Reza Zadno, Innovation Advisor, Novartis Venture Fund

Dr. Reza Zadno is an Innovation Advisor to Novartis Venture Fund (NVF) located in San Francisco, CA, USA. Reza is a serial entrepreneur focused on sourcing new investments particularly in the area of medical devices. Reza was the founder, President and CEO of Visiogen (a former NVF-portfolio company acquired by Abbott-Medical Optics) and co-founder of PercuSurge (acquired by Medtronic). Reza is also currently Executive in Residence at InterWest Partners. Prior to joining InterWest in 2012, Reza was a Venture Partner at New Leaf Venture Partners and, previously, an Entrepreneur in Residence at Three Arch Partners. Earlier in his career, he was with Cardiac Pathways (acquired by Boston Scientific) and with Raychem Corporation, now Tyco. Reza holds a Ph.D. from Ecole des Mines de Paris and has filed more than 100 U.S. patents. He serves on the boards of the following non-NVF companies, Carbylan, Gobiquity, Invuity, On Demand Therapeutics and Oraya Therapeutics.