Our Team

We are scientists, with medical, drug development, and legal expertise supported by an experienced operations team.

Roderick Wong, MD

Managing Partner
Roderick Wong, MD

Managing Partner

Roderick Wong, MD, serves as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of RTW. Rod is responsible for managing the firm’s investments focused on innovative drug development. Prior to forming RTW, he was a Managing Director and sole Portfolio Manager for the Davidson Kempner Healthcare Funds. Before joining Davidson Kempner, Rod held various healthcare investment and research roles at Sigma Capital Partners and Cowen & Company.

Rod simultaneously received an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Economics from Duke University.

Rod has a keen interest in educating the next generation of life science entrepreneurs. He regularly sits on a variety of corporate boards. In addition, he serves on the board of Penn Medicine, as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at NYU Stern, and as Chairman of the RTW Charitable Foundation.

"We get to support some of the most inspiring doctors and entrepreneurs during the genomic age, when the secrets to disease are being unlocked in real time. It’s hard not to jump out of bed every morning excited to study science."

Sabera Loughran

Chief Operations Officer
Sabera Loughran

Chief Operations Officer

Sabera Loughran, serves as Partner, Chief Operations Officer at RTW. Sabera is responsible for oversight of the firm’s operational activities.

Sabera has more than twenty years of operational, financial, and compliance experience. She has extensive experience working at both buy and sell side firms. Before joining RTW, Sabera served as Director of Finance and Chief Compliance officer at Prime Logic Capital. Prior to joining Prime Logic, Sabera spent several years at Buckingham Capital Management as an operations and client service executive. She began her sell-side career in the Asset Management Division of Goldman Sachs, serving as a team leader of the Client Reporting Team of Private Wealth Management, and as a fixed income portfolio administrator and performance analyst. Sabera started her career as an auditor at the Unit Investment Trust internship program of Deloitte and Touche. Sabera received a BBA in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from Baruch College.

"To be part of a firm that leads with integrity and aims to do good is incredibly satisfying. I strive to continuously improve our operations and empower our team by working together to achieve excellence."

Naveen Yalamanchi, MD

Portfolio Manager
Naveen Yalamanchi, MD

Portfolio Manager

Naveen Yalamanchi, MD, serves as a Partner and Portfolio Manager at RTW. Naveen is responsible for the firm’s medical technology investments. He has more than 15 years of healthcare investment and research experience. Prior to RTW, Naveen was Vice-President and Co-Portfolio Manager at Calamos Arista Partners, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Before joining Calamos, he held various healthcare investment roles at Millennium Management and Davidson Kempner Capital Management, where he worked with Rod.

Naveen serves on the board of directors of Rocket Pharmaceuticals, and also as a board observer for Dermtech, Ancora Heart, and Magnolia Medical Technologies.

Naveen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS in Biology from MIT, and received his MD from Stanford University. He completed his surgical internship at UCLA Medical Center.

"I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by extraordinary individuals at RTW. I see both ambition and humility every day, and this is a powerful driving force for my own learning and growth."

Stephanie A. Sirota

Chief Business Officer
Stephanie A. Sirota

Chief Business Officer

Stephanie A. Sirota, serves as a Partner and Chief Business Officer at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”), where she is responsible for strategy and oversight of the firm’s business and corporate development as well as strategic partnerships with counterparties including banks, academic institutions, corporations, investors, and NGOs. She leads the business team on various types of domestic and cross-border transactions and is also responsible for shaping the firm’s governance policies underscoring impact and sustainability.

Stephanie has fifteen years of deal experience in financial services. Prior to joining RTW, she served as Director at Valhalla Capital Advisors, a macro and commodity investment manager. Stephanie also worked in the New York and London offices of Lehman Brothers, where she advised on various Merger & Acquisitions, IPOs, and capital market financing transactions with a focus on cross-border transactions for the firm’s global corporate clients.

Stephanie graduated with honors from Columbia University and also received a Master’s Degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has contributed to Fortune Magazine and ABCNews.com.

She serves as a director of RTW Venture Fund Ltd; President of the RTW Charitable Foundation; and Co-Chairman of Council of the New York Philharmonic.

"These are the early days of a scientific renaissance, and at RTW we are investing in the companies that will have a profound impact on humanity. It is humbling and awe-inspiring to witness this transformation and to be that critical connection between entrepreneurs and patients."

Gotham Makker, MD

Strategic Investments
Gotham Makker, MD

Strategic Investments

Gotham Makker, MD, serves as head of Strategic Investments at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Gotham has more than 17 years of healthcare industry experience. Prior to joining RTW, Gotham served as CEO of Simran Investment Group, LLC, a privately held equity investment fund. Before Simran, Gotham was a healthcare portfolio manager and principal at Citadel Investment Group LLC, a position he held from 2002 to 2005. Prior to joining Citadel, Gotham served in various analyst roles at Oracle Partners LP, covering biotechnology and medical device sectors. He began his career on the life sciences investment banking team at Hambrecht & Quist.

Gotham serves on the board of directors of Rocket Pharmaceuticals.

Gotham received his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical School, and he completed the Sarnoff cardiovascular research fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons and at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

"I went to medical school wanting to study science and develop a mastery in medicine so that I could help people. At RTW, we go beyond the ‘First Do No Harm’ of the Hippocratic Oath. We venture into new breakthrough areas of medicine and look to support companies working on truly revolutionary concepts. Companies can’t do it alone, and that’s where we come in bringing business expertise and financial backing to help them execute the impossible."

