miR Scientific is a precision bioscience company offering non-invasive liquid biopsy urine tests that accurately detect and precisely classify prostate and bladder cancers at the molecular level with industry-leading Sensitivity and Specificity.
Our molecular diagnostic capabilities approach cancer detection, classification, and monitoring through a new lens with advanced sncRNA interrogation techniques, a proprietary scoring algorithm, and innovative clinical decision support tools.
The miR Disease Management Platform delivers breakthrough ease and accuracy of cancer diagnosis and characterization with actionable clinical pathways across the continuum of care.
Sam is co-founder of miR Scientific and is the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A physics scholar who has dedicated his professional career to develop and manage complex systems innovations, Sam has established himself to be a true visionary driven to affect global impact. He is an accomplished world class leader who understands science and its business applications for resolving key challenges facing humanity on a global scale. A champion of public/private partnerships, he is a member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Selectors of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Sam attended the American University of Paris in France and Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
Dr. Tenniswood co-founded miR Scientific in 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Tenniswood served as the director of the Cancer Research Center at the University at Albany and Empire Innovations Professor of biomedical sciences at the School of Public Health. His lab specializes in developing therapies for hard-to-treat hormone dependent cancers, particularly castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and triple negative breast cancers. The lab uses a variety of high throughput, high content methodologies, including mRNA and miRNA based transcriptomics to understand the biology that leads to tumor progression and drug resistance.
Rob co-founded miR Scientific in 2014. Rob is instrumental in strategic development, operations and business development in Canada. He advises start-ups and often judges business plan competitions. Rob obtained his BA and MBA from the University of Notre Dame and studied Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Klotz is the past Chief of Urology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He holds the Sunnybrook Chair of Prostate Cancer Research, is the Chairman of the World Uro-Oncology Federation, and past president of the Urological Research Society and the Canadian Urological Association. He was the founder and is chairman of the Canadian Urology Research Consortium (CURC). Dr. Klotz obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the University of Toronto Gallie Program in Surgery. He was a fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York in uro-oncology. Dr. Klotz is a widely published uro-oncologist with over 350 publications and 6 books. His main research interest has been prostate cancer. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Urology responsible for Prostate Cancer. He serves on the boards of many medical/scientific organizations and journals, including the SUO, Prostate Cancer Canada, the journals Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, Brazilian Journal of Urology, Italian Journal of Urology, and World Journal of Urology. Dr. Klotz was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for meritorious public service in 2012, and the University of Toronto Department of Surgery Lister Prize and the Society of Urologic Oncology Medal in 2013. He received the Harold Warwick Award from the Canadian Cancer Society for "outstanding contributions to cancer control" in 2014. He received the Order of Canada in 2015 and the Richard Williams Award from the AUA in 2016. He received the Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Toronto in 2017.
Dr. Wang joined miR Scientific as the company’s first employee. She has been instrumental in the development of several innovations key to miR Scientific’s breakthrough approach to cancer management. Dr. Wang is listed as an inventor on several patents,and continues to develop intellectual property for miR Scientific at a breakneck pace. Dr. Wang holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and a Ph.D from the University at Albany.
Dr. DiRienzo serves as the Director of Biostatistics at miR Scientific as part of his role as the Chief Analytics Officer at Impact NRS. His research focuses on rigorous methodological development of modern statistical methodology and corresponding software implementations for targeted use in data applications such as high dimensional classification and prediction; longitudinal studies with missing data; clinical trials; and survival analysis. Dr. DiRienzo earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics/Statistics & Biometry/Statistics at the University at Albany - SUNY and his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University.
As Chief Legal Officer, Jill oversees miR’s global legal operations and advises the company on a wide range of strategic legal and business issues. Jill has over fifteen years of legal experience in the healthcare and biotechnology space, most recently serving as a partner in the Healthcare and Privacy & Cybersecurity departments at Moses & Singer LLP in New York City. While at Moses & Singer, Jill served as outside general counsel to several life sciences companies. Before that, she held roles at Partners Healthcare System and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston where she handled legal issues related to clinical and translational research. Jill began her career as a securities lawyer at Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale).
