With over 60 team members and a global reach, Xelay Acumen spans 4 divisions and a breadth of focus areas including Medical Affairs Strategy and Staffing, Publication Strategy, Planning and Medical Writing, KOL Engagement and Advocacy, Medical Data Analytics, Visualization, and Information Services, Event Planning, Market Launch Strategy and Coordination, High Impact Project Management Staffing, Non-Profit Foundation Partnerships, and Capital Investment Fund Management. Meet some of our team members:

Alex Yang

President and CEO

Prior to founding Xelay Acumen, Inc, Alex Yang MD MBA gained an extensive 15+ years of senior management experiences in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care provider industries with deep expertise across various functions including Medical Affairs, Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Pricing, Contracting, and Data Analytics.

Dr. Yang is a former McKinsey consultant and has advised senior management of 7 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.

Dr. Yang received his BS degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MD from the University of Chicago, and MBA from the University of Chicago.

Aoife Sands

Director, Event Planning and Account Services

Aoife is the Director of Events Planning and Account Services of the Events and Corporate Operations groups. Since 2013, Aoife has served 7 clients on over 100 projects across a variety of functions including Advisory Boards, Congress Strategy, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Inventory Management, Medical Education, Events Planning and Strategy, Logistics and Vendor Negotiations and Management as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Diabetes, Anesthesiology, Orthopedic Surgery, General and Colorectal Surgery, Nephrology, Dialysis, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Urology, Urologic Oncology, Pain Management and Thoracic Surgery.
Prior to Xelay, Aoife gained a breadth of experience in business management and an expertise in outstanding customer engagement and relationship development. Aoife received her BA in Business with a focus in Management from San Francisco State University.
In her spare time, Aoife enjoys running, beach days with her dog Monty ‘Moose’, and dancing.

Jason Lo

Senior Associate, Consulting

Jason is a Senior Associate in the Consulting group. Since 2014, Jason has served 7 clients on over 75 projects across a variety of functions including Strategic Planning, Advisory Boards, HEOR, Scientific Platform, Congress Strategy, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Business Development, Launch Planning, Medical Information and Communication, as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Diabetes, Nephrology, Dialysis, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Neurology and Hospitalist Medicine.

Prior to Xelay, Jason gained a breadth of experience in research and science in oncology and an expertise in communication of findings. Jason received his BA in Chemistry from Emory University.

In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing the violin, enjoying the natural wonders of the Bay, and exploring the Bay Area’s top rated restaurants.

Steven Chang

Associate, Analytics and Information

Steven is an Associate in the Analytics and Information group. Since 2013, Steven has served 7 clients on over 75 projects across a variety of functions including analytics, project management, advisory boards, research strategy, clinical databases, and publications in a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology, Dialysis, Cardiology and Emergency Medicine.

Prior to Xelay, Steven gained a breadth of experience in Research and Development and an expertise in the Optimization of Slurry Formulations. Steven received his BA in Political Science from the University of Washington.

In his spare time, Steven enjoys movies, hiking and going to Costco.

Tiffany Shang

Associate, Pharmaceutical and Medical Information

Tiffany is an Associate in the Medical Communications group. Tiffany has served 3 clients on over 25 projects across a variety of functions including Scientific Platform, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Business Development, Inventory Management, Medical Information, Medical Education, Med Literature, Medical Communication and Strategic Planning as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology, Dialysis and Hospitalist Medicine.

Prior to Xelay, Tiffany gained a breadth of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, as well as outpatient clinics and an expertise in medication assessment. Tiffany received her BS in Biology with a focus in Economics from Penn State University and PharmD from Thomas Jefferson University.

In her spare time, Tiffany likes to swim, hike and ski.

Elizabeth Warburton

Senior Corporate Operations Associate

Elizabeth is a Senior Corporate Operations Associate in the Events group. Elizabeth has served 7 clients on over 60 projects across a variety of functions including logistics, events planning and strategy, vendor negotiation and management, and business forecasting.

Prior to Xelay, Elizabeth gained a breadth of experience in organizational development, business planning, and sales strategy with an expertise in logistics and vendor communications. Elizabeth received an MA in Organizational Sociology from Cornell University and MSc in International Economic Policy from the London School of Economics.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys travel and spending time with family.

Cory Mekelburg

Associate, Analytics and Information

Cory is an Associate in the Analytics and Information group. Cory has served 6 clients on over 45 projects across a variety of functions including Medical Analytics, Medical Information, Scientific Platform, and Med Literature as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology, Cardiology, and Pain Management.

Prior to Xelay, Cory gained a breadth of experience in materials research, lab-to-plant scale-up, and quality assurance and an expertise in data analytics and process development. Cory received his BS in Materials and Physical Science with a focus in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.

