Co-Founder & Managing Partner of aMoon
Dr. Yair Schindel is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of aMoon.
As a healthcare entrepreneur, investor, and physician with vast experience in the field, Yair established aMoon in 2017.
Before launching aMoon, Yair served as the founding CEO of Digital Israel, the State’s National Digital Bureau to accelerate digital transformation and stimulate economic growth on a national level. Prior to Digital Israel, Yair was the CEO of Startup Nation Central, a nonprofit organization that supports Israeli innovation. In 2010, Yair co-founded and served as CEO and board member of MAOZ, an NGO that trains and connects Israel’s most promising future leaders to promote social change initiatives and strengthen Israel’s socioeconomic resilience.
Yair is the Co-founder and Chairman of the non-profit organization The 8400 Health Network, which is committed to building a national HealthTech growth engine through a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders.
In the private sector, Yair served as an executive, investor, board member, or advisory board member in several healthcare startups.
Yair earned his BSc and MD degrees at Ben-Gurion University’s Goldman Medical School and his MBA at the Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the Health Care Advisory Board at HBS. Prior to business school, Yair was the Chief Medical Officer for the Israeli Navy Seals, also known as “Shayetet 13.”
Head of Roche Information Solution (RIS)
Moritz Hartmann is Head of Roche Information Solution (RIS), which focuses on delivering data-driven solutions that empower healthcare professionals and patients to make insights-based decisions. Connecting the lab, care and home settings, these innovative digital solutions help unlock digital ecosystems across the care continuum for financial, operational, and clinical insights that drive personalized healthcare for patients around the globe.
Moritz started his career in the tourism industry developing online travel booking engines. He joined Roche in 2005 and since, has successfully led large and diverse organisations and teams across different regions and divisions while driving innovative digitisation projects and partnerships. Moritz was appointed Head of the newly created Roche Information Solutions (RIS) in May 2021.
A German native, Moritz holds degrees in Controlling and Finance as well as Marketing and International Management and an MBA from the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Head of Roche Diagnostics Solutions (RDS)
Ann Costello is Head of Roche Diagnostics Solutions and is a member of the Roche Diagnostics Executive Team reporting to the CEO of Roche Diagnostics, Thomas Schinecker. After more than 30 years with Roche, Ann brings a rich combination of business management and global marketing experience within the Diagnostics Division.
Ann started her career with Roche in 1988 in Basel, Switzerland and held several senior management positions within Roche Diagnostics including Senior Vice President of the Serum Work Area Business in Roche Professional Diagnostics (2006) and President of Roche Tissue Diagnostics (2016).
Prior to taking the helm of Roche Diagnostics Solutions in October 2020, Ann was the head of the Centralized Diagnostics and Point of Care Solutions Business Area where she had overall responsibility for research, development and global marketing of diagnostics solutions worldwide.
Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Science and holds a BSc. in Biomedical Science from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.
Global Head Roche Diagnostics Partnering
Cristin Hubbard is responsible for bringing external innovation into the Roche Diagnostics Group. In her role as Global Head of Diagnostics Partnering, Cristin is a member of the Diagnostics Leadership Team based at Roche’s Headquarters in Basel. Having grown up in California, US, her career has spanned over 20 years in the healthcare industry.
Cristin has had various roles with increasing responsibility across key functions, including Research, Development, Commercial and Partnering across Pharma and Diagnostics. She started her career as a medicinal chemist at Theravance, before joining Genentech in 2007 in Pipeline and Portfolio Planning where she provided strategic and analytical support for investment decision-making across the portfolio. She also held various strategic and operational roles in the US Commercial organization as part of Genentech. Cristin then moved into Global Product Strategy in the Roche Pharma division where she led the worldwide launch of a novel therapy for a rare condition. In 2019, she was appointed Senior Vice President of Global Product Strategy for the Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Ophthalmology portfolio.
Cristin started her current role in April 2021 to establish the newly created Diagnostics Partnering organization, to help position Roche as a partner of choice while developing external collaborations and ecosystems across the diagnostics and healthcare industry.
Cristin holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California at Santa Cruz. She also completed the Graduate Program of Health Management at the University of California at Berkeley, earning an MBA from the Haas School of Business and an MPH from the School of Public Health.
Partner & Head of aMoon Alpha
Yaron Daniely is a Partner at aMoon Velocity, aMoon’s early-stage investment fund that pursues disruptive, cutting-edge technologies with the potential to accelerate cure. Yaron also heads aMoon alpha, aMoon’s portfolio success and value creation team.
Yaron has spent much of his career leading innovative HealthTech companies, and he brings to aMoon a wealth of hands-on experience as a business leader in both the private and public sectors.
Prior to aMoon, Yaron was the President and CEO of Yissum, Hebrew University’s acclaimed Technology Transfer Company, and Co-Chairperson of the Israel Technology Transfer Network (ITTN). Before leading Yissum, he spent 14 years as a senior executive – and 10 years as CEO – of private and NASDAQ-traded Biopharma and Biotech companies.
Yaron earned his PhD from the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the NYU School of Medicine. Following his doctoral program, he served as a Visiting Fellow at the NIH, and as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at The Weizmann Institute for Science in Israel. He also holds an MBA from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Managing Director at aMoon
Roy is a Managing Director at aMoon Velocity, where he leads deal teams, manages sourcing, and serves on the board of several portfolio companies.
Roy has over 15 years of investment experience, first as an M&A and Private Equity lawyer in New York, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv, and later as a venture capitalist.
Before joining aMoon, Roy was the CEO of Hutchison Kinrot, a leading global incubator and seed investor in water technologies & Cleantech, owned by Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison. He led numerous investments in early-stage Israeli start-ups, serving on the boards of all portfolio companies and guiding them from technological concepts to early commercialization.
Prior to that, Roy was a Partner at the International M&A and Capital Markets department of a leading Israeli law firm and worked at the international law firm Weil Gotshal, where his work included representing large healthcare strategics on various financing and M&A transactions.
Roy holds an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a dual MPA (Public & Economic Policy) from the London School of Economics and Columbia University. He is a certified lawyer in Israel and New York.
Chief Technology Officer and Chapter Head Technology and Science
Matthias joined Roche Diagnostics in 1993 and has held various positions in technology assessment, research and product development.
In his current role as Chief Technology Officer and Chapter Head Technology and Science, he leads a team for scouting and assessing platform technologies for future diagnostics products, and provides input for business and strategy planning with insights on technology roadmaps. He is very passionate about the opportunities for improving care for patients through advancements in IVD and data driven insights and bringing care closer to the patient.
Matthias holds a PhD in Medical Physics from University College London, U.K. and received his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany.
David Evans is an Investment Director at the Roche Venture Fund and brings over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in investing, operations, and research. Before joining the Roche Venture Fund, David was in Roche Pharma where he led the global data sciences team supporting the neuroscience & rare diseases pipeline. Earlier in his career, David worked at Bristol Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly at global and affiliate levels and, prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, at the World Bank, with Médecins Sans Frontières, and in clinical medicine. David holds an MBBS from the University of Sydney and a PhD in clinical epidemiology from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.
Chapter Area Lead R&D Research and Early Development (RDS)
Chapter Area Lead R&D Research and Early Development, Roche Diagnostics Solutions
Tom received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin. Tom was an early employee of NimbleGen Systems, which was acquired by Roche in 2007.
Since then, Tom has held various R&D leadership positions in Roche Diagnostics. He has led teams that have conceived, developed and commercialized several important novel genomics technologies, including whole genome sequencing methods, hybrid capture for targeted sequencing, whole exome sequencing, and whole proteome peptide arrays.
Tom is currently Chapter Area Lead R&D Research and Early Development, leading the development of system, workflow, and assay technologies.
Head of Marketing & Innovation (RIS)
Okan Ekinci is Head of Marketing & Innovation for Roche Information Solution (RIS). RIS focuses on delivering data-driven solutions that empower healthcare professionals and patients to make insights-based decisions. Connecting the lab, care and home settings, these innovative digital solutions help unlock digital ecosystems across the care continuum for financial, operational, and clinical insights that drive personalized healthcare for patients around the globe.
With his organization, Okan is redefining the way how digital health products in RIS are designed, validated, implemented, and marketed with the aim to generate exceptional value for customers and patients.
Okan joined Roche in 2018 in Diagnostics Information Solutions to build and lead the new Medical & Scientific Affairs function.
Before joining Roche, he was Global Head & Vice President of the Healthcare Consulting business at Siemens Healthineers, developing and offering IT-enabled transformation and clinical consulting services. Prior to that, he established the Global Medical Office of Healthineers and served as its first CMO, across imaging, diagnostics and healthcare IT. Okan spent eight out of his 20+ years of experience in the healthcare sector in clinical practice in cardiology.
Okan holds an MBA from the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, an MD from the University of Mainz, Germany, and is adjunct professor of medicine at the University College Dublin, Ireland.
Digital Health Innovation Chapter Lead
Jochen since 2019 heads the Digital Health Innovation Chapter within Roche Diagnostics International. He holds a PhD in Bioinformatics and an Executive MBA and has more than 20 years of experience in the Life Sciences and Diagnostics industry. From 2007 to 2017 he drove innovation in the IVD business by leading the Innovation & IP Management department within Roche Diagnostics. In 2018 he established the Startup Creasphere which is now one of the leading corporate Digital Health Accelerators globally with locations in Munich, Singapore and the Silicon Valley. The Digital Health Innovation Chapter shapes the future of healthcare together with patients, providers and payers and has accelerated more than 75 transformative digital health projects together with startups in the last 5 years. Jochen is passionate about establishing symbiotic partnerships between Roche and startups to bring innovation to patients and innovate related business models.
Head Partnering Network (RDS)
Ruedi Stoffel assumed the role of Head Partnering Network Roche Diagnostics Solutions in 2021. Ruedi brings extensive Strategy & Business Development experience gained through various divisional, global and local Business Development roles at Roche Diagnostics. Ruedi joined Roche Diagnostics in Basel in 2002 as a Business Development Director. In 2006 he moved to Pleasanton, CA to head the Business Development & Licensing department of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. Then he took over the Life Cycle Leader role of Custom Biotech & Biochemical reagents in 2010 located in Penzberg, Germany. Prior to joining CPS this year in June 2018 as ad-interim Head of Marketing & Business Partnering, Ruedi was leading the Business & Market Development department of Roche Roche Diagnostics Mannheim, Germany.
Prior to joining Roche, Ruedi gained experience in the healthcare sector working for McKinsey & Company located in Zürich, Switzerland. Ruedi is a Swiss citizen and holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and an MBA degree from Cornell, USA.
Partnering Network Lead (RIS)
Lee Lehman-Becker is the Partnering Network Lead to the Roche Information Solutions (RIS) organization. She is based in Santa Clara, California. Prior to joining Roche Diagnostics Partnering, Lee was the Global Research & Development Lead for Roche Pharma’s Digital & Personalized Healthcare Partnering team, where she focused on M&A, joint development, and licensing deals with partners focused on multi-modal data, advanced analytics / AI, and digital tools. She previously consulted to Life Sciences and Health Tech industry players on M&A, PMI, growth strategy, and portfolio development. Lee holds an MBA in Strategy from The Wharton School and a BA from Yale University. Her passion is for finding new ways to enrich patient lives and outcomes using emerging technologies.