From 1998-2014 Lisa Suennen was a partner of Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm. Lisa headed Psilos' West Coast office since the firm's founding in 1998 and focused on the healthcare information technology, healthcare services and medical technology sectors. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Psilos and represents them on the Board of Directors of AngioScore, a current Psilos portfolio company.
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/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 has returned to UC Berkeley as Vice Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University and as visiting lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where, together with Dr. Jeff Rideout, she teaches the annual course on healthcare venture capital.
Lisa has 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. She is currently a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, a member of the Dignity Health Foundation Board, an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund, and a member of the Board of health IT company Beyond Lucid Technologies.
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 awarded the U.C. Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies Outstanding Alumni Award.
Lisa writes a widely read blog on healthcare and healthcare investing found 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 and 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 Hyperlnk Press and available at Amazon.com.