Strategic Funding and Joint-Development
Management Team
Robert DeBenedetto, CPA
Founder, President & CEO

Robert DeBenedetto, CPA has over 25 years of global pharmaceutical / life sciences experience. Robert founded SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in January of 2009 on a premise that there was a better way to fund and conduct clinical trials globally. This premise is now a reality with SFJ Pharmaceuticals® as the premier global funding partner for many of the world’s largest pharma companies, with SFJ Pharmaceuticals® now having a proven track record of drug approvals with many more drugs with trials successfully completed and in regulatory submission. Prior to joining SFJ Pharmaceuticals®, Robert was Vice President of Global Business Development at Quintiles Transnational’s, pharmaceuticals investment unit. Preceding that Robert was Executive Committee Member, CFO, V.P. of Corporate Development, and V.P. of Corporate Marketing for Boston Scientific’s Japan subsidiary with 800 employees and sales exceeding $600 million. Robert spent the first 9 years of his professional career as a CPA with E&Y, advising some of the world’s largest companies. To date Robert has been involved in approximately 100 acquisitions, mergers, licensing and partnering arrangements valued at over $10 billion. Robert has a Master’s Degree from Bentley University.

Bruce A. Bouchard, CPA
EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining SFJ Pharmaceuticals®, Bruce served as a partner and the Global Biotechnology Sector Tax Leader for Ernst & Young LLP.  For 32 years, he provided advice and counsel to clients and other partners on life science industry related matters including structuring transactions, collaborations, joint ventures, and license arrangements, intellectual property planning and migration, global and domestic supply chain planning, pre-IPO planning, and equity based incentive programs. In addition, Bruce was responsible for managing the audit, review, and sign-off of numerous public pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients’ annual and quarterly ASC 740 analysis, including income statement and balance sheet implications as well as footnote related presentation and disclosures.  He presented at many EY sponsored client events as well as internal training events and was a frequent speaker at industry organization events sponsored by BIO and Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.  Bruce served as a member of the BIO tax and finance committee.

Bruce received an MBA from Bentley University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Merrimack College. He is a past Chairman of the Board of a State Affiliate of the American Heart Association, past President of the Board of a local affiliate of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association and a current Member of the Merrimack College Leadership Council.

Stewart Hallett
EVP, Chief Operating Officer

Stewart Hallett joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in September of 2014 with over 20 years of clinical operations experience across multiple therapeutic indications. As the Global President of Clinical Operations Mr. Hallett is responsible for the management and execution of clinical trials throughout the world. He was most recently Vice President of Clinical Operations at Medivation, Inc. where he oversaw the Clinical Trials of their prostate cancer compound (Enzalutamide) from Phase I First in Man studies through FDA approval. Prior to that Mr. Hallett held roles of increasing responsibility at Chiron Corporation, until its acquisition by Novartis in 2006, Xoma, Abgenix, and Genentech. He holds a B.S. in Physiology from San Francisco State University and an M.B.A from St. Mary’s College of California.

Rolf Linke; MD
EVP, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Linke joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in April 2013.  As a clinician and scientist with focus in immunology and clinical oncology he brings more than 18 years of experience in European, US and global leading roles in clinical development; medical affairs, and pharmacovigilance in established organizations as well as in Biotech companies (Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche, Fresenius Biotech and Genentech). As protocol author/ lead scientist and/or medical monitor he was responsible for numerous clinical programs in several indications including paclitaxel, catumaxomab, bevacizumab and vemurafenib. He was actively involved in several interactions with health authorities (FDA and EMA). In his recent clinical positions Dr. Linke supported several launches of new products including Removab (EU), Zelboraf and Erivedge (both US).  He received his MD degree from the medical school, University of Freiburg in Germany

Alex Dilis
EVP, Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Alexandra (Alex) Dilis, J.D. joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® as Global Head of Quality and Compliance in 2013. Currently she is Executive Vice President of Quality and Compliance and directs activities aimed at assuring straight forward approval of medicines; counsels SFJ Pharmaceuticals® on matters related to the US FDA and international laws and regulations governing the research and development of new medicines. Ms. Dilis has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, including Bayer and Celerion, where she held key quality and compliance leadership positions, as well as several start-up firms, were she served as an independent advisor to the executive office. Ms. Dilis earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Providence College, and a J.D. from the New England School of Law, Boston.

Geoff Owen
EVP, Chief Business Officer

Mr. Owen joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in January of 2016 as Vice President, Business Development. With over 20 years of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry experience,  Geoff specializes in identifying, structuring and negotiating creative, risk-based product development and commercialization partnerships.  During a 16-year career with Quintiles, he engineered financial and service partnerships with a wide spectrum of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, facilitating placement of >$700 million in risk capital and over $1 billion in sales.  He also led global sales for Quintiles’ Integrated Health Services Division.
Prior to joining Quintiles in 1998, Geoff worked at The Wilkerson Group, a New York-based consultancy that provided strategy, marketing, and business development advisory services to the healthcare industry.

He began his healthcare career at Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group in Atlanta, focusing mainly on operations and reengineering projects for hospitals and integrated healthcare systems.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina, and Masters in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Upon graduation from UNC, he served eight years on active duty as a United States Naval Officer.

Fumito Tsuji
Senior Vice President, Clinical Development Japan

Mr. Tsuji joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in July of 2010 with over 25 years of clinical development experience across multiple therapeutic indications in the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Tsuji was Head of Clinical Development at Schering-Plough KK, where he oversaw the Clinical Trials of hypercholesterolemia compound (Ezetimib) from Phase I studies through PMDA approval and malignant glioma compound (Temozolomide) from Phase II study through PMDA approval. Mr. Tsuji specializes in building development strategies for the approval of drugs. Mr. Tsuji has a Master’s Degree from Kanazawa University in Pharmaceutical Sciences.