Our Story

Founded in June 2002, Vesalius Ventures is dedicated to “accelerating the future of medicine” by becoming the premier conduit for enabling technologies that transform healthcare.  Vesalius Ventures is in a unique position to access emerging technologies at their source and to bring exciting new opportunities to market from around the world.  Vesalius Ventures’ strategy is to utilize the expertise and experience gained over the years in medical information and technology (Telemedicine) to create a unique investment firm, concentrating on early to mid-stage companies that need both equity capital and management assistance to achieve success. 

Advances in medical technology, telecommunications and information technologies will be utilized for the delivery of healthcare.  Creating novel business opportunities, identifying novel technologies, and exploiting attractive markets opportunities with tremendous potential growth are the goals of Vesalius Ventures.

Vesalius Ventures was created through an investment of three venture and corporate partners of Vanguard Ventures, Fremont Ventures and Guidant Corporation. This group was joined a year later by Sevin Rosen Funds. During the following years of operations of the accelerator, the firm also attracted the attention of other companies looking to develop new opportunities in Telemedicine through a client relationship.  In 2008, Opal Ventures and Vesalius established a partnership to bring medical technologies from Israel and Europe to the US market. This created a unique opportunity for Vesalius to expand the investments in its portfolio.

 

FOUNDING VENTURE/CORPORATE PARTNERS

Vanguard Ventures

Vanguard Ventures is a leading early stage venture capital firm that helps entrepreneurs build pioneering technology and life science companies. Each Vanguard partner brings hands-on entrepreneurial experience to the firm, as well as executive and venture capital backgrounds. Founded in 1981, the firm has $500 million under management, with investments focused in communications, life sciences and information technology. The firm has offices in Palo Alto, California and Houston, Texas. (www.vanguardventures.com)

Sevin Rosen Funds

Sevin Rosen Funds is a top-tier venture capital firm with a track record of funding successful companies since 1981. The partnership has consistently made early-stage investments in pioneering technologies and companies with the potential to create new markets. The partners' broad range of venture and operating experiences in successful technology companies translates into a sustained commitment and contribution to the development of the ventures funded. Compaq, Lotus, Cypress, Electronic Arts, SGI, Citrix and CIENA are representative of some of the firm's successful IPOs. The firm has offices in Dallas, Palo Alto, Austin, and San Diego. (www.srfunds.com)

Fremont Ventures

Fremont Ventures provides growth capital to experienced management teams executing scalable technology-based business models in large industries. Fremont Ventures is part of Fremont Group, a San Francisco-based private investment firm with assets under management across a broad array of asset classes www.fremontventures.com

Boston Scientific

With more than 29,000 employees and 26 manufacturing, distribution and technology centers, Boston Scientific remains true to its original mission. As the world’s largest medical device company dedicated to less-invasive medicine, Boston Scientific believes that each innovative product is the outcome of strong research and development, intelligent acquisitions, close collaboration with clinicians, outstanding operational and quality processes and a powerful global distribution channel. As a market leader in less-invasive medical devices delivering more than 15,000 products to clinicians in over 45 countries, Boston Scientific works every day to build the knowledge, processes and infrastructure it needs to identify opportunities, address new disease areas and support clinicians in advancing the practice of health care around the world. (www.bostonscientific.com)

Opal Ventures

Opal Ventures is a healthcare dedicated private equity organization, managing investment funds and building healthcare organizations. Opal Ventures is based and focused on the Israeli healthcare market. www.opalventures.com

The Future of Medicine

The rising expenditures for healthcare are staggering and makes this market one of the fastest growing in the U.S. The mounting cost of healthcare has accelerated the need for more effective ways of providing healthcare. The shortage of qualified nurses, coupled with the demand by patients and physicians for greater services, are encouraging health care systems to incorporate information management and technology into the delivery of medical care. Today, medical use of technology for delivering health care is limited, inefficient and costly.

Founded in June 2002, Vesalius Ventures is dedicated to "accelerating the future of medicine" by becoming the premier conduit for enabling technologies to transform healthcare. Vesalius Ventures is uniquely positioned to access emerging technologies at their source and to bring exciting new opportunities to market from around the world. Vesalius Ventures' strategy is to utilize the expertise and experience gained in medical information and technology (Telemedicine) to create a unique investment firm, concentrating on early to mid-stage companies that need both equity capital and management assistance to achieve success.

In the future, advances in medical technology, telecommunications and information technologies will be utilized for the delivery of healthcare. Creating novel business opportunities, identifying novel technologies, and exploiting attractive markets opportunities with tremendous potential growth, are the goals of Vesalius Ventures.

Advanced Technologies

 "Accelerating The Future"

As part of the mission to bring "Advanced Technologies into the practice of medicine", Vesalius Ventures' strategy is to identify and showcase promising technologies. Since its inception, Vesalius' deal flow has included over 500 companies that are leading the evolution of medicine in areas such as:

  • Interactive media and databases
  • Medical decision making tools and healthcare workflow automation
  • Innovative approaches to disease management
  • Real-time signal acquisition and analyses of medical parameters
  • Telecommunication technology for the collection and display of medical data to reduce triage time and expedite treatment
  • Visual integration techniques for electronic medical records
  • Remote medical devices and robotics

All of these technologies provide physicians, hospitals, and healthcare providers with real-time patient information as an integral tool for healthcare.

As a tribute to the growing group of inventors and entrepreneurs, Vesalius showcases advanced technologies in Medical Informatics and Technology (Telemedicine):

Smart Imaging Technologies

Smart Imaging Technologies is a biotech firm that focuses on providing a set of unique and capable software tools that provide solutions in the areas of quantitative image analysis and 3D computational modeling of particular materials. The company uses its in-house scientific expertise and unique flexible software products to create custom solutions for its clients, often in a matter of days. The areas that smart imaging focuses on include material science, nanotechnology, semiconductors, and life science. One of Smart Imaging Technologies’ most intriguing products include its Wound Re-Growth zone analysis in its Life Science division. This product provides automated quantitative analysis of ruptured epithelium tissue using 3-D images that act like a “Google Map” of a wound. The technology improves doctor’s’ diagnosis by providing a more accurate representation of a patient’s tissue. Smart Imaging Technologies has also provided this type of software in pathology and the results have shown that the technology is effective in improving diagnostic yields. The company is currently exploring the use of this software in other areas of medicine. Along with the improved quantifying of specific problems, Smart Imaging Technologies’ solutions also provide enhanced access to specific medical data, making it easier for clients to share results across their organizations and improve their delivery of care.

Sensiotec

By utilizing technology created from the military, Sensiotec as provided a “Star Trek sickbay bed” through its Virtual Medical Assistant (VMA) machines.  VMA is the world’s first truly remote, noncontact vital signs monitoring solution. The device consists of a lightweight panel at the point of care that can be placed above, below, or next to a bed, providing constant feedback loop starting from its bed sensor panel at the point of care and going out to nurses’ stations, tablets, pagers, or smart phones. VMA uses a proprietary UWB-based technology that “sees inside the body” by acquiring and processing patient data at the point of care through the transmission of nanosecond pulses, more than 20 million times weaker than a cell phone, that detect micro movements from the heart, lungs and torso, that are digitally separated, filtered and processed to generate critical heart, respiration and movement data.  UWB produces no ionizing radiation, generates high temporal and spatial resolutions, penetrates solid objects and body tissue, produces ultra-low power specific absorption rates, and accommodates established narrowband systems. The Virtual Medical Assistant monitors multiple patients at a fraction of the cost of conventional systems and supports the transition in healthcare delivery from the hospital to intermediate care and the “health home.”

InTouch Health, teleconferencing technology

Intouch HealthOver the next 10 years, the number of elderly aged 85 and over will grow 38% doubling the number of seniors requiring healthcare support. Already today, there are over 400,000 unfilled nursing positions causing hospitals across the country to close wings or risk negative outcomes. As the baby boomers age, the declining ratio of working age adults to elderly will further exacerbate the shortage. Technology solutions which dramatically increase the effectiveness of healthcare professionals.

photoInTouch Health is addressing this challenge by pioneering the use of Remote Presence in healthcare. Through its proprietary communications and mobile robotic platform, caregivers can be projected to another location where a patient or caregiver is located to provide care, coach and train staff, or monitor healthcare services. The InTouch Health solution leverages the time and expertise of healthcare professionals across many care facilities improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery.

photoInTouch Health’s Remote Presence Robot, RP-6, enables physicians to more easily and frequently consult and round on hospital based patients thereby improving hospital throughput, physician efficiency, and quality of care.

RP-6 is a wireless, mobile, remote presence robot that lets you "be in two places at once." Remote presence is the ability to project yourself to another location (without leaving your current location) and to move, see, hear and talk as though you were actually there.