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Saira Ramasastry is founder and managing partner of Life Sciences Advisory, LLC, an independent impact firm focused on accelerating cures for patients in need. Prior to founding Life Sciences Advisory, Saira helped found and establish the life sciences investment banking group at Merrill Lynch and was responsible for emerging biotechnology coverage for 10 years. Saira serves on the industry advisory board of the Michael J. Fox foundation, is the lead business advisor for the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia, and is a special advisor for the G8 dementia initiatives. She is also a member of the board of directors of Sangamo Therapeutics, Repros Therapeutics and Pain Therapeutics. Saira has a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and advanced degrees in applied math and management studies from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge. She is a guest lecturer for the bioscience enterprise program and serves on the advisory council of the Cambridge Judge Business School. Saira is a Fellow in the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.