A track record of success. Running faster than the pack.

“Our team has a proven record developing and commercializing therapies that improve patient care and outcomes”.

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The foremost purpose of each of our leadership teams is to provide support, guidance and expertise to ensure the success of each development program within our portfolio of companies. Cognizant of our role as a critical growth engine for Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, we continually seek new assets to enhance our robust and diverse pipeline and are transforming the drug development process to deliver new medicines to market faster.

Leadership Voices

We bring new medicines to patients more rapidly.

Dan Rothman, Chief Information Officer

Q&A with Dan Rothman, Chief Information Officer at Sumitovant

Sumitovant’s Chief Information Officer, Dan Rothman, elaborates on our key technology platforms and how they may potentially help us bring new medicines more quickly to those who need them most.

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Executive Leadership

Myrtle Potter
Chief Executive Officer, Sumitovant

Industry trailblazer, Myrtle Potter assumes the role of CEO for Sumitovant after having served as Vant Operating Chair of Roivant Sciences since 2018. In that role she oversaw thirty-five investigational drugs in eleven therapeutic areas being tested in over fifty clinical trials across the Roivant family of companies. She brings a proven track record of building and leading high-performance teams to bring successful drugs to market. As CEO of Myrtle Potter & Company she and her 150+ hand-picked team of experts led major strategic efforts and multiple product launches for numerous biopharmaceutical companies. As President and COO and of Genentech, she oversaw 5X revenue growth in 5 years to $5 billion resulting in record sales and earnings growth for 19 of 20 consecutive quarters. Prior to joining Genentech, she served as president of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $4 billion, 3,500-person U.S. Cardiovascular/Metabolics business. While at Merck she started the company Astra-Merck which later, through a series of transactions became Astra-Zeneca. Potter is a graduate of the University of Chicago and serves on the university’s board of trustees. She also serves on the board of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and has served on the boards of Amazon, Axsome Therapeutics, Express Scripts and Medco.

Sam Azoulay
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Research & Development, Sumitovant

Salomon Azoulay, M.D., serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research & Development of Sumitovant. In this role he oversees numerous functions including clinical development, CMC, Regulatory, and medical affairs functions. Dr. Azoulay previously served as Chief Medical Officer of Roivant Sciences. He joined Roivant from Pfizer, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Pfizer Essential Health. In that role he oversaw clinical development and medical affairs for a portfolio that included over 600 branded products as well as biosimilars and sterile injectables. He has over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and held senior leadership roles at Pfizer since 2001, including Head of Development in Japan and Senior Vice President for Medical and Development in Emerging Markets.

Adele Gulfo
Chief Business and Commercial Development Officer, Sumitovant
Adele Gulfo serves as Chief Business Development and Commercialization Officer at Sumitovant. She is also the interim Chief Commercial Officer for Myovant Sciences. Previously Gulfo served as Chief of Commercial Development at Roivant Sciences. Prior to Roivant Gulfo served as President and General Manager of Pfizer’s $12B+ US primary care business unit, comprised of over 5,000 employees across multiple therapeutic areas. She also ran Pfizer’s Commercial Operations, and as US Country Chair led the Managed Care organization across all biopharmaceutical businesses, including Specialty, Oncology, and Vaccines. She ran the Latin America biopharmaceutical business for Pfizer including primary care, oncology, rare disease and vaccines across 23 countries. During this time, revenue grew while reducing expenses. Gulfo has over 25 years of experience in the bio pharmaceutical industry and also held executive level roles at Mylan and AstraZeneca. She has experience launching and growing many well-known blockbuster brands including Crestor, Lipitor, Viagra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Premarin and Eliquis. Gulfo also serves on the boards of Medexus Pharma and Enpro Industries. She received a BS in Biology and Chemistry and MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University. Gulfo also received an MBA with a Pharma emphasis from Fairleigh Dickinson University and trained in Post Grad Molecular Biology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dan Rothman
Chief Information Officer, Sumitovant

Dan Rothman currently serves in dual leadership roles as Chief Information Officer for Sumitovant Biopharma and Chief Digital Officer for parent company Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma where he has built an entire digital ecosystem across both organizations. This includes establishing platforms such as data engineering and DevOps, building a digital strategy team, and leading enterprise technology and infrastructure, all designed to unlock new value through novel applications of technology. His team has doubled in size annually since inception and identified more than 50 solutions that improve drug discovery, accelerate clinical trials and improve commercialization. Previously he was the Chief Information Officer for Roivant Sciences.

Dan is an innovative leader with a proven track record of leveraging technology to drive digital and behavioral transformation across businesses. He is highly skilled at building and inspiring teams to achieve organizational growth through technology and has specific expertise in applying technology to traditional sectors including healthcare and finance.

Dan’s approach to applied technology has been formed through his unique career journey. After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, Dan spent a brief time in Silicon Valley as a computer chip designer before embarking on a 20-year career in finance with firms including Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. During this time, he built trading, sales and analytics businesses and revolutionized them with the application of new technology approaches. Dan carried these learnings to his career in pharmaceuticals, looking for opportunities where technology can disrupt how value is created and how to solve business problems through existing methodologies applied in alternate ways.

Bill McMahon
Chief Algorithmic Analytics Officer, Sumitovant
Bill McMahon serves as Chief Algorithmic Analytics Officer of Sumitovant. McMahon served as Vice President of Computation Research at Roivant Sciences since 2016 during which time he led the development of the DrugOme. From 2009-2016, McMahon was the manager and technical lead of the functional reliability team at GlobalFoundries responsible for critical semiconductor process technologies. Previously McMahon held multiple Senior Engineer and Physicist roles at Numonyx, Intel, and Data Storage Institute. McMahon received his B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mi Yong Cho
Head of Human Resources
Mi Yong Cho serves as the Head of Human Resources at Sumitovant. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s people strategy and operations, including recruiting, talent development, and total rewards. Ms. Cho has served as the Head of Human Resources at Roivant Sciences since August 2018, where she transformed the Human Resources department from a service provider to a strategic business partner. Prior to joining Roivant, Ms. Cho spent eight years at Two Sigma Investments, where she founded and led the compensation, talent analytics and HR infrastructure teams and served in various HR leadership roles. Previously, she held multiple HR and compensation roles at Credit Suisse and Merrill Lynch. Ms. Cho began her career in investment banking and received her B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Tara Soni
General Counsel
Tara Soni serves as General Counsel at Sumitovant. Ms. Soni has served as a Partner on the Legal Team of Roivant Sciences since July 2016 where she held a diverse role that focused on corporate transactions, compliance, employment law and general corporate advisory work. She previously served as Assistant General Counsel to a financial technology firm where she led the legal function across multiple jurisdictions in Europe, North America and South America. She began her career as an attorney specializing in cross-border transactions, with a focus on emerging markets. Ms. Soni is a dual-qualified attorney and is licensed to practice law in New York and India. She holds a LL.B. (Juris Doctor equivalent) from University of Delhi and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Yuichiro Haruyama
Chief Financial Officer, Sumitovant

