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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 28 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 pharmaceutical industries, 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 Israeli Institute of Technology, an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and has attended the Global Leadership Program at INSEAD (Fontainebleau).

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Uri David

MSc, MBA – CTO

Mr. David joined NeuroDerm in October 2019, bringing with him vast experience in device R&D and production scale-up. In his last role, Mr. David 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 drugs. Prior to his position at West, Mr. David acted as VP R&D at Oridion/Covidien/Medtronic, an international public company in the field of diagnostics.

Mr. David 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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Kengo Isshiki

MSc – CAO

Mr. Isshiki was appointed 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 between 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 Senior Manager of the Corporate Strategic Planning Department of the 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 MSc 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, has 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 COO until the Mitsubishi-Tanabe Pharma Company acquisition, when she was nominated to head the Clinical Development group. She received both her BA in Statistics and M.A. in Applied Statistics from Haifa University.

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Adrian Gilbert

PhD – VP Pharmaceutical Development

Mr. Gilbert joined NeuroDerm in 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 at 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®.

Mr. Gilbert 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 Familial Dysautonomia Foundation.

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Anat Nahmany

MSc – VP Human Resources

Ms. Nahmany has over 20 years of experience in organizational transformation, joining 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 a diploma in Group Dynamics from Tel Aviv University.

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Eran Shor

BSc – VP Devices

Mr. Shor joined NeuroDerm in 2016 to lead the Device department, bringing more than 23 years of experience in the multidisciplinary medical device R&D field. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of PerfAction Technologies, where he led the company from the R&D stage to global commercialization. Prior to that, he served as VP R&D at GI-View, where he developed an innovative medical device for colorectal cancer screening. Mr. Shor is highly experienced in mechanical engineering and specializes in developing wearable drug delivery pumps.

Mr. Shor holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.

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Karin Baer

BSc - VP Quality

Ms. Baer joined NeuroDerm in 2021 as VP Quality. In this capacity she oversees all quality activities at NeuroDerm, covering preclinical, clinical, manufacturing & operations stages, as well as testing and release of drug-device combination products.
Karin has more than 30 years’ experience in senior Quality positions in the pharmaceutical industry. In her last role, Karin served as Head of Corporate QA at Boehringer Ingelheim based in Germany, where she worked to improve quality and compliance processes. Prior to this position she had served in various quality leadership positions at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, most recently as VP Regional Head Quality Operations, where she advanced global projects while supervising over 1,000 Quality employees.
Karin holds a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Lilach Shmueli-Dayan

MBA – VP Finance

Ms. Shmueli-Dayan joined NeuroDerm in 2020 as VP Finance. In this capacity, Ms. Shmueli-Dayan is responsible for all financial aspects, including finance operations, strategic forecasting and planning, as well as overseeing procurement processes and IT operations within the company.

Ms. Shmueli-Dayan is highly experienced in establishing and leading global finance organizations and leading strategic and transformational initiatives. Prior to joining NeuroDerm, she had served as VP Finance at Avgol Nonwovens, a manufacturer of non-woven fabric solutions, as well as serving two decades in various finance-related capacities at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Her most recent roles at Teva were CFO of Global Operations and SVP and CFO of Global Functions, where she oversaw the financial operations for Business Development and Global Functions within the company.

Ms. Shmueli-Dayan holds a BA with majors in Economics and Business Management, as well as an MBA with specialties in Finance and Marketing, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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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 Pharmaceutical Industries, 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.

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Ziva Mesika

BSc – VP Regulatory Affairs

Ms. Mesika joined NeuroDerm in 2016. She has more than 25 years of R&D and regulatory experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for both medium and large pharmaceutical companies. During her six-year tenure at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ms. Mesika was the Global RA leader of 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 in various therapeutic areas, including CNS, Pain, Oncology, and Respiratory.
Ms. Mesika holds a BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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