Tal is a seasoned impact investment professional with broad transaction experience that spans industries, sectors and geographies. His roots in the sustainability and healthcare sectors run deep, with corporate leadership roles and prominent presence as investor, advisor and board member in companies and investment funds. As Chief Strategy Officer of miR Scientific, Tal draws on his extensive experience in structuring transactions to craft, articulate and execute strategic dialogues and commercialization initiatives for miR. Tal received his M.B.A. with distinction from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. degree magna cum laude in Economics from Queens College.
Deborah is an experienced CEO who has led 6 diverse businesses to record growth and profit in both public and private companies such as Avon, NBC and Conde Nast, ranging from start up to $1 billion in revenue. Her experience in health, wellness and related sectors intersects with her leadership, advisory and board roles in both early stage and mature businesses. She has served on the Northwestern Mutual Policy Review Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board, The University of Pennsylvania Diabetes Institute Board and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Board. In her dual role as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, Deborah drives a combination of strategic, commercialization and communication initiatives for miR Scientific. She received her B.S. with cum laude distinction from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Austin is an accomplished Life Sciences Operations executive focused on building high-functioning teams and streamlined, scalable, and sustainable business processes. She brings over a decade of experience leading consulting teams to deliver strategic business transformations for top-tier established and emerging life sciences companies. Her cross-functional industry background spans Quality, manufacturing, supply chain, regulatory affairs, and system/data management. Austin received her MBA cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business and her BA degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Dr. Hennrick joined miR Scientific in 2020 as Director of Commercial Laboratory Operations. He has past experience with general anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, and laboratory medical directorship. At miR, Dr. Hennrick will be responsible for commercial clinical laboratory operations and regulatory development of our proprietary advanced molecular diagnostic technologies. He completed an undergraduate B.S. from the University of Michigan, and an M.D. from the New York State American Program at the Sackler School of Medicine / Tel Aviv University. He is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and has completed fellowship training in Genitourinary Surgical Pathology and Precision Medicine at New York Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center. In his free time, Dr. Hennrick enjoys spending time with his family and travel.
Keren Nir works as Vice President, Operations for miR Scientific Israel. Keren holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Heriot-Watt University, and is an expert in business mediation, strategy and business analysis. Keren also holds a Master's of Law from Bar-Ilan University.
Norma is an experienced Sr. Human Resources Professional with a demonstrated history of working in wide variety of industries.
She has 15 years of Human Resources experience of which 10 years were dedicated to the Medical and Hospital industry. She has experience leading culture initiative and supporting organizations through rapid growth. Norma holds a BA in Labor relations and Human Resources.
Rob is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience building and leading all stages of finance, accounting, operations and reporting in small to mid-sized organizations. In addition to maintaining and managing successful Corporate Finance and Accounting Functions, he has a demonstrated track record for performing due diligence on mergers and acquisitions, delivering substantial cost savings through operational audits, implementing ERP Systems and re-engineering and developing processes to serve the business and regulatory environments in which they operate. Rob spent the majority of his career working for private equity and venture capital firms and servicing the portfolio companies in which they invested in, and the incubated capital which they deployed. Rob obtained his BBA cum laude in Accounting from Iona College.
Sebastiano is an entrepreneur, investor, activist, and advisor to businesses, governments, and nonprofits around the world. He is the chairman and CEO of NKGB, a strategic advisory firm specializing in Asian and European ventures as well as global M&A.
Directly or through his partnerships, Sebastiano is an investor in over 60 companies in the plant-based and cruelty-free space alone, and was an early investor in Beyond Meat (2012).
He is the owner and honorary chairman of Querciabella, a Tuscan organic, biodynamic, and vegan winery that has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including “Best Wine of Italy,” and recently launched the gluten-free pasta brand Bontasana alongside a revolutionary baby food company, with the aim to disrupt the existing landscape.