Peter Fong, PhD

Senior Managing Director, Head of Company Creation
Peter Fong, PhD

Senior Managing Director, Head of Company Creation

Peter Fong, PhD, serves as Senior Managing Director, Head of Company Creation at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). In this role, Peter leads the firm's biotech new venture creation efforts, including serving as ICEO of the companies formed in this process. Peter also supports several other strategic initiatives and activities for the firm.

Prior to joining RTW, Peter worked at Flagship Pioneering in Cambridge as a member of the innovation team. In this role he led the creation and multiple financings of four Flagship companies and served as ICEO of each of them.

Peter previously worked at Genentech in Oncology Business Development, where he helped build Genentech’s oncology pipeline through partnerships. Peter led multiple key transactions for Genentech, amounting to more than $300M in upfront payments.

Prior to joining Genentech, Peter held various roles within business and corporate development in the industry. He led the New Ventures and Business Development unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering; co-founded Carigent Therapeutics, spun out of Yale University; and worked as a chemist at General Electric prior to his graduate studies.

Peter received a PhD degree in bioengineering from Yale University, where he subsequently was a Brown-Coxe Postdoctoral Fellow, and his BS in biochemistry from Indiana University.

“Biotech entrepreneurism is central to the unprecedented biological innovation revolutionizing medicine. It’s a thrill to come to the office each day and work with colleagues as talented and entrepreneurial as they are at RTW. Together, we seek to create world class biotech companies – from the ground up – capable of taking on the worst diseases.”

Robert Aurigema

Chief Financial Officer
Robert Aurigema

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Aurigema, serves as the Chief Financial Officer at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Robert is responsible for oversight of the firm’s financial and operating activities.

Robert has extensive management and leadership experience having spent over 25 years building, servicing and managing investment companies across almost all sectors, strategies and major geographies. Prior to joining RTW, Robert spent six years as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Balyasny Asset Management, a global multi-strategy, multi-manager hedge fund. Prior to BAM, Robert was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Plural Investments, a multi-manager hedge fund that he helped launch. Robert started his buy-side career at SAC Capital, where he built and managed all middle and back office functions and teams globally as Director of Operations. Robert has also served as COO, CFO, and CCO of SECOR Asset Management, and Global Head of Operations at Avenue Capital Group. He began his sell side career as a vice president at Goldman Sachs in their Prime Brokerage Division. Robert started his career at Deloitte & Touche in their Financial Instruments and Strategies Division.

Robert received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and is a licensed CPA. He holds certifications from University of Oxford in Executive Leadership and from the London School of Economics in Data Analysis.

RTW is steadfast in its commitment to fostering medical research and innovation while delivering unprecedented value to all stakeholders and society as a whole. It is an honor to be part of this incomparable team at such a pivotal time in the history of scientific advancement.

Chris Seiter

Chief Corporate Finance Officer
Chris Seiter

Chief Corporate Finance Officer

Chris Seiter serves as the Chief Corporate Finance Officer at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Chris provides structuring and transactional leadership for new ventures originated at RTW as well as royalty and alternative investments. Chris also provides oversight and support to the financial operations and business development of the newly formed ventures.

Prior to joining RTW, Chris served as Chief Financial Officer of two development stage biopharmaceutical companies, Trevi Therapeutics and Millendo Therapeutics. Before shifting to an operational role, Chris served as Managing Director and Head of Life Sciences Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he focused on advising life sciences companies on transactions ranging from equity and debt financings to mergers and acquisitions. Chris served in the Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer for five years before beginning his investment banking career.

Chris received a BA in economics cum laude from the University of Rochester and completed a graduate level program in nuclear engineering at the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School.

“We are living in a period of unprecedented scientific discovery and RTW is at the forefront. It is invigorating to work with a group of talented and dedicated professionals that share a common goal of harnessing the power of science to improve the lives of patients.”

Alice Lee, JD

Senior Counsel
Alice Lee, JD

Senior Counsel

Alice Lee, JD, serves as Senior Counsel at RTW and has over a decade of experience advising life sciences companies in corporate and transactional matters. Prior to joining RTW, she most recently served as a senior associate in the Life Sciences practice at Ropes & Gray LLP. Prior to that, she worked in the Intellectual Property Transactions and Technology practice at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and she began her legal career in the Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

Alice received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she served as a Senior Editor of Columbia Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned an MS from Stanford University in Computer Science (with an emphasis in Bioinformatics), completed two years of pre-clinical coursework at Stanford Medical School, where she was an M.D. candidate, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy from Columbia University. Prior to law school, Ms. Lee worked as a computational biologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida and co-authored “The promise of gene signatures in cancer diagnosis and prognosis” included in the Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics and “Fundamentals of Cancer Genomics and Proteomics” included in Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. She also worked as a software development engineer intern at Amazon.com.

"I love being able to merge my backgrounds in medicine, computational biology and the law to help bring innovative and transformative therapies to patients in need."

Dar Patel, JD

Chief Compliance Officer
Dar Patel, JD

Chief Compliance Officer

Dar Patel serves as the Chief Compliance Officer of RTW. He is responsible for oversight of  the firm’s compliance program. Dar has extensive legal and compliance experience that spans 20+ years in various capacities for multiple of investment advisers.  Prior to joining RTW, He was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Assurant Investment Management, the third-party investment management arm of Assurant, Inc.     Before joining Assurant, Dar held multiple legal and compliance roles at Resource America, Inc., a multi strategy, multi-manager asset management firm, including Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Legal Officer of various operating subsidiaries and President and Chief Compliance Officer of Resource Securities, the broker dealer arm of Resource America.  Dar started his legal career as a litigation associate at multiple law firms, including Berman, Paley, Goldstein & Kannry.

Dar received a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Boston University and a JD from The Washington College of Law at American University.

