Management

Ayelet Altman

Ayelet Altman

BSc, MBA – CEO

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).

Uri David

Uri David

MSc, MBA – CTO

Mr. Uri David joined NeuroDerm in October 2019, bringing with him a vast experience in device R&D and production scale-up. In his last role, Uri led the executive management of the Israeli site of West Pharmaceutical services, a leading global company for the design and production of delivery systems for injectable medicines. Prior to West, Uri acted as VP R&D at Oridion/Covidien/Medtronic, an international public company in the field of diagnostics.

Uri holds a BSc in Mechanical engineering from the Ben Gurion university, an MSc in Industrial Design from the Technion and an MBA in Technology and Startup Management from the Technion.

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Sheila Oren

MD, MBA – CMO and Product Strategy

Dr. Oren has over 20 years of international pharma experience, including 16 years at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where she served as Medical Director. She was responsible for the clinical development and marketing of innovative drugs in CNS and specifically in Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Oren has served as VP Clinical and Regulatory Affairs and CMO since September 2008, since the acquisition Dr. Oren assumed the role of CMO and Product Strategy.
Dr. Oren holds an MD from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Kengo Iishiki

Kengo Isshiki

MSc – CAO

Mr. Kengo Isshiki was appointed as NeuroDerm’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2020, after serving as VP Planning & Coordination since April 2018 and overseeing post-merger integration on-site. He plays an important role in facilitating mutual understanding of two different cultures, and as CAO he is in charge of the company’s working plans, while directing the company’s finance, HR, legal advisory and IP activities.

Mr. Isshiki has held a variety of research and managerial roles with increasing responsibilities since joining Tanabe Seiyaku in 1994. He had previously served as a Senior Manager of Corporate Strategic Planning Department of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation where he was responsible for establishing the company’s medium-term business plan and managing R&D projects.
Mr. Isshiki received his M.S. in Enzymology from Tohoku University in Japan.

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Tami Yardeni

MA – EVP Clinical Development

Ms. Yardeni has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in various capacities, gained within large pharmaceutical companies and CROs. She was previously with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, most recently as VP, Head of Global Clinical Operation, where she was responsible for the operational execution of global development programs across all indications from Phase I to regulatory approval and commercialization. From 1999 to 2011, Ms. Yardeni held positions of increasing responsibility in the area of Biometrics at Teva, she led strategic planning and execution of outsourcing and off-shoring activities, as well as post-acquisition integration processes for various biometric functions.

Ms. Yardeni joined NeuroDerm in 2016 and served as a COO until the Mitsubishi-Tanabe Pharma Company acquisition, she was then nominated to head the Clinical Development group. She received both her B.A. in Statistics and M.A. in Applied Statistics from Haifa University.

Adrian Gilbert

Adrian Gilbert

PhD – VP Pharmaceutical Development

Adrian joined the NeuroDerm senior leadership team in April 2018 to lead the newly-formed Pharmaceutical Development function. Bringing more than 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, He was previously VP CMC in Discovery & Product Development in Teva’s Global R&D. Prior to that he held roles of increasing responsibility at Teva, including VP Quality for Global R&D, contributing to the development of important and valuable new therapies such as Copaxone® and Azilect®.

He grew up in London, England, gained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and holds an MSc and PhD in Materials from Cranfield University. He conducted post-doctoral research in Applied Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and is a member of the scientific advisory board of The Dysautonomia Foundation.

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Eran Shor

BSc – VP Devices

Mr. Shor has over 20 years of experience in the development, registration, production and commercialization of medical devices. Prior to joining in 2016 the company, Mr. Shor was the Chief Executive Officer of PerfAction Technologies, a company that develops technologies and medical devices for drug delivery, where he led the company from the R&D stage to global commercialization.  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Shor was COO of PerfAction Technologies, where he led multi-disciplinary R&D teams that integrated mechanics, electronics, pneumatics and software development. From 2003 to 2009, he held positions of increasing responsibility at GI View, a company focused on developing a new generation of endoscopy products for gastrointestinal applications based on unique visualization and self-propelled pneumatic intubation technology. These positions included Mechanical & System Manager, VP of R&D and COO. Previously Mr. Shor held positions in Mechanical Engineering at Nova and Elan Medical, where he took part in developing a wearable drug delivery pump.
He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

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Anat Nahmany

MSc – VP Human Resources

Ms. Nahmany has over 20 years of experience in organizational transformation, joined NeuroDerm in 2016. Her work is focused on defining organizational strategy, implementing change management, and building leadership teams, with an emphasis on global development. Ms. Nahmany has advised companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech and communications sectors, including leading global companies such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. She has also served in various consultancy positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and McKenzie, and was COO of White Water, focused on smart water network management software.
Ms. Nahmany holds an MSc in Management and Group Dynamics from Tel Aviv University.

Ziva Mesika

Ziva Mesika

BSc – VP Regulatory Affairs

Ms. Mesika has more than 25 years of R&D and regulatory experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for both medium and large pharmaceutical companies, joined NeuroDerm in 2016. During her six-year tenure at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ms. Mesika was the Global RA leader for biosimilar products in Global R&D and Head of Regulatory Affairs for Specialty Products in Growth Markets region. She was responsible for setting the regulatory strategy for development and registration of innovative drugs, biologics and combination products from various therapeutic areas, including CNS, Pain, Oncology, and Respiratory.
Ms. Mesika holds a BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Ofer Ekbali

Ofer Ekbali

MBA – VP Operations

Mr. Ekbali has over 19 years of experience in various operational management positions in the Pharmaceutical industry. As the former General Manager of the Jerusalem production site at TEVA, he was responsible for mass production and packaging operations in excess of US$70 Million annually, and led over 500 employees to exceed operational targets.

Prior to his role as General Manager, Mr. Ekbali served in various positions at TEVA, as Head of Operations, Director of Strategic Planning and Head of Supply Chain in regional and global positions. He has vast experience in complex project management in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments.

Mr. Ekbali holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Strategy, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Drorit Lew

Drorit Lew

Pharmaceutical and Commercial QA Senior Director

Ms. Lew has over 25 years of experience in QC and QA in the Pharma and Biopharma industry and joined NeuroDerm in August 2019. Previously, Drorit was the GMP compliance manager at Phibro Vaccines (Veterinary company). Prior to Phibro, she was a senior manager in Kamada production plant (Biopharmaceutical company), there she was the QC Director, and later on, VP of QA. Prior to Kamada, Ms. Lew worked in QC in various positions (team leader, QC manager) at CTS Industries (generic pharma).

Ms. Lew has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an M.Sc. from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva.

Drorit is also a board member of the PDA Israeli Chapter since 2010.