Meet Our Leadership Team

Shlomo Turgeman - Founder and CEO

Mr. Turgeman is an expert in a wide range of laser-based technologies, for the industrial, civil and military markets. Mr. Turgeman is the founder and CEO of IDEA Machine Development, Design and Production Ltd, IDEA Bio-Medical's parent company since 1995 and has been the founder and CEO of IDEA Bio-Medical since 2007. In 2007 he established a subsidiary of IDEA in Hong-Kong and China, ChenTech, Chellenge (HK), a contract manufacturer with expertise in mechanical parts production and mechanical assembly. Chen-tech has two main facilities; in Hong Kong and in Guangzhou, China.

Shlomo Alkalay - General Manager

Shlomo has over 20 years of global experience within the capital medical equipment market. Prior joining IDEA Bio-medical, Shlomo served as CEO for LightMed, covering meaningful global market share for Ophthalmology lasers; 3 years at Syneron-Candela as Chief Operating Officer, with global responsibility for a wide range of mandates in the areas of operations, services, IT and QA. Prior to his tenure with Syneron-Candela, Shlomo held various senior executive management positions for 12 years at Lumenis, where he was responsible for global service, operations, engineering, IT and corporate projects. Shlomo holds a BSC Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology with Honors, and an MBA from Haifa University.

Dr. Yael Paran - CTO

Dr. Paran is part of IDEA Bio-Medical team since 2009 and is managing the multidisciplinary research and development at IDEA Bio-Medical. Dr. Paran has extensive experience in biological research using imaging and image analysis tools, and high-content screening approaches. She obtained her B. Sc. In chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel was about developing MRI methodologies for breast cancer detection, and her Post Doctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science involved developing automated microscope technologies for high-content cell-based assays. In her previous positions as a scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and at the National Institute of Health, USA, she developed and adapted cell-based assays for high-throughput and high-content screening of compound libraries, which involved establishing technological and analysis capabilities.

Yael Geva - Head of Marketing & Operations

Yael holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in biotechnology engineering from Ben Gurion University and is part of the IDEA Bio-Medical team since 2015. She has vast experience supporting global sales and marketing activities of scientific lab equipment, automated microscopy and image analysis software platforms. Yael is leading the company's sales and marketing activities, including digital marketing strategy, social media presence, distributor relations and related S&M operations.

Dr. Jason Otterstrom - Global Sales Development Manager

Dr. Otterstrom is part of the IDEA Bio-Medical team since 2018 and now manages Global Sales Development. Dr. Otterstrom previously employed his technical expertise within IDEA Bio-Medical to advance sales, client adoption and application development as an application scientist & customer success manager. He holds an Executive MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology, a PhD in Biophysics from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Physics at the University of Utah. Through 10 years of experience in international academic research, including an European Marie Curie Fellowship, he brings the client’s perspective to scientific capital sales and support. His technical expertise includes advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques, fluorescence labeling methodologies, and image & statistical data analysis.