The Perceptive team operates with integrity and adheres to the highest set of ethical principles. Our team offers a wealth of industry knowledge with degrees that range from science and medicine to mechanical engineering and finance. We are passionately committed to identifying innovative companies that can drive meaningful change. The Perceptive team has a long and successful track record investing in the life sciences industry.
Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager
Mr. Edelman founded Perceptive Advisors, LLC in 1999. Previously, he was Senior Analyst at Aries Fund, a Paramount Capital Asset Management biotechnology hedge fund, from November 1994 through December 1998. Prior, Joe was Senior Biotechnology Analyst at Prudential Securities for four years. He started his career in the healthcare sector of the securities industry as Biotechnology Analyst at Labe, Simpson. Joe earned an M.B.A. from New York University and a B.A., magna cum laude, in psychology from the University of California San Diego.
Chief Investment Officer
In 2006 Mr. Stone joined Perceptive. Prior to Perceptive he was a senior analyst at Ursus Capital. During his five years there Adam focused on biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals. Adam graduated, with honors, from Princeton University with a B.A. in molecular biology.
Michael Altman, CFA
Mr. Altman joined Perceptive in 2007 from First New York Securities where he was a healthcare analyst. He is focused on medical devices, diagnostics and healthcare services. Michael graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Finance.
Mr. Oppold joined Perceptive in 2011 from healthcare hedge fund FrontPoint Partners, where he was a Senior Analyst. He previously spent seven years as an Associate Principal in McKinsey & Co.’s healthcarepractice. Paul graduated with a M.Sc. in orthopedic engineering and received a S.B. in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Mr. Turalski first worked at Perceptive from 2003 to 2005. He rejoined Perceptive in 2008, after leaving eXis Capital (a spin out of S.A.C.). He has been covering the biotech, medical device and specialty pharmaceutical sectors for eleven years. Thomas graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics.
Hossein Ekrami, Ph.D.
Mr. Ekrami joined Perceptive in 2007 from healthcare hedge fund Ursus Capital, where he was a Senior Analyst focused on specialty pharmaceuticals, generics, and biotech for more than seven years. Hossein earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and his undergraduate degree, with honors, from London University.
Ellen Hukkelhoven, Ph.D.
Ms. Hukkelhoven has been with Perceptive since 2013 after earning her Ph.D. at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in molecular biology and a certificate in Finance.
Bill Schwieterman, M.D.
Senior Regulatory Analyst
Joined in 2014 after spending a decade as a supervisor at FDA, and over ten years as a consultant, executive officer, and/or director with various firms, including Perceptive Advisors. Earned his B.S. in biology (summa cum laude with high honors) and M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC, and performed fellowships working in molecular biology and rheumatology at NIH.
Mr. Chawla brings over 15 years of experience in healthcare corporate finance to Perceptive. Prior to joining in 2013, he was Managing Director in the Global Healthcare Group at UBS Investment Bank. Sam has in-depth experience in M&A advisory, underwriting debt and equity financings across healthcare. Sam graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Economics and from Georgetown University with a MBA. He serves on the Board of Directors of Response Genetics, VBI Vaccines and Great Basin Scientific.
Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Dixit brings 15 years of experience to Perceptive. He was formerly Managing Director, Fort Hill Investment Partners and a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group, Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. Sandeep has an extensive credit structuring, underwriting and portfolio management background encompassing direct lending, leveraged loans and high yield bonds. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Raffo joined Perceptive in February, 2010 from Grace Financial Group, a brokerage firm, where he was a sales trader covering the healthcarespace. Prior to that he was an equity research analyst for Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. where he covered financial companies. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2003 with a BS in Business.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Mannix has been at Perceptive since 2006, where he manages the business operations. Mr. Mannix has 15 years of experience as a COO, trader and portfoliomanager in the equity, options, futures and debt markets. Before joining Perceptive, Mr. Mannix was COO and Head Trader of the Medici Healthcare Fund, a healthcare sector specific hedge fund that he helped launch. Prior to Medici, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for ETG, LLC, where he managed long and short U.S. equities and options. Prior, he was the Portfolio Manager for his own account and for the two years previous he worked at Lehman Brothers as both an equity and debt trader. He graduated with a B.A. from Boston College.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Fierro joined Perceptive in 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of the funds’ accounting. Prior to joining Perceptive, he was a manager at KPMG LLP, P.C. and BISYS-RK Alternative Investment Services, Inc. (now Citigroup) where he gained 7 years’ experience auditing and administering various hedge fund portfolios. Mr. Fierro graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA).
Mr. Berger joined Perceptive in 2006 as Operations Manager. Prior to this, Mr. Berger worked at First New York Securities, LLC as both a Senior Operations Representative and an operations Manager from 1992 to 2006. Prior Mr. Berger was an Operations Manager with Dean Witter Reynolds for six years. Mr. Berger received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough Community College.
Investor Relations & Administration
Ms. Rivera has been at Perceptive since 2004, assisting the Portfolio Manager and COO in the day-to- day business operations. Prior to this she was Administrative Manager for Josephson, Luxenberg & Kance, P.C., CPA. Ms. Rivera also worked at Lehman Brothers as an Executive Assistant in the Investment Banking Division. Ms. Rivera attended LaGuardia College where she majored in Business Administration.