Board

Ayelet Altman

BSc, MBA

Ms. Altman was appointed CEO of NeuroDerm in 2019, after serving as the company’s VP Commercial Operations. She has 27 years of experience spanning commercial, business, and global supply chain operations in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, leading global brands from early development to commercialization.

Since 2000, Ms. Altman has held several positions of increasing responsibility at TEVA, leading the pharma giant’s Global Branded Product Operations and Supply Chain. Ms. Altman was responsible for over 50 different products, managing both marketed and pipeline products across 50 different markets worldwide. Most notably, Ms. Altman led the commercialization process of TEVA’s flagship brand-name product, Copaxone®, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, from its initial launch to a multi-billion-dollar, global business.

Since then, Ms. Altman has served in various capacities at TEVA, working in global, regional, and local positions in diverse, multi-cultural environments – most recently as VP, Commercial Operations – International markets, where she led regional operational strategy and enhanced commercial and sales operations. She was later appointed Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity, leading Teva’s global ERM function and cross-corporate risk community.

Ms. Altman holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and has attended the Global Leadership Program at INSEAD (Fontainebleau).

Yasutoshi Kawakami

BBus – Chairman of the Board

Mr. Kawakami has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors since April 2020.  He has had an extensive career with various leadership roles in the field of international business (including residence in Brazil and Belgium), as well as Japanese business, serving more than 30 years at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), the parent company of NeuroDerm.

Mr. Kawakami is currently the Executive Officer, General Manager of U.S. and Europe Operations and President of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Holdings America tasked with leading the continued growth of MTPC’s Global Business, especially in the U.S. and Europe.  In the past, he has served as Head of Sales & Marketing Division for the Japanese market, member of the Board of Directors at NeuroDerm, and Head of Corporate Strategy Planning. He has led M&A activities, including the NeuroDerm merger. Prior to these assignments he had served as the Head of International Business Department and was responsible for expanding global business across Europe and Asia.  Mr. Kawakami holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Ryukoku University, Japan.

Hitoshi Izaki

MSc, Pharmacist

Mr. Izaki has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors since May 2020.  He has had an extensive career with responsibilities in various R&D roles serving more than 30 years at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), the parent company of NeuroDerm.

He is currently the head of NeuroDerm Office, collaborating closely with NeuroDerm to maximize the value of the company’s projects.  Previously he has served as Head of Project Management Department and Clinical Development Department, Ikuyaku Integrated Value Development Division.  Taking a leadership role in several clinical development projects, he was responsible for more than 7 new drug indications and expanded indications being approved in the areas of immune inflammatory diseases, pediatric diseases, and CNS diseases. He received a master’s degree in pharmacy from Department of Pharmacy, Osaka University, and is a licensed pharmacist in Japan.

Kenji Taguchi

PhD

Dr. Taguchi has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors since April 2020.

He started his career as a pharmaceutical scientist at the Pharmaceutical Research Department at TANABE SEIYAKU in 1994.

He has accumulated experience in designing oral drug formulations, manufacturing of investigational products, industrialization toward commercialization, and applications for approval; he has also worked on several products, including OTC, which are still sold on the Japanese market.

He has been engaged in LCM strategy planning of existing drugs in the Global Product Strategy Department since 2009. Since 2013, he has been working on technology transfer processes for existing products at the Production Division and has outsourced many products and subsequently managed CMO.

He is currently the Vice President, Head of Supply Chain Management Department, Production Technology & Supply Chain Management Division, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.

Dr. Taguchi received a master’s degree in pharmacy from Kobe Gakuin University and a Ph.D. in pharmacy from Osaka University.

Mikio Himizu

BSc – Board

Mr. Himizu has served as a member of the Board of Directors since October 2017.   He has an extensive career in taking responsibilities in various roles of R&D serving more than 30years at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (MTPC), the parent company of NeuroDerm.

He is currently the head of NeuroDerm Office, the post-merger integration counterpart at MTPC, collaborating closely with NeuroDerm to maximize their value of projects.  In the past, he served as Deputy Division Manager, Sohyaku Innovation Research Division, Translational Research Department Manager, R&D Reform Department Manager and Project Management Department Manager.  As taking the lead in several clinical development projects, he was responsible to achieve more than 10 approvals of new drug indications/sustained release formulations in the areas of cardiovascular diseases, CNS diseases and Immune inflammatory diseases.