Company

About Us

We are a global team of experts with a passion for science, who is focused on providing clinical data management services with the best-quality management services.
Who we are

Bioforum offers a wide range of consulting, data management and biostatistical services to help your clinical trial succeed and get accredited. Our interdisciplinary team of medical writers, clinical data managers, programmers and statisticians has the experience and flexibility to provide customized, proactive support for all projects and programs, whether small and highly specific or large and complex.

From specialty biotechs to multinational pharmaceutical companies to nonprofits and academic medical centers, we partner with clients across the clinical trials continuum, from start to finish. Our approach is to provide scalable solutions based on the specific needs of each client.

Our Mission, Vision & Values

We are committed to scientific rigor and data integrity, and it’s our mission to provide solutions that move clinical trials forward and accelerate the delivery of new therapies to patients.

To fulfill our mission, we work hand in hand with clients, partners and stakeholders across the life science industry to unlock the value of clinical data, ensure it is readily available for effective, efficient monitoring and analysis, and that it is submission-ready. Building trust and delivering return on investment (ROI) are at the heart of everything we do at Bioforum, so we place great emphasis on meeting high standards, driving excellence and constantly learning and improving through teamwork and collaboration. Each member of Bioforum’s global team strives to live and work by five core values:

Quality Integrity Innovation Giving Solidarity

We take pride in challenging the status quo and continuous improvement. At Bioforum, we prioritize our employees’ wellbeing and encourage a culture focused on respect, care, and personal and professional growth and development.

HISTORY

When we founded Bioforum in 1998, we identified a need for a forum focused on knowledge sharing, connecting life sciences professionals from the academic, business and government sectors. What developed is the Bioforum Applied Knowledge Center, a one-of-a-kind forum for biomedical education and training that offers practical courses, conferences on timely topics and trends, and professional development seminars. To date, Bioforum has trained over 150,000 individuals and hosted nearly 3,500 educational events on analytical chemistry, regulatory affairs and quality assurance, among many other topics. A decade later, in 2008, recognizing the impact of new technologies on clinical trials, Bioforum established the Data Masters, a CRO focused on the efficient collection, standardization and reporting of clinical trial data. Ever since, our goal has and continues to be consistently improving and innovating data processes, ensuring clinical trial data quality, integrity and accuracy for our clients’ research studies. Beyond data management, Bioforum’s core competencies quickly grew to encompass biostatistics, statistical programming and medical writing capabilities. From our offices in Israel, South Africa, Australia, the US and Germany, we have supported over 400 clinical trials across more than 100 customer organizations. While Bioforum has experience across therapeutic areas and as a partner to a diverse range of clients, our specialty is working with small biotechs, medical device startups and other emerging life sciences companies.

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2021

Bioforum founds a one-of-a-kind forum for biomedical education, training and professional development.

Bioforum expands with the establishment of the Data Masters, a data focused CRO.

 

Bioforum grows its global footprint, opening offices in South Africa, Australia and the US.

Bioforum evolves into a truly virtual company, embracing the benefits of a remote, global workforce.

Bioforum launches Bioforum Europe, a subsidiary headquartered in Germany.

Leadership

Bioforum’s leaders have decades of industry experience. They are driven by an unwavering commitment to collaboration, helping clinical trial sponsors meet study milestones and accelerate the delivery of therapies that improve patient outcomes and health on a global scale.

Management
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Amir Malka, Adv.
CEO & Co-Founder
Amir has over 24 years of work experience in the life science industry. In 1998, Amir and Yehudith founded Bioforum Applied Knowledge Center and later led the company to its development and expansion into a data-focused CRO. Amir holds an LL.B. and is a member of the Israeli Bar Association. His extensive experience and knowledge of clinical trials have been the driving force behind Bioforum’s vision since the start of the company. Amir is a member of several life science and clinical trial associations and is an active advocate in helping to break down barriers to further advance the medical industry in Israel.
Yehudith Wexler
President & Co-Founder
Yehudith holds a Master’s degree in Life Sciences (MSc) from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Diploma of Information Systems Analyst from the Technion Research University. With over a decade of experience in both the Israeli and global biomedical industries, she has worked in major international companies such as Omicron, Organon Teknika, Orgenics and Stratagene. She played an important part in the establishment of the Medical Devices Unit in the Ministry of Health, where she was in charge of the registration and quality systems, including GMP inspections. In 1998, Yehudith and Amir founded Bioforum Applied Knowledge Center and later developed Bioforum’s Clinical Data Services.
Eyal Wultz
President & Co-Founder, Data Services
Eyal holds a BSc in computer science and has an exceptional track record in developing and implementing software within clinical development, regulatory, QA and LIMS areas. Since 2006, he has been involved in clinical data standardization, building CDISC-based solutions and clinical data warehouses, all while integrating safety, efficacy and operational data. With over 20 years of experience in clinical development, regulatory, supply chain and military industries, Eyal’s broad background and knowledge in the field comes from serving as an Associate Director of Drug Development Informatics at Millennium, the Takeda oncology company, and VP of Professional Services at Demantra, a leading demand management solution provider (acquired by Oracle).
Tali Rahinstein-Tzur
VP, Business Development
Tali is the Vice President, Business Development for Bioforum, having overall responsibility for the global commercial functions (Business Development, Account Management, Marketing, Contracts and Proposals). In this role she leads the strategic growth of the company as well as building and managing partner relationships. Tali has over 10 years of Pharmaceutical experience having first started work in a contract manufacturing organization, then moved to the clinical research industry. Tali holds a B.Sc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Hebrew University and a MBA.
Limor Teomim
VP, Quality
Limor has over 20 years of experience in both manufacture and development of commercial and Investigational Medicinal Products within the pharmaceutical industry, quality management system, cGMP, GDP and local regulations. Certified by both the American and Israeli quality societies as a Certified Manager of Quality (CMQ), has served as a Quality Manager for LycoRed Bio and Nesher Solutions, companies specializing in development and production of sustained released micro-encapsulated, solid dosage forms. Prior to that, Limor held a position in QA of Starting Materials at RAFA Laboratories Ltd. Holds a MSc. Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
Marcelle Pieterse
Senior Director, Global Human Resources
Marcelle Pieterse joined Bioforum in December 2020 and has 20+ years of industry experience in the pharmaceutical research industry with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles), in the capacity of Human Resources [HR]. Marcelle has demonstrated experience in talent management, HR Consulting, deferred compensation, employee benefit design, and Personnel Management. Marcelle has a passion for people and seeing them grow and develop in their professional working environment. It is amazing to see employees grow and develop with the right guidance and mentorship from their managers and support from team members. It is great to see employees excel in their work! The culture of the company is one where you can bloom and grow and become the best in this industry.
Tzahi Sarousi (CPA)
CFO
Tzahi is an experienced financial executive with a demonstrated history of working in technology start-ups and renewable energy companies. He has been a part of both public (TSE) and private companies, with experience in raising equity and debt from venture capital firms, strategic and private investors. Tzahi leads the financial and operational activities in the company. He is skilled in financial team management, corporate financing, fundraising, corporate accounting, cash management, procurement and FinOps. Along with a strong passion for driving change and enabling growth, Tzahi aims to deliver mission-critical results, building strong teams, building and running new functions, and partnering with the executive team to scale operations. As a KPMG graduate, Tzahi holds a B.A in accounting & business management.
Amir Malka, Adv.
CEO & Co-Founder
Amir has over 24 years of work experience in the life science industry. In 1998, Amir and Yehudith founded Bioforum Applied Knowledge Center and later led the company to its development and expansion into a data-focused CRO. Amir holds an LL.B. and is a member of the Israeli Bar Association. His extensive experience and knowledge of clinical trials have been the driving force behind Bioforum’s vision since the start of the company. Amir is a member of several life science and clinical trial associations and is an active advocate in helping to break down barriers to further advance the medical industry in Israel.
Yehudith Wexler
President & Co-Founder
