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2023 Biotech Investment Program

This year in collaboration with the Office of Career Strategy, YBC is excited to welcome Andre Xiao (Perceptive Advisors) who will be instructing the 2023 Bioinvestment Lecture Series. Lectures will be given on a weekly basis starting on the week of February 13 to March 3, 2023. Knowledge acquired will culminate in a team-based stock pitch competition on March 31, 2023 (after Spring break), which includes the unique opportunity for each team to be mentored by an industry expert. 

The Bioinvestment Lecture Series provides PhD & professional students and Postdocs in the life sciences with exposure to the field of biotechnology investment and knowledge of how to break into the industry. The program offers a unique opportunity to learn from industry experts including, Perceptive Advisors, Woodline Partners, Jefferies, Goldman Sachs, BARDA/Department of Defense.


Expert Profile:

Andre Xiao – Analyst at Perceptive Advisors; formerly Citadel and J.P. Morgan

Course Outline:

The program will consist of 4 lectures + 1 stock-pitch competition — all via Zoom. 


Wed, Feb. 15 @ 6 pm ET: Lecture 1 — Why Scientists are Needed in Finance and How They can Break In

Wed, Feb. 22 @ 6 pm ET: Lecture 2 — Skillset of a Life Sciences Investor

Wed, Mar. 1 @ 6 pm ET: Lecture 3 — Excelling at the Job


Spring Break


Wed, Mar. 29 @ 6 pm ET: Lecture 4 — Round Table

Fri, Mar. 31 @ 12 noon ET: Stock Pitch Competition

Advantages of our Biotechnology Investment Program: 

  • Learn about investment related to biotechnology/healthcare through weekly lectures. 

  • Implement knowledge in a team-based stock competition.

  • Network with peers and industry leaders — including 1:1 mentor meetings.

  • Receive industry insight on how best to break into biotechnology investment and finance.



  • Open to all Yale graduate & professional students and Yale Postdoctoral Fellows in the life sciences. Limited slots will be made available to non-Yale applicants.

  • No background in investing is necessary.

  • Students are expected to attend all the lectures.

Format: online lectures + pitch competition + in-person social event.

Deposit: A $30 deposit will be charged for students accepted to this program; this fee will be returned in full after completion of the program (please reach out if you need financial assistance). 


Please email with any questions or requests for financial assistance.


Meet the Team

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Andrew Hudak,
Heraclitos Lefcochilos-Fogelquist,
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Tony Zhou,
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