Company Position Country
Mediterranean tower ventures, Chairman of technologies for aging well group, Society of electronic and electrical engineers CEO / Chairman Israel
Session
What are the non-dilutive sources of funding for companies and researchers in healthy ageing?

Dr. Yael Sorek- Benvenisti

Email: yaelbenvenisti@gmail.com

Tel: +972-52-430-0007

 

Education:

B.A. – Physical therapy – Tel Aviv University

M.A. –  Gerontology – Haifa University

PhD. – Gerontology – Haifa University

 

Professional:

Currently co-CEO of Mediterranean Towers Ventures, a corporate venture capital program that invests in early-stage technology companies developing disruptive solutions for aging – the fastest growing population segment around the world.

Chairperson of Technologies of Aging Well (Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Israel) since 2011

For the past 9 years, I have been a board member of the Israel Gerontological Society, which combines the various disciplines working with the elderly population. The Israel Gerontological Society is a member of the International Organization of Gerontology and operates as a part of the European branch.

For the past 8 years, I have served as a business and marketing consultant to companies on issues relating to the health, quality of life and leisure pursuits of the elderly and as a mentor for startups and projects dealing with elderly population challenges in several accelerators program in Israel.

Throughout the years, I have organized and served as the chairperson/ lecture in local and international conferences, I was involved in writing a number of policy papers (local and internationals) and worked to promote municipal, national and internationals programs for the welfare of the elders.

For eight years, I managed the professional health services in a chain of nursing and retirement homes- “Association of Israelis of Central European Origin”. Also, I was in charge of development and implementation of projects (2004-2012)

 

Awards and Prize:

2010-  Certificate of merit from the Wingate Institute for promoting elderly physical activity

-2007- Supervised a project that won the “Glickman Prize for excellence and quality in retirement house”

-2015 – Center for Active Design excellence – Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool

 

Research and Scientific Publications:

  1. Laufer, L. Gattenio, E. Parnas, D. Sinai, Y. Sorek & R. Dickstein (2001). Time-related changes in motor performance of the upper extremity ipsilateral to the side of the lesion in stroke survivors. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 15, 167.

Moran, M. R., Werner, P., Doron, I., HaGani, N., Benvenisti, Y., King, A. C., … & Egron, S. (2016). Exploring the Objective and Perceived Environmental Attributes of Older Adults’ Neighborhood Walking Routes: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Journal of aging and physical activity, 1-36.

In process-  Age-Based Stigma Held by Elderly persons towards Young Health Professionals Working in the Community -A theoretical and empirical evaluation of a new concept.

In process- Attitudes, enabling factors and barriers in the use of technology in healthcare for older adults. With Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Sheba medical Center.

 

Recent Conferences:

2017- Vision 2025 – Meeting orang generation needs, Common Health Magazine  Taiwan. Keynote Presentation

2017-   COST Action IC1303 on Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments, Lisbon, Keynote Presentation – The technological challenges for aging and dementia

2017 – MIXiii BIOMED 2017 international Conference – Steering Committee Member and Presenter

2017 – Technologies for Ageing Well – Conference Chairperson

2017 – Annual Conference, The Association of Engineers, Architects and Graduates in Technological Sciences in Israel – Presenter

2016–  COST Action IC1303 on Algorithms, Architectures and Platforms for Enhanced Living Environments, Cluj Napoca – Keynote  Presentation – The technological challenges for aging well