by Jasmine Phiri
March 29, 2019
Lead, Digital and Technology Group, and Lead, Manatt Ventures, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
With more than 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, board member and strategic advisor, Lisa Suennen has focused broadly on new technologies and how they are transforming businesses. She has spent much of her career helping companies adopt and leverage digital technologies, develop strategies for growth through innovation and investment, and build strong collaborations between established players and entrepreneurs. Lisa heads the firm’s digital and technology businesses as well as the firm’s venture capital fund. She also works closely with Manatt Health, engaging with payers, health systems and companies to provide strategic advice on innovation, digital strategy and growth.
Lisa previously served as managing partner of Venture Valkyrie LLC, an advisory firm focused on helping healthcare organizations adopt venture capital and innovation programs and develop new business creation models and digital health strategies.
Lisa spent the past 20 years as a venture capitalist, first as a partner with Psilos Group, then leading the healthcare fund at GE Ventures. Prior to that, she was part of the leadership team that built Merit Behavioral Care, an $800 million behavioral healthcare company, guiding it through its successful IPO and exit. Her earlier career focused on product management and marketing in the technology sector.
Lisa currently serves on several private company boards and chairs the advisory board of the NASA-funded Translational Research Institute for Space Health. She is also on the faculty at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, and is cofounder of CSweetener, which matches women in and nearing the healthcare C-suite with mentors.
Additionally, Lisa writes the Venture Valkyrie blog and hosts the Tech Tonics podcast.
University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Political Science
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Mass Communications, summa cum laude
Memberships and Activities
Board Member, Health Reveal, an AI/ML predictive analytics for healthcare company, 2016–present
Board Member, Dignity Health Foundation, a not-for-profit philanthropic organization, 2013–present
Chairman, Advisory Board, NASA Translational Research Institute, 2016– present
Governor’s Appointee, Advisory Council, State of California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine
Member, Advisory Board, California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund, an impact investing fund, 2013–present
Member, Advisory Board, HealthXL, an international healthcare accelerator and collaboration platform company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, 2013– present
Member, International Digital Health Advisory Board, Murdoch Children’s
Research Institute, an affiliate of the Royal Murdoch Children’s Hospital, 2016–present
Member, Digital Health Advisory Board, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Innovation Ventures, 2017–present
Board Member, Evidation Health, a health IT/virtual CRO company, 2016– 2018
Board Member, Gravie, a health insurance private exchange company, 2016–2018
Member, Innovation Task Force, American Heart Association, 2016–2018
Board Member, Heart to Heart International, a not-for-profit children’s heart surgery charity, 2014–2018
Board Member, Beyond Lucid Technologies, a for-profit health IT company in Concord, CA, 2013–2016
Member, Advisory Board, BDC Capital, a healthcare venture fund investing in the United States and Canada, 2014–2016
Board Member, Pokitdok, Inc., a digital health company in San Mateo, CA Board Member, AngioScore, Inc., a cardiology device company (chairman for eight years)
Board Member, InSound Medical, a hearing aid company
Board Member, Miraculins (TSX VENTURE: MOM), a noninvasive diagnostics company
Board Member, Veralight, a noninvasive diabetes diagnostics company (chairman for six years)
Board Member, OmniGuide, a surgical medical device company
Board Member, Patient Safe Solutions, a mobile health hospital IT company
Board Observer, Definity Health, a high-deductible insurance company
Board Observer, Health Hero Network, a remote monitoring company
Board Member, Humetrix, a health IT company
Board Member, UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies, 2008–2014 (served as vice chair)
Corporate Advisor, Accelevate, Inc., an innovation-focused consulting firm, 2013–2015
Member, Advisory Council, Qualcomm Life, a mobile health company, 2012– 2017
Member, Advisory Council, Sanofi Integrated Care Group, 2014–2015
Member, Advisory Board, Janssen R&D Operations Innovation, 2016
Honors and Awards
Named Top Digital Health Evangelist by Goldman Sachs, Rock Health, Fenwick and West & Square 1 Bank, 2018
Named No. 2 in the Global Corporate Venturing list of 100 Rising Stars, which designates the top 1% of the corporate venture capital industry chosen from 100 corporate venturing units, 2018
Named a Top Female Health IT Leader by Becker’s Hospital Review, 2018
Named to Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 110 Women to Know in MedTech, 2017
Named to Onalytica’s List of Top 100 Digital Health Influencers and Brands, 2015 and 2016
Featured as Tech Superwoman by Forbes, 2015
Named as one of the Top 50 People in Digital Health by Rock Health, Goldman Sachs and Silicon Valley Bank, 2014
Named to the Healthcare IT News HIT Top 100 List, 2013
Recipient of the Director of the Year Award (Companies in Transition) from the Corporate Director’s Forum, 2011
Awarded the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies Outstanding Alumni Award, 2011
Lisa is the voice behind the popular Venture Valkyrie blog.
November 10, 2018: Lisa will emcee the Health Tech Innovation Competition held at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in the exhibit hall of the Chicago Convention Center.
November 15, 2018: Lisa will participate in an investor panel at the Aging 2.0 Optimize conference at the Herbst Theater in the War Memorial Veterans Building in San Francisco.
December 1, 2018: Lisa will have a fireside chat to discuss the frontiers of health systems with Claudia Williams (Manifest Medex) and Paul Markovich (Blue Shield CA). *Invitation-only event.
December 6, 2018: Lisa will participate in the 12th Annual Irish Medical
Technology CEO Forum and Awards, Medtech Rising in Cork, Ireland.
January 6, 2019: Lisa will participate on a panel about investing in digital health at the Digital Orthopedics conference to be held January 5–6 at the InterContinental Hotel in
January 9, 2019: Lisa will participate in a panel at the Digital Medicine and Medtech Showcase at the Parc55 San Francisco hotel.
March 2019: Lisa will join a panel titled “Hope vs. Hype—the Digital Disruptors,” to be held at SXSW 2019. *Final date TBD.
March 27, 2019: Lisa will participate in a plenary panel tentatively titled “Fixing Digital Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Problem” at the 2019 Health Datapalooza at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
March 28, 2019: Lisa will speak at the 2nd Annual VirtualMed Conference, focused on virtual reality and healthcare, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
April 24, 2019: Lisa will moderate a panel at the MedCity INVEST conference with panelists Sachin Jain and Steve Klasko at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
April 29, 2019: Lisa will be a panelist at the World Healthcare Congress during the Women in Healthcare Track. The panel is titled “Women Leaders
Tell All: Candid Perspectives on What It Takes to Set Yourself Up for Success in a Male-Dominated Industry.” The event takes place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.