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OUR EXPERTISE

Focussed on tomorrow’s potential

Building on our experience in urology, we are growing into an influential voice in this challenging field, developing the global potential of effective, accessible treatments for conditions like overactive bladder (OAB).

OUR PATH

Building forward momentum

As we expand into new markets and pursue new opportunities, our responsibilities grow as well. Our success begins by building engaged and motivated teams, and creating an environment where unique viewpoints stimulate creative solutions.

 
  • Urovant Sciences establishes corporate offices in Irvine, California.
  • Phase 3 study for treatment of OAB begins enrolment in the United States.
  • Phase 3 study for treatment of OAB with BPH begins enrolment in the United States, with some study sites outside the United States.
    New Drug Application for OAB treatment filed with United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • US FDA approves Urovant treatment for OAB.
  • New international headquarters opens in Basel, Switzerland.
    Phase 2a study for investigational gene therapy for treatment of OAB begins in the United States.

Join us and become a part of this exciting new chapter in our future, and the future of urology.

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COLLEAGUES

Working at Urovant means every voice is heard. Our shared experiences, goals, and values create an engaging  environment and unlimited potential for positive change. As our business grows, we grow—and as we grow stronger together, we become better leaders. We take pride in prioritising patients and empowering our community of colleagues.

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Leadership that propels us forward

MANAGEMENT

At Urovant, our leaders are seasoned professionals with proven track records of commercial success. They help us keep our goals in sight, while thinking ahead to what is on the horizon. Most important, they are individuals who value the contributions of others, and who can bring out the best in people at every level.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim Robinson
James Robinson
Chief Executive Officer

James Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Urovant Sciences, Inc, 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 US – 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 US commercial organisation. Prior to Astellas, Mr Robinson spent thirteen years at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, where his last role was Vice President, Hepatitis Sales and Managed Care.

In addition to his membership on the Urovant Board of Directors, Mr Robinson also was named to the Board of Directors of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation in December 2021. He also currently serves as an advisor to BridgeBio. Previously, Mr Robinson served on the Board of Directors for Neos Therapeutics prior to its acquisition by Aytu Biopharma. He also previously served on the Board of Directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and served as Chairman of PhRMA’s State Committee. He is a founding member of MATTER. Mr Robinson received a Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University.

Ryan Card
Ryan Card
Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Ryan Card was named executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Urovant Sciences in April 2021. In this role, he leads the company’s legal and compliance functions. Mr Card joined Urovant in March 2020 as vice president, associate general counsel, providing strategic legal counsel in support of the launch of the company’s first commercial product in the United States, GEMTESA® (vibegron). Prior to joining Urovant, Mr Card was executive director, senior counsel with Allergan plc, where he was chief counsel for the company’s urology, neurology and eye care business units. Previously, Mr Card was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Mr Card earned a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioural science and health, with a minor in French, from the University of Utah. He earned a JD degree from Brigham Young University.

Alana Darden Powell
Alana Darden Powell
Vice President of Corporate Communications

Alana Darden Powell was named vice president of corporate communications for Urovant Sciences in October 2021. In this role, she is responsible for leading internal and external corporate communications and serves as a member of the Urovant executive leadership team. Ms Darden Powell joined Urovant in May 2019 as executive director of marketing, transitioning to executive director of business unit operations, communications, and alliance management in September 2020.

Previously, she served as senior director for consumer marketing for Avanir Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for consumer marketing and brand public relations programmes supporting the company’s neurology franchise. Prior to that, she spent over eleven years at Allergan Pharmaceuticals, supporting the BOTOX® Neurology and Urology franchise in roles spanning consumer and professional marketing, communications, and sales. Ms Darden Powell began her career in Pharmaceuticals as a sales representative with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in women’s healthcare.

Ms Darden Powell holds a BS from Auburn University and an MBA in marketing from Brandman University.

