Business Development

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Kritika Khurana, MS, has experience in business development, market research & analysis, and marketing. Khurana is the territory manager for Northeast United States. She also does social media marketing for Coté Orphan. Her areas of interest include biotechnology market research and analysis, inter-professional healthcare informatics, and healthcare policy & management.  Khurana is a recent graduate of the MS Biotechnology program from Georgetown University, with a focus on the business and managerial side of the life sciences industry. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from Jaypee University of Information Technology in Solan, India. 

Yalin Zhang, MS, has experience in business development, communications, data analysis, and marketing. Zhang is a Business Development Associate for the Asian market sector. Her areas of interest include international business within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.  Zhang is a recent graduate of the MS Biotechnology program from Georgetown University, with a focus on Biobusiness. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from China Agriculture University in Beijing, China. 

Julie Skweres, MHA, CNA, has over 16 years of experience in healthcare.  Julie brings experience in business development for International Health on programs such as Executive Health, Bariatric and Valve Surgeries.  Her other specialty areas are strategic planning, finance, grants management and software implementations. At Cote Orphan, Julie manages the European territory. She completed her MHA program from the Medical College of Virginia and in her spare time, Julie enjoys the Baltimore Ravens and cycling.


Luke Thorstenson, MBA,  has experience in business development and healthcare policy. At Cote Orphan, Luke manages the Boston/Cambridge territory. In previous positions, Luke served as Director of Membership and Policy at the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), where he developed an extensive network within the biotechnology field, including large pharmaceutical organizations, large and small-cap therapeutic developers, service and tool providers, patient advocates, disease foundations, academic researchers, industry investors, clinical societies as well as regulatory, reimbursement and market access subject matter experts. Luke holds a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis on Health Care Management from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hiwot Yohannes, BPharm, has experience in pharmaceutical business development, marketing, trade policy and aviation. Her previous business development roles include managing Northern Virginia territories for Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashfield Healthcare, part of UDG Healthcare. Hiwot holds a Pharmacy degree from Addis Ababa University, School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy at George Mason University concentrating in Global Finance, Investment and Trade. Hiwot lived in three continents, travelled to over 45 countries across the globe with an excellent reputation at establishing rapport with stakeholders across cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Michael Simet, M.S., has experience in business development and market research. Simet has recently joined the Business Development team as a business associate for the Boston area, focusing on the FDA’s new RMAT designation. His areas of interest include emerging medical technologies and market analysis of pharmaceutical industry trends.  Simet is a recent graduate of the M.S. Biotechnology program from Georgetown University, with a focus in biotechnology business operations. He received his bachelor’s degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science from the University of Miami, Florida.


Dudly Chiwandire, LLB (Hons), LLM, has experience in research, negotiation, legal compliance, advocacy, strategy consulting, business development, market research and analysis. Chiwandire is the territory manager for the West Coast,United States. His areas of interest include, international healthcare business compliance and regulation, biotechnology market research and analysis, medical malpractice and healthcare policy and management. Chiwandire is a graduate of the LLM program from the University of Georgia. He also received his LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe at Mt Pleasant, Harare.