“It’s an honor to work alongside an incredibly talented group of colleagues who are driven first and foremost, by the desire to improve the human condition through investments in innovative technologies and transformative therapies designed to combat today’s most challenging diseases.”

Nate Pelsma

Managing Director of Communications and People
Nate Pelsma

Managing Director of Communications and People

Nate Pelsma serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the RTW Foundation and the Managing Director for Communications and People for RTW Investments where he is responsible for the operations of the Foundation and leading communications and organizational development initiatives for RTW.

Prior to RTW, Nate spent the past ten years as CFO and COO of JMG, a youth workforce development organization, and Teach Plus, a national teacher leadership organization. He taught for eight years as an adjunct professor of nonprofit management at the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College. Prior to working at Teach Plus, he was an economist for Analysis Group. Nate started his nonprofit career at City Year where he managed national corporate partnerships. In addition, prior to joining the RTW team, Nate served as an independent board director for RTW’s private funds. Nate has an MBA from Boston College and a BA in English from the University of Kansas.

"These are the early days of a scientific renaissance, and at RTW we are investing in the companies that will have a profound impact on humanity. It is humbling and awe-inspiring to witness this transformation and to be that critical connection between entrepreneurs and patients."

Deborah Slipetz, PhD

Consulting Managing Director Preclinical
Deborah Slipetz, PhD

Consulting Managing Director Preclinical

Deborah serves as Vice President of RTW Charitable Foundation and is responsible for leading the foundation and executing on its strategic mission to improve opportunities for all people to live healthier, longer lives.

Prior to joining RTWCF, Deborah Slipetz was at Merck and has 30 years of experience as a drug hunter scientist and executive leader in the pharmaceutical industry. She was part of the team that invented SingulairTM for asthma and has brought an additional 25 drug candidates into clinical trials. Deborah has broad depth and breadth of experience in drug discovery across multiple therapeutic areas. She recently served as Executive Director In-Vivo Pharmacology responsible for cardiovascular, diabetes, neuroscience, infectious diseases, respiratory, immunology and oncology therapeutic areas. Her core biology expertise lies within the respiratory and immunology area, where she held the position of therapeutic area lead.

Deborah most recently co-founded and served as the executive director of imagine@Merck, a transformative innovation engine that attracts thinkers and doers who seek to challenge the status quo by providing the framework to unleash and amplify their ingenuity to amplify change. This business unit served as a platform for employees to communicate and collaborate to drive change and identify solutions to pressing issues not only in drug development, but enterprise-wide. Her team was recognized by “Fast Company” in 2020 as one of the most “Innovative Teams”.

Deborah has a B.Sc. in cell and molecular biology, a M.Sc. in molecular genetics and a Ph.D. in pharmacology, all from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

“I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work for the RTW Charitable Foundation. I have a unique opportunity to take my drug development experience and passion for innovation to focus on funding cutting edge research for rare diseases. I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running and serving the patients and communities who are at the heart of our mission at RTWCF.”

Joshua Kennedy-Smith, PhD

Managing Director, Research Analyst
Joshua Kennedy-Smith, PhD

Managing Director, Research Analyst

Joshua Kennedy-Smith, PhD, serves as an Analyst at RTW, where he specializes in the chemistry of small and large molecules, intellectual property, as well as leads our efforts in particular disease and technology areas. Josh also leads RTW’s internship and outreach programs.

Josh has more than a decade of professional experience in the pharmaceutical industry as both a research scientist and manager. Prior to joining RTW, he served as Principal Scientist and Head of Externalization at Schrodinger. Josh has experience in the area of inflammation and autoimmune disease, and served as a key contributor on a number of kinase inhibitor programs still in development. He began his career at Roche as a medicinal chemist working on the team that discovered the drug Elpida (elsulfavirine) for HIV.

Josh received a PhD in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Chemistry from University of California, Santa Cruz and appears as an author and inventor on over 35 publications and patents. He has worked globally at sites in the US, Switzerland and India.

"As an industry trained scientist there’s nothing more exciting than having the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of drug discovery. It’s even more of an honor to do this with such a talented group of individuals and an inspiration to carry out our work in the name of patients."

Piratip Pratumsuwan

Managing Director, Research Analyst
Piratip Pratumsuwan

Managing Director, Research Analyst

Piratip Pratumsuwan, serves as an Analyst at RTW, where he is responsible for conducting research in specific technology areas for the firm. In particular, Piratip leads RTW’s comprehensive effort in gene therapy and gene editing, which spans across public and private companies as well as within academic institutions.

Piratip joined RTW directly from academia in 2014. He received an MA in Biotechnology from Columbia University, and a BS in Biochemistry from McGill University.

"In the past several years at RTW, I witnessed tremendous advancements in genetic medicines, culminating in the approvals of the first gene therapies. I am proud to be part of a community of healthcare innovators, that pushes the envelope of medical discoveries to serve patients afflicted by rare genetic diseases."

Tony Nguyen

Managing Director, Research Analyst
Tony Nguyen

Managing Director, Research Analyst

Tony Nguyen, serves as an Analyst at RTW, where he leads commercial analysis of biopharma and medical technology assets. He is also the founding member of the firm’s internal Valuation Committee.

Tony’s focus on the commercial viability of new drugs and technologies is a critical component of RTW’s work. We are living in an age where diseases are being redefined based on their genetic causes, and it is of paramount importance to understand the changing opportunity set of addressable patients across diseases.

Tony received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from St. John’s University, both on full academic scholarship.

"At RTW, I have had the opportunity to see companies we have invested in make a profound impact on patients’ lives. I’m proud to be a member of this team and contribute my part on this incredible journey."