In his spare time, Cory enjoys numismatics, Washington Capitals hockey, and running his own collectibles business.

Brandon Li

Senior Analyst, Analytics and Information

Brandon is a Senior Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Brandon has served 6 clients on over 45 projects across a variety of functions including Medical Data Analytics, Health Economics and Outcome Research, Business Forecasting, Business Development, KOL Engagement, and Strategic Planning as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including cardiology, nephrology, dialysis, urology, urologic oncology, and pain management.

Prior to Xelay, Brandon gained a breadth of experience in analyses and modeling at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania as a research assistant. Brandon received his Bachelor of Engineering in Nanjing University of Science and Technology and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania.

In his spare time, Brandon enjoys swimming, playing cards, and traveling.

Diana Chao

Program Manager, Development
Senior Analyst, Consulting

Diana is a Program Manager in the Foundation group. Diana has served 4 clients on over 30 projects across a variety of functions including Advisory Boards, Program Development (Foundation), Medical Education, Events Planning and Strategy, Publications, and KOL Engagement and Cultivation in a variety of areas including urology and oncology.

Prior to Xelay, Diana gained a breadth of experience in neurology medical research and nonprofit operations management and an expertise in grant compliance monitoring. Diana received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Washington.

In her spare time, Diana enjoys hiking, baking, and hanging out with friends.

Judy Chen

Senior Analyst, Analytics and Information

Judy is a Senior Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Judy has served 4 clients on over 8 projects across a variety of functions including analytics Research, Medical Information, Project Planning and Publications, as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology, Oncology and Urology.

Prior to Xelay, Judy gained a breadth of experience in research and an expertise in analytics. Judy received her BS in Applied Mathematics with a focus in Economics from Washington State University and MS from Georgetown University.

In her spare time, Judy enjoys tennis, music, and card games.

Dimin Xu

Senior Analyst, Analytics and Information

Dimin is a Senior Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Dimin Xu has served 5 clients on over 15 projects across a variety of functions including Medical Analytics, Publication Planning and Strategy, Scientific Platform, Strategic Planning, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Medical Literature, Medical Communication, as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Anesthesiology, Pain Management, Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Urology.

Prior to Xelay, Dimin gained a breadth of experience in business decision-making and strategy optimization and an expertise in operations management. Dimin received her BA in Math and Economics from Bard College and MS from UC Berkeley.

In her spare time, Dimin enjoys music, table tennis, and coffee.

Pin-Rong Ku

Senior Analyst, Analytics and Information

Pin-Rong is a Senior Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Pin-Rong has served 5 clients on over 10 projects across a variety of functions including KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Launch Planning, Pricing and Reimbursement Strategy, Inventory Management, Business Forecasting, Med Literature, Medical Communication, Data Analytics, Events Planning and Strategy, Logistics, as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Dialysis, Nephrology, Emergency Medicine and Pain Management.

Prior to Xelay, Pin-Rong gained a breadth of experience in auditing and an expertise in accounting. Pin-Rong received her BS in International Business at National Taiwan University and her MS in Accounting at University of Southern California.

In her spare time, Pin-Rong enjoys traveling and baking.

Tina Choi

Analyst, Consulting

Tina is an Analyst in the Consulting group. Tina has served 2 clients on over 6 projects across a variety of functions including KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Business Development, Med Literature, Data Analytics, Events Planning and Strategy and Strategic Planning as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology, Dialysis , Anesthesiology, and Pain Management.

Prior to Xelay, Tina gained a breadth of experience in Marketing and an expertise in Business Strategy. Tina Choi received her BA in Business Administration with a focus in Communication Design from University of Southern California.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys going to the beach, travelling and watching movies.

Raymond Chang

Senior Analyst, Consulting

Raymond is a Senior Analyst in the Consulting Group. Raymond has served 4 clients on over 10 projects across a variety of functions including Strategic Planning, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Business Development, Med Literature, Data Analytics, Program Development (Foundation), as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Urologic Oncology, Nephrology, and Pain Management.

Prior to Xelay, Raymond gained a breadth of experience in Financial Technology Startups and an expertise in econometrics. Raymond received his BA in Economics with a focus in Entrepreneurship from University of Washington.

In his spare time, Raymond enjoys reading, singing, and hiking.

Mengxi Nie

Analyst, Analytics and Information

Mengxi is an Analyst in the Analytics and Information Group. Mengxi has served 5 clients on over 10 projects across a variety of functions including Strategic Planning, Publication Planning and Strategy, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Med Literature, Data Analytics, Program Development as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Nephrology.

Prior to Xelay, Mengxi gained a breadth of experience in strategy, analytics, and an expertise in financial analysis and quality/performance improvement within hospitals. Mengxi received her Bachelor of Management with a focus in Public Health Management from Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and her Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from UCLA.

