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 an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia Engineering School.

Prior to founding Pura Vida in 2012, Efrem was a Portfolio Manager at Waterfront Capital Partners and an Analyst at Diamondback Capital Management, LLC. Prior to joining Diamondback, he was an Analyst at Chicago-based Citadel Investment Group, responsible for medical device investments. Earlier in his career, Efrem held positions of increasing responsibility as an Equity Research Analyst covering medical device companies at Cowen Group, Inc. and then Citigroup, where he also conducted due diligence for public offerings and other transactions. Efrem began his career in investment banking at JP Morgan. He received a B.A. with honors from Columbia College in New York, majoring in Economics and Linguistics.

Efrem periodically speaks at NYU Stern School of Business and McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management and was a regular guest speaker at Institutional Investor’s Absolute Return Conference in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. Notable accolades include 2019 Best Long/Short Manager, 2019 Best Specialist Equity Manager and 2018 Best US Emerging Fund Manager for Global Equities as awarded to Pura Vida’s flagship fund by HFM Global (Absolute Return) and Pension Bridge.

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