Our Vision

We begin our journey with an eye towards
Digital Healthcare, Healthy Aging, Education and Smart Cities.

By converging academia, government and industry from Israel and around the world,
we are able to address challenges from all angles with real-time guidance from the end users.

Together, we will create opportunities to pioneer research, usher ideas to market
and generate a whole new ROI --- a high Return on Innovation (ROI).

CDI's contributions

Our global cross-sectoral partnership and collaborative framework with local communities allow us to be a unique 360° enabler for innovations and entrepreneurship in focused areas- Digital Healthcare, Healthy Aging, Education, and Smart Cities.

Form an ecosystem to face the global challenges
from all angles

Innovation Stairs 
Program
for Startups

Innovation Labs
for collaborative simulations

Innovation workshop

Workshop & Events
for all citizens and beyond

From Negev to the World.

"Many have already said that Beer-Sheba currently finds itself developing at an accelerated rate to become the capital city of innovation in Israel. 

As part of this vision coming to fruition, the Center for Digital Innovation was established last August, the first of its kind in the world, at the Gav-Yam High-Tech Park for Advanced Technology in Beer-Sheba.  "

--Ben Gurion University

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"I think CDI is coming at the right time.
I look forward to many great ideas and companies coming to CDI from across the state and seamlessly find it a way in the market and
serving the patients and beyond"
---Charles N. Kahn III, President and CEO Federation of American Hospitals (FAH)

Founders

CDI-Negev was established through the collaborative efforts of some of Israel's most outstanding entrepreneurs and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  

Founder & CEO
Ziv Ofek
Co-Founder & EVP - eHealth, Education
Sharon Sasportas
Co-Founder & CFO - Healthy Aging, Smart Cities
Boaz Gur-Lavie
Prof. Gideon Sahar
Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder
Prof. Arie Moran

Founders

CDI-Negev was established through the collaborative efforts of some of Israel's most outstanding entrepreneurs and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.  

Founder & CEO
Ziv Ofek
Co-Founder & EVP - eHealth, Education
Sharon Sasportas
Co-Founder & CFO - Healthy Aging, Smart Cities
Boaz Gur-Lavie
Prof. Gideon Sahar
Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia-Queder
Prof. Arie Moran

ExecUtive TEAM

Founder & CEO
Ziv Ofek
Co-Founder & EVP - eHealth, Education
Sharon Sasportas
Co-Founder & CFO - Healthy Aging, Smart Cities
Boaz Gur-Lavie
CMO
Robert Watenfeld MD, MHA
COO
Ofir Ben-Avi

Exective Board

Founder & CEO
Ziv Ofek
Co-Founder & EVP - eHealth, Education
Sharon Sasportas
Co-Founder & CFO - Healthy Aging, Smart Cities
Boaz Gur-Lavie
CMO
Robert Watenfeld MD, MHA
COO
Ofir Ben-Avi

US Executive Counsil

President and CEO Federation of American Hospitals (FAH)
Charles N. Kahn III
Chief Innovation Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Richard B. Siegrist, Jr., MS, MBA, CPA
Managing Partner, 7wire Ventures
Lee Shapiro

US Executive Counsil

President and CEO Federation of American Hospitals (FAH)
Charles N. Kahn III
Chief Innovation Officer, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Richard B. Siegrist, Jr., MS, MBA, CPA
Managing Partner, 7wire Ventures
Lee Shapiro

Coaches

Director, Karma Health Partners
Dr. Rich Goldberg
President and CEO at Infinity Health Group, LLC.
Dr. Zeev Kain
Senior Advisor, Lax Sebenius LLC. Former President and CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Paul F. Levy
Associate Medical Director, Hillcrest NICU at the Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Yoav Littner
Clinical Device Director at Partners Healthcare; Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jeffery Rothschild
Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director, Unit for Innovative Healthcare Practice & Technology and Director of Business Development, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Ronen Rozenblum
Information Scientist at RAND Corporation
Dr. Robert S. Rudin
Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Physician at CRUDEM Foundation
Dr. Harry Sax
President, University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Michael Williams
Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan
Dr. Walid Yassir
Pharmacy Services Manager at CHESS, North Carolina
Dr. Adam S. Wolfe

Coaches

Director, Karma Health Partners
Dr. Rich Goldberg
President and CEO at Infinity Health Group, LLC.
Dr. Zeev Kain
Senior Advisor, Lax Sebenius LLC. Former President and CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Paul F. Levy
Associate Medical Director, Hillcrest NICU at the Cleveland Clinic
Dr. Yoav Littner
Clinical Device Director at Partners Healthcare; Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Jeffery Rothschild
Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director, Unit for Innovative Healthcare Practice & Technology and Director of Business Development, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Dr. Ronen Rozenblum
Information Scientist at RAND Corporation
Dr. Robert S. Rudin
Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Physician at CRUDEM Foundation
Dr. Harry Sax
President, University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Michael Williams
Chief, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan
Dr. Walid Yassir
Pharmacy Services Manager at CHESS, North Carolina
Dr. Adam S. Wolfe