Nehal Gosalia, PhD

Associate Director of Genetics
Nehal Gosalia, PhD

Associate Director of Genetics

Nehal Gosalia, PhD, serves as Associate Director of Genetics at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”), where she is expanding ongoing research efforts using genetic data and bioinformatics tools.  Prior to joining RTW, Nehal spent four years at the Regeneron Genetics Center, where she utilized bioinformatic and computational tools to interrogate large exome sequencing datasets associated with phenotypic data, including electronic health records, to address questions on how human genetic variation contributes to disease. During her time at Regeneron, Nehal co-authored six publications, including high profile publications in Science and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Nehal has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Northwestern University and a BS in Biology with a minor in Business from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

“I am excited to be part of a team that is leveraging advances in genetics and working to translate them to new medicines for patients.”

Brad Sitko

Managing Director of Strategic Finance
Brad Sitko

Managing Director of Strategic Finance

Brad Sitko serves as Managing Director of Strategic Finance at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Brad is responsible for providing leadership and execution across the firm's key initiatives across new company formation, private transactions, business and corporate development and partnering, and the venture fund.

Brad brings over 15 years of 'swiss army knife' experiences to RTW including corporate strategy, business development, capital raising and M&A in life sciences and digital health. He has worked as a growth stage company executive, investment banker and strategy consultant. Before joining RTW, Brad led DNAnexus’ finance and operations teams as the company scaled its industry leading, cloud-based genomics IT platform. Prior to DNAnexus, Brad was a senior investment banker at MTS Health Partners executing more than 30 transactions accounting for $7B of M&A volume, capital raised and royalties monetized. Prior to joining MTS, Brad worked in corporate development and strategic planning at Pfizer. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Frankel Group, he advised biopharma companies on strategic planning, commercialization and market development strategies.

Brad received a BA in Bioethics from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School, with dual concentrations in Finance and Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Management.

"We are living in an era where science, business and technology are converging to change the course of humanity. Our diverse and talented team is working tirelessly to shape that change."

Paul Lu, PhD

Managing Director, Head of Business Development
Paul Lu, PhD

Managing Director, Head of Business Development

Paul Lu, PhD, serves as Managing Director, Head of Business Development at RTW Investments. He helps drive partnering, business development, and strategic transactions for RTW and its portfolio companies.

Prior to joining RTW, Paul was Global Head of Business Development & Alliances at Hansoh Pharma, responsible for expanding innovative pipeline through partnerships and broadening ex-Asia footprint, for which he built and led Hansoh’s U.S. discovery research site. Before Hansoh, he led Global Business Development at Hengrui Medicine, overseeing licensing, alliances, M&A, and strategic investment into novel antibody platforms. He launched an R&D Center in Boston for Hengrui to pursue the discovery of first-in-class therapeutics. Earlier in his career he advised pharmaceutical, biotech, and healthcare services companies as a member of Lazard’s healthcare investment banking group, executing over $85 billion in complex M&A transactions, involving cross-border, shareholder activism, and restructuring situations.

Paul was a co-founder and President of The Biotechnology and Life Sciences Advising (BALSA) Group, a nonprofit consulting organization based in St. Louis, which established The BALSA Foundation to fund, support, and empower first-time entrepreneurs.

Paul received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellow, a PhD in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree from University of Waikato in New Zealand.

"In a way, discovering and developing new medicines is hacking the code of biology – it can be incredibly challenging, like running an uphill marathon full of roadblocks. Yet, we must not stop innovating and persevering for people in need. At RTW, we are committed to be the best long-term partner in this journey. We are in this race together, and we will bring life-changing medicines to patients and caregivers around the world."

Sebastian Trousil, PhD

Principal, New Ventures
Sebastian Trousil, PhD

Principal, New Ventures

Sebastian Trousil serves as Principal, New Ventures, at RTW. In this role, Sebastian is responsible for conceptualizing, forming, and building best-in-class new ventures originated by RTW.

Prior to joining RTW, Sebastian worked at Flagship Pioneering as a member of the innovation team. Sebastian created three early-stage biotech companies; developed their scientific and corporate strategies; and led the operations of these companies as they scaled.

Sebastian completed his postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he led multiple cancer research projects and was awarded the prestigious MGH Tosteson Fellowship. Sebastian received his PhD in Cancer Pharmacology from Imperial College London, UK, where he developed novel cancer drugs and molecular imaging modalities. One molecule he developed at Imperial College London has progressed into clinical trials. Sebastian holds a master’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Vienna in Austria.

“We’re at a time of extraordinary biomedical innovation, rooted in an ever more precise understanding of disease biology and invention of novel therapeutic modalities. It’s a privilege to work at RTW and create, resource and develop innovative medicines that can transform patient lives.”

Chris Liu, PhD

Senior Analyst
Chris Liu, PhD

Senior Analyst

Chris Liu, PhD, serves as a Senior Analyst at RTW, where he is responsible for oncology research as well as coverage of life sciences companies in China. Prior to joining RTW, Chris spent 5 years in Business Development at GenScript, where he primarily worked on antibody drug discovery and development including novel immuno-oncology targets. He also worked on the design and optimization of CAR constructs for CAR-T companies such as Kite, Juno, and Bellicum. Chris received a PhD in Biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook and a BS in Chemistry from Fudan University. He also received his MBA in Finance and Management from NYU Stern School of Business.

"We are in an era of groundbreaking innovation in bioscience. I am thrilled to be a part of the community trying to bring novel medicines to patients."

