Yufen Shi, Co-Chair
Yufen is a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to
Sloan, Yufen worked as a business development associate at
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she focused on
commercialization strategies for cancer vaccine and
personalized diagnostic tools. Before Broad, Yufen worked as
an associate product manager and associate sales consultant at
Synthes, where she conducted primary market research to
guide innovative medical device design. She also evaluated
the business potential of multiple spinal implant technologies.
Over the summer, Yufen supported the long range planning
group at Vertex Pharmaceutical.
Yufen received her B.S. from Georgia Tech (with highest honor) and M.S. in from Stanford University.
Yufen is interested in building products that can improve the world.
Erik Tautkus, Co-Chair
Erik Tautkus is a second-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan
School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Erik worked at
Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm. His
work focused on analyzing the economic and financial issues
in anti-trust and intellectual property corporate litigation.
Erik worked on pharmaceutical cases involving patent
infringement, off-label marketing and efficacy
misrepresentation. He completed his MBA internship at
Biogen Idec in global commercial market analytics. Erik
graduated from the Ivey School of Business at the University
of Western Ontario with an Honors in Business
Rotem Abeles, Logistics / Panel Contributor, Therapeutics
Rotem Abeles is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of
Management. Prior to MIT, Rotem served for 9 years at the Israeli
Defense Intelligence, in a variety of positions in research, operations
and strategic planning.
He holds a BSc in Biology and an MA in the Cognitive Study of
Language from Tel Aviv University, Israel. As an undergrad, Rotem led
a 3-person research team to investigate the molecular mechanism
behind neural tube defects, and developed a unique computer algorithm
for sequence alignment and statistical analysis of antibody clones
library. As a graduate student, he focused on psycholinguistics.
Anthony Chiu, Co-Director, Logistics
Anthony Chiu is a 3rd year PhD student in the Sharp Lab at the Koch
Institute of Cancer Research. He is currently investigating noncoding
RNAs and how they are produced. Previously, he worked with
transposon technologies for generating induced pluripotent stem cells
and pancreatic beta cells at the University of Toronto. He is also very
interested in the process of taking discoveries made in labs to help
improve the lives of patients.
Tiana Veldwisch, Co-Director, Logistics
Tiana is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. Before Sloan, she was fixing healthcare as a Product
Innovation Manager at athenahealth, inc. Her passion is bringing
science and technology from the lab to the market where it can make an
impact on people's lives, and she is focusing her MBA on
Entrepreneurship & Innovation as well as healthcare. She earned her
B.S. in Engineering at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in
Roshni Kapadia, Co-Director, Marketing
Roshni Kapadia is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School
of Management. Previously, she worked on economic analysis for
healthcare litigation as a Senior Analyst at the consulting firm
Greylock McKinnon Associates. Roshni brings five years of
experience examining marketing, sales, and launch strategies for
blockbuster drugs and defining markets for new therapeutic classes.
She is also familiar with FDA approval and regulatory processes and
has worked with diverse healthcare data sources. Roshni earned her
B.A. in economics from Wellesley College in 2006.
Nicholas Sze, Co-Director, Marketing
Nick is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan where he is focusing on
strategy, marketing, and healthcare. He is a member of the
Management Consulting Club and the Healthcare Club. At Sloan, he
is director of Marketing for the Sloan BioInnovations Conference and
is participating in the Enterprise Management track. Prior to Sloan,
Nick worked at Accenture as an IT Consultant in the Healthcare
industry. He worked on the delivery of large systems implementations
for a health insurance client and a pharmacy client. Nick holds a B.S.
in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS) as well as
a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Robbie Tucker, Co-Director, Marketing
Robbie Tucker is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. Previously he was working for Biomet Inc. as an
orthopedic medical device sales representative, with a focus in
Biologics and Spine Hardware. Robbie holds a Bachelors of Science
in Physiological Science from UCLA. Outside of MIT Sloan, Robbie
is passionate about UCLA sports and California wine.
Kathleen Stetson, Panel Lead, Healthcare IT
Kathleen is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. Prior to Sloan, Kathleen advised architects in the design of
commercial and civic buildings as an acoustic consultant at the worldwide
engineering firm Arup in New York City. She is now focusing her passion
for science and creativity on entrepreneurship and innovation in healthcare.
Kathleen holds an M.S. in Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, an M.M. in vocal performance from New England
Conservatory of Music, and a B.A. in music from Harvard.
Cinthya Avalos, Panel Contributor, Healthcare IT
Cinthya Avalos is a first year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of
Management. Before joining MIT, Cinthya worked in Dow Chemical as an
Account Manager for the Dow Water and Process Solutions business unit.
Prior to holding the account manager position, Cinthya was the Technical
Support and Development specialist for the Dow Water and Process
Solutions business. At the beginning of her career, in 2006, she worked as
a Process Engineer in the Rohm and Haas emulsion plant at Tlaxcala,
Mexico and later at Queretaro, Mexico.
Shweta Sharma, Panel Lead, Therapeutics
Shweta Sharma is a 1st year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan. She brings 8
years of R&D experience from Medtronic and Goodrich investigating
micro-sensors for healthcare and aerospace, where she also focused on
competitive intelligence and investment opportunity diligence. Most
recently she co-founded a regional initiative - Nanovox that functioned at
the intersection of public, private and academic sectors to commercialize
nanotechnology in the Midwest. She holds a B.S. ('01) and M.S. ('04) in
electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. Her interests lie in early stage
healthcare investments and healthcare policy.
Jan Ma, Panel Lead, Startups
Jan is a Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Fellow at MIT, where she is pursuing
an MBA and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to Sloan, Jan
worked at Procter and Gamble as a product development engineer managing both
current business initiatives and white space market expansion projects for the
Beauty and Household Care Global Business Units. Jan has previous professional
experiences in drug discovery, development, and manufacturing. Jan earned a
Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from
Dominic McDonald, Panel Contributor, Startups
Dominic McDonald is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. Prior to Sloan, Dominic was an Associate Analyst at Summer Street
Research Partners, a sell-side equity research firm that focuses solely on the
healthcare sector. At Summer Street Dominic followed the biotechnology and
medical device industries. Prior to Summer Street, Dominic completed several
different research projects at MIT, including characterizing microRNAs in cancer
cell lines. Dominic received a Bachelor of Science from MIT in Chemical-
Spenta Kutar, Panel Lead, Pricing
Spenta Kutar is a first-year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of
Management. Prior to attending MIT Sloan, Spenta spent three years working as a
strategy consultant at Trinity Partners, and was involved in projects ranging from
licensing and acquisition, to corporate strategy, and in-line brand forecasting for
clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Spenta graduated from
Harvard University with a B.A. (honors) in history, and a secondary field in
William Kang, Panel Contributor, Pricing
William Kang is a first year MIT Sloan MBA student focused on using analytics to
find inefficiencies and innovate strategy in the medical device, poker, and web
industries. Prior to Sloan, William worked in medical devices on new product
development from clinical development to manufacturing. He loves to create value
and make sense out of uncertainty. William is currently an active member of the
Healthcare; Entertainment, Media, and Sports; and Consulting Clubs.