Our Board and Investors Provide NewBridge with an Extensive LIfe Sciences Network and Partnerships Coupled with Their Enriched Investment Expertise



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Board of Directors


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    Joe Henein

    President & CEO

    Joe Henein is an accomplished Executive Leader with a career spanning over 35 years in the Pharmaceutical industry, having worked with a number of Multinational Pharmaceuticals, covering many geographies including the USA, Europe, and the Middle East. Joe founded NewBridge in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and before that he served as the Regional Managing Director of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for MENA. From the global headquarters of Wyeth in the USA, Joe assumed the role of VP Strategic Marketing and Global Commercial Chair for a number of therapeutic areas, most notably Infectious Diseases, and also held the role of Therapeutic Area Head for Women’s Health Care, and served on various corporate committees. Joe has an active role in industry committees, including PhRMA MEAC Board as the Vice Chair and the Chair for the PhRMA MEAC Ethics Review Board. Joe is a frequent speaker in pharmaceutical congresses including compliance forums. Joe holds a PharmD. Degree.

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    Qais Marafie

    CEO of KLSC and Co-Founder Life Sciences Company

    Qais is founder and CEO of Kuwait Life Sciences Company a unique healthcare company which focuses on healthcare innovative concepts and demanded services that have a clear unmet need. KLSC is designed as an integrated healthcare company building unique projects and is considered one of the few venture capitalists in the Middle East that invests globally and operates regionally seeking to advance healthcare services and systems in the region.

    Qais moved to KLSC after being responsible for the Life Sciences Investment Projects at the parent company 'National Technology Enterprises (NTEC)' since 2006. NTEC was created to play a vital role in servicing major stakeholders in Kuwait with their technology needs. 

    Prior to NTEC, Qais managed a portfolio of private equity funds & direct investments in addition to fund raising and servicing clients at the Industrial & Financial Investments Co. (IFIC) for 8 years. He was also a member of the Investment Committee and involved in structuring investment portfolios and funds including a series of U.S. based Venture Leasing Funds.

    Qais holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Kuwait University and as well as serving on the Board of NewBridge, he also currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Clinart MENA.

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    Caley Castelein, M.D.

    Founder and Managing Member of Kearny Venture Partners and KVP Capital

    Caley is a founder and managing member of Kearny Venture Partners and KVP Capital.

    Caley is a current board member of Alivecor, Boreal, Newbridge Pharmaceuticals, ViewRay, WellPartner, and Waterstone Pharmaceuticals. At Kearny, his previous investments include Aspreva (acquired by Gelenica), CoTherix (acquired by Actelion), Kai (acquired by Amgen), Roxro (acquired by a unit of Daiichi Sankyo), and QuatRx (partnered with Shionogi).

    Caley received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, with honors. During medical school, he ran a research program investigating the genetic causes of deafness and the application of gene therapy to treatment of hearing loss. The findings were published in leading journals including Nature Genetics. After medical school, Caley completed a general surgery internship at the University of California, San Francisco. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.

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    Andrew Jensen

    Director, CFO at Kearny Venture Partners

    Andrew is a graduate of UC Berkeley; having started his career in Audit with Andersen, he has subsequently held a number of senior financial positions with Sanderling Ventures, Gryphon Investors, IIX and Clairvue Capital Partners before joining Kearny Venture Partners as CFO in 2008.

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    Anas J. Meerza

    Group CEO of the National Technology Enterprises Company

    The Group CEO of the National Technology Enterprises Company; a fully owned subsidiary of the Kuwait Investment Authority with an authorized capital of KD. 100mn - $350mn - specializes in developing and financing technology projects locally and regionally with vast technology VC investments internationally.

    Throughout his 22 years of career experience, Anas Meerza has served well over 11 years as a Research Associate at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Energy Department, and in parallel has started several companies in Kuwait, the region and the US specializing in Industrial Applications, Information Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Healthcare Management and Advisory Services.

    Anas Meerza holds a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Dayton, Ohio, USA, since 1994, Executive Education in Leadership, Innovation and Global Sales from MIT, Executive Education in Business Administration from UC San Diego and Executive Education in Global Business Performance from IMD Switzerland. Anas Meerza is also a lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Business Management & Start-ups in several universities, colleges and specialized centers, and he is also a consultant and a board member in several local, regional and international companies and institutes

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    Subhi Jarudi

    Extensive healthcare management experience

    Subhi has more than 35 years of extensive healthcare management experience. He was most recently General Manager of Baxter Healthcare Middle East & Africa, UAE from 2013-2016 and previously held the positions of Vice President of Middle East, Turkey & Africa for Medtronic in Lebanon; Group Vice President of Asia, Australasia, Middle East for ICN Pharmaceuticals in California; Managing Director of Suzhou Lederle and Chairman & Managing Director of Cyanamid Pakistan.
    Subhi has a proven track record in in the Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa Regions establishing new businesses and distributor networks, opening new markets and restructuring operations. He is highly skilled at managing pharmaceutical and medical devices operations at both country and regional level with significant achievements in recruiting and developing winning teams to deliver sustainable growth.

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    Taghreed Al-Shunnar

    Founder and CEO of Professional Effective Solutions

    Taghreed is Founder and CEO of Professional Effective Solutions, offering consultation to pharma companies working in the MENA region in formulating effective business plans; new product launch strategies as well as turnaround management to assure turnaround success. She has 24+ years of in-depth experience in pharma including technical, regulatory, sales and marketing, business development coupled with exceptional motivational communication and people skills.

    Taghreed has extensive international experience with a great focus and understanding of MENA. She held the role of Executive Vice President for Strategic Business Development at Hikma Pharmaceutical until March 2011. She played an instrumental role in the growth and success of Hikma in the MENA region leading the business to increase net revenue of its branded division from $53M in 2003 up to $353M in 2009 and contributing around 63.5% of Hikma's total world-wide revenue. She was also an important member of the IPO team that helped take Hikma from a local Jordanian company to an internationally recognized public company listed on the London Stock Exchange in November 2005.

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    Kuwait Life Sciences Company

    KLSC is fully owned by the National Technology Enterprises Company (NTEC) which was established in 2004 and was fully funded by the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the sovereign fund of Kuwait.


    KLSC focuses on healthcare innovative concepts and demanded services which have a clear unmet need. KLSC has been designed as an integrated healthcare company building unique projects and is considered one of the few venture capitalists in the Middle East that invests globally and operates regionally seeking to advance healthcare services and systems in the region. KLSC supports both public and private sectors to access emerging technologies, establish unique projects and adapt best practices prevailing in today's healthcare field.

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    Kuwait Investment Authority

    The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) is the oldest sovereign wealth fund in the world. KIA traces its roots to the Kuwait Investment Board, which was established in 1953, eight years before Kuwait's independence in 1961. In 1982, KIA was created as an autonomous governmental body responsible for the management of the assets of the country.

    Throughout its history, KIA has been a stable and responsible shareholder and owner and pursues corporate governance activities based on industry best practices and the highest international standards of shareholder responsibility.

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