The Advisory Board at AXIM Biotech is composed of highly qualified individuals considered leaders in their respective fields of expertize both nationally and internationally. Our Advisers’ responsibilities include helping in the research and development of novel and groundbreaking pharmaceutical and nutraceutical preparations, alternative energy sources and formulations, strategic financial planning as well as mergers and acquisitions.
- +Prof. Renger Witkamp
- Professor Renger Witkamp studied Biology and Pharmacy at the Utrecht University (NL). He obtained his pharmacist degree in 1987 and started his career as pharmacist/lecturer at the Veterinary Faculty of the Utrecht University, which was combined with his Ph.D. training on experimental pharmacokinetics. After his Ph.D., he continued as an assistant professor, and later as an associate professor at the Utrecht University, until 1996. Subsequently, he moved to TNO, the Netherlands’ Organization for Applied Research.
At TNO, he held several scientific and managerial positions. In 2006, he became a professor in Nutrition and Pharmacology at Wageningen University, which at that time was a newly established academic chair. His group focuses on teaching and researching concepts and applications of the interface between food and pharma, including medical nutrition and drug-nutrient combinations. Research is predominantly directed at further elucidating the actions of plant cannabinoids and endocannabinoids on inflammatory processes and eating behavior. Practical applications of this program include muscle preservation during chronic disease and intestinal disorders.
- +Professor John Zajicek
- Professor John Zajicek Chair in Medicine at the University of St. Andrews School of Medicine, Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciences. Professor Zajieck trained in Medicine at Cambridge and St Mary’s Hospital in London. He completed a Ph.D. in cell biology of myelination in Cambridge. He then moved to Plymouth in 1995 as a neurologist where he was involved in both laboratory and clinical research. He is Chair of Clinical Neuroscience at Plymouth University, Director of the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit, and Chair of the UK NIHR Nervous System Disorders Specialty Group. Zajicek has served on the UK MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board and the MRC Methodology Panel. He is particularly interested in the way Axim Biotechnologies develops trials for neurodegenerative diseases. He has been Chief Investigator in several large multicentre randomized controlled trials, including the investigation of cannabinoid use in multiple sclerosis. Professor Zajicek has authored many papers on cannabinoids, multiple sclerosis and the methodology of clinical trials in neurodegeneration.
- +Dr. Arno Hazekamp
- Dr. Arno Hazekamp studied at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in the field of Molecular Biology, followed by an MSc in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. After finishing his research on Thai traditional medicine, he graduated with honors in 2000.
Subsequently, Arno started his Ph.D., focused on the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, and on the practical obstacles that stand between this plant and its development into a modern medicine. Arno was able to work closely with the official grower of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands, Bedrocan BV, and was involved in numerous projects regarding the chemical analysis, quality control, and product development regarding medicinal cannabis. He was actively involved in setting up the medicinal cannabis program of the Dutch Health Ministry and became a strong advocate of a more science-based approach to the medicinal use of cannabis in the Netherlands and abroad.
After finishing his Ph.D., Arno continued to set up his own consultancy lab for analysis of medicinal plants while keeping a special interest in cannabis. As an independent researcher, Arno worked closely with government agencies, universities, and pharmaceutical companies. Some relevant experiences during this period (2005-2011) include his involvement in the early phase of Echo Pharmaceuticals (a Dutch pharmaceutical company developing a sublingual administration form of THC and other cannabinoids) and validation studies for the German company Storz & Bickel (e.g., the basis for the successful development of the Volcano Medic, a vaporizer device specifically designed for inhalation of medicinal cannabis).
Arno is considered an expert on standardized growing, quality control, and product development. He is an active traveler and medicinal cannabis advocate. In 2011, Arno became the head of Research and Development (R&D) of Bedrocan BV, where he currently works on the preparation of clinical trials with medicinal cannabis.
- +Dr. Robert Ritch
- Dr. Robert Ritch holds the Shelley and Steven Einhorn Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology and is Surgeon Director Emeritus and Chief of Glaucoma Services at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York City and Professor of Ophthalmology at The New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He has devoted his career to broadening our understanding of the underlying etiologies and mechanisms of glaucoma and innovation in its medical, laser, and surgical treatment. Dr. Ritch received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard College and an M.A. in cell biology from Harvard University. He received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and, after an internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and a residency in Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, received fellowships in glaucoma from the Heed Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. A Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a member of more than 35 scientific and medical societies.
- +Dr. Ilya Reznik
- Dr. Ilya Reznik is a Board-certified specialist in Adult Forensic & Clinical NeuroPsychiatry at MaReNa Diagnostic and Consulting Center, Israel. Dr. Reznik has superior educational and professional record and documented contributions to the field of neuropsychiatric research, such as publications and other innovative activities. Dr. Reznik has published many original papers (including controlled trials), reviews and case reports in leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of clinical psychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology. His current main interest is in the field of the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids, especially for various neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as Chronic Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), OCD, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases etc. During last 7 years, he coordinated the activity of Israel National Forum/Association for Medical Cannabis Research & Treatment. He is Associate Member of The Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC), Member of International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors, International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM) and promotes educational and international activity within IACM.
- +Dr. Jacques F. Meis
- Dr. Jacques F. Meis is a consultant microbiologist at Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, a large teaching hospital; and an honorary consultant at the Radboud University Medical Center in the same city. In addition to an MD, he holds a Ph.D. in Science, is a board-certified medical specialist in the Netherlands and is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Royal College of Pathology in the UK.
He is a former President of the Dutch Society for Medical Mycology, former President of the European Confederation for Medical Mycology, and former Chairman of the External Quality Control Program in Bacteriology and Mycology in the Netherlands.
In addition to being Senior Editor of Mycoses, he is a voting member on the CLSI Subcommittee on Antifungal Susceptibility Testing. He is (co)author of more than 350 peer-reviewed PubMed-included publications. His current research focuses on diagnosis, treatment, molecular typing and antifungal susceptibility of the opportunistic fungi Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Candida in addition to other rare filamentous fungi.
- +Dr. Donald Abrams
- Dr. Donald Abrams is the chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at San Francisco General Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Abrams has long been involved in clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine interventions for HIV/AIDS and cancer, including evaluations of medicinal marijuana. In 1997, Dr. Abrams received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct clinical trials of the short-term safety of cannabinoids in HIV infection. Subsequently, he was granted funds by the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to continue studies of the effectiveness of cannabis in a number of clinical conditions.
Dr. Abrams completed a placebo-controlled study of smoked cannabis in patients with painful HIV-related peripheral neuropathy as well as a study evaluating vaporization as a smokeless delivery system for medicinal purposes.
Dr. Abram’s NIDA-funded trial investigated the possible pharmacokinetic interaction between vaporized cannabis and opioid analgesics in patients with chronic pain. Dr. Abrams is conducting an NIH-funded trial investigating vaporized cannabis in patients with Sickle Cell disease. He co-authored the chapter on “Cannabinoids and Cancer” in the Oxford University Press Integrative Oncology text that he co-edited with Andrew Weil. He co-edits the NCI PDQ CAM Cannabinoids and Cancer website.
Dr. Abrams was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s committee that published The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research in January 2017.