EARWAYS MEDICAL Ltd. is a leading innovator of ear-care solutions. Founded to enhance the well-being of millions of children and adults worldwide, EARWAYS MEDICAL provides easy-to use ear care products designed for clinicians and use at home.
Boosted by an inherent medical demand and backed by clinical evidence, the Company benefits from a team of world-class experts in bioengineering, medical devices, ear surgery, hearing loss and rehabilitation. Together with our experienced entrepreneurs, with vast business and marketing knowhow, EARWAYS MEDICAL is positioned to transform accessible ear care.
EARWAYS MEDICAL was founded in 2014 and is funded by the Government Israel Innovation Authority (formerly knows as Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP), as well as venture capital funds and angels.
Dr. Amir Kraitzer, Founder and CEO
Dr. Amir Kraitzer is a biomaterials specialist, entrepreneur, and inventor in the field of medical devices. He has a proven track record in management and problem-solving in both industrial and scientific environments.
Dr. Kraitzer has acquired vast expertise in engineering polymeric materials for medical use, bio-resorbable polymers and cements, biomaterials, controlled drug release and tissue engineering. He also has broad experience in medical device technology, product development, manufacturing and commercialization, and compliance with regulatory requirements – both in the U.S. and the Europe. Previously, he was a co-founder and CEO of Augma – a biomaterials company which developed biodegradable cement-based bone graft substitutes.
Amir holds a PhD, Bio-Medical Engineering; MBA, Strategy and entrepreneurship; MSc, Materials Science and Engineering – Biomaterials and implantable medical devices, graduated cum laude, and BSc, Mechanical Engineering Energy, Control and Robotics – all from the Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
Yael Karlin, General Manager
Ms. Yael Karlin has extensive international experience in the start-up ecosystem with a comprehensive knowledge of the life science industry. Since 2008, she has advised and coached start-ups on strategy, business development, and raising capital.
Ms. Karlin excels at creating partnerships, generating R&D and licensing agreements, commercialisation, joint ventures, and acquisitions.
She has held sales and marketing positions at Cordis, and at Johnson & Johnson – both in Israel and in Belgium, and led the marketing activity for a US-based start-up. Prior to that, she directed the Start-up Center at the Israeli Export Institute, and filled a technology matchmaking position at Ernst & Young Israel.
Yael holds an MBA and a BA in Management from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and is fluent in English, French and Hebrew.
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Udi Katzenell
Dr. Udi Katzenell is a specialist in Otolaryngology, and Head of the Otology Service and the Cochlear Implant Program at the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot – affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
His scope of interest is the treatment of ear diseases and hearing rehabilitation of people with hearing loss and deafness. Dr. Katzenell has practiced medicine since 1995, and spent two years in Auckland New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia, practicing ear surgery and hearing rehabilitation as a fellow. He is a lecturer at the faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University, and lectures on ear surgery at international conferences. He has also published numerous professional papers.
Dr. Ohad Hilly
Dr. Ohad Hilly is a Head and Neck surgeon, and is Head of Ear Surgery in the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at the Rabin Medical Center affiliated with Tel Aviv University.
Having received his medical degree at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and after completing his internship at the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at the Rabin Medical Center, Dr. Hilly completed his specialization in ear surgery, neuro-otology, and skull-base surgery at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Israeli Medical Association; Israel’s Ear, Nose, Throat, and Head and Neck Surgery Association; and the Israel Neurological Association.
Dr. Hilly’s special fields of interest include: surgery for restoring hearing loss: cochlear implants; middle-ear implants; bone conduction implants; skull-base surgery; and acoustic neuroma. His research areas are: head and neck cancers, cochlear implants, and imaging of the cerebellopontine angle.
Mr. Lambert is a highly experienced audiologist and hearing-aid specialist, who has treated diverse hearing-related problems, including deafness and tinnitus. Mr. Lambert is the owner of Audition Comfort SPRL – which he founded in Brussels in 2007. The company distributes hearing aids and hearing protection accessories, providing patients with the latest and most innovative solutions for hearing rehabilitation. Mr. Lambert is also active in many university hospitals in Brussels and its surroundings.
He joined the team after recognising the importance of EARWAYS MEDICAL’s products for patients using hearing aids and accessories. Mr. Lambert studied at Libre Marie-Haps 3 University, adiologue-audioprothésiste and at the Solvay entrepreneur program.