Join us to learn about investment market trends. Where is capital flowing and what types of health care