Ex-Pfizer executives join Roivant's C-suite

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The appointments come after Roivant launched its latest "vant," RNA-focused Genevant, in April. (Nadine Doerlé)

Roivant Sciences has recruited a pair of Pfizer veterans: Salomon Azoulay will serve as chief medical officer, while Adele Gulfo joins as chief of commercial development. 

Azoulay caps a nearly two-decade career at Pfizer, where he headed up various units, including development in Japan and the cardiovascular and metabolism therapy area. Most recently, he was a senior vice president and chief medical officer for Pfizer Essential Health, formerly the Big Pharma's Global Established Pharma business. 

Gulfo joins Roivant from Mylan, where she was an executive vice president and chief strategy officer. As a VP at AstraZeneca, she ran the cardiovascular business and then oversaw business development; while at Pfizer, she helmed the company's business in the U.S. and Latin America. 

The appointments come after Roivant launched its latest "vant" in April. Genevant, an RNA-focused joint venture with Arbutus Biopharma, plans to advance five to 10 programs into the clinic by 2020. Genevant joined seven other "vants," which have 24 investigational drugs across 11 therapeutic areas, according to Roivant. 

"As the scale and scope of our pipeline continue to grow and we approach commercialization for several therapies across the Vants, Sam and Adele will work to ensure that our medicines reach patients as quickly as possible," said Roivant CEO Vivek Ramaswamy. 

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