Dr. Ora Dar is the Head of the Life Sciences Sector at the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor, and the Consultant for Biotechnology to the Chief Scientist. Being the head of the sector, Dr. Dar leads the team of experts recommending the granting of financial support by the Chief Scientist to projects in the field of Life Sciences. Dr. Dar is also responsible for defining and implementing tools and new programs required for supporting R&D in Life Sciences companies, and for enhancing the technology transfer between the Academia and the Industry. This has lead to the initiation and maturation of several viable programs such as, funding academic applied research, dedicated scheme for biotechnology incubator(s), tracks enabling collaboration with global Life Sciences companies, tools for upgrading infrastructures, and a special government backed Bio Funds. Previously she spent 16 years in academic research (mostly at the Weizmann Institute of Science), several years in the industry, and 10 years as a consultant to venture capital and investment firms as well as foreign funds and international R&D programs. Dr. Dar is a medical sciences graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, UK (St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine).