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 and presently a Senior Adviser at Blackstone Life Sciences.

Jonathan DeBenedetto
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. DeBenedetto has been with SFJ Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for over 6 years overseeing FP&A activities including helping to close and operationalize over $400 million of structured financing transactions. Prior to joining SFJ Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he was with Cytori Therapeutics, a biotechnology company pioneering treatments with adipose-derived regenerative cells, where he developed process/policy improvements, which included a temporary assignment to Japan, and helped the close of a $500+ million licensing transaction.  Mr. DeBenedetto earned a B.S. in Finance-Economics from Bentley University.

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.

Faith Fung, PhD, MBA
Vice President, Clinical Development, Asia Pacific

Dr. Faith Fung joined SFJ Pharmaceuticals® in 2013 as Vice President, Clinical Development, Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the project management and clinical operations of global Phase III clinical trials from study start-up to drug registration, collaborating with co-development Pharmaceutical Company partner and direct management of CRO to ensure delivery of clinical trial with quality, on time and within budget. Dr. Faith Fung has 20 years of experience in clinical research and 8 years in pre-clinical research. Prior to joining SFJ Pharmaceuticals®, Faith was the Clinical Operations Director of Pfizer Phase I Unit in Singapore. She was accountable for day-to-day oversight of all clinical, scientific, technical and operational aspects of Pfizer Clinical Research Unit, Singapore. Before that, Faith was the Head of Clinical Operations, Asia Pacific in Sanofi-Aventis and was responsible for the preparation, coordination and implementation of Phase II-IV clinical trials and registries on marketed drugs, in 17 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Faith started her career in the pharmaceutical industry in year 2000, conducting Phase II-III vaccines clinical trials, as a Clinical Research Associate at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Faith Fung graduated with a Ph.D. in Science from the National University of Singapore in 1998 and went on to obtain an M.B.A. from Victoria University, Australia in 2013.