Peter van der Velden, MBS, MSc, BSc, is a highly experienced investor and operator who for the past 28 years has been building innovative, technology centric companies from start-up through to expansion. Peter is the Managing General Partner of Lumira Capital, Canada’s largest dedicated life sciences venture capital investor. Lumira’s goal is to identify, invest in and help to build transformative biopharmaceutical, medical device and digital health companies located in North America.
Peter is a frequent lecturer at Canadian universities on themes related to venture capital, innovation and healthcare and he is on the board of a number of not-for-profits. He a past Chairman of the Canadian Venture and Private Equity Association and in addition to a number of investee board roles he is currently a board member for the World Health Innovation Network, an advisor to the head of OCHIS, a committee member for Ontario’s Scale Up Voucher program, and on Commercialization Advisory Board for Sick Kids Hospital. In 2014 Peter was appointed to the Government of Ontario’s, Ontario Health Innovation Council whose mission is to enhance the adoption of Ontario based innovation by the Ontario health care system and in the same year he travelled to India on a state visit with his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to explore opportunities for collaboration and to speak on topics related to innovation and venture capital.
Peter holds degrees from the Schulich School of Business (MBA finance and policy) and Queen’s University (M.Sc. (pathology), B.Sc.(honours life sciences).