Yitshak Francis, PhD.

Director of Business Development for Life Sciences

Yitshak ("Itsik") received his Biology undergraduate degree from the Technion and his PhD in Medical Molecular

Biology from University College London (UCL). After his PhD, Itsik joined Columbia University as a post doctorate and after two years became an Associate Research Scientist. During his role as an Associate Research Scientist, he worked on a variety of drug development projects. Additionally, he was a co-founder and CEO of Citta Pharmaceuticals, a Columbia University spin-off biotechnology company that develops drugs for treating Alzheimer’s disease. During his role as a CEO, he was responsible for business development, management and fundraising, which exposed him to the business side of science.

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