Where do you live at the moment?
I live in Tel Mond, near Tel-Aviv, Israel, with my wife and two children.
What educational path did you pursue after Scheck Hillel?
I have moved around a lot since graduating Scheck Hillel! I spent a year in yeshiva in Israel, and decided to extend for another year to serve in the IDF as a medic in a combat unit. I then returned to the U.S. to complete my undergraduate degree Yeshiva University. My first job out of college brought me back to Israel, where I worked first at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and later at SodaStream.
After seven years in the workplace, I decided to go back to school to pursue a Master’s in international business administration at INSEAD, a top-tier global business school, and lived in Singapore for two years while completing it. My second child was born there, the first was born in Israel. I then went to work for Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, in New Jersey, where I spent 7 years in various positions in business development and marketing, both for the US division and the Latin American division. My last position in Novartis took me and the family on a 2-year relocation assignment to Costa Rica, where I was in charge of marketing and sales in Central America and Caribbean for Novartis's hematology drugs.
Where do you work currently?
I am CEO of Moebius Medical, a start-up biotechnology company in Israel. The most pressing need when I came on board was to find a partner to fund and run clinical trials for a new drug-developed in Israel-to treat the pain caused by osteoarthritis. In December of 2016, we signed an exclusive global licensing deal with Sun Pharmaceuticals (an India-based global pharmaceutical company) to further develop our pain product for osteoarthritis. Even though I’ve worked the past 10 years in the pharma industry, my background is in business administration and marketing, so those are the skills that I bring to bear in this venture.
What is most rewarding about the work you do? What are the challenges?
To have gotten such a big partner behind us, and to be able to push this forward as fast and efficiently, is very rewarding. I enjoy working with a global team, acting as the link among brilliant professionals from the US, India and Israel.
What is one essential academic or life skill you honed at Scheck Hillel?
Thanks to a great group of Judaic Studies teachers, we were allowed to question and to look for the reasoning behind the subjects we were learning. We were encouraged to think and approach things logically, and not just accept things blindly. I also appreciated that I was encouraged to pursue the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now called the Science Talent Search), a nationwide contest for which I was semifinalist.
What is your advice for future Hillel students who might consider a career in your field?
Learn two or three languages…they will serve you well in a future business career. Travel the world and learn other cultures. I have visited more than 80 countries, and I try to connect with Jewish community wherever I go.
Try to use every summer to pursue an internship in an area of interest to you, or to perform community service. I worked at a Jewish camp in Russia, an experience that helped me appreciate my own life back in the U.S.
What is the last book you read/podcast you heard that taught you something you didn’t know before.
I enjoy the “Freakonomics” podcasts…