Ovid Amadi, PhD

Analyst
Ovid Amadi, PhD

Analyst

Ovid C. Amadi, PhD, serves as an Analyst at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”) where he is responsible for coverage of medical technology companies including medical devices, life science tools, diagnostics, and digital health.

Prior to joining RTW, Ovid was a Principal at Boston Consulting Group where he spent six years advising medical device companies, biopharmaceutical companies, and government institutions (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) on strategic and operational initiatives spanning M&A transactions, supply chain management, and organizational effectiveness.  Ovid spent a year seconded to the World Economic Forum where he co-led the Value in Healthcare initiative in partnership with healthcare CEOs and public officials around the world.

Ovid received a PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard / MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, where he developed microfluidic applications in developmental biology and regenerative medicine.  He also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

"I’m honored to be part of a team so focused on accelerating the pace of innovation. Every day we work to arm doctors, researchers, and patients with new tools to revolutionize today’s treatment paradigms."

Lauren Cuje

Venture Senior Associate
Lauren Cuje

Venture Senior Associate

Lauren Cuje serves as a Venture Senior Associate at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”), where she is responsible for expanding the fund’s research interests in new disease areas, as well as supporting efforts around new company formation.

Prior to joining RTW, Lauren worked as a consultant to the life sciences industry and within the asset management division of Goldman Sachs. Lauren received a MA in Biotechnology from Columbia University and a BA in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado.

"Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by science. But as a patient I experienced firsthand the life changing impact of this new age of medicine. Being in a position to support innovative companies and bring patients their own medical miracles is the ultimate fulfillment and the reason I come to work every day. I am proud and humbled to be part of RTW and cannot wait to bear witness to how medicine will continue to dramatically evolve over my lifetime."

Connor Williams

Analyst
Connor Williams

Analyst

Connor Williams, serves as an Analyst at RTW, where he is responsible for research in neurological disease. Connor is also actively involved in RTW’s efforts to better understand genetic drivers of disease more generally. Connor has experience as a lab researcher at The University of Hong Kong and contributed to a published work during his tenure at HKU. Connor received a BA in Biology and Psychology, and a MA in Psychology with a focus on Biopsychology from NYU.

"In less than a single lifetime, advances in molecular biology and genetics have begun to make the incurable curable. I’m excited to be part of a team helping to turn these insights into therapies."

Mirabelle Mi

Mirabelle Mi

Mirabelle brings over 14 years of consulting experience where her focus has ranged from launch strategy and commercialization issues in China, specializing in pricing and market access strategy, and new product commercial and opportunity assessment. Mirabelle was most recently with IQVIA as a Principal, Management Consulting, and previously an Associate Director with Navigant Consulting (Guidehouse) Life Science.

Mirabelle studied in Ecole Supériere de Commerce Montpellier, France, she holds dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and business. She also studied psychology at Peking University Medical School.

“It’s not that you can’t do it, you just don’t know you can do it.”

Steven B. Saland, MD

Research Specialist
Steven B. Saland, MD

Research Specialist

Steven B. Saland, MD, serves as Research Specialist at RTW, where he is responsible for enhancing the RTW research process related to the collection, organization, and analysis of data.

Steve graduated with a BS in Archaeology from Columbia University, and has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to visit old excavation sites and sometimes participate in active archaeological digs. Steve received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and has trained in Anesthesiology and Critical Care.

"Becoming a part of this team has been an exciting challenge since my first day. The prevailing ethos of cooperation and excellence inspire all of us to put forward our best effort. I’m very proud to be a part of it and strive every day to push the envelope of my abilities."

Jennifer Aoki

Research Specialist
Jennifer Aoki

Research Specialist

Jennifer Aoki serves as Research Specialist at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Prior to joining RTW, Jenn served in various roles at Blackstone, first as an Executive Assistant in Private Equity and later as Life Sciences Coordinator.

Jenn received her Master’s degree from Columbia University where she was a PhD Candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Physics.  She has over a decade of research lab experience at Columbia University, Caltech, UCSF, and CSULA in both Molecular Biology and Organic Chemistry.  She graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biochemistry.

"Coming from a molecular biology background, its awe-inspiring to see gene therapies that were once considered a dream in labs become reality for so many patients that had few options with small molecule drugs. Its humbling to be part of a team that helps these dreams become reality."

James Bellush, PhD

Venture Associate
James Bellush, PhD

Venture Associate

James Bellush, PhD, serves as a Venture Associate at RTW, where he is responsible for conducting research on novel genetic targets in several disease areas. Prior to joining RTW, James was a Research Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he developed genome sequencing and bioinformatics platforms to study how gene regulatory elements control transcription during animal embryogenesis.

James has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and a BS in Biology from Moravian College.

“I am privileged to be part of such a talented, dedicated team at RTW, who are united around a common goal of translating scientific innovation into medicines that impact the lives of patients.”

Biming Wu, PhD

Research Associate
Biming Wu, PhD

Research Associate

Biming Wu, PhD, serves as a Research Associate at RTW Investments, LP where he conducts scientific and commercial analysis of medical technology assets. Prior to joining RTW, Biming was a research fellow at the Regeneron Genetics Center. His research focused on developing algorithms and building machine learning tools to analyze large-scale biomedical datasets and aid drug discovery.

Biming received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he developed synthetic biology tools and biomaterials for orthopedic applications.  He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

"Every day, advances in science, technology, and engineering redefine the limits of medical innovation. I am excited to be part of a team that helps accelerate the development of revolutionary clinical tools and solutions."

Yuantao Li, PhD

Research Associate
Yuantao Li, PhD

Research Associate

Yuantao Li, PhD, serves as a Research Associate at RTW, where he supports the firm’s coverage of life science companies in China.  

