Head of Hebrew University Pharmacy School receives French order of merit from French ambassador
Prof. Benita is presented with the decoration by French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot
Prof. Shimon Benita, director of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem School of Pharmacy and head of its Institute for Drug Research, has received the decoration of Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite (Knight in the National Order of Merit) of France.
He was presented with the honor on Dec. 12 by French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot at the ambassador's home In Tel Aviv-Jaffa in honor of Benita's scientific achievements and his contribution to the forging of close ties with French research.
Prof. Benita immigrated to Israel in 1967 from Morocco and earned his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University School of Pharmacy, Following his doctoral studies, he participated in pioneering research in Israel on drug delivery based on micro and nano-particles. This brought about revolutionary improvement in the administering of chemotherapy drugs and their efficacy.
Prof. Benita spent many years doing research in France, where he participated in a team working at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Paris-Sud. In 2000, he founded the Novagali Pharma pharmaceutical firm, which specialized in drug delivery for optical illnesses. Novagali was the first company established at the technology park in Evry, France, with the support of the French research development agency Anvar. The company developed several novel products for the treatment of various eye illnesses. Novagali was purchased last year by the medical firm Santen for eight million euros.