Prof. Zvi Bentwich
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. He was the first physician to deal with AIDS in Israel since 1982, and founded the first and largest AIDS center 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 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 – Dead Sea Arava Science Center where he is deeply involved in studies of medicinal plants and the skin microbiome. Since 2015 he is also chief scientist of Tikun Olam Ltd, the largest medical cannabis company in Israel, where he leads several clinical trials of cannabis.
Professor Bentwich has been board member (2002-2014) and chairman (2010-2012) of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel. Among other awards, he has received in 2010 a lifetime award from the Israeli Knesset for his contributions to Israel Medicine and Medical Sciences.