 Prior to joining RTW, Yuantao was a Senior Life Science Specialist at L.E.K. Consulting, where he advised top-20 large pharmaceutical companies, leading biotech firms, banks and investment firms on corporate strategy, BD strategy, and due diligence for transactions. Prior to L.E.K., he worked briefly at Boehringer Ingelheim where he participated in the development of a novel process that facilitates downstream drug formulation. Yuantao received a PhD degree in chemistry from New York University and a BS degree in chemistry from Nanjing University.  

“In an era that novel science and technologies in life sciences emerges every day, I am excited to be part of a team to accelerate the development of novel therapeutics that have the potential to address diseases that human being suffers today.”

Lauren Lee, PhD

Research Associate
Lauren Lee, PhD

Research Associate

Lauren Lee, PhD, serves as an Associate at RTW, where she is responsible for covering oncology research. Prior to joining RTW, Lauren was on the investment team at Solasta Ventures and subsequently, at Syno Capital, where she held roles in sourcing, diligence, and leading investments in venture stage opportunities in therapeutics.

Lauren received her PhD in Oncology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was involved in the development of small molecules for acute myeloid leukemia in collaboration with Astellas and Daiichi Sankyo. During this time, she also served as the Head of Strategy at Aidar Health, a medical technology start-up in the Baltimore area. Prior to these roles, Lauren started off her career as a bench scientist in the Translational Biology group at Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Amgen in South San Francisco, where she was focused on immunoproteasome research. She also holds BA and BS degrees in Immunology and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

“I feel privileged to work alongside an incredible team to accelerate the translation of scientific dreams and goals into therapeutic realities for patients around the world.”

Irene Park

Biotechnology Research Assistant
Irene Park

Biotechnology Research Assistant

Irene Park, serves as a Biotechnology Research Assistant at RTW, where she is responsible for supporting research across therapeutic areas, with a focus on commercial analysis. Prior to joining RTW, Irene was a consultant at Deloitte where she advised senior-level clients in biotech, pharma, provider, and retail healthcare industries.

Irene is a graduate of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a BA in Biology and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

"The pace of recent advances in biotechnology is exhilarating. I am humbled to be part of a community that is committed to advance scientific innovations with the goal of bringing patients the best medicine as quickly as possible."

Sabrina Xiao

Research Assistant
Sabrina Xiao

Research Assistant

Sabrina Xiao, serves as Research Assistant at RTW Investments, LP working along the Research Team to gather and curate medical and scientific data. Prior to RTW, Sabrina served as both a Research Coordinator at the Simons Foundation where she supported external research projects from drafting participant materials to recruiting with the Research Match program. She also facilitated researcher access to datasets across SFARI Cohorts.

Sabrina holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Miami.  She was a recipient of the Stamps Scholarship, UM's most prestigious merit award.

"It is exciting to work at a firm focused on improving patient outcomes through scientific innovation. Applying my passion for science in my day-to-day work is a privilege."

Michelle Krinke

Head Trader
Michelle Krinke

Head Trader

Michelle Krinke, serves as Head Trader at RTW. Michelle has ten years of experience in financial services. Prior to joining, she worked at Sio Capital as the Director of Marketing.

Earlier in her career, Michelle worked as a fund accountant at Meridian Fund Services and in a sales role at Bloomberg LP. Michelle received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and was awarded a full athletic scholarship for tennis.

"Working for a firm at the forefront of healthcare innovation is incredibly exciting, but it’s the RTW team that really motivates me and makes each day enjoyable."

Matthew Bieret

Senior Director of Finance
Matthew Bieret

Senior Director of Finance

Matthew Bieret serves as the Senior Director of Finance at RTW Investments, LP and has more than 15 years of experience in accounting and auditing within the financial services industry.  Prior to joining the Firm, Matthew worked at York Capital Management most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Co-Head of Fund Accounting.  There he oversaw the day-to-day fund accounting function and was a member of York’s Operating and Valuation Committees.  Prior to joining York, he worked as a senior auditor in the Financial Services Group of Ernst & Young LLP.  Matthew received a B.S. in Accounting and a M.S. in Accounting from Rider University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

It is an honor and privilege to work side by side with such a dynamic and gifted team that collectively are striving to make the world a better place.

Mike Christman

Senior Director of Operations
Mike Christman

Senior Director of Operations

Mike Christman, serves as Senior Director of Operations at RTW. Mike has more than a decade of accounting and operations experience in financial services. Prior to joining RTW, he worked at Atlantic Investment Management, Inc., serving as Assistant Controller. Before joining Atlantic, he served as senior fund accountant at Bellman Walter Capital, LLC. Mike began his career as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Mike received a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

"I find it incredibly motivating to be surrounded by a team of unique and dedicated individuals working in service of the public good."

David Moore, CPA

Controller
David Moore, CPA

Controller

David Moore, serves as Controller at RTW. David has over fifteen years of accounting, audit and fund administration experience. He previously worked at SS&C Technologies, Inc., as Director in their Fund Services division. Earlier in his career, David worked as a senior financial analyst at The Blackstone Group, L.P. and as a financial services associate at Arthur Andersen LLP. David is a licensed CPA in the State of New York, received an MBA from New York University and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Accounting from CUNY Brooklyn College.

"As a finance and accounting professional, it’s a privilege to be able to contribute to a thriving firm dedicated to researching, discovering and investing in the latest and most innovative healthcare companies in the world. As per the famous Talmudic dictum, ‘He who saves the life of one man saves the entire world.'"

