Who We Are

We are a team of scientists, strategic thinkers, problem solvers, engineers, and innovators, passionate about creating a positive impact on global health. We have been responsible for the design, development, and management of molecular diagnostic systems, molecular assays, start-ups and build-ups of several companies, and have managed product development teams across four continents in seven different countries.

Who Our Clients Are

Our medical device, healthcare and pharma clients are leading international teams looking to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly innovative technological landscape. Ranging from small start-ups to multi-million dollar medtech companies, they are in need of exceptional resources and expert guidance to expand their business development and transform global health.



Sam Pickerill is the Founder and Managing Partner for Arete Biosciences. Prior to Arete, Sam served as the VP of Research and Development at Ustar Biotechnologies, a molecular diagnostics company in Hangzhou, China where he built and trained an R&D organization that spanned four continents and led efforts to develop and commercialize low-cost diagnostics for infectious diseases to meet the needs of low to middle income countries. He also led efforts to raise over $10MM (from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and a social investment) meant to offset R&D costs to reach lower cost targets. Sam has worked in China, South Africa and the US at the intersection between public health and product design. Sam earned his B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. 


We bring years of experience to the table, but our network brings decades. Our worldwide team of partners spans several countries and dozens of disciplines.


Are you a biotech company, or a medical, engineering, or research professional interested in partnering with Arete and joining our global resource team?