Jeani Delagardelle

Ms. Delagardelle is an experienced venture investor and business leader who specializes in founding and developing healthcare technology companies, across all stages of development and therapeutic areas, for either acquisition or IPO. She is a Co-founder and former Managing Director of New Leaf Venture Partners, a leading life science venture capital firm, spun out of the Sprout Group.

Throughout her tenure at New Leaf, Ms. Delagardelle helped raise over $760 million from institutional and private investors. She led the medical device practice and invested $210 million in 10 companies, producing strong returns for her investors including the successful exit of Interlace to Hologic in less than 5 years.

In 2000, Ms. Delagardelle joined Sprout Group, one of the oldest venture capital firms investing in early stage healthcare technology companies. She became General Partner in 2001 and led their medical device investments, sitting on seven Boards, including NxStage Inc and Visiogen Inc.

Ms. Delagardelle began her venture career in 1997 as a General Partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners where she was recruited to help fundraise and build out the medical device practice. Throughout her venture career Ms. Delagardelle has served on 24 Boards, both private and public, across all therapeutic areas and stages of development. She was a co-founding investor in 12 medical device start-ups, a number of which successfully exited through acquisition or IPO.

Before becoming a venture capitalist, Ms. Delagardelle spent 15 years in senior marketing, sales, business development and management positions in the healthcare industry, including as Vice President of Global Marketing for Target Therapeutics Inc. She spent nine years with the Medi-tech division of Boston Scientific in several senior management roles. In addition, Ms. Delagardelle served as Director of Business Operations for Roche Laboratories and Director of Global Marketing for Cell Pro, Inc.

Ms. Delagardelle received her MBA from the University of California at Irvine and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Occidental College.