Krisha McCune, CPA

Director of Client Service and IR
Krisha McCune, CPA

Director of Client Service and IR

Krisha McCune, serves as Director of Client Service and IR at RTW. Prior to joining, Krisha was an auditor in public accounting at RubinBrown, LLP. Krisha is a licensed CPA, received an MBA from Lindenwood University, and graduated with a BA in Chinese from Duke University.

"We invest in drugs and technologies to cure diseases, and the discussions that result in these investments are always about the integrity of the science and the people who are affected. I’m proud to work alongside a team so driven by idealism, compassion and excellence."

Alexandra Taracanova, PhD

Director of Investor Relations
Alexandra Taracanova, PhD

Director of Investor Relations

Alexandra Taracanova, PhD, serves as Director of Investor Relations at RTW, where she is responsible for the development and execution of the Investor Relations program for the RTW Venture Fund.  Prior to joining RTW, Alexandra served as Medical Science Liaison at Advanced Accelerator Applications (“AAA”), a Novartis Company, where she led clinical oncology research collaborations and was responsible for medical affairs strategy execution. Prior to joining AAA, Alexandra was a Life Science Specialist at LEK Consulting, where she provided consulting services to biopharmaceutical and medical technology clients.

Alexandra received her PhD in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics from Tufts University School of Medicine. She was recognized as Dean’s Fellow for her academic achievements and her thesis work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While in graduate school, Alexandra served as a Business Development Associate at MPM Capital in Cambridge, MA. Alexandra graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from State University of New York Plattsburgh.

“The most rewarding experience is working with an exceptional team to find the next breakthrough therapies for patients in need. As a scientist witnessing the incredible rate of innovation in life sciences, it is an honor to be a part of the story”

Lorrie Nathan, CPA

Director of Valuations
Lorrie Nathan, CPA

Director of Valuations

Lorrie Nathan, CPA, serves as Director of Valuations at RTW. She previously worked at Alvarez & Marsal, LLC, as a Manager in the Valuation Services group. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Lorrie was a Vice President at Citi where she worked in the Citi Treasury Investments Controllers group. Earlier in her career, she worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young LLP and EisnerAmper LLP.

Lorrie is a licensed CPA in the State of New York, holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MS in Finance from Baruch College.

"Innovative therapies will shape the lives of patients for generations to come. It's inspiring to be a part of a team that supports those companies who are changing the paradigm in medicine."

Michael Davidson

Director of Tax
Michael Davidson

Director of Tax

Michael Davidson serves as Director of Tax at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”), where he is responsible for a variety of tax work related to specific investments, the RTW funds, and RTW principals.  Prior to joining RTW, Mike worked at Chilton Trust, a premier wealth management company that provides wealth management services and investment solutions to high net worth individuals, families, foundations, endowments and institutions.  Prior to joining Chilton, Mike worked at Aprio, the largest independent CPA-led business advisory firm based in Atlanta.

Mike graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

"It is motivating to work with colleagues who love what they do and share the common goal of making the world a better place. There is an incredible spirit across the firm whereby we tap into the diverse talents of the team and work together to ultimately bring the most innovative medicines to patients. Trained in accounting and as a tax specialist, RTW offers me the opportunity to play a role in advancing medicine and that’s pretty special."

Daniel Heuser

Director of Technology
Daniel Heuser

Director of Technology

Daniel Heuser serves as the Director of Technology. Prior to RTW, Daniel worked at Serengeti Asset Management, an investment firm with a focus on niche credit opportunities as the Manager of Technology. Daniel began his career in finance as an Infrastructure Engineer at Folger Hill Asset Management where he helped with the launch of the firm. Daniel received his degree in Information Technology from New York Institute of Technology.

“ I am honored and proud to be a part of a team that strives for excellence while also understanding that a strong team bond is critical for success.”

Deirdre O’Donnell

Director of Business Administration
Deirdre O’Donnell

Director of Business Administration

Deirdre is the Director of Business Administration at RTW.  She comes to RTW from Rocket Pharmaceuticals where she was a founding team member responsible for the development of the G&A infrastructure as well as managing key relationships for the CEO. Most recently, she was responsible for the design, construction and build out of Rocket’s state of the art Manufacturing and R&D facility before returning to RTW to assist with their continued organizational growth.

Deirdre was a member of the Goldman Sachs 2015 Returnship program and began her career as a marketing associate in the Fixed Income Division of Morgan Stanley.  She has been actively engaged in the non-profit sector addressing the unmet needs of families for the last 30 years.  Deirdre received her BA in Management from Gettysburg College.

“Having been involved in the developed of one of RTW’s portfolio companies from its infancy, I have unique insight into the team’s passion for innovative science, desire to advance therapies that address unmet medical needs and their commitment to educate and advocate for niche patient communities. I am humbled to be on this journey with such inspiring colleagues.”

Greg DiBella, JD

Associate Counsel
Greg DiBella, JD

Associate Counsel

Gregory DiBella, JD, serves as Associate Counsel at RTW. Prior to joining RTW, Greg was a managing associate in the Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice at Dentons US LLP. Greg completed a secondment at Apollo Global Management, where he advised private equity investment teams across multiple verticals on matters ranging from evaluation of targets to integration of new portfolio companies.  He began his legal career in Mergers & Acquisitions at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

Greg received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his AB magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Government and Philosophy from Harvard College. His prior experience includes working for a Latin American-focused trading desk, interning for FINRA and the US Treasury and preparing a Harvard Business School case study, "The Struggle Over Public Education in Early America," Case No. 713-077.

"I am grateful to work at RTW and help leading innovators create and develop improved modalities for patients afflicted by rare genetic diseases."