In her spare time, Mengxi enjoys traveling, singing karaoke with friends, watching movies, and dancing.

April Chen

Analyst, Consulting
Project Coordinator, Development

April is an Analyst in the Consulting Group and Project Coordinator in the Foundation Group. April has served 3 clients over 4 projects across a variety of functions including Program Development (Foundation), Business Development, and Scientific Platform as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Nephrology and Dialysis.

Prior to Xelay, April gained a breadth of experience in biochemistry research, medical interpretation, and health education. April received her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Biochemistry emphasis from the University of California, Berkeley.

In her spare time, April enjoys reading, swimming, and hanging out with friends.

Detelina Filipova

Senior Analyst, Consulting

Detelina is a Senior Analyst in the Consulting group. Detelina has served 5 clients on over 40 projects across a variety of functions including Publication Planning and Strategy, Medical Analytics, KOL Engagement and Cultivation, Scientific Platform and Medical Literature, as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including, Nephrology, Dialysis, Urology, Urologic Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pain Management.

Prior to Xelay, Detelina gained a breadth of experience in Equity Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and an expertise in Healthcare. Detelina received her BA in Mathematics and Economics from Amherst College and MA from Columbia University.

In her spare time, Detelina enjoys reading, trying out new recipes and watching the Olympics.

Annette Lee

Analyst, Analytics and Information

Annette is an Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Annette has served 4 clients on over 45 projects across a variety of functions including Medical Analytics, Data Analytics, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Medical Information, Scientific Platform as well as a variety of therapeutic areas including Dialysis, Urology, Emergency Medicine, Pain Management and Anesthesiology.

Prior to Xelay, Annette gained a breadth of experience in international market research and an expertise in data analytics. Annette received her BS in Economics from National Taiwan University and MS from Carnegie Mellon University.

In her spare time, Annette enjoys swimming and sweets.

Crystal Tang

Analyst, Analytics and Information

Crystal is an Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Crystal did her BS in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her MS in Industrial and System Engineering at the University of Southern California. She has experiences in process improvement and financial services.

In her spare time, Crystal likes traveling and watching movies.

Krishna Shukla

Analyst, Consulting

Krishna is an Analyst in the Consulting group. Krishna did her BS in Dentistry from Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, India and her MS in Health Administration from University of Southern California. Recent work experience includes working as Administrative Resident at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and as Operations Consultant for Dr. Alok Mehta's clinic.

In her spare time, Krishna likes to hike, paint and cook.

Louis Xu

Analyst, Analytics and Information

Louis is an Analyst in the Analytic and Information group. Louis received his BS in Mathematics and BS in Computer Science degrees from Duke University. Recent work experiences include investment banking internship at Lincoln International, private equity internship at IPV Capital, and physics research at CERN.

In his spare time, Louis likes to play tennis, play guitar and watch movies.

Rachel Chang

Analyst, Consulting/Events

Rachel is an Analyst in the Consulting and Events groups. Rachel did her BS in International Relations and Global Business at the University of Southern California. Previously, Rachel held the Asset Coordinator position at Hedley & Bennett in Downtown Los Angeles and a research internship position in Brussels. Rachel was born in Taiwan and raised in Shanghai.

In her spare time, Rachel like to travel, take photos on my film camera, go for a run, and paint.

Rui Song

Analyst, Analytics and Information

Rui is an Analyst in the Analytics and Information group. Rui did her BS in Actuarial Science and Financial Planning at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MS in Computational Finance at Carnegie Mellon University. Recent work experiences include doing quantitative research, sales support, and database development for large financial institutions.

In her spare time, Rui likes to cook and travel.

Calvin Harjono

Analyst, Consulting

Calvin is an Analyst in the Consulting group. Calvin did his B.S. in Managerial Economics and minor in Technology Management at UC Davis. Recent work experiences include doing Commercial Underwriting for AIG, Financial Training Program for Morgan Stanley, and President of the Davis Consulting Group.

In his spare time, Calvin likes to create new acquaintances and participate in sports such as tennis and basketball.

Jay Chung

Analyst, Consulting

Jay is an Analyst in the Consulting group. Jay did his BS in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University. Recent work experiences include serving in the South Korean military for 2 years, and running his own college startup.

In his spare time, Jay likes going to the gym.

Jonathan Tsao

Analyst, Consulting

Jonathan is an Analyst in the Consulting group. Jonathan did his BS in Business Administration with a Finance emphasis and BA in Communication at the University of Southern California. Recent work experiences include doing trade finance for HSBC and corporate finance for Dreamworks Animation.

In his spare time, Jonathan likes to hike and hang out with friends.