The LSA Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for graduate-level students, postdocs, medical trainees, and early-career professionals interested in gaining hands-on experience in life science innovation, entrepreneurship, and investing. We offer multiple fellowship tracks geared toward those with technical backgrounds or those with business backgrounds.

Exposure to every facet of the life science industry

Intellectual Property, FDA Regulations, Strategic Partnership, Healthcare Models

Network of peers

Work with other ambitious world-changers of tomorrow who share your passion for life science, industry and entrepreneurship

Mentorship from a large network of experienced domain experts

LSA Mentors are successful entrepreneurs, executives, inventors, physicians and investors

Entrepreneurship Skills

Presentation skills, understanding key investment criteria

Think Like an Investor

Valuation, Term Sheets, Evaluating Pitches

Program Overview

Fellows will gain invaluable experience in the life science industry and learn to think with an investor mindset. This role is an opportunity to connect and work directly with a seasoned group of successful life science investors in a collegial atmosphere across all major domains of life science technology – pharma/biotech, medical devices/diagnostics, and digital health. The LSA Fellowship is an unpaid, 6-month program, typically beginning in January, during which Fellows will benefit from significant training in investment analysis, due diligence, deal flow management, business development and investor-entrepreneur relations.

Fellows should plan for ~10 hours a week, and should have residence/transportation to the Palo Alto area. The 6-month term is extendable by mutual agreement.

The LSA Fellowship in Entrepreneurship

About the LSA Fellowship in Entrepeneurship

The LSA Fellowship in Entrepreneurship is designed for advanced students, postdocs or industry scientists, medical trainees or engineers who will become future innovators and entrepreneurs in the life sciences.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Research and evaluate investment opportunities in life science/health care industries (e.g. medical devices, diagnostics, digital health, hospital products) to identify high potential startups. Research includes assessments of market, clinical need, competitive landscape, product, IP, management team, and others.
  2. Attend bi-weekly screening committee meetings, seminars, and networking events. Help to run screening meetings and conduct due diligence for prospective deals.
  3. Along with member champion, be point-person for pipeline companies and coach entrepreneurs through the investment process and provide valuable feedback.

Desired Skillsets and Education

Fellowship applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program, or have advanced training and/or industry experience. All applicants must have interests in entrepreneurship and the life science industry, and meet the following qualifications:

  1. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  2. Technical background in engineering, mathematics, medicine or physical sciences
  3. Marketing and business development experience preferred
  4. Strong analytical skills and basic knowledge of finance and economics
  5. Passion for entrepreneurship

The LSA Fellowship in Marketing/Deal Flow Management

About the LSA Fellowship in Marketing and Deal Flow Management

The LSA Fellowship in Marketing and Deal Flow Management is for advanced students or early career professionals with a business background and a passion for tackling problems in healthcare.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Engage in weekly deal screening meetings and deal recruitment events for Bio/Pharma, Medical Device and Digital Health committees
  2. Design and implement novel marketing strategies for increasing monthly funding applications to LSA from qualified companies
  3. Optimize LSA website to maximize online exposure to entrepreneur community, through the use of Search Engine Optimization, Ad Words, and establishing web-links with existing partners and portfolio companies.
  4. Coordinate investor participation in external funding events, such as trade shows, demo days, mentorship events, etc.
  5. Establish and track quantified measures, web analytics, etc. for successful marketing

Desired Skillsets and Education

Applicants must have completed or are currently enrolled in a graduate level program in business and/or life science. All applicants must have interests in early stage investing, entrepreneurship and the life science industry, and meet the following qualifications:

  1. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  2. Marketing and business development experience
  3. Strong analytical skills and basic knowledge of biomedicine and healthcare
  4. Experience in or ability to work with marketing-optimized web development
  5. Passion for entrepreneurship


The LSA Fellows Class of 2019 have been selected. However, we welcome applications at any time for 2020, and we will reach out in the event openings become available.

Applications for the 2020 class will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in November.

Contact Victor Sadauskas (Devices/Digital) or George Korir (Bio/Genomics) with any questions.

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Current Fellows and Alumni

Year Fellow Name Practice Area After LSA
2018 Dr. Dongmei Liu Bio/Genomics
Roger Zhang Bio/Genomics
Prof. Nassir Nakarram Device/Digital
Dr. Victor Sadauskas Device/Digital
Dr. Rutwik Shah Device/Digital
Dr. Topher Kinsella Device/Digital
Dr. Adrienne McKee Device/Digital
Samantha Feng Device/Digital
2017 Dr. Barbara Alcaraz Silva Bio/Genomics
Dr. Donald McCarthy Bio/Genomics
George Korir Bio/Genomics
Matthew Silvestrini Device/Digital
Vincent Yeh Device/Digital
Dr. Anne Merritt Device/Digital
Amin Aalipour Device/Digital  Bioengineering, Stanford University
Dr. Janene Fuerch (Hogan) Device/Digital  Neonatology, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Dr. Simren Delaney Intellectual Property Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Dr. Cindy Xiong Bio/Genomics Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Akash Chandawarkar Device/Digital Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Chirag Chauhan Device/Digital Interventional Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai
Dr. Yaniv Kerem Device/Digital Director of Health Informatics, Jawbone Health
2016 Dr. Jens Durruthy-Durruthy Bio Application Support Scientist, 10X Genomics
Dr. Wei Wu Bio  Investment Director, BOE Ventures
Dr. Elizabeth Zambricki Device Otolaryngology, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Dr. Brian Pridgen Device  Plastic Surgery, Stanford University
Dr. Vivian de Ruijter Device  Biodesign Fellow, Stanford University
Sam Perryman Digital  Administrator of Managed Care, San Mateo County Health System
Lilliana Widjaja Digital  Market Research Analyst, Health Industries Research
Piero Mendez Digital  CEO, Empire Biotech
Pilar Landon Marketing  Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
 2015 Dr. Jeroen Blokhuis Bio  Business Development and Partnerships, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Greg Yeh Digital  Mechanical Engineer, Accel Biotech
Ayse Zamboglu Digital  Member, Life Science Angels
Simone Collins Marketing Technology Policy, University of Cambridge
Ami Kumordzie Device Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Dr. Yipei Wang Device Corporate Venture Capital, China
Dr. Zeshaan Maan Device Plastic Surgery, Stanford University
 2014 Dr. Cory Laws Device Stealth Stage Startup
Jeffrey Wang Device Consultant, Clearview Health Partners
Dr. Javier Alcudia Bio Dermatology, Stanford University
Brian Hsueh Device Co-Chair, LSA Device Committee
Afsheen Agahi Digital Associate Software Engineer, Accenture
 2013 Dr. Eric Liu Bio/Device Medical Oncology, Oxford University
Stacey Ma Bio/Device Research Solution Specialist, UserTesting
Dr. Keren Ziv Bio/Device CSO, Cytomag
2012 Dr. Harald Nuhn Bio/Device Sr. Research Associate, Alfred E. Mann Institute @ USC