Julia Enright

SENIOR ASSOCIATE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Julia Enright

SENIOR ASSOCIATE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Julia Enright, serves as a Business Development Associate at RTW. Julia serves on RTW’s business team and contributes to various efforts, including capital raising, counterparty relationships, impact initiatives, and content production. Prior to joining RTW, Julia spent three years as a healthcare investment banking analyst at Canaccord Genuity Group and Janney Montgomery Scott. Julia received her BBA from Villanova University.

"I’m excited to work on a team that supports scientists and doctors in their quest to bring new therapies to patients."

Ryan Sherman

Assistant Controller
Ryan Sherman

Assistant Controller

Ryan Sherman, CPA, serves as Assistant Controller at RTW. He previously worked as an Associate Vice President at Ares Management in the Alternative Credit Group where he was responsible for both accounting and financial reporting. Prior to Ares Management, Ryan worked as an Alternative Investments Audit Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on both hedge and private equity funds. Ryan is a licensed CPA in the State of New York and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut.

"I am inspired every day by the collaborative spirit at RTW. It is a privilege to work with passionate professionals who are determined to make the world a better place."

Christopher Krone

Family Office Associate
Christopher Krone

Family Office Associate

Chris Krone, CPA, serves as Family Office Senior Associate at RTW Investments, LP where he is responsible for a variety of tax and estate planning work. Prior to joining RTW, he worked at Goldman Sachs - Ayco Personal Financial Management as a Financial Planner providing wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals and their families. Before that, he began his career at KPMG LLP as a tax associate in their Global Mobility Services practice.

Chris is a licensed CPA in the State of New York and holds a BS and MS in Accounting from Binghamton University.

“It is truly inspiring to work alongside colleagues who are dedicated to helping others through the discovery and development of innovative medicines and therapies. Coming from a background in accounting, I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this team and support them on this mission.”

Maria Aronov

Operations Associate
Maria Aronov

Operations Associate

Maria Aronov serves as an Operations Associate at RTW Investments LP, (“RTW”). Prior to joining RTW, Maria was an associate at Three Bridges Capital, a hedge fund specializing in international equities. Before joining Three Bridges, she held various internships at UBS, Skybridge Capital, and NetSuite.

Maria graduated with a BS in Finance from Bentley University.

"I am proud to work for a firm that invests in a brighter future, and it is exciting to be part of a goal-oriented and committed team. RTW was built on a strong foundation of hard work and goodwill, and its culture of respect and compassion permeates throughout the firm."

Jamie Lynne Sullivan

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
Jamie Lynne Sullivan

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Jamie Lynne Sullivan, serves as Administration Team Manager and Executive Assistant to the Partners at RTW Investments, LP. Prior to joining RTW, Jamie spent one year working as Executive Assistant for a software focused technology startup company. Prior to her move to a more corporate role, Jamie spent a decade working as a theatrical stage manager and on various film and television projects in New York City and Cincinnati, OH. Jamie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Kentucky University.

"The work our team is doing to discover and develop innovative medicines directly impacts individuals and the direction of the industry as a whole. I am proud to work with a group so dedicated and compassionate."

Nathalie Perozo

Assistant to Research Team
Nathalie Perozo

Assistant to Research Team

Nathalie Perozo serves as Assistant to the Research Team at RTW. Nathalie has over ten years of administrative experience in the financial services sector. Prior to joining RTW, she held extended tenures as Executive Assistant at The Carlyle Group and Standard Bank of South Africa. Additionally, Nathalie served the thalassemia community for two years as Development Associate for Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.

Nathalie received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School University, where she acted as Editor-in-Chief for LIT Magazine. She graduated from Queens College CUNY with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.

" RTW is unique in its wedding of entrepreneurship, scientific expertise and commitment to service. Having seen firsthand how strides in Biotechnology can affect underserved patient communities, it’s heartening to work for an organization that is so driven, visionary and altruistic."

Lindsay McBride

Executive Assistant
Lindsay McBride

Executive Assistant

Lindsay McBride serves as the Executive Assistant to the MedTech Research Team at RTW Investments, LP. Prior to joining RTW, Lindsay spent four years supporting executives within two Alternative Asset Management firms. Before her career in financial services, Lindsay worked in education as an Elementary School Teacher and a member of the Intervention & Referral Service Board.  Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from West Chester University.

“I am humbled and inspired to work at a firm that is dedicated to discovering, researching, and investing in the advancement of scientific innovations to impact the lives of patients and their families.”

Jennifer Williams

Executive Assistant
Jennifer Williams

Executive Assistant

Jennifer Williams serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Business Officer at RTW Investments, LP. Prior to joining RTW, Jennifer spent six years in various roles within the Business Development and Investor Relations teams at Folger Hill Asset Management and Schonfeld Strategic Advisors. Previous to her career within financial services, Jennifer spent a decade working in sales and interior design. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Relations from Indiana University and her Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

"It is inspiring to be part of such an enthusiastic team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients and strives to make the world a better place."

Amanda Sceiczina

Office Manager
Amanda Sceiczina

Office Manager

Amanda Sceiczina serves as Office Manager and Receptionist at RTW Investments, LP (“RTW”). Prior to joining, Amanda spent two years as a Customer Experience Specialist with a start-up recruitment firm in Australia focusing on employee satisfaction and client interaction. With a passion for helping others, her responsibilities naturally progressed to include office management, executive assistance and client experience.

Amanda received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a Minor in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University.

"RTW is defined by a very special culture of working hard and striving to do good in this world. It is a pleasure to come into work each and every day, inspired by and bringing joy to my talented teammates all the while knowing the end goal is to have a positive impact on patients and their loved ones."

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