Debra Yu, MD | SVP, GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Debra is Managing Director of Labrador Advisors, a life sciences advisory firm that works with companies on corporate development, business development, and strategy.
In this capacity she works with leading pharma, biotech and specialty pharm companies and is active doing partnering, M&A and other transactions.
One half of her
time is currently devoted to China-related activities.
She also serves on the editorial board of Elsevier's Pharmasia News and is the Midatlantic Regional Chairperson for Bayhelix, a China-U.S. cross-border life sciences industry organization.
Previously she was VP of strategy at WuxiApptec (NYSE: WX), one of the world's leading Clinical Research Organizations, based in Shanghai, China.
has over 20 years of experience in venture capital and the life sciences industry.
She began her industry training at Morgan Stanley and then worked at McKinsey & Co., in New York and London.
She then served as a general partner of two prominent bay area venture capital firms, Delphi Ventures and Bay City Capital.
days in California, in her
capacity as a Director of the Permanente Company
helped Kaiser Permanente a leading Health delivery organization, build an in house venture capital group.
After returning to the East Coast in the early 2000s, she
built and co-led Pfizer's
venture capital group in New York.
While at Pfizer
led activities related to asset monetization/asset divestiture and led the groundbreaking work which resulted in the creation of Pfizer's
was also involved in Pfizer's
Diagnostics Council and was an active participant in Pfizer's
She has stewarded more than 25 companies through venture capital, sat on the board of 8 and stepped in as CEO of one.
has held internships at the U.S. FDA, The Wilkerson Group and Genentech
Debra received a BA with high honors in Molecular Biology from Princeton in 1986 and earned an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1992.
Debra is a Governor of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton and serves as the group's Treasurer and a member of the Biology Council, Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ.