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Smadar Cohen, PhD


Prof. Smadar Cohen from the Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, received her BSc, MSc and PhD (Biophysics) from Tel Aviv University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (with Prof. Robert Langer), she joined the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at Ben-Gurion University, in 1992.

Prof Cohen’s research explores several areas in modern biotechnology, from designing of instructive biomaterials for inducing tissue regeneration and tissue engineering ex- and in-vivo to implementation of intelligent delivery systems for therapeutic peptides and proteins. AlgiMatrix– a scaffold for 3-D cell culture – has been developed in her group and has been licensed and developed into a product by Invitrogen Corporation (Carlsbad, California).

Prof. Cohen developed BL-1040, an alginate-based biomaterial for treating acute myocardial infarction (in clinical phase I /II study).

Prof. Cohen has been invited to give over 80 lectures and seminars; chaired 15 sessions, has 26 issued and pending patents, and is the author of over 110 publications. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Tissue Engineering Journal and edited two books.

Prof Cohen received several major prizes, among them the JULUDAN Prize for Biomedical Research by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (2002), The Wolfson Research Award administered by The Israeli Academy of Science (1993), and the Best Pharmaceutical Paper Award by the Controlled Release Society (1991). In 1997, she was nominated as a fellow of the Israel Ministry of Science and in 2006 she was bestowed with a Professional Chair, The Claire and Harold Oshry Chair in Biotechnology.

Prof. Cohen is on the Scientific Advisory Board of several biotechnology and nanotechnology companies and is a member of the “KATAMON” Committee of the Israel Ministry of Trade and Industry-Magnet Program.   During 1999-2001, she served as the President of the Israel Controlled Release Society and from 2004 she is the Head of the Department of Biotechnology Engineering.