Yehudith holds a Master’s degree in Life Sciences (MSc) from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Diploma of Information Systems Analyst from the Technion Research University. With over a decade of experience in both the Israeli and global biomedical industries, she has worked in major international companies such as Omicron, Organon Teknika, Orgenics and Stratagene. She played an important part in the establishment of the Medical Devices Unit in the Ministry of Health, where she was in charge of the registration and quality systems, including GMP inspections. In 1998, Yehudith and Amir founded Bioforum Applied Knowledge Center and later developed Bioforum’s Clinical Data Services.
Eyal Wultz
President & Co-Founder, Data Services
Eyal holds a BSc in computer science and has an exceptional track record in developing and implementing software within clinical development, regulatory, QA and LIMS areas. Since 2006, he has been involved in clinical data standardization, building CDISC-based solutions and clinical data warehouses, all while integrating safety, efficacy and operational data. With over 20 years of experience in clinical development, regulatory, supply chain and military industries, Eyal’s broad background and knowledge in the field comes from serving as an Associate Director of Drug Development Informatics at Millennium, the Takeda oncology company, and VP of Professional Services at Demantra, a leading demand management solution provider (acquired by Oracle).
Tali Rahinstein-Tzur
VP, Business Development
Tali is the Vice President, Business Development for Bioforum, having overall responsibility for the global commercial functions (Business Development, Account Management, Marketing, Contracts and Proposals). In this role she leads the strategic growth of the company as well as building and managing partner relationships. Tali has over 10 years of Pharmaceutical experience having first started work in a contract manufacturing organization, then moved to the clinical research industry. Tali holds a B.Sc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Hebrew University and a MBA.
Limor Teomim
VP, Quality
Limor has over 20 years of experience in both manufacture and development of commercial and Investigational Medicinal Products within the pharmaceutical industry, quality management system, cGMP, GDP and local regulations. Certified by both the American and Israeli quality societies as a Certified Manager of Quality (CMQ), has served as a Quality Manager for LycoRed Bio and Nesher Solutions, companies specializing in development and production of sustained released micro-encapsulated, solid dosage forms. Prior to that, Limor held a position in QA of Starting Materials at RAFA Laboratories Ltd. Holds a MSc. Pharm in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
Marcelle Pieterse
Senior Director, Global Human Resources
Marcelle Pieterse joined Bioforum in December 2020 and has 20+ years of industry experience in the pharmaceutical research industry with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles), in the capacity of Human Resources [HR]. Marcelle has demonstrated experience in talent management, HR Consulting, deferred compensation, employee benefit design, and Personnel Management. Marcelle has a passion for people and seeing them grow and develop in their professional working environment. It is amazing to see employees grow and develop with the right guidance and mentorship from their managers and support from team members. It is great to see employees excel in their work! The culture of the company is one where you can bloom and grow and become the best in this industry.
Tzahi Sarousi (CPA)
CFO
Tzahi is an experienced financial executive with a demonstrated history of working in technology start-ups and renewable energy companies. He has been a part of both public (TSE) and private companies, with experience in raising equity and debt from venture capital firms, strategic and private investors. Tzahi leads the financial and operational activities in the company. He is skilled in financial team management, corporate financing, fundraising, corporate accounting, cash management, procurement and FinOps. Along with a strong passion for driving change and enabling growth, Tzahi aims to deliver mission-critical results, building strong teams, building and running new functions, and partnering with the executive team to scale operations. As a KPMG graduate, Tzahi holds a B.A in accounting & business management.
Shiri Diskin, Ph.D
Senior VP, Medical Writing
Shiri holds a PhD in cell, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University, USA. She has been a medical writer since 2009. Shiri worked as a medical writer and medical writing team leader at Teva until 2014. Since then, she has been working as an independent instructor and consultant of medical writing. Shiri is experienced in managing medical writing projects of early and late phase product development. Her expertise encompasses study-specific documents such as protocols and clinical study reports, as well as development-program documents such as investigator’s brochures and summaries of efficacy and safety. Shiri is experienced in close collaboration with multi-disciplinary clinical development teams, specifically safety, biostatistics and data management aimed at producing the highest-quality, most regulation-compliant, clear and informative documents while adhering to timelines. In addition to regulatory documents, Shiri is an expert in writing scientific journal articles. She writes and edits manuscripts, and teaches workshops to medical doctors and scientists on this subject. Her book on the subject has recently been published worldwide.
Tanya Du Plessis
Chief, Data Strategist and Solutions Officer