Betzy Estrada
Betzy Estrada
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Betzy Estrada was named executive vice president and chief human resources officer in August 2021. In this role, Ms Estrada leads Urovant’s human resources initiatives to bring to life the company’s philosophy that Urovant is ‘Powered by People and Possibilities™’. Ms Estrada joined Urovant after serving in human resources leadership roles in the biotechnology and medical device industries. Prior to joining Urovant, she was vice president, human resources, and chief compliance executive for Nihon Kohden, a leading manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier in her career, she held human resource leadership positions with Claremont University Consortium, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson Advanced Sterilisation Products, and Beckman Coulter, Inc. Ms Estrada earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with emphasis in human resources, from the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California.

Laura Genatossio
Laura Genatossio
Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe

Laura Pala Genatossio was named senior vice president and general manager, Europe, in October 2021. In this role, she is responsible for building and leading the European business strategy and operations for Urovant Sciences International and is based at the company’s European headquarters office in Basel, Switzerland.

Prior to joining Urovant, Ms Genatossio served as vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Sarepta Therapeutics, where she was responsible for leading regional strategy and operations, including medical affairs, G&A, local commercial, market access and patient affairs. Prior to her move to Switzerland, Ms Genatossio built the global strategic marketing capabilities and team at Sarepta.

Previously, Ms Genatossio held global strategic marketing roles with Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, and served as interim country manager for Aegerion in Canada. Earlier in her career, she held brand leadership roles for Astra Zeneca in Europe for the company’s oncology and cardiovascular portfolios.

Ms Genatossio earned an MBA in Marketing, with honors, from the University of Massachusetts College of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law, with honours, from Bologna University.

Rauly Gutierrez
Rauly Gutierrez
Vice President of Accounting

Rauly Gutierrez was named vice president of accounting for Urovant Sciences, Inc, in April 2021. In this role, he is responsible for leading all accounting and finance functions of the company. Mr Gutierrez joined Urovant in April 2018 as corporate controller helping establish and lead the accounting, financial reporting, and finance operations functions of the company in preparation for its initial public offering and subsequent SEC reporting requirements as a publicly traded company until the company’s merger with Sumitovant Biopharma Ltd in March 2021. Additionally, he has served as a key member in establishing and developing the company’s internal control framework and financial policies and procedures.

Previously, Mr Gutierrez served as vice president of finance and was the principal financial and accounting officer for Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over eleven years at KMJ Corbin & Company LLP, a regional public accounting firm, as a senior audit manager, where he primarily serviced clients in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.

Mr Gutierrez holds a BS in accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California and is licenced as a certified public accountant in California.

Andrew Hetherington
Andrew Hetherington
Executive Vice President, Chemistry Manufacturing and Control Development and Technical Operations

Andrew Hetherington was named Executive Vice President, Chemistry Manufacturing and Control Development and Technical Operations (CMC/TO) at Urovant Sciences, having joined the company in January 2021. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of CMC/TO activities to support the clinical and commercial programs for the innovative Biologics and Small Molecule portfolio at Urovant Sciences. Mr Hetherington serves as a member of the Urovant Executive Leadership Team and the Research & Development Leadership Team.

Mr Hetherington has more than 30 years of development, manufacturing, and supply chain operations leadership experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Urovant Sciences, Mr Hetherington served as Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Catalyst Biosciences. Earlier in his career, he also held senior CMC/TO positions at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Bayer HealthCare, and GSK.

Mr Hetherington earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and chemistry from Monash University in Australia and an MBA in finance, operations management, and general management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Walt Johnston
Walt Johnston
Executive Vice President, Commercial

Walt Johnston was appointed Senior Vice President, Commercial, of Urovant Sciences in June 2020. In this role, Mr Johnston is responsible for marketing, sales, and commercial operations. Mr Johnston is a 30-year veteran in the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in US and global sales and marketing strategies with extensive experience delivering significant revenue growth. Prior to joining Urovant, Mr Johnston spent 12 years at Astellas Pharma, most recently as Senior Vice President, Urology and Hospital Business Unit. Prior to this role, Mr Johnston served as Vice President, Marketing and New Product Planning. Prior to Astellas, Mr Johnston spent 18 years at Pfizer, where his roles included leading the cardiovascular marketing portfolio and National Sales Director, Vista Rx team. Previously, Mr Johnston served on the board of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organisation (iBIO), including as Chair of the Board from 2018 to 2019. Mr Johnston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College and an MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management.

