Dr. Shimon Eckhouse is an inventor and active entrepreneur and investor in the field of medical devices and medical technology. Dr. Eckhouse is the founder, owner and Chairman of Alon Medtech incubator in Israel which is investing in early stage start-ups in health care technologies and is part of the Israeli Innovation Authority incubator program. Alon’s current portfolio consists of 51 medical technology companies in fields such as cardiology, digital health, aesthetic medicine and minimally invasive surgery.
Until recently, Dr. Eckhouse was the chairman of Syneron Medical Ltd. (Nasdaq ELOS) which he co-founded in 2001 and took public on Nasdaq in 2004 and through a secondary offering in Nasdaq in 2005 raising more than $300M and returning X80 on their original investment. On July 2017 Syneron Medical was acquired by APAX partners in a “going private” transaction.
Dr. Eckhouse is also the chairman and co-founder of Tulip Ltd., Rapid Medical Ltd., Opticul Diagnostic Ltd., C3D Ltd., RealView Ltd. , Theranica Ltd and the Chairman of Orsense Ltd. Dr. Eckhouse was a co-founder of ColorChip and served as its chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2003. Dr. Eckhouse is a co-founder of Ventor Medical Technologies Ltd. and served as its Chairman until it was acquired by Medtronic in 2009 for $325M. Dr. Eckhouse is the co-founder of Starlet Derma Ltd. (Nanocyte).
Dr. Eckhouse was the founder, chairman and CEO of ESC Medical Systems (now Lumenis) from its inception in 1992 until 1999. He took the company public on Nasdaq in January of 1996 and raised more than $250M in 3 public offerings, the company reached a valuation of more than $1B returning to its investors more than X120 on their investment in the company. Dr. Eckhouse is the inventor of IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology which he brought to market in 1994 in ESC and is the most popular non-invasive energy based technology for a broad range of non-invasive medical aesthetic applications.
Prior to founding ESC Medical Systems, Dr. Eckhouse was head of product development and technical director at Maxwell Technologies in San Diego, CA. Dr. Eckhouse also previously worked at Rafael, Armament Development Authority of Israel as a scientist, team leader and head of department and was active in various areas of R&D including lasers and electro-optics.
Dr. Eckhouse was elected as “Entrepreneur of the year in Israel” by the E&Y world entrepreneurship competition in 2006, as Entrepreneur of the year in 2004 by the Israeli VC organization (IVC) and as Israeli Innovator of the year in 2009 by the World Innovation Conference held in Israel in 2009.
Dr. Eckhouse holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of more than 60 US registered patents and a few hundred international patents and published more than 50 papers in leading refereed journals and conferences. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion Israeli Institute of Technology.