Fellowship Program 2020-2021

AI in Drug Discovery and Development

Apple Tree Partners (ATP) is launching the ATP Fellowship Program to grow the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs. Individuals selected for this program will have a strong scientific and/or computational background and the ambition to leave a mark in the biotechnology start-up environment. ATP Fellows will work closely with venture partners or other investment professionals who have deep experience in drug discovery and development.

What the ATP Fellowship Program entails:

  • In the 2020-2021 program, ATP Fellows will undertake a year-long deep dive into how AI can be used to accelerate drug discovery and increase the probability of technical and regulatory success. Specifically, we are interested in how machine learning or natural language processing can be applied to target identification, preclinical/clinical development, and drawing actionable conclusions from vast amounts of biological data.
  • At the end of the program, which will run from September 2020 through August 2021, ATP Fellows will have produced a detailed business plan outlining what a potential investment in their chosen focus area would look like. Fellows will present their work at one of our team meetings in New York City.
  • ATP Fellows will report directly to one of our venture partners. There will be frequent meetings to provide updates on progress with a venture partner or an investment professional at ATP.
  • Fellows can be based at our New York City, Boston, or London offices. ATP Fellows will be paid a competitive salary and we will pay for temporary relocation expenses.

An ATP Fellow’s profile:

  • A recent graduate with a PhD or MD degree and a proven track record of scientific achievements demonstrated by high-impact publications and invited presentations. Postdoctoral experience is an asset. Industry or venture experience is not necessary.
  • An entrepreneurial mind-set with a keen interest in biotechnology/pharmaceutical technologies and start-ups.
  • Ability to work effectively in an independent, structured, and goal-oriented manner.
  • Excellent communications skills.

How to apply:

Please send the following to ATP Fellowships

  • Your resume/CV
  • Your response to the ATP Fellowship Challenge consisting of a one-page abstract of your proposed area of focus for the AI deep dive. This will be a competitive process with proposals from top-tier CS/AI departments from around the world. The five candidates with the most innovative proposals will split a cash prize of $10,000. The top three candidates will be interviewed in person. If there is mutual interest to proceed, up to three of these individuals will join ATP as 2020-2021 Fellows.