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 35 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.

Fund Brief

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $0.2 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Alternative Equity Focused
Risk Tolerance Medium

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 and equity 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.

Geographic Allocation
As at August 31, 2021

Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 85.7%
Australia 14.3%

Sector Allocation
As at August 31, 2021

Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 85.7%
Health Care 14.3%

Top Holdings2
As at August 31, 2021

Cash & Cash Equivalents 85.8%
Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited 14.3%

Use of any third party quotations does not in any way suggest that person endorses Portland Investment Counsel Inc. and/or this product.

* 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.


Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making a decision as to whether this Fund is a suitable investment for them.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in units [share] value and reinvestment of all distributions [dividends] and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. The rates of return are used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and are not intended to reflect future values of the mutual fund or returns on investment in the mutual fund. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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