Doug Thiede
Senior Vice President


Doug Thiede is Senior Vice President of Life Sciences & Healthcare at NYCEDC. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Doug worked exclusively with life sciences companies using software and technology services to address critical business issues. For over fifteen years, Doug has worked with leading life sciences organizations to help launch products, solve challenges, and scale businesses. Doug started his career in life sciences at Aventis Pharmaceuticals, followed by working in the medical device industry, employed by emerging device firms such as Spinal Concepts, Leica Microsystems, and Confluent Surgical. In 2009, Doug moved to New York City to help launch Gerson Lehrman Group’s life sciences business. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Raphael Farzan-Kashani
Assistant Vice President


Raphael Farzan-Kashani is a director at NYCEDC, leading life sciences initiatives for the City of New York. Raphael has launched a number of public-private partnerships for the R&D and venture creation ecosystem, including the City’s Early-Stage Life Sciences Funding Initiative and LifeSciNYC, the Mayor’s ten-year, $500 million commitment to the sector. Raphael graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Biology and Economics and formerly served as a consultant at McKinsey.

Joshua Stephens
Senior Project Manager


Josh Stephens is a senior project manager for Life Sciences at NYCEDC. For over five years, Josh has worked with stakeholders to craft community-orientated solutions and service models focused on advancing the goals of communities. Josh started his career with Oconee County, South Carolina, working with county leadership on budgeting and policy development while serving as Assistant to the County Administrator, as well as building citizen-centered service delivery solutions while serving as Deputy Direct of Community Development. In 2016, Josh moved to New York City to help implement LifeSciNYC. Josh currently leads efforts in partnership with the private sector to develop a network of life sciences incubators. He assists the team in its efforts to help companies grow in New York City as well as attract new companies to the city. Josh is a graduate of Clemson University.

Carlo Yuvienco
Senior Project Manager


Dr. Carlo Yuvienco, PhD, is a senior project manager at NYCEDC, dedicated to the strategy efforts behind LifeSciNYC. He manages an existing portfolio of infrastructure and entrepreneurial training programs, including NYC Entrepreneurship Lab, SBIR Impact NYC, and Harlem Biospace. Prior to this role, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at NYU, focusing on the commercialization of drug delivery technologies. As a PhD candidate at NYU, he pursued entrepreneurial opportunities in biotechnology and education technology. Having been a part-time K-12 science and robotics teacher during his graduate studies, Carlo is passionate about advancing K-12 STEM education. For several years before his doctorate in biomedical engineering, Carlo developed blood filtration technologies with Pall Corporation Life Sciences. He also holds a BE in Chemical Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art.

Eunice Anderson
Project Manager


Eunice is a project manager on the LifeSciNYC team at NYCEDC, overseeing talent initiatives such as the Internship Program and Curricular Development. Before coming to NYCEDC, she was an engagement manager at digital education company General Assembly where she developed and executed custom learning solutions in areas of user experience design, product management, digital leadership, and data analytics. Prior to General Assembly, Eunice worked at Raymond James & Associates as a public finance analyst covering Northeast clients. She holds her BA in Politics & Political Economy from Bates College.

Sophia Cacciatore
Project Manager


Sophia is a project manager for the LifeSciNYC team at NYCEDC. Before joining the team, Sophia was at Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) as a Policy Coordinator in their Emerging Companies Section, working on developing policies to help the success for small-to-medium sized life sciences companies. She received her BS in Telecommunications Management from the University of Florida.

Elsie Yau
Project Manager


Elsie Yau is a project manager on the LifeSci NYC team at NYCEDC. She worked previously as a research and policy intern at the National Center for Health Research in Washington D.C., and graduated from Yale University with a BA in the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. At Yale, she was a violinist in the Yale Symphony Orchestra and founded a free summer chamber music series in Upper Manhattan.