Sef
Sef Kurstjens, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr Sef Kurstjens was named chief medical officer for Urovant Sciences in April 2022. In this role, he is responsible for the development, medical affairs, regulatory, and pharmacovigilance functions and serves as a member of the Urovant executive leadership team. Dr Kurstjens served on the board of directors of Urovant Sciences from July 2018 to April 2022.

Dr Kurstjens has more than 30 years of biotech and pharmaceutical drug development experience. Prior to joining Urovant Sciences, he served as chief executive officer for Bright Peak Therapeutics. Earlier in his career, Dr Kurstjens also held positions as chief medical officer at Astellas Pharma, Inc, president and chief executive officer at Agensys, chief medical officer at Allergan, Inc, senior vice president of R&D at Astellas, and vice president of clinical development at Pfizer.

Dr Kurstjens is a native of South Africa and received his training in medicine and physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mark Niemaszek
Mark Niemaszek
Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning

Mark Niemaszek was named senior vice president of corporate planning for Urovant Sciences in October 2021. Mr Niemaszek joined Urovant in 2020 as vice president of commercial operations. In his new role, he is responsible for driving the execution of the company’s geographic expansion plan. In addition, he is responsible for the Urovant enterprize-wise strategic plan, including leadership of the company’s long-range planning and budget process, infrastructure investment planning, and programme integration.

Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of US commercial operations for Astellas, where he led the development of enterprize capabilities for the Astellas Global business across a range of brands, sales teams, and business units. Earlier in his career, he led the accounting department, as well as the sales, marketing, and medical affairs operations for Fujisawa Pharmaceutical.

Mr Niemaszek holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance/economics from St Joseph’s College and an MBA in international business from Roosevelt/DePaul University.

Kenton Stewart
Kenton Stewart
Executive Vice President, Market Access and Business Development

Kenton Stewart was appointed as Senior Vice President, Market Access of Urovant Sciences in June 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of market access, including account management, market access marketing, reimbursement strategy, contracts and pricing, and market access alliance management. As a seasoned pharmaceutical executive with nearly 30 years’ experience at several leading global pharmaceutical companies, Mr Stewart has extensive experience building commercial capabilities and leading successful product launches across multiple therapeutic franchises. Prior to joining Urovant, Mr Stewart led the development and launch of the Health Systems Business Unit at Alkermes. Prior to Alkermes, Mr Stewart served in various leadership roles at Astellas Pharma from 2006 to 2018, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Health Systems. Earlier in his career, Mr Stewart led licencing and business development at TAP Pharmaceutical Products, with responsibilities for corporate business development, external commercial collaborations, and acquisitions. Previously, he served in various roles at Abbott Laboratories, including sales, sales management, product management, and marketing management. Mr Stewart earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing, from Wichita State University. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Bellevue University.

Laura Genatossio
Laura Genatossio
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Laura Pala Genatossio was named senior vice president and general manager, Europe in October 2021. In this role, she is responsible for building and leading the European business strategy and operations for Urovant Sciences International and is based at the company’s European headquarters office in Basel, Switzerland.

Prior to joining Urovant, Ms Genatossio served as vice president and general manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Sarepta Therapeutics, where she was responsible for leading regional strategy and operations, including medical affairs, G&A, local commercial, market access and patient affairs. Prior to her move to Switzerland, Ms Genatossio built the global strategic marketing capabilities and team at Sarepta.

Previously, Ms Genatossio held global strategic marketing roles with Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, and served as interim country manager for Aegerion in Canada. Earlier in her career, she held brand leadership roles for Astra Zeneca in Europe for the company’s oncology and cardiovascular portfolios.

Ms Genatossio earned an MBA in Marketing, with honours, from the University of Massachusetts College of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Law, with honours, from Bologna University.

Sascha Bucher
Sascha Bucher
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Mr Bucher is Co-Founder and Partner at Forty51 ventures, a Biotech VC fund in Europe focussed on venture formation. Previously, he was Partner and Managing Director Investments at Roivant and Head of Europe. Before that, he worked for Roche in numerous Business and Corporate Development functions, including as Deputy Head of Global M&A. He was involved in 100+ transactions and negotiated and closed over 50 international deals with an accumulated total deal value of more than 10 billion USD. Prior to Roche, Mr Bucher was a banker at UBS. He holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Basel and is both a Harvard Business School GMP alumnus and a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA) and Asset Manager.

Ryan Card
Ryan Card
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Ryan Card was named executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer of Urovant Sciences in April 2021. In this role, he leads the company’s legal and compliance functions. Mr Card joined Urovant in March 2020 as vice president, associate general counsel, providing strategic legal counsel in support of the launch of the company’s first commercial product, GEMTESA® (vibegron). Prior to joining Urovant, Mr Card was executive director, senior counsel with Allergan plc, where he was chief counsel for the company’s urology, neurology and eye care business units. Previously, Mr Card was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. Mr Card earned a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioural science and health, with a minor in French, from the University of Utah. He earned a JD degree from Brigham Young University.

Valerie Gateaux
Valerie Gateaux
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Valerie Gateaux is Head of Finance, International, and was appointed member of Urovant Sciences International’s Board of Directors in November 2021. As a member of the international leadership team, Ms Gateaux plays a strategic role in the global expansion of the company, deployment of the operating model, and execution of the long-term financial strategy. Since joining Urovant in September 2021, Ms Gateaux has significantly contributed to the commercialisation strategy of vibegron in EMEA by focussing on value creation and risk management.

Prior to joining Urovant, Ms Gateaux held multiple finance leadership roles in the life sciences industry at country, regional, and global levels. She has significant management experience in the development, production, and commercialisation of speciality products and rare disease therapies gained at Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck Sharp and Dohme, Gilead Sciences, Baxter, Baxalta, and Takeda. Ms Gateaux has also been involved in several mergers & acquisitions and business transformation projects, most recently as Global Head of Planning and Reporting for GMS business unit at Takeda, where she facilitated the integration of Shire Pharmaceuticals and the delivery of synergies.

Ms Gateaux holds an MBA from NEOMA school, France, and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Sara Nunez-Garcia, MD, PhD
Sara Nunez-Garcia, MD, PhD
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Dr Nunez-Garcia is Co-Founder and Partner at Forty51 Ventures, a Biotech venture fund focussed on venture formation in Europe.

Previously, Dr Nunez-Garcia served as VP Investments at Roivant, where she led investments and divestments across several therapeutic areas in the Biotech space. Dr Nunez-Garcia served on the board of Altavant (acquired by Sumitomo), Spirovant (acquired by Sumitomo), Urovant, Kinevant and Lysovant. Prior, Dr Nunez-Garcia served as Principal with Sofinnova Partners. She invested in Delinia Bio (acquired by Celgene), ProQR Therapeutics [PRQR], Auris Medical [EARS], MedDay Pharma, ObsEva [OBSV], Enyo Pharma, Asceneuron, MyTomorrows, Leucid Bio, and Comet Therapeutics (acquired by Vectiv Bio). She served on the Board in several portfolio companies.

Dr Nunez-Garcia spent seven years in the Pharma industry in a preclinical development role and was also an Associate in the Licencing and M&A team at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (now Amgen) in California.

In addition, Dr Nunez-Garcia did her postdoctoral fellowship in the Biochemistry and Biophysics departments at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she developed several inhibitors for oncology targets, one of which was in-licenced by Biocryst and is currently in clinical development. Dr Nunez-Garcia received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Manchester, UK. In addition, Dr Nunez-Garcia holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Wenzel von der Heydte
Wenzel von der Heydte
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Wenzel von der Heydte has served as Board Member of Urovant Sciences International since 2019. Since September 2020, he serves as vice president and head of finance at Auregen BioTherapeutics SA. Previously, Mr von der Heydte has served as Regional Controller at Roivant and headed the European finance operation. Prior to that, he has held several leadership positions at MSD (Merck Inc) as well as positions at KPMG and Siemens.