Yves Jongen – Advisory Board Member
Yves Jongen is Chief Research Officer for Ion Beam Applications. After founding IBA in 1986, he served as general manager and co-general manager of the company until March 2000, when he assumed his current role. Founded in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, IBA has become a world leader in particle accelerator technology and its applications, particularly in medical imaging, cancer therapy and sterilization.
Prior to founding IBA, Mr. Jongen served for 16 years as manager of the UCL Cyclotron Research Center, a multidisciplinary organization established by the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL), with several cyclotrons for fundamental and applied research. He holds a dozen patents and is the author of approximately 200 publications in the particle accelerator field and their applications. In May 2013 Yves was nominated for the European Patent Office’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in proton therapy.
Mr. Jongen graduated cum laude from UCL in 1970 as a Civil Engineer in electronics and earned an additional certificate in nuclear sciences. He has received the Georges Vanderlinden prize for science, given by the Belgium Royal Academy, for his work in Physics and Electricity, and shared the magazine Trends-Tendances 1997 Entrepreneur of the year honors for the French speaking part of Belgium with IBA CEO Pierre Mottet.
Raphael Pfeffer, Dr. M. – Advisory Board Member
Dr. Pfeffer is Chief of Oncology Division at Assuta Medical Centers – the largest and leading private medical services group in Israel – and a senior lecturer at the Tel-Aviv University School of Medicine.
Prior to Assuta he held key radiotherapy roles at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Harbor, Sheba Medical Center, Hadassah University Hospital, and the Israeli Army Medical Corps.
Dr. Pfeffer is a world-renowned specialist in the field of radiation therapy, serving as reviewer and committee chair/member for leading international journals and professional societies.
A native of Manchester, England, Dr. Pfeffer received his medical education at University College in London. He then trained as a radiation oncologist at the Harvard Joint Center for Radiation Therapy in Boston, and at the Shaarei-Tzedek Hospital and Hadassah University Hospital (Hebrew University) in Jerusalem.
Zelig Tochner, MD – Advisory Board Member
Prof. Tochner is the medical director of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, one of the world’s largest proton therapy facilities. He is also the chief of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology service and is a Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman’s School of Medicine.
Prior to this, Prof. Tochner held several senior positions at the NCI’s Radiation Oncology Branch and at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem, where he served as the head of the Radiation Oncology Institute.
Prof. Tochner received his MD from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School and is board certified in Radiation and Medical Oncology. He was recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2011-2012.