Devoted to meet our commitment

Our journey continues to evolve thanks to our diverse team of experts sharing mutual commitment and dedication, to addressing the immense clinical unmet need for mitochondrial diseases

About us

Our vision

We strive to be the global leader in developing novel Mitochondrial Cell Therapies to treat people stricken with mitochondrial diseases.
Every day, together with the world’s leading scientists, clinicians and patients’ groups we are translating our mitochondrial science into meaningful therapies for mitochondrial diseases – anywhere from ultra-rare to more common ones.

Our vision

Global Development Plan

Making our therapy available to patients around the world as fast as responsible:

  • Strategically-located operations enable a global, multi-site trial approach (ILS, US, EU)
  • Collaboration with top clinical sites, investigators and Patient Advocacy Groups to develop clinical endpoints and enhance disease understanding
Minovia Mitochondria Research & Development Center

Haifa, Israel

Minovia GMP Processing Plant

Haifa, Israel

Minovia Clinical Site

Sheba Medical Center
Tel Aviv, Israel

Minovia EU Operations


Clinical Site

United States (coming soon)

Minovia US Operations

Kendall Square, Cambridge
United States

Clinical site Europe


Global map

Key Accomplishments to-Date

Our ability to execute is driven by our highly experienced executive team, comprehensive regulatory strategy and clinical development plan in partnerships with key physicians and advisors.

Accomplishments to-Date


Natalie Yivgi-Ohana, PhD

Natalie Yivgi-Ohana, PhD

Co-founder & CEO


Natalie Yivgi-Ohana, PhDCo-founder & CEO

Natalie is a life science entrepreneur; led the company since incorporation in 2012. Natalie has twenty years’ experience in mitochondrial research and received her PhD in Biochemistry at The Hebrew University in 2007, after which she performed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science until 2010. Natalie founded Minovia with a passion to help children and adults with mitochondrial diseases worldwide.

Noa Sher

Noa Sher, PhD

Chief Scientist


Noa Sher, PhDChief Scientist

Noa is highly experienced research leader in the cell therapy space and a molecular and cellular biologist by training. Noa received her PhD in Biochemistry at The Hebrew University in 2007, after which she performed her postdoctoral studies at the Whitehead Institute, MIT, Cambridge, MA and at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel. She joined Minovia after several years as head of a research team heading preclinical development and characterization of all clinical-stage products at Pluristem, an Israeli-based cell therapy company.

Bethany Sensenig

Bethany Sensenig, MBA, CMA

CFO & Head of US Operations


Bethany Sensenig, MBA, CMACFO & Head of US Operations

Bethany brings over 15 years’ experience in Life Sciences finance and operations, with a deep background in public-company financial operations, strategy, and commercial operations. Most recently Bethany was a VP of Finance and Commercial Operations at Biogen, leading the Biosimilars business in Europe and responsible for commercial launch of rare disease drugs in multiple countries. Bethany holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a Master’s in Business from Western Carolina University and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Shay Bukshpan

Shay Bukshpan, MSc, MBA

Head of EU Operations


Shay Bukshpan, MSc, MBAHead of EU Operations

Shay is a highly experienced leader in commercialization of rare disease and biosimilar products. Former Regional Director at Biogen, Shay led commercial operation across multiple countries in EU and non-EU countries. Shay holds an MSc. from The Weizmann Institute of Science and an MBA from INSEAD.




Yael Wilnai

Yael Wilnai, MD

Medical Director


Yael Wilnai, MDMedical Director

Yael is a mitochondrial disease expert and treating physician. She is a pediatrician, medical geneticist and clinical biochemical geneticist trained at Stanford University Medical Center.  Specializes in rare genetic disorders, inborn errors of metabolism and mitochondrial disease. In her clinic in one of the leading hospitals in Israel, she cares for patients, both pediatric and adult, who have a broad range of genetic and metabolic conditions. She has specific interest in the diagnosis and management of mitochondrial diseases.

John Cambell

John Campbell

Head of US Clinical Development


John CampbellHead of US Clinical Development

John brings over 20 years of clinical drug development experience within the pharmaceutical industry with a recent focus on rare disease clinical trial design and regulatory strategy. John has worked within large global pharmaceutical companies (GlaxoSmithKline) and small biotech start-up companies across several therapeutic areas. He is active within the rare disease community and serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit patient group Rare New England (RNE).

Eyal Shoshani

Eyal Shoshani, MBA

Head of Clinical Operations


Eyal Shoshani, MBAHead of Clinical Operations

Eyal brings the breadth and depth of 15 years of Clinical Operations expertise, alongside strong hands-on experience in managing ClinOps in pharma companies, innovative startups, and global CROs. Eyal holds a BSc in Biotechnology Engineering, an MBA degree. Eyal joined Minovia after few years as the Director of Clinical Operations at Pluristem, a cell therapy company, in which he led a variety of studies in various stages including 2 pivotal phase III multi-center, multi-national studies.

Efi Zaritzky

Efi Zaritzky, MBA

Head of Communications & Patients' Advocacy


Efi Zaritzky, MBAHead of Communications & Patients' Advocacy

Efi is a seasoned marketeer with over 15 years of experience in the global healthcare marketplace. Prior to joining Minovia, Efi held leading positions where she was responsible for overseeing product business lines, go-to market strategy, commercial activities and managing communities of various stakeholders in start-ups and corporate environments. She holds an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Board of Directors

John Cox

John Cox, MBA

Chairman of the Board


John Cox, MBAChairman of the Board

John joined Minovia Therapeutics in February 2019 and brings over 25 years of experience in biopharmaceuticals. Mr. Cox is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Repertoire Immune Medicines, and was formerly the CEO of Bioverativ, which he built and grew from a new venture with two drugs, Eloctate® and Alprolix® for the treatment of hemophilia A and B. In February 2018 Mr. Cox led Bioverativ to a successful acquisition by Sanofi for $11.6B.

Natalie Yivgi-Ohana, PhD

Natalie Yivgi-Ohana PhD

Co-founder, CEO & Board member


Natalie Yivgi-Ohana PhDCo-founder, CEO & Board member

Natalie is a life science entrepreneur; led the company since incorporation in 2012. Natalie has twenty years’ experience in mitochondrial research and received her PhD in Biochemistry at The Hebrew University in 2007, after which she performed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science until 2010. Natalie founded Minovia with passion to help children ans adults with mitochondrial diseases worldwide.

Uriel Halavee PhD

Uriel Halavee, PhD

Co-founder & Board Member


Uriel Halavee, PhDCo-founder & Board Member

Uri is a serial entrepreneur and inventor. He is the former General Manager of Soreq Nuclear Center, Israel. Uri successfully co-founded 6 hi-tech companies: Opal, X-Technologies, Kailight, Radiancy, Sonotron  and Oplon.

Ephraim Aharonson PhD

Ephraim Aharonson, PhD

Co-founder & Board Member


Ephraim Aharonson, PhDCo-founder & Board Member

Efraim is an Ex-Deputy Head, Israel Institute for Biological Research. He is a former executive at Siemens Israel and a serial angel investor in Israeli start-up companies.

Zeev Milbauer

Zeev Milbauer

Board Member


Zeev MilbauerBoard Member

Zeev is an Angel investor and member of the board of several companies. Zeev is the former Chief Executive Officer and Partner at I.B.I. Investment Banking and brings years of vast experience in brokerage and investment banking.


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