Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Zeldis is currently the chief medical officer and vice president for medical affairs at Celgene Corporation. He is also currently a clinical associate professor at the Robert Woods Johnson School of Medicine. Prior to joining Celgene, Dr. Zeldis was associate director of clinical research and director of medical development at Sandoz Research Institute and Janssen Pharmaceutical Research Institute, respectively. He holds an A.B. and M.Sc. in molecular biology from Brown University, and earned a M.Phil, a M.D. and a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the UCLA Center for the Health Sciences and was a clinical and research fellow in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Executive Directors

Maghsoud Dariani, M.S., President, CEO, and Director

 Prior to joining Semorex, Mr. Dariani was President and co-founder of Focus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty private pharmaceutical company, where he managed and guided the development and approval of drug products, achieving one FDA approval and bringing another to the clinical evaluation stage.  Prior to Focus, Mr. Dariani was Vice President of the chiral pharmaceutical business unit at Celgene Corporation where he was responsible for the successful development of the chirally pure version of Ritalin.  Mr. Dariani brings together an entrepreneurial capability, strong project management skills, an excellent foundation in science and engineering and most importantly a sound grasp of business strategies.  

Bernard S. Green, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Director

Prior to founding Semorex, Dr. Green was a research professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Medical School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1985. He has also been on the Staff and, later, a consultant and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Structural Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science since 1977. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry, with a minor in biochemistry, from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and has held posts at Brandeis University , National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Biological Research . He has authored some 100 research publications, edited two books and holds six patents. He has expertise in solid state and host-guest chemistry, bio-organic chemistry, and organic photo-chemistry. He is a pioneer in catalytic antibody research and contributed to essentially all aspects of this developing science before applying this body of knowledge to the imprinted polymer field.

Morris Priwler, B.Ec., LL.M., President Semorex Technologies Ltd., Director

Prior to joining Semorex, Mr. Priwler was the founder and managing director of Profile Advanced Technologies Ltd., a company dedicated to commercializing technology in the optics and biotechnology fields. He holds a Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Law and Bachelors Degree in Economics from Monash University , Australia . He practiced law in Australia from 1976 to 1988. From 1988-1990 he established and managed corporate administrative and legal matters for a U.S subsidiary of an Australian public company. Subsequently, he has provided management consulting services to high technology enterprises in Australia, the United States and Israel concerning all aspects of business and strategic development. Mr. Priwler has served on the Board of Directors of several start-up companies, and has been involved as part of the entrepreneurial team in a number of ventures.