Our Team

Vensana's team shares a passion for medical technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Our investment professionals and advisors are singularly focused on the sector, and we bring our experience, network and resources to bear at every stage of the company building process.

Investment Team

Justin Klein, MD, JD
Co-founder and Managing Partner

Justin is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Vensana Capital. Justin was previously a partner at NEA, where he was a leader of the firm's medical technology investing practice.

Justin Klein, MD, JD is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Vensana Capital. Justin was previously a partner and leader of the medical technology investing practice at NEA, one of the largest and most active venture capital firms in the world.  Justin also worked at the Duke University Health System where his experience included roles in strategy, finance and operations as Duke built one of the nation’s first integrated healthcare delivery systems. Justin currently or previously served on the board of directors of Cartiva (acquired), ChromaCode, CV Ingenuity (acquired), Epix Therapeutics (acquired), FIRE1, GPB Scientific, Intact Vascular, Metavention, Personal Genome Diagnostics, PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals (IPO), Relievant Medsystems, Senseonics (IPO), Topera (acquired), Ulthera (acquired), Vertiflex (acquired), Vesper Medical, and VytronUS (acquired). Justin currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association and that of AdvaMed Accel, where he is the Chair of its MedTech Investment Working Group. Justin graduated with an AB in Economics, a BS in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, and a Minor in Chemistry from Duke University.  He also concurrently earned his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and his JD from Harvard Law School.

Kirk Nielsen
co-founder and Managing Partner

Kirk Nielsen is a Managing Partner at Vensana Capital. Kirk co-founded Vensana as a Managing Director at Versant Ventures, where he led the firm's medtech practice.

Kirk Nielsen is a Managing Partner at Vensana Capital, a venture capital & growth equity investment firm dedicated to partnering with entrepreneurs who seek to transform healthcare with breakthrough innovations in medical technology.  Kirk co-founded Vensana in early 2019 as a Managing Director at Versant Ventures, where he led the firm's medtech practice.  He joined Versant in 2006 from Medtronic, where he worked in sales & marketing in the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Management division.  Previously, he spent time at Fluidigm (a Versant portfolio company) and he also served as a consultant at Bain & Company, where he advised clients in healthcare, private equity, and other industries. Prior to his business career, Kirk was a professional hockey player. Kirk has led or co-led investments in numerous companies that have successfully exited, including Biotie Therapies, Cameron Health, CardiAQ, Ceterix Orthopedics, Lutonix, NeuWave Medical, Sequent Medical, and Zyga Technology, and he remains active with Alleviant Medical, CVRx, Inari Medical (IPO), Metavention, Monteris Medical, Nuvaira, Respicardia, and Veran Medical. Kirk also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Kirk graduated with a BA in Biology from Harvard College, where he won the John P. Reardon award as the school's top scholar-athlete, and he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Cynthia Yee
Principal

Cynthia Yee is a Principal at Vensana Capital. Cynthia brings over a decade of investing, operating, and equity research experience to Vensana. 

Cynthia Yee is a Principal at Vensana Capital. Cynthia brings over a decade of investing, operating, and public equities experience to Vensana. Prior to joining Vensana, she served as a Principal at Windham Venture Partners, where she led the firm’s investments in Cartiva Medical (acquired), ClarVista Medical (acquired), and NeuSpera Medical, and was previously an Associate at NEA focused on investments in medical devices and healthcare services. She also gained operating experience as Director of Business Development & Strategic Marketing at Epix Therapeutics (fka Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics, acquired) and medtech incubator D3DC. Cynthia began her career in public equities, covering medical devices at Piper Jaffray and biotechnology at Pacific Growth Equities. She graduated with a BA in Integrative Biology and a BS in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Greg Banker
Senior Associate

Greg Banker is a Senior Associate at Vensana Capital. Greg has deep experience in the medtech sector gained through operating and strategy consulting roles.

Greg Banker is a Senior Associate at Vensana Capital. Prior to joining Vensana, Greg served as Director of Strategic Market Development at Vertiflex, an interventional spine medical device company that was acquired by Boston Scientific in 2019. Greg's prior experience includes his work as an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting, where he advised medtech CEOs and boards of directors on over two dozen strategic market assessments across a range of sectors including cardiology, interventional pain, orthopedics, neurology, and robotic surgery. He graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Advisors

Our team of advisors is comprised of senior operating executives, entrepreneurs, and policy experts from across the medtech sector. Each of these advisors has served as a trusted partner to us or to our companies, often multiple times. They have helped shape the medtech industry and are committed to supporting our entrepreneurs as they build the next generation of great medtech companies.

Michael Ackermann

CEO, Presidio Medical
CEO, Oculeve & Chairman, Oyster Point Pharma

Todd Berg

CEO, Metavention
CEO, Torax Medical

Brad Bolzon

Managing Director & Chairman, Versant Ventures

Jim Bullock

CEO, Atritech
CEO, Endocardial Solutions

Scott Cramer

CEO, DNA Diagnostics Center
CEO, Accriva Diagnostics

Gene de Juan

Vice Chairman/Founder, ForSight Labs
Professor of Ophthalmology, UCSF

Earl Fender

CEO, VertiFlex
Worldwide President, J&J DePuy Spine

Bill Hoffman

CEO, Inari Medical
CEO, Visualase

Kevin Hykes

CEO, Relievant Medsystems
CEO, Cameron Health

Matt Likens

CEO, GT Medical Technologies
CEO, Ulthera

Angela MacFarlane

CEO, Voyant Biotherapeutics
CEO, ForSight Labs

Shawn McCormick

CFO, Tornier
CFO, eV3
COO, Lutonix

Salima Merani

Partner, Knobbe Martens

Rich Mott

CEO, Kyphon

Tim Patrick

CEO, Cartiva
CEO, Proxima Therapeutics

Bob Paulson

CEO, VentureMed Group
CEO, NxThera

Bruce Shook

CEO, Intact Vascular & Vesper Medical
CEO, Neuronetics

Pete Sommerness

CEO, Respicardia
Partner, McKinsey & Company

Roy Tanaka

Worldwide President, J&J Biosense Webster

Art Taylor

CEO, Topera
COO & CFO, Kyphon

Leslie Trigg

CEO, Outset Medical
EVP Commercial Strategy, Lutonix

Dennis Wahr

CEO, Nuvaira
CEO, Lutonix

Tom Wilder

CEO, Neuros Medical
CEO, Sequent Medical