A longtime animal rights activist, Sebastiano supports and sits on the board of several global nonprofits working to end the exploitation and suffering of animals. He is also the founder of the Plant-Based Empowerment Foundation (PBEF), a nonprofit operating in rural Senegal that is dedicated to providing children and women access to education, healthcare, and nourishing plant-based food.
Sebastiano served as advisor to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi from 2014 to 2016. Originally from Milano, he divides his time among Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Mr. Weinstein is focused primarily on international business development for Vanterra Accelerator portfolio companies. Mr. Weinstein has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and wellness industries, both operational and investing. Mr. Weinstein co-founded WM Partners in 2015, a leading health and wellness focused private equity fund. Previously, Mr. Weinstein was the CEO of CFR Pharmaceuticals S.A. (“CFR”) for ten years, where he was responsible for transforming that company from a local Chilean pharmaceutical company into a major global pharmaceutical company with a presence in 26 countries and three continents, via 15 acquisition transactions. Under Mr. Weinstein’s leadership, in May 2011 CFR completed an initial public offering, one of the largest IPOs in Chile. In September 2014, Mr. Weinstein led the sale of CFR to Abbott Laboratories for approximately $2.9 billion.
Mr. Weinstein has been active in developing and managing several businesses and start-up companies via joint ventures with local and foreign R&D companies. Mr. Weinstein has served as a board member in several businesses within the pharmaceutical industry and other industries in three continents.
Mr. Weinstein received a Business and Administration degree from the Universidad Catolica de Chile, and is a certified public auditor and accountant. He participated in the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Weinstein has more than 10 years experience as executive and investor in the life sciences industry. He most recently served as Vice President of Innovation and Development at Abbott Laboratories. Prior to that he was Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at CFR Pharmaceuticals. He has a proven track record of launching over 300 products in the Pharmaceutical industry in Latin America and completing more than 20 licensing deals including Biotech products and Medical Devices.
He currently serves as a Board Member of Arterys, Convexity Scientific, Hygieacare and Medasense. He previously was a board member of BMRC, a biotech research consortium in Chile.
Dr. Yuval Eshdat Ph.D, joined NRS H&W, Israel, at its formation to serve as Chairman of Scientific Advisory and Policy Board. The retired Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (2007-12), serves as NRS’s expert in innovative agricultural research & development, biotechnology and bio-economy.
Dr. Eshdat graduated in Chemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received its Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science (1973). He served as research Associate at Yale University Medical School (1974-6) and as Senior Scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science (1976-1981). At the ARO-Volcani Center (1981-2013) he acted as Principal Scientist (protein chemistry and biotechnology), Head of the Department of Fruit-Tree breeding and Molecular Genetics (1990-1998), and Director of the Institute of Horticulture and Floriculture at the ARO (1998-2002). His scientific work expanded in both fields of agricultural biotechnology and bio-medicine, including international collaboration as senior scientist and visiting professor in several leading research centers.
In 2007, Dr. Eshdat was nominated as Israel’s Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, thus directing the public agricultural R&D system in Israel. He was also involved in mediating the worldwide activity of Israel international agricultural research and served in the governing boards of several European Research Area Networks (ERA-Nets), EU Joint program Initiative on agriculture, food security and climate change (FACCE-JPI), the USA-Israel bi-national fund for agricultural research (BARD), and was the national delegate and Member of SCAR (the EU Standing Committee for Agricultural Research) (2007-13).
Currently, Dr. Eshdat acts as consultant to BioHarvest Ltd., Rehovot, Israel and to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Expert, on behalf of Israel Governmental Innovation Authority, to the European Framework Program Committee for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Bioeconomy [Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy, European Commission – DG Research & Innovation]. He also active as Emeritus Principal Scientist (“Research Professor”) at the Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Israel.
Phillip C. Ginsberg, DO, JD.Dr. Phillip Ginsberg was the Chairman of the Division of Urology at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for 25 years and is currently Clinical Professor of Urology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was also the Urology Residency Program Director at Einstein, from 1991 to 2019. After graduating from Medical School, he completed a general surgical residency and urological surgical residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. He had additional training in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and in pediatric urology at the Children's' Hospital of Philadelphia.
He has served as the President of the Medical Staff at Einstein, having chaired the institution wide quality performance committee for the five years prior. He is past president of the National Osteopathic Urology Discipline.
As Clinical Professor of Urology, he actively participates in the education of medical students from both PCOM and Jefferson Medical College. He is a member of the American Urological Association, the Mid-Atlantic AUA, the Pennsylvania Urological Association and the Philadelphia Urology Society. In addition, he maintains membership in the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Legal Medicine and the Philadelphia Medical Society. Dr. Ginsberg has authored several book chapters and multiple scientific articles which have been published in peer reviewed journals. He is in the private practice of Urology, with offices in Northeast Philadelphia, and at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. Ginsberg graduated from the Temple University School of Law in 1995 and is a licensed Pennsylvania attorney, practicing part time in Healthcare Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Healthcare Law section of the ABA and a Fellow in the American College of Legal Medicine.
Dr. Ginsberg enjoys tennis, skiing, sailing and golf, but mostly enjoys the company of his wife, Beth, daughter, Rachel, son, Joshua and two grandchildren, Hudson and London.
Dr. David Josephson, is attending surgeon and Clinical Division Chief of Urology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Josephson earned his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a residency in urology at University of Southern California. He subsequently completed a urologic oncology and reconstructive urology fellowship at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He subsequently had fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery at City of Hope. He is a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, American Urologic Association, and American College of Surgeons and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society.
Treating people in Georgia for more than three decades, James M. Libby, MD, is now sharing his expertise at Urology of Greater Atlanta. Dr. Libby received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. He served two years in general surgery at North Shore University Hospital and completed his urology residency and research fellowship in urologic oncology at Baylor College of Medicine.
He is certified by the American Board of Urology and has been in private practice in Atlanta since 1987 as one of the most sought-after urologists in the state of Georgia. He is past president of the Atlanta Urologic Society and Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association. He is a founding member of Urology of Greater Atlanta, is affiliated with Northside and Piedmont Henry Hospitals. He's been published in numerous medical journals throughout his career and does a lot of professional speaking.
He is married with 4 children, 3 grandchildren and enjoys competitive tennis and spinning.
James McKiernan, MD is the John K. Lattimer Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and Urologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. The Department of Urology at NYP/Columbia is currently ranked in the top 5 in America in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s best hospitals.
Dr. McKiernan’s clinical practice focuses on urologic oncology, particularly early detection and surgical therapy in high-risk patients. His research focuses on developing novel therapeutics for bladder cancer as well as new platforms for early detection and risk stratification across all urologic cancers.
Dr. McKiernan’s research has been published in Cancer, Cancer Research, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Oncology, European Urology, Journal of Urology, Urologic Oncology, and Urology. He has authored and co-authored more than 275 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of urologic oncology.
Dr. Sonn is a urologic oncologist who specializes in prostate and kidney cancer. He has a particular interest in cancer imaging, MRI-Ultrasound fusion targeted prostate biopsy, prostate cancer focal therapy, and robotic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. His research is focused on developing novel, imaging-based technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment of urologic cancers. He is a member of Stanford Bio-X, the Stanford Cancer Institute, and Associate Member of the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. He is also a member of the NCCN Prostate Cancer Early Detection panel.
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miR Scientific is a majority-owned operating subsidiary of Impact NRS, headquartered in New York with operating subsidiaries in Canada and Israel.
Impact NRS is a leading innovation company developing transformative solutions to address persistent global challenges in human health, sustainable food production and agriculture. Their model incorporates breakthrough advances in science, statistics and computation to develop products and services for early and scalable adoption. Impact NRS collaborates with stakeholders worldwide to enable rapid commercialization of their ESG socially responsible initiatives.