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Hi, I’m Lisa Suennen. I am a venture capital investor and lead a healthcare business advisory firm serving large and small clients in the investment and innovation community. I started this blog to have a forum to talk about my thoughts about our changing healthcare system as well as the private equity/venture capital field in which I work.

I also like to write about innovation and entrepreneurship generally and  the emerging world of digital health.  I have a particular interest in how women fare in my fields of interest, as this topic can certainly be interesting at times.   I have worked in the healthcare field as an entrepreneur, operator and investor  longer than I care to admit.

I strive to bring good information combined with humor, as it can make essays about some very dry subjects worth reading all the way to the end. Plus I can’t help myself but to point out the humor in my field of work – sometimes you can’t make up things that are more ridiculous than what healthcare and/or venture capital come up with on their own.

I can be reached at lisasuennen@venturevalkyrie.com or through the comments section of this blog or you can follow me on Twitter @venturevalkyrie or find me here on LinkedIn. Thanks for reading!

Lisa’s Detailed Background:

Lisa Suennen is a venture capital investor and healthcare industry consultant. She is the Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides strategic advisory services to large corporations as well as corporate and independent venture capital funds around investment and product strategy, innovation spin-outs, market development, partnerships and financing.

Lisa’s primary areas of focus are healthcare IT, healthcare services and medical technology, and especially the intersection where these fields meet in digital health.  The goal of her work is to help clients identify both investment and digital health strategies that capitalize on the significant opportunities presented by today’s evolving healthcare system. This includes finding new paths to market; ways to leverage digital health to deliver growth of existing product/service assets; and the creation of opportunities to drive value through new partnerships, investment models and product development initiatives.

Lisa is currently a Board Member of three digital health companies:  Pokitdok, Beyond Lucid Technologies, and Humetrix. She also serves on the Boards of the Dignity Health Foundation and Heart-to-Heart International. Lisa has served on numerous private, public and not-for-profit boards of directors throughout her career.

Lisa is also currently a member of the Advisory Boards of Qualcomm Life, Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund,  BDC Capital Fund, innovation consulting firm Accelevate, Inc., and HealthXL, an international digital health partnering organization.  Lisa previously served as a member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator Investing in Innovations program.

Lisa is also a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

In 2015, Lisa was proudly featured as a Tech Superwoman in this Forbes article. She was also named to Onalytica’s List of Top Digital Health Influencers and Brands.  In 2014 Lisa was named as one of the Top 50 People in Digital Health by Rock Health, Goldman Sachs, Fenwick & West and Silicon Valley Bank and also as one of !5 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015 by  Disruptive Women in Healthcare . In 2013 Lisa was named to the Healthcare IT News HIT Top 100 List.  In 2011 Lisa was the recipient of the Director of the Year Award (Companies in Transition) from the Corporate Director’s Forum. In 2011 she was also was awarded the U.C. Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies Outstanding Alumni Award.TechTonics-cover-241x300

Since you are reading this you also know that Lisa writes a widely read blog on healthcare and healthcare investing found here at www.venturevalkyrie.com. Lisa is proud to note that this blog has been highlighted on the Forbes/Women 2.0 VC Women Who Blog List, on MedCity News’ list of 12 powerful female voices in healthcare innovation and social media, and on Health IT News’ list of the Top 10 bloggers to follow on Twitter. 

Lisa is also the author, along with Dr. David Shaywitz, of the book Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare with Technology, published in 2013 by HyperInk Press and available at Amazon.com. Together they also produce a twice monthly podcast, also called Tech Tonics, focused on the intersection of the people and passion behind digital health.  The podcast can be found HERE.

From 1998-2014 Lisa was a partner of Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm she co-founded. Lisa headed Psilos’ West Coast office since the firm’s founding in 1998 and focused on the healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medtech/digital health sectors.

Prior to Psilos, Ms. Suennen was at Merit Behavioral Care (formerly American Biodyne, Inc.), where she held various senior executive roles including Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Public Sector Division (a $300 million business unit) and Senior Vice President of Pacific Region Operations. Lisa joined Merit in 1988 while still in its early start-up period and, during her nine-year tenure, played a key role in its growth to an $800 million revenue/year company. While at Merit, she also participated in the acquisition and integration of regional managed care companies, the company’s IPO in 1991, and the company’s sale to Magellan Health for $800 million in 1998.

Previously, Lisa served as Worldwide Product Manager for INGRES/Relational Technology, Inc., a relational database company, where she has responsibility for development, marketing and distribution for the company’s UNIX PC software product. Prior to INGRES, Lisa served as Director of U.S. Market Development and as a Manager, U.S. Government and Industry Relations for X/Open, an international computer industry standards setting and lobbying consortium.  Earlier, Lisa spent several years at Regis McKenna, Inc., an international high technology marketing and public relations firm, responsible for government relations and public relations strategy for client companies in the software and healthcare areas.

Lisa holds an M.A. in political science, a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in mass communications, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Lisa is now on faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where she teaches graduate courses on healthcare venture capital and the changing healthcare economy. She also serves on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.