Portland Life Sciences Alternative Fund


Portfolio Manager

Michael Lee-Chin, B.Eng., LLD (Honorary)
Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Portfolio Manager

Mr. Lee-Chin has over 40 years industry experience.


Portfolio Manager

Dragos Berbecel, CFA, MBA
Portfolio Manager

Dragos Berbecel has over 20 years of experience, both as an investment professional and a business operator.


As at May 31, 2024

Series Year to Date 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Year4 Since Inception4
Portland Life Sciences Alternative Fund - Series A 36.67% 14.43% 19.66% 55.09% 22.01% 21.03%
Portland Life Sciences Alternative Fund - Series F 36.91% 14.46% 19.89% 56.21% 23.10% 22.12%

Geographic Allocation

United States 42.70%
Australia 41.11%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 11.01%
Canada 3.41%
Cayman Islands 3.28%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 (1.51%)

Sector Allocation

Biotechnology 43.32%
Pharmaceuticals 23.29%
Health Care Supplies 12.02%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 11.01%
Health Care Services 4.24%
Exchange Traded Funds 3.41%
Life Sciences Tools & Services 2.64%
Health Care Technology 1.58%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 (1.51%)

Top Holdings2

Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited 21.23%
Clarity Pharmaceuticals Limited 19.88%
Lantheus Holdings, Inc. 12.02%
Cash & Cash Equivalents 11.01%
Perspective Therapeutics, Inc. 6.95%
Amgen Inc. 4.49%
BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. 4.12%
RadNet, Inc. 3.88%
Global X Cash Maximizer Corporate Class ETF 3.41%
Arvinas, Inc. 3.41%
BeiGene, Ltd. - ADR 3.28%
Danaher Corporation 2.64%
Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. 2.61%
Schrodinger, Inc. 1.58%
Guardant Health, Inc. 0.36%
IGM Biosciences, Inc. 0.31%
Relay Therapeutics, Inc. 0.24%
Fate Therapeutics, Inc. 0.09%

Fund Info

Series Net Asset Value Per Unit Management Fee Performance Fee Series Start Date
Portland Life Sciences Alternative Fund - Series A $18.1741 1.75% 10% above high water mark April 14, 2021
Portland Life Sciences Alternative Fund - Series F $18.6889 0.75% 10% above high water mark April 14, 2021

Fund Brief Health Matters

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $9.3 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Alternative Equity Focused
Risk Tolerance Medium
MER5 Series A: 2.54%, Series F: 1.43%

Investment Objective

  • The Fund’s objective is to provide positive long‐term total returns by investing primarily in a portfolio of securities focused on companies active in the healthcare sector.
  • The Fund seeks to provide capital growth by primarily investing in a portfolio of equities/ American Depository Receipts and may also invest in exchange traded funds.
  • The Fund’s investments currently focus on the area of precision oncology. The Fund may also engage in borrowing for investment purposes.

How The Fund is Managed

  • The investable universe is global, with a focus on innovative healthcare companies active in the area of precision oncology or supporting the broader effort towards improving cancer care.
  • Portland leverages its existing track record of private placements in companies active in precision oncology as well as its network of industry contacts in making its investment selection.
  • Investment decisions incorporate fundamental analysis and apply to a value discipline.
  • Investments are managed with a long term focus.
  • The result is a relatively low turnover, concentrated portfolio.

Key Reasons To Invest

Close adherence to Framework:
Five Laws of Wealth Creation:

  • Own a few high quality businesses
  • Thoroughly understand these businesses
  • Ensure these businesses are domiciled in strong, long-term growth industries
  • Use other people’s money prudently
  • Hold these businesses for the long run

Exposure to a secular growth sector driven by aging demographics and need for better cancer care.

The focus area of precision oncology leads to investments in companies that are making an impact in the lives of cancer patients and the broader society.

Professional use of a variable amount of leverage with the potential to outperform the benchmark.

Embedded product leverage is non-recourse to individual investors.

Management fee from 0.75% per annum for Series F units.

Potential Risks

  • Portland believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: concentration risk, clinical development risk, specialization risk, currency risk, equity risk and leverage risk. Please read the “What are the risks of investing in the Fund?” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.


* Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

1 Other Net Assets (Liabilities) refers to all other assets and liabilities in the Fund excluding portfolio investments.

2 Where the Fund holds less than 25 holdings, all investments have been disclosed. There may be other assets and liabilities which are not included, and therefore the summary does not add up to 100%.

3 Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

4 Annualized.

5 MER or management expense ratio is presented excluding performance fees and is after absorptions as at March 31, 2024. MER is updated on a semi-annual basis and the Manager may absorb operating expenses of the Fund at its discretion but is under no obligation to do so. The MER including performance fees and absorptions was 8.67% and 8.16% for Series A and Series F, respectively, as at March 31, 2024.


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