Nan Fung Life Sciences

VP Head of AI & Data Intelligence

September 23, 2022

Global life sciences investment platform appoints VP Head of AI & Data Intelligence

Nan Fung Life Sciences (NFLS), part of the Nan Fung Group, is a $2bn global investment platform focusing on life sciences. Through direct investments via Pivotal bioVenture Partners funds and fund investments covering full spectrum of the industry (including therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics & research tools, and Healthcare IT & Services) and across different development stages, Nan Fung Life Sciences has significant presence in both US and Greater China. LifeSci Search was hired to place a Head of Research to build out a team and direct the building of an AI platform that incorporated scientific and clinical public, private, government and other unique data sets to generate insights for investment decisions for the fund. The group wanted to focus on therapeutics to start and ambitiously take the idea of existing manually built maps of different therapeutic areas and create something AI capable with a broader vision; this had not been done to date.

The Approach

LifeSci swiftly kicked off the search and we found there were predominantly AI approaches for pure investment decision making insights and AI approaches for drug development insights, but this would be combining both. This person needed to be entrepreneurial, comfortable with ambiguity/risk, and energized to build something that had not been done before. The hiring Manager & Managing Director of NFLS, spoke with a number of candidates we presented with varying backgrounds from Director to C Suite level, ranging from Management consulting healthcare data analytics backgrounds to AI & Data Science leaders from life science industry. With each candidate interviewed, the client gained better clarity on the level of leadership, skillset and experience that was appropriate for this new position to the market. The team worked creatively to present a diverse pool of candidates and ultimately two finalists emerged.

The Outcome

We successfully placed Shiva Amiri, Director of Data Technology and Infrastructure at 23andMe as NFLS’s new VP Head of AI & Data Intelligence. Shiva’s track record creating a data technology and infrastructure roadmap powering 23andMe therapeutics and consumer businesses was the best fit to the needs of the role. LifeSci completed the search in 6 months.

Search Data

Mapped Candidates  126
Candidates Formally Presented: 14
Time to Hire 6 months


Shiva Amiri | VP Head of AI & Data Intelligence


  • Director, Data Technology & Infrastructure, 23andMe
  • Director, Data Science and Computational Chemistry, Zymergen Inc.
  • Chief Executive Officer, BioSymetrics Inc.

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