Harlem Biospace Fellows

Harlem Biospace Fellows are consultants to the community of companies here at Hb and contribute to both the technical design of products and the creation of business strategy. The current group ranges from biotechnology undergraduate students eager to carry out routine work to experienced healthcare consultants and postdoctoral researchers who can bring valuable perspective to the table. In return, Fellows are given access to training events and gain operational experience useful to finding a full-time opportunity in early stage biotech.


To become a Fellow, please email director@harlembiospace.com and we will get back to you with any available opportunities.


The current cohort of Hb Fellows includes:


Shantenu Agarwal

Shantenu has been extensively involved with building startups and growing companies for the past five years. A bioengineer by training, Shantenu has co-founded a health tech startup, worked at two venture capital funds, and managed corporate business development in Asia Pacific. Additionally, he has experience in consulting pharmaceutical companies, negotiating contracts with insurance companies, and advising clients on FDA policies. Shantenu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and is passionate about technology, healthcare, and innovation.

Niyoshi Patel

Niyoshi is currently on the business development team at Purdue Pharma, where she focuses on executing various acquisitions and licensing agreements for the company in multiple therapeutic areas. Previously she worked in private equity, where she worked on investments across various healthcare sectors, including therapeutics, medical device, and services. Niyoshi loves working with startups, and even founded and sold her own summer storage company in college. She received a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Chirag Raval

Chirag is an engineer and research scientist with applied experience in chemical and biological membrane separation devices, vascular biology, immunofluorescence, and public health. He applies his scientific and engineering background to aid in developing biotechnologies with life science startup companies as a Fellow at Harlem Biospace. Chirag received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2005.

Catherine Tang

Catherine is currently an analyst at Deutsche Bank, where she focuses on healthcare mergers and acquisitions advisory. She has experience in acquisitions, divestitures, contingent value rights, licensing, company valuations, and evaluation of strategic alternatives in development and commercial stage biopharmaceutical, medtech, and healthcare IT companies. Previously, she held undergraduate research roles in genetics and biochemistry labs. Catherine received a B.A. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sarah Weber

Sarah is currently an equity research analyst at Piper Jaffray, where she focuses on the Emerging Biopharma sector. She is passionate about contributing to the growing biotech sector right here in NYC and began volunteering at Harlem Biospace in 2015. Her past experience includes marketing consulting at an NYC startup as well as clinical research in Crohn’s Disease at Boston Children’s Hospital. Sarah graduated from Williams College in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience.