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Alumni

Maelys Amat

Maëlys Amat

MD/MBA Program
College of Medicine

Class of

Why I chose Drexel

I came to Drexel medical school because of the number of opportunities available to medical students both within the University and in the city of Philadelphia where there is a huge underserved population with significant unmet needs.

Why I was Drawn to the Coulter Fellowship Program

This was a perfect opportunity to apply my knowledge base from the MBA and combine this with my medical background.

What have I Learned as a Coulter Fellow

I gained a better understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, the process and all of the different elements of bringing a drug to market, the decision-making process behind funding different drugs and the factors that must be taken into account.

What am I Hoping to Gain from the Experience?

I'm hoping I'll gain a good understanding of how to create a market analysis and how to determine the competitiveness of a proposed technology within its market.

Fun Fact

I grew up in France


Chiranjiv Chevli

Chiranjiv Chevli

Associate Validation Engineer, Baxter Healthcare

Class of 2017
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

What was your major at Drexel?

For my Bachelor’s degree I majored in biomedical engineering and then for my Masters, I majored in integrated biomedical engineering and business.

Why did you select your major?

Since high school, I loved biology, but I always had a soft spot for math. I realized that Biomedical engineering was the best fit and a blend of two. I was always amazed by the biomedical technologies from a simple glucometer to a complex MRI machine.

What were you looking for when you applied to the Coulter Fellows program?

I heard about the Coulter Fellows program opportunity from my professor who taught Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering. When I read the responsibilities for the coulter fellow, I realized that this was the best opportunity to work with research teams, as well as understand the industry landscape for upcoming biomedical technologies. In addition, I would get hands on experience with the commercialization process in translating a technology from University labs to the real world.

What project(s) did you work on?

I have worked on three different projects. First, I worked on Non-Thermal Plasma technology where I evaluated the current market need of the technology, prepared the competitive landscape and identified the potential hurdles. My second project had me working on novel APS scaffolds for wound healing. For this project I worked with a senior entrepreneur in evaluating cost of goods and forecasted financial projects for preparing a business plan. Most recently, I have worked on polyurethane vascular graft technology where, I performed due diligence with the office of tech-transfer to understand the competitive landscape of the technology.

Why do you think being a Coulter Fellow was so valuable to you?

The experience of being a coulter fellow is valuable because I understood the translational phase of a new technology from academia to industry. I became more confident in talking with clinicians, Key Opinion Leaders and healthcare professionals. This experience helped me professionally and developed my overall personality. Recently, I was interviewed with a Strategic consulting company, where I could associate the coulter Fellow experience to answer case interview questions.

What did you find most interesting about the Coulter Fellow experience?

The most important of being a Coulter Fellow is that, I learned how to convert insights into data and synthesize the data for making a concise market research report. Every project I worked on was different and I was able to learn about something new in the current landscape of biomedical technologies.

Who do you think is a good fit for the fellows program?

In my opinion, if you are interested in wearing different hats i.e working on different project or an inclination towards commercialization aspect of the technology I feel this can make for a great fit. Any Engineering major or MBA graduate student can be a good fit for this program.

What do you feel you gained from the program?

I have gained additional skillsets which I don’t believe I would have obtained just by being an engineering student. I learned how to perform primary and secondary market analysis, how assess the commercial potential of the technology and how to best determine the market dynamics. I developed a strong business acumen to translate a technology. Furthermore, I was even trained on technology commercialization by an entrepreneurship professor where I learned about the lean start up methodology, which is a practice for developing products and businesses based on early customer feedback.


Melissa Franklin

Melissa Franklin

Masters Program, Biomedical Engineering
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Class of

Why I chose Drexel

I came to Drexel for its renowned industry partnerships and opportunities in collaborative research projects.

Why I was Drawn to the Coulter Fellowship Program

I was drawn to be a Coulter fellow so I can first-hand assist in translating biomedical products from bench to bedside, which is something I would like to pursue as a career. Additionally, this position lets me see the economic side of biomedical projects, which is usually not considered from an engineering perspective.

What have I Learned as a Coulter Fellow

I have learned so much about clinical trials and how difficult it is for them to be completed successfully.

What am I Hoping to Gain from the Experience?

I hope to learn new ways to research biomedical markets as well as what goes into budgeting a research project start to finish.


Jessica Nabitovsky

Jessica Nabitovsky

Technology Analyst, Accenture

Class of 2017
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

What was your major at Drexel?

For my Bachelor’s degree I majored in biomedical engineering and then for my Masters, I majored in integrated biomedical engineering and business.

Why did you select your major?

During my last year of undergrad as a biomed major, I realized that the jobs that I was applying to and jobs that I really wanted didn’t align. I wanted to not only know how different products were being developed by why they were being developed as well. It was then that I decided that a background knowledge in business was missing and that I would get my masters to fill that void. In terms of why I chose biomed, everything about the field always attracted me. It combined my passion for medicine with the problem solving and thrill of innovation and technology.

What were you looking for when you applied to the Coulter Fellows program?

I applied to Coulter during my graduate studies at Drexel. In the classroom I was beginning to learn business concepts that were completely new to me with no application for them. Coulter was my chance to apply the lessons that were taught to me to help research teams get funding. Within only a year, the material that I absorbed alongside Kathie and the team conducting market research was equivalent, if not more, than the material I learned in the classroom.

What project(s) did you work on?

I worked on several projects as a fellow for the Coulter program

  1. List of potential licensees for MiMecore
  2. CloudCASA market research
  3. Expanded Graphite market research

Why do you think being a Coulter Fellow was so valuable to you?

This was my first exposure to the business end of biomedical research. Throughout school, I had been so focused on the research and development of different techniques and technologies, that I had never thought about the market research or funding aspects. Coulter taught me to look at the projects from both the investors and customers point of view rather than just the researchers.

What did you find most interesting about the Coulter Fellow experience?

My favorite part of the Coulter experience was having the opportunity to sit in on the oral presentations that the research teams delivered to the board. Listening to the comments and concerns that came up taught me how to really pick apart and dig deep into some of the research that is being conducted. Additionally, understanding the questions that were asked and how different aspects can affect the success of these findings opened my eyes to a much bigger picture.

Who do you think is a good fit for the fellows program?

An individual with a passion for either biomedical engineering or business is perfect for this position. In addition, this individual should also be self-driven, flexible, and willing to learn relevant material along the way.

What do you feel you gained from the program?

In all honesty, I have Coulter to thank for my position at Accenture. During interviews, I was asked to explain my experience and the business concepts that I learned over and over again that allowed me to see just how valuable this experience was. Understanding the much bigger picture outside of a project and the research is essential for its success, and consulting firms such as Accenture focus on just that. I was able to work alongside a great team that was willing to help me every step of the way, and I will be forever grateful for the knowledge (and job) that came out of that.


Saiprasad Sankaranarayanan

Saiprasad (Sai) Sankaranarayanan

Masters Program, Biomedical Engineering & Business
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Class of

Why I chose Drexel

This was the only school (other than Johns Hopkins CBID program) which offered a combination of Biomedical Engineering and Business. Also, Philadelphia is a growing hub for Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry. Being at Philly, I was hoping to expand my network and build professional connections in the Biomedical field.

Why I was Drawn to the Coulter Fellowship Program

Working on projects that will soon hit the market got me thrilled. My career goals align with Coulter's mission of bridging the gap between academia and industry.

What have I Learned as a Coulter Fellow

Conducting Market Research is fun! It gives insights on current industry trends.

What am I Hoping to Gain from the Experience?

I hope to gain more experience on conducting Market Research and analyzing results; and also to understand more on the process of patenting and licensing technologies.

Fun Fact

In my free time, I make independent short films and videos!


Lyandysha Zholudeva

Lyandysha (Lana) Zholudeva

PhD Program, Neuroscience
College of Medicine

Class of

Why I chose Drexel

One of the best things about Drexel is the incredibly collaborative environment, whether within the College of Medicine, or between campuses. This characteristic was evident not only as an interviewee for the Neuroscience program, but also now as an official member of the community. I chose Drexel because I knew I would be in an environment that would support me in becoming the type of scientist I’ve always wanted to be: curious, objective and driven.

Why I was Drawn to the Coulter Fellowship Program

The Coulter Fellowship seemed like a great opportunity to utilize my literature research and communication skills that I have acquired during my scientific career, and to apply the skills in a completely novel way (i.e. to the business and marketing sector).

What have I Learned as a Coulter Fellow

The scientific, business, and marketing sectors use completely different languages! My experience has been the equivalent of visiting China or Italy for a couple of months and trying to learn a language I knew about but have never really tried to learn and use.

What am I Hoping to Gain from the Experience?

I hope to continue to develop my market research skills, becoming even more proficient in building a portfolio for a product. I also hope that the research I have done thus far will be beneficial for my Drexel colleagues.