophthalmic medicine that spans over 30 years of practice with over 100 scientific publications. Prof. Weinberger is Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Rabin Medical Center, and full professor at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University. His main interests are surgery and lecturing in the areas of Advanced Ophthalmic Laser Therapy, Ocular Trauma, and Vitreoretinal Surgery. Prof. Weinberger graduated from the Technion’s Rappaport Medical Faculty of Medicine (previously named Abba Hushi Faculty of Medicine) in Haifa.
Peter Stalmans, M.D., Ph.D.
UZ Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Peter Stalmans is a staff member of the Department of Ophthalmology at UZ Leuven and Associate Professor at the KU Leuven. After completion of his residency-in-training in ophthalmology at UZ Leuven, he worked for one year as a vitreoretinal fellow at the Eye Hospital Rotterdam. He became a staff member at UZ Leuven in 2000 and Associate Professor at the KU Leuven in 2001.
Prof. Stalmans is a member of AAO, ARVO, EVER, the Belgian Society of Ophthalmology, ASRS, EVRS, and EURETINA and has organized the international Leuven Retina Meeting in 2011, 2013 and 2015. He has presented at various national and international meetings. Prof. Stalmans was the principal investigator of the phase II ocriplasmin clinical trial and coordinating investigator of the MIVI TRUST phase III trials (MIVI 6 and MIVI 7). His professional interests are vitreoretinal surgery, surgical instrument and device development and pharmacological vitreolysis.
Prof. Stalmans works extensively with Nano Retina on the development of the surgical procedure and the clinical aspects of the device.
Richard B. Rosen, M.D.
Ican School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY USA
Dr. Rosen is a vitreoretinal surgeon and consultant at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he serves as Vice Chairman and Director of Ophthalmology Research, as well as Surgeon Director and Chief of Retinal Services. Dr. Rosen is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Ican School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Visiting Professor in Applied Optics at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. His main research interests are Adaptive Optics Imaging of the Retina, Metabolic Mapping of the Retina, Near Infrared Biostimulation for Retinal Disease, Non-invasive Stroboscopic Retinal blood flow, Small Field High Resolution OCT Imaging of the Retina and Retinal Pigment.
Jeffrey S. Heier, M.D.
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Jeffrey S. Heier, M.D., is the Director of the Vitreoretinal Service at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. He is one of the leading clinical researchers in the country for new treatments in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, venous occlusive disease, vitreoretinal surgical techniques and instrumentation, and diagnostic imaging of the retina.
Dr. Heier is on the Executive Board of the Retina Society, the Board of the American Society of Retina Specialists, and President-Elect of the New England Ophthalmological Society. He is a scientific advisor to many biotechnical or pharmaceutical companies, lectures nationally and internationally on research and innovative approaches to the treatment of retinal diseases, and has authored numerous works in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Heier received his medical degree from Boston University, completed an ophthalmology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and a vitreoretinal fellowship at OCB/Tufts School of Medicine. He served as a physician in a Combat Support Hospital in the Persian Gulf War, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
William H. Seiple, PhD
Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute, New York, NY USA
Prof. William H. Seiple, a world famous expert on vision perception and low vision rehabilitation, heads Lighthouse International's Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute. The author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Prof. Seiple has a distinguished career in vision research.
Prof. Seiple has dedicated his career to finding technologies that improve the quality of life for sight-impaired people. He is the head researcher for Lighthouse International's BrainPort trials, and has been awarded grants from the Veteran's Administration. Most recently, Prof. Seiple has received grants to develop new interventions to maximize the reading ability of people with age-related macular degeneration.
Prior to joining Lighthouse International, he was a Professor at the New York University School of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor at SUNY State College of Optometry, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. He also has served as Director of Electrodiagnostic Services at Bellevue Hospital and as Director of Clinical Psychophysics at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.