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Dr. Gury Zilkha is an Economic and Organizational Consultant. Dr. Zilkha is a senior consultant to the Israeli council for R & D at the Ministry of Science Technology and space. He served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Zilkha also served as the Director General for the Council of Higher Education and the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel between 1990 and 1997. During this time the higher education sector expanded and many new institutions were added to the system. Dr. Zilkha has degrees in economics business administration and education from the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University and is a graduate of the Fulbright- Humphrey Program at Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.

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Sako was raised and educated in New York City before returning to Japan to study biological pharmacy at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science in 1982. She pursued further graduate studies in clinical pharmacy back in the US, and was awarded a post-BS Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Graduate School at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1986. With both hospital pharmacist experience at Toranomon Hospital and an R&D researcher at Novartis Pharma K.K. and Bayer Yakuhin Co. Ltd., she is well-versed in both clinical pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical research. Apart from teaching part-time at Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, she is primarily a medical communicator, providing translation, interpretation, and medical writing services to the medical and pharmaceutical community. Her passion includes the translation of books and novels for children and adults.

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