As a certified clinical data manager, Tanya holds a M.Med.Sc in Hematology and Cell Biology from University of the Free State, as well as her project management professional certification. She has vast industry experience with over 14 years with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles). As manager of various data management operation teams, Tanya has actively lead strategies for customized data delivery solutions focusing on timely quality data. She has driven numerous innovation teams, and her dedication to optimal customer service/delivery is visible through her long-standing relationships.
Irina Sher
VP, Data Management
Holds a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. She has been a part of the Bioforum team for 7 years and is responsible for leading and overseeing all data management personnel, as well as directing and guiding the data management activities for the company. Irina develops and implements strategies and policies for data management that maximizes the quality, reliability, and efficiency of Bioforum’s services. She also ensures that our client’s requirements are always met to their standards and the industry performs its best practices.
Bremer Louw
VP, Biometrics Operations & Business Development
Bremer holds a National Diploma in Information Technology and a Batchelor’s degree in Project Management. He brings 15 years of experience of which the first 12 years were in IQVIA Data Management where he started off as a Clinical Database Programmer and moved through the ranks to heading up a SAS programming team as part of a major FSP with a top 10 Pharma. He was Associate Director overseeing delivery, processes, customer relations, resourcing and much more for a team of 60+ programmers. He started with Bioforum in 2019 starting the Biometrics department in South Africa. Currently he is responsible for performance measurements, growth planning, quality, business development and IT systems.
Dafna Otiker
VP, Biometrics Delivery
Dafna has been a part of the Bioforum team for the last 13 years and has been leading the statistical programming group for the past 5 years. She has supported and led studies in the area of data management, statistical programming, and regulatory submissions in all phases, encompassing numerous therapeutic areas. Dafna holds a B.Sc. from the Hebrew University and an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies, Bio-MBA Program. As Vice president of Biometrics delivery, Dafna is responsible for overseeing delivery of all projects conducted in Biometrics department and supports the finance and BD teams.
Paul Malan
VP, Biostatistics
Paul brings 17 years of experience in planning and executing clinical trials, study designs, statistical analysis and reporting. He joins Bioforum from IQVIA, where he began his career as a statistician in 2003. Over the years, Paul held roles of increasing responsibility at IQVIA, moving up the ranks to serve as Country Manager for the IQVIA Biostatistics and Statistical Programmer groups in South Africa. In addition, Paul led a major FSP program for IQVIA, overseeing the work of more than 235 biostatisticians and statistical programmers dedicated to a large, multinational pharmaceutical company. As the Vice President of Biostatistics, Paul drives the growth and expansion of Bioforum’s biostatistics capabilities and expertise, responsible for the FSP division and Bioforum Academy in the areas of biometrics and biostatistics. Certified by the South-African University of the Free State, Paul holds B.Com in Econometrical Analysis, B.Com in Statistics (Hons) and M.Com in Statistics. Paul is also a member of the South African Statistical Association.
Shiri Diskin, Ph.D
Senior VP, Medical Writing
Shiri holds a PhD in cell, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University, USA. She has been a medical writer since 2009. Shiri worked as a medical writer and medical writing team leader at Teva until 2014. Since then, she has been working as an independent instructor and consultant of medical writing. Shiri is experienced in managing medical writing projects of early and late phase product development. Her expertise encompasses study-specific documents such as protocols and clinical study reports, as well as development-program documents such as investigator’s brochures and summaries of efficacy and safety. Shiri is experienced in close collaboration with multi-disciplinary clinical development teams, specifically safety, biostatistics and data management aimed at producing the highest-quality, most regulation-compliant, clear and informative documents while adhering to timelines. In addition to regulatory documents, Shiri is an expert in writing scientific journal articles. She writes and edits manuscripts, and teaches workshops to medical doctors and scientists on this subject. Her book on the subject has recently been published worldwide.
Tanya Du Plessis
Chief, Data Strategist and Solutions Officer
As a certified clinical data manager, Tanya holds a M.Med.Sc in Hematology and Cell Biology from University of the Free State, as well as her project management professional certification. She has vast industry experience with over 14 years with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles). As manager of various data management operation teams, Tanya has actively lead strategies for customized data delivery solutions focusing on timely quality data. She has driven numerous innovation teams, and her dedication to optimal customer service/delivery is visible through her long-standing relationships.
Irina Sher
VP, Data Management
Holds a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. She has been a part of the Bioforum team for 7 years and is responsible for leading and overseeing all data management personnel, as well as directing and guiding the data management activities for the company. Irina develops and implements strategies and policies for data management that maximizes the quality, reliability, and efficiency of Bioforum’s services. She also ensures that our client’s requirements are always met to their standards and the industry performs its best practices.
Bremer Louw
VP, Biometrics Operations & Business Development
Bremer holds a National Diploma in Information Technology and a Batchelor’s degree in Project Management. He brings 15 years of experience of which the first 12 years were in IQVIA Data Management where he started off as a Clinical Database Programmer and moved through the ranks to heading up a SAS programming team as part of a major FSP with a top 10 Pharma. He was Associate Director overseeing delivery, processes, customer relations, resourcing and much more for a team of 60+ programmers. He started with Bioforum in 2019 starting the Biometrics department in South Africa. Currently he is responsible for performance measurements, growth planning, quality, business development and IT systems.
Dafna Otiker
VP, Biometrics Delivery
Dafna has been a part of the Bioforum team for the last 13 years and has been leading the statistical programming group for the past 5 years. She has supported and led studies in the area of data management, statistical programming, and regulatory submissions in all phases, encompassing numerous therapeutic areas. Dafna holds a B.Sc. from the Hebrew University and an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies, Bio-MBA Program. As Vice president of Biometrics delivery, Dafna is responsible for overseeing delivery of all projects conducted in Biometrics department and supports the finance and BD teams.
Paul Malan
VP, Biostatistics
Paul brings 17 years of experience in planning and executing clinical trials, study designs, statistical analysis and reporting. He joins Bioforum from IQVIA, where he began his career as a statistician in 2003. Over the years, Paul held roles of increasing responsibility at IQVIA, moving up the ranks to serve as Country Manager for the IQVIA Biostatistics and Statistical Programmer groups in South Africa. In addition, Paul led a major FSP program for IQVIA, overseeing the work of more than 235 biostatisticians and statistical programmers dedicated to a large, multinational pharmaceutical company. As the Vice President of Biostatistics, Paul drives the growth and expansion of Bioforum’s biostatistics capabilities and expertise, responsible for the FSP division and Bioforum Academy in the areas of biometrics and biostatistics. Certified by the South-African University of the Free State, Paul holds B.Com in Econometrical Analysis, B.Com in Statistics (Hons) and M.Com in Statistics. Paul is also a member of the South African Statistical Association.
Otto Damsma
VP, Asia Pacific Operations
Otto brings more than three decades of industry experience. He fulfilled Biometrics and IT Directors positions in big pharma and CROs for more than 21 years in both Europe and Australia. He also worked in Business Development roles and as Business Manager at The Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development at The University of Queensland, Australia, including supervising the ISO17025/GLP certified bio-analytical laboratory. He holds a certificate in post-doctoral information management and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam.
Tanya Du Plessis
South Africa Country Manager
As a certified clinical data manager, Tanya holds a M.Med.Sc in Hematology and Cell Biology from University of the Free State, as well as her project management professional certification. She has vast industry experience with over 14 years with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles). As manager of various data management operation teams, Tanya has actively lead strategies for customized data delivery solutions focusing on timely quality data. She has driven numerous innovation teams, and her dedication to optimal customer service/delivery is visible through her long standing relationships.
Thomas Ryan
Senior Director – Business Development (North America)
Thomas brings 20+ years of Life Science Business Development & Marketing experience to Bioforum. Thomas has been fortunate to lead Business Development efforts at organizations like Covidien, Lantheus Medical Imaging and Eurofins Scientific. He now leads a team in the United States and Canada that is helping to promote the Bioforum brand and service offering.
Otto Damsma
VP, Asia Pacific Operations
Otto brings more than three decades of industry experience. He fulfilled Biometrics and IT Directors positions in big pharma and CROs for more than 21 years in both Europe and Australia. He also worked in Business Development roles and as Business Manager at The Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development at The University of Queensland, Australia, including supervising the ISO17025/GLP certified bio-analytical laboratory. He holds a certificate in post-doctoral information management and M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam.
Tanya Du Plessis
South Africa Country Manager
As a certified clinical data manager, Tanya holds a M.Med.Sc in Hematology and Cell Biology from University of the Free State, as well as her project management professional certification. She has vast industry experience with over 14 years with IQVIA (legacy Quintiles). As manager of various data management operation teams, Tanya has actively lead strategies for customized data delivery solutions focusing on timely quality data. She has driven numerous innovation teams, and her dedication to optimal customer service/delivery is visible through her long standing relationships.
Thomas Ryan
Senior Director – Business Development (North America)
Thomas brings 20+ years of Life Science Business Development & Marketing experience to Bioforum. Thomas has been fortunate to lead Business Development efforts at organizations like Covidien, Lantheus Medical Imaging and Eurofins Scientific. He now leads a team in the United States and Canada that is helping to promote the Bioforum brand and service offering.