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Gerrel Olivier

Gerrel is a Senior Analyst at Pura Vida. He previously served as an Analyst at Davidson Kempner Capital Management, a $36 billion multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York. At Davidson Kempner, he was one of five investment professionals on their US Long / Short public equity team, specializing in both large-cap Healthcare and Consumer …

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Matt Newton

Matt is the Head of Equities at Pura Vida. Previously, he worked at Moore Capital Management, where he built out Moore Equity Strategies Americas (MESA), a diversified long/short equity team. This included formation of a 20-person, multi-manager investment team that managed just under $3 billion gross including a best ideas portfolio he co-managed. Prior to …

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Brian Kwak

Brian is an Analyst at Pura Vida. He previously served as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager at Siemens, specializing in management consulting and financial advisory. Brian received a B.S. in Finance and Mathematics from University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School, where he was active in the Heilbrunn Center for …

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Adan Horta MD, PhD

Adan is a Life Science Tools and Diagnostics Analyst at Pura Vida. Prior to joining the firm in 2020, he spent time at Flagship Pioneering, forming and pitching next-generation biotech companies. Adan has investigated the three-dimensional folding patterns of DNA in olfactory sensory neurons. He is a published co-first author in Nature and Cell and …

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Jon Helander, PhD

Jon is a Therapeutics Analyst at Pura Vida. Prior to joining Pura Vida in 2020, he worked as a biotech associate at JMP Securities and Deutsche Bank. He has worked on numerous academic programs in developing small molecule therapeutics for multiple diseases and in collaboration with private biotechnology companies as well as in applications for …

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Doris Ting Heffernan

Doris is Managing Director specializing in private investments at Pura Vida. Prior to joining in 2019, she served as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Revenue Strategy at iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications, Inc.) the nation’s largest owner and operator of radio stations. At iHeartMedia, she led a team responsible for supporting and …

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Tae-Il Ha

Tae-Il is a Medical Technology Analyst at Pura Vida. His areas of focus include medical devices, life sciences tools and diagnostics, healthcare IT, and managed care. Prior to joining in 2018, he was a Senior Associate at Baring Private Equity Asia, one of the largest private alternative investment firms in Asia. He started his career …

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Beau Bassett

Beau is Head of Therapeutics at Pura Vida, where he leads idea generation for the therapeutics subsectors and works with Efrem Kamen on risk management decisions for the therapeutics subsectors. Prior to re-joining the firm in 2017, Beau was the Senior Analyst for the drug portfolio at Passaic, the largest healthcare dedicated pod at Millennium, …

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Frank Litvack, MD

Frank is a co-founder of Pura Vida Investments and serves as Member, Director of Designated Investments. Frank has an extensive background in healthcare ranging from clinical practice and research to founding and operating companies. He currently serves as CEO of Vida FLaSH Acquisitions, Inc., a life sciences SPAC as well as co-managing member of FLaSH …

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Efrem Kamen

Efrem is a founder and Managing Member at Pura Vida, directing the company’s investments across the healthcare universe spanning medical technology, biotechnology, and other emerging areas of healthcare and consumer products. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Business School, where he created and teaches a course on investing in medical technology, and …

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