Ben Gurion University, Chief Scientist, Tikun Olam
Professor Zvi Bentwich, is a physician, clinical immunologist and world-renowned expert on AIDS research, with vast clinical, educational and biomedical research experience. In 1982 he became the first physician to deal with AIDS in Israel and founded the first and largest AIDS centre in the country. Professor Bentwich is Professor Emeritus of Medicine of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and currently, Professor of Microbiology Immunology and Genetics, and head of the Center for Emerging Tropical Diseases & AIDS, at the Ben Gurion University. He is the author of over 270 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Between 2002-2009, Dr. Bentwich was Chief Scientist of Rosetta Genomics Inc, (NASDAQ ROSG) and since 2012 he is the Scientific Director of the Ein Gedi â€“ Dead Sea Arava Science Center where he is deeply involved in studies of medicinal plants and the skin microbiome. In 2015 he became theÂ Chief Scientist of Tikun Olam Ltd, the largest medical cannabis company in Israel, where he leads several clinical trials for cannabis.
Professor Bentwich has been a board member (2002-2014) and chairman (2010-2012) of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel. Among other awards, in 2010, he received a lifetime award from the Israeli Knesset for his contributions to Israel Medicine and Medical Sciences.