Yuichiro Haruyama serves as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of Sumitovant Biopharma. Mr. Haruyama was instrumental in creating the broad strategic partnership between Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma and Roivant Sciences in 2019, including forming Sumitovant Biopharma. He started his career at Sumitomo Chemical, a leading Japanese chemical company, in 1993 and, since then, he has played a leading role in global pharmaceutical/chemical operations, corporate strategy, business development and finance. At Sumitomo Chemical, he was responsible for designing and implementing strategy for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) business, including a number of partnerships with global electronics companies, as well as oversaw its global operations. As Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma, he served as a key member in developing the corporate mid-term business plan in 2019, setting up and managing global business operations, such as the U.S., UK and Chinese affiliate companies, and leading a number of M&A efforts. Mr. Haruyama earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Commerce at Keio University in Tokyo and an MBA in finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Dave Marek
Chief Executive Officer, Myovant
Mr. Marek previously served as Chief Commercial Officer of Axsome Therapeutics. Prior to joining Axsome, Mr. Marek served as Vice President and General Manager of Amgen’s Neuroscience business unit where he led the U.S. commercialization strategy and launch of Aimovig® (erenumab-aooe) for migraine prevention. Mr. Marek also previously served as Executive Vice President, Consumer Services, and Commercial Strategy Officer of WebMD, and as Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare Advertising. Mr. Marek began his career at Eli Lilly and Company, followed by AstraZeneca, where he served in a variety of marketing and sales roles. Mr. Marek earned a BA in business administration from Washington State University.
James Robinson
Chief Executive Officer, Urovant
Jim Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Urovant on March 23, 2020, having served as a member of our board of directors since March 2019. Mr. Robinson is a proven leader in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries having successfully led multiple global businesses, operations and commercial ventures in multiple corporations over the past 28 years. Most recently, Mr. Robinson held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Paragon Biosciences where he oversaw Paragon’s operations. Previously, Mr. Robinson served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Alkermes, where he was responsible for global commercial, new product planning, corporate planning, manufacturing, quality, human resources and business development functions. Prior to Alkermes, Mr. Robinson spent over twelve years at Astellas U.S. – most recently as President, Americas Operations where his responsibilities included all aspects of operations for North and South America. Prior to that, he was President of Astellas Pharma US, where he was responsible for leading the U.S. commercial organization. Prior to Astellas, Mr. Robinson spent thirteen years at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals where his last role was Vice President, Hepatitis Sales and Managed Care. Mr. Robinson serves on the Board of Directors for Neos Therapeutics and the Chicago Botanic Garden and is a founding member of MATTER. Previously, Mr. Robinson served on the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and served as Chairman of PhRMA’s State Committee. Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University.
Rachelle Jacques
Chief Executive Officer, Enzyvant
Rachelle Jacques joined Enzyvant as CEO in 2019 to prepare for the next phase of the company, focusing investments and capabilities on the development of transformative regenerative therapies for rare diseases. Under her leadership, Enzyvant is poised for a 2021 regulatory approval and launch of investigative RVT-802, designated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT). Rachelle brings to Enzyvant strong global and U.S. background in strategic, cross-functional leadership roles spanning finance, business operations, manufacturing, and commercial, including the successful launches of several novel therapies for rare diseases. She served as the Senior Vice President and Global Complement Franchise Head at Alexion, where she was responsible for global franchise strategy development and execution across the therapeutic areas of hematology, nephrology, and neurology. She was Vice President of U.S. Hematology Marketing at the Shire, which acquired Baxalta in 2016, and served as Vice President of Business Operations at Baxalta after its spinoff from Baxter. Rachelle held multiple leadership positions at Baxter, including Vice President of Finance, U.S. BioScience Business. Earlier in her career, she served in various roles at Dow Corning Corporation, including operational management positions in the U.S., Europe, and China. Rachelle currently serves on the Board of Directors of Corbus Pharmaceuticals and formerly Viela Bio. She is co-chair of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Committee and is a founding member of the ARM Action for Equality Task Force. Rachelle received her B.A. degree in business administration from Alma College.
Bill Symonds
Chief Executive Officer, Altavant
Bill Symonds has served as the chief executive officer of Altavant Sciences since its inception in August 2018. Previously, Dr. Symonds was a member of the founding management team at Roivant Sciences, Inc. where he served as Roivant’s chief development officer. In that role, Dr. Symonds crafted the research and development plans for a number of products including rodatristat ethyl, Altavant’s lead asset for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Earlier in his career, Dr. Symonds held senior positions at a number of pharmaceutical companies including Pharmasset, Inc. and Gilead Sciences, Inc. During his tenure at Pharmasset, Dr. Symonds led the development of Sovaldi® for hepatitis C virus infection medicines. Based on the early success at Pharmasset, Dr. Symonds and his team were brought into Gilead after its acquisition of Pharmasset, where he continued to advance Sovaldi® through to FDA approval. Previously, he worked at GlaxoSmithKline and its predecessor companies on numerous approved medicines for HIV infection including Ziagen®, Agenerase® and Epzicom®. Dr. Symonds received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Campbell University and completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacokinetics at the Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. He has authored or co-authored over 35 clinical articles and is named on nine patents related to the composition of matter and methods of use of drugs for hepatitis C infection.
Joan Lau
Chief Executive Officer, Spirovant
Joan Lau is Chief Executive Officer of Spirovant, responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the gene therapy company. She delivers more than 20 years of biopharma leadership experience, including as CEO for several venture-capital-backed biotech companies. Dr. Lau co-founded Spirovant (then called Talee Bio), envisioning the potential for advanced gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis and other patients in need. Within a few years under Dr. Lau’s leadership, Spirovant gained the prestigious scientific support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was acquired twice (in one year), most recently by Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma. Previously, Dr. Lau co-founded and served as Managing Partner of Militia Hill Ventures, focused on building and growing high quality life sciences companies. Dr. Lau also has served as President and CEO of Azelon Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed clinical stage company; President and CEO of Locus Pharmaceuticals, a computational chemistry discovery company; and in various leadership roles at Merck, including roles in R&D drug development and business development. In addition, Dr. Lau is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on several boards including the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and the Roy & Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences Management, and she co-founded the nonprofit PhillyBio, an organization focused on fostering relationships across Philadelphia-based biopharma. Dr. Lau earned her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors

Masayo Tada
Chairman, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma
Hiroshi Nomura
Chief Executive Officer, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma
Myrtle Potter
Chief Executive Officer, Sumitovant
Shigeyuki Nishinaka
Senior Executive Officer: Global Corporate Strategy; Global Business Development; International Business Management
Yuichiro Haruyama
Chief Financial Officer, Sumitovant
Vivek Ramaswamy
Founder and Executive Chairman, Roivant
Matt Gline
Chief Executive Officer, Roivant