Board of Directors
Avner Gal serves as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since our founding in 2001. Prior to founding us, Mr. Gal served as a managing director of Solid Systems, an Israeli start-up company engaged in the development of radar and ultra-sound technologies, from 2000 to 2001. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Gal served as an engineering department manager with Comverse Network Systems. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Gal was a section head at MTI Engineering Ltd., a consulting company and electronic systems provider in the communications, aerospace and military industries. Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Gal served for twenty-three years in various field and headquarters positions in the Israeli Navy and retired as a Naval Commander. Mr. Gal received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and a Master of Business Administration in marketing management from the University of Derby, Israeli Branch, Ramat-Efaal, Israel. As an Israeli Naval Officer, Mr. Gal spent the majority of his duty as a development engineer. Among other projects, he initiated, characterized and managed the development of a full Electronic Warfare (EW) suite (interception and deception), which is still operational on board all missile patrol boats of the Israeli Navy. Another EW system which Mr. Gal was in charge of developing is operational on board Israeli submarines. Mr. Gal was also the head of the Israeli Navy’s technical intelligence branch and served as the managing integrator for the electronic combat suite on board Dolphin submarines. During the last 25 years Mr. Gal has been (and still is) the primary instructor in the Naval Projects’ Officers Course.
Dr. Robert Fischell serves as one of our directors since 2010. Dr. Fischell is an inventor and serial entrepreneur with over 160 issued U.S. patents. Starting in 1959, Dr. Fischell spent 30 years with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which resulted in 53 patents in both aerospace and biomedical technology. His interests at Johns Hopkins then turned to the invention of new medical devices such as pacemakers and implantable heart defibrillators. Starting in 1969, Dr. Fischell began the formation of 14 private companies that licensed his patents on medical devices. These companies include Pacesetter Systems, Inc. (purchased by Siemens and now part of St. Jude Medical, Inc.), IsoStent, Inc. (merged with Cordis Company, a Johnson and Johnson Company), NeuroPace, Inc., Neuralieve, Inc., Angel Medical Systems, Inc, and Svelte Medical Systems, Inc. As it relates to diabetes management devices, he was the inventor of the first implantable insulin pump (which became Minimed and acquired by Medtronic). Dr. Fischell’s honors include Inventor of the Year for the USA in 1984, election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989, the Distinguished Physics Alumnus Award of the University of Maryland, and several medals for distinguished accomplishments in science, engineering and innovation. In 2004, Discover magazine gave Dr. Fischell their annual Technology for Humanity award. In 2008, Dr. Fischell received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Johns Hopkins University in recognition of his many life saving inventions. Dr. Fischell received his BSME degree from Duke University and MS and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Maryland.
David Malka is a co-founder of Integrity Applications, and has served as our Vice President of Operations since 2003 and as an Executive Vice President for Operations since March 2012. Prior to joining us, Mr. Malka served as a vice president of operations for Solid Systems from 2000 to 2003. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Malka served as a manager of production and purchasing at Kollmorgen-Servotronix, an Israeli company specializing in the design, development, and manufacture and import of digital servo control systems. Mr. Malka has a degree in practical engineering – industrial management from the Institute of Work & Production Productivity, Tel-Aviv and a B.A. in management from the Open University in Israel.