Women Leaders in Pharma Interview: Lihong Yu, Founder and President, PHT International Inc. 

Lihong Yu
Founder and President
PHT International Inc.

The latest interview in the DCAT Alliance for Industry Women Committee’s Women Leaders in Pharma: An Interview Series features Lihong Yu, Founder and President, PHT International Inc. Watch her interview here.  

Lihong Yu  
Lihong Yu is the Founder and President of PHT International Inc, a full-service CRDMO company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, serving innovative pharmaceutical customers.   

Lihong came to Charlotte, North Carolina with $5,000 to start PHT (standing for People, Honest and Trust), started the business with distributing chemical intermediates for dyestuff manufacturers in the Carolinas, then transitioned into R&D, and manufacture serving the regulated pharma industry in the late 1990s. Today’s PHT is an over $100-million company, owns its own Research Center (PHT Tech), and is a US FDA-inspected CGMP facility (PHT Pharma).  

Lihong believes as a woman leader, authenticity is very important. “When you are authentic, you are confident. Confidence is a beautiful thing. When you are confident, you can be humble and bold in vision and leading,“ she says.  

Lihong was awarded a Women in Business Achievement Award by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2015. She was also recognized with a leadership award in International Commerce by the Carolina World Trade Association (CWTA) in 2016. 

The Women Leaders in Pharma: An Interview Series provides employees of DCAT Member Companies with the opportunity to hear from women industry leaders on a variety of timely and relevant topics.  

In each interview, the women leaders from various DCAT Member Companies share their insights on career development, leadership, mentoring, networking, and more. The interviews are published at least once per month, and the full listing of interviews can be found here, on social media, and in the Alliance for Industry Women’s LinkedIn group.  

About the Alliance for Industry Women Committee  
DCAT’s Alliance for Industry Women Committee aims to educate, inspire, and empower women in the pharmaceutical industry. DCAT Member Company employees can join the Alliance for Industry Women LinkedIn group to engage in dialogue and share relevant information and resources with industry colleagues.