Yuhua Ji2022-04-22T23:32:42+00:00

Yuhua Ji

VP of Drug Discovery

Yuhua Ji has over 25 years of broad experience in drug discovery and development.  She has a track record of building and leading multi-disciplined teams and leading projects from inception to proof-of-concept. She led and made significant contributions to over ten development candidates and IND-filings across various therapeutic areas. She has deep expertise in small molecule drug discovery and is the inventor of YUPELRITM (revefenacin). She is named as the inventor on over 100 patents and the author of over 20 publications. She also has solid experience in leading collaborations, preclinical development and CMC.

Prior to Grace Science, Yuhua was the head of Medicinal Chemistry and cross-functional project leader at Zai Lab US.  Before that, she was IND director at Virogin Biotech. From 2011 to 2017, she worked in various capacities at Path, leading discovery chemistry and CMC, and supported several clinical development programs. She previously worked 10 years at Theravance, where she discovered YUPELRITM and served as the project leader. She spent the first 10 years of her career in Medicinal Chemistry at Hoffmann La-Roche in Switzerland and was a visiting scientist at Genentech. Yuhua obtained Ph.D in organic chemistry and Biological Chemistry from Université de Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg, France. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Pharmaceutical University of China.