Account Managers

We have extensive experience in all aspects of life sciences finance, including institutional sales, capital markets, investment banking, investor and public relations, sell-side analysis, and buy-side analysis.  We have an equally strong foundation in the life sciences (6 Ph.D.s on staff), which enables us to understand our clients’ R&D, regulatory, and commercial strategy. The combination of financial service and life science expertise allow us to best serve our clients’ needs.

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Joyce Allaire

Managing Director, Relationship Manager

Joyce Allaire has more than 14 years experience in Institutional Equity Sales. She began her career at Hambrecht & Quist in Boston and post merger worked at JP Morgan in New York. Joyce spent seven years at Leerink Swann & Co. as a Senior Healthcare Sales Specialist where she spearheaded research sales and capital markets initiatives for institutional investors. She brings not only a high level of industry knowledge, but also a broad reach to the buy and sell side constituencies. Joyce received her MBA from Bentley College and graduated from Assumption College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance.

Matthew P. Duffy

Managing Director

Matt has 30 years experience in the healthcare arena, both as a Wall Street professional and pharmaceutical executive. Matt has extensive development-to-market experience having led the efforts to bring several important new drugs to commercialization including Synagis (MedImmune) and Cinryze (Lev Pharmaceuticals) and is a Founder of Algorithm Sciences.. He also has more than 13 years experience as a buy-side and sell-side equity research analyst and investment banker. Most recently, Matt was Managing Director at Roberts Mitani, a global, healthcare focused investment bank; where he focused on strategic transactions and financing. Additionally, he serves as a healthcare advisor to the Capital M Group, a multi-strategy investment firm. Previously, Matt co-founded Black Diamond Research, LLC where he specialized in healthcare/biotechnology research and analysis. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CorMedix, Inc., a publically traded healthcare company focused on development and launch of products in the Cardio-Renal field. Matt received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He holds Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses. Matt served as the Treasurer of Ridgefield Academy an Independent School in Ridgefield, CT, and was a Member of the Board of Trustees.

Andrew I. McDonald, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

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Andrew McDonald is an experienced healthcare investment professional with expertise in identifying transformative products and technologies in all stages of development. Andrew is a Founding Partner of LifeSci Advisors and LifeSci Capital. Prior to founding LifeSci, Andrew served as senior biotechnology analyst at Great Point Partners, a dedicated life science hedge fund. From 2004-2006, Andrew was Head of Healthcare Research and a Biotechnology Analyst at ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique investment bank. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Andrew was a medicinal chemist at Cytokinetics from 2001-2004, where he discovered and developed a promising anti-cancer agent now in clinical trials. Andrew began his pharmaceutical career as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer. Andrew received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UC Irvine and completed his B.S. in chemistry at UC Berkeley.

Michael Rice

Founding Partner

Michael Rice has experience in portfolio management, corporate management, investment banking and capital markets. Prior to co-founding LifeSci Advisors and LifeSci Capital, Michael was the co-head of health care investment banking at Canaccord Adams, where he was involved in debt and equity financing. Michael was also was a Managing Director at Think Equity Partners where he was responsible for managing Healthcare Capital Markets, which included structuring and executing numerous transactions, many of which were firsts at ThinkEquity. Prior to that, Michael served as a Managing Director at Banc of America serving large hedge funds and private equity healthcare funds. Previously, he was a Managing Director at JPMorgan/Hambrecht & Quist.

Brian Ritchie

Managing Director

Brian Ritchie has over 14 years of healthcare investor communications experience. He focuses on developing, implementing and overseeing investor relations programs for leading medical technology, biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical, and healthcare services companies. Brian has also worked on a number of financial transactions, including IPOs, follow-on offerings, venture rounds, and M&A agreements. Prior to joining LifeSci, he spent over eight years at FTI Consulting as a Senior Director within the Strategic Communications segment’s Capital Markets Practice and healthcare & life sciences sector. Previously, Brian spent nearly six years at Noonan/Russo Communications, where, in increasingly senior positions, he focused on investor relations for a large variety of life sciences and healthcare companies. He holds a B.S. in communication arts from St. John’s University, where he graduated Cum Laude.

Hans Vitzthum

Managing Director

Hans Vitzthum has more than 25 years experience in institutional sales and healthcare research product management at Leerink Partners, Cowen & Co., and Lazard Capital Markets. Hans spent 12 years running the morning research call at two investment banks and has served as “Deal Captain” on more than 100 healthcare IPOs and secondary offerings. Hans has worked in healthcare research product management for the past 15 years and has developed extensive and long-standing relationships with the institutional investment community. Hans earned his Applied Baccalaureate from Columbia College.

Michael Wood

Managing Director, Communications

Michael Wood has 20 years experience advising the biotechnology and life science industries, having worked as a sell side analyst, institutional investor and investor relations professional. As a sell-side analyst he worked at Lehman Brothers, UBS and Hambrecht & Quist (now part of JP Morgan). On the buy side, he spent four years working on a healthcare sector fund at Welch Capital Partners in New York. He has also acted as an independent advisor to venture capital firms on PIPE transactions and late stage private investments. Michael is a native of Dublin Ireland and holds an Honors Degree in Microbiology from Trinity College Dublin. He also studied Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at New York University.

Bob Yedid

Managing Director

Bob has over 25 years of experience as a buy-side analyst, portfolio manager, private equity investor and investment banker. He has extensive experience with health care companies, especially in the medtech, diagnostics and specialty pharma sectors. Bob focuses on providing CEOs and CFOs with strategic advice on key investor issues in order to enhance stock valuation through effective and compelling messaging and clear, consistent communications with institutional investors.

Bob’s experience and perspective as an investor in public and private health care companies informs his strategic investor relations work for companies with market capitalizations from $100 million to over $50 billion. He has worked with medtech and spec pharma areas in providing ongoing investor relations advice as well as working on IPOs, follow-on offerings and equity-linked securities. In addition, Bob has advised companies in M&A transactions, dual track processes, and C-suite executive transitions.

Before joining ICR, Bob was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst at Principled Capital, a fund with $1.5 billion of AUM, for 10 years with responsibility for all health care investing. Prior to Principled, he was a Vice President at Warburg Pincus, one of the world’s largest private equity and venture capital firms, investing in health care. Bob was a member of the Board of Directors of The Medicines Company (MDCO) and Eurand international, which was acquired by Aptalis Pharma. He spent 15 years in investment banking, including serving as Managing Director in Health Care Finance Group at Bear Stearns & Co., having worked on capital markets and M&A transactions in excess of $5.0 billion. Bob earned a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Chris Maggos

Managing Director, Europe

Chris has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry covering business development, investor relations, public relations, journalism, investing, and molecular neurobiology. He is the founder of BioConfidant Sàrl a Geneva-based strategic consulting firm that helped senior executives achieve their financing and partnering goals. Previously, while at Addex Therapeutics (SIX:ADXN), Chris was a member of the executive management board and held the positions of Head of Investor Relations & Communication (2007-2010) and Director Business Development (2010-2013). He co-founded the Alpine Institute for Drug Discovery in 2013, a not-for-profit social enterprise whose mission is to help commercialize academic discoveries. In addition, Chris worked as: a journalist for the leading biotechnology trade publication BioCentury (2001-2007); an Associate at Casdin Life Science Partners (later Cooper Hill), a NYC-based biotechnology hedge-fund (1997-2000); and a molecular neurobiologist studying drug dependence at The Rockefeller University (1993-1997), where he co-authored twelve peer-reviewed publications. Chris holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University, where he also completed pre-medical studies.

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Moran Meir-Beres

Managing Director, Israel

Moran brings over 15 years of Investor Relations experience, having worked with Israel’s largest and most prominent private and publicly traded companies. Prior to joining LifeSci Advisors, Mrs. Meir-Beres was a senior account executive at KM Investor Relations, Israel’s first and largest IR firm, where she provided companies from a wide range of sectors ongoing investor and financial media relations advice, as well as advisory services related to public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and crisis management. Prior to joining KM, Ms Meir-Beres was part of the IR team at Teva (NYSE: TEVA), Israel’s largest healthcare company.

Moran earned her BA and Master Degree in Law from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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