Debra Yu, Managing Director of Labrador Advisors, is a seasoned industry
insider with 21 years of experience in the life sciences industry.
Previously, Debra was Head of Strategy at WuxiApptec, Inc. the leading
Prior to that, she
spent five years in Pfizer's Worldwide
Business Development organization, co-leading the venture capital group,
helped build in 2004.
dedicated a significant portion of
time to special projects and participated in Pfizer's
Asset Divestiture Team,
Diagnostics Council, and the Business Innovation team.
alternative finance and alternative R&D models led to the initiation of Pfizer's
Debra is unique in having experience in Pharma business development, as well
as venture capital and small company management experience.
From 1995 to
worked at two top tier Bay Area venture capital firms: she
General Partner at Delphi Ventures
and a Managing Director at Bay City
also worked closely with the Permanente
division of Kaiser
to create and build its corporate venture capital effort.
stewarded more than two dozen companies through venture capital funding
and worked as an active board member in several of these.
as Acting CEO of one of her portfolio companies and managed its sale to
Debra began her career at Morgan Stanley as an analyst in their venture
She subsequently spent 4 years at McKinsey & Company in New
York and London.
She received a B.A. with high honors in Molecular Biology
from Princeton University
in 1986 and earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical
School in 1992.
remains an active alumna of Princeton University
on the Board of Governors of the Asian Alumni Association and serving as
Treasurer on its Executive Committee.
Currently, she is the Regional Chairperson for the MidAtlantic Region of