Anula Jayasuriya, MD, PhD, MBA
Founder & Managing Director, EXXclaim Capital, the first Women’s Health focused Venture Fund; California, USA
Anula Jayasuriya is a successful private equity executive and venture capitalist whose background combines deep business, scientific and medical knowledge with broad clinical, industry, entrepreneurial, and investment experience. Anula was among the first investors to recognize the untapped opportunity in the unmet needs in women’s health (WH).
Integrating her passion with her investing expertise, in 2013 Anula founded EXXclaim Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on catalyzing innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in Women’s Health. EXXclaim has invested in a portfolio of diverse WH companies ranging from digital health, medical devices, and diagnostics to consumer products. EXXclaim’s first investment, nVision Medical, was acquired in 2018 by Boston Scientific Inc. validating the significant business opportunity in women’s health.
In 2006 Anula co-founded the “Evolvence India Life Science Fund (EILSF)” and its successor, ILSF(www.invascent.com). EILSF was the very first fund in India to focus exclusively on health care and invest in Indian pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and healthcare services companies. Anula invested in two women’s health companies and garnered attractive returns to investors.
Anula was previously a partner with Skyline Ventures in Palo Alto, and prior to that with the German/US venture capital firm TVM, in San Francisco. Her prior positions include VP Business Development at Genomics Collaborative Inc., and Vice President, Global Drug Development at Hoffman-La Roche for opportunistic infections in AIDS and Transplantation.
Anula serves on the boards of several emerging technology companies, and on two non-profit boards.
Anula received a BA from Harvard summa cum laude, and an MD and PhD (in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) from Harvard Medical School. She interned in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Anula also holds a M. Phil. in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge, in England.
Facilitating: The Business Case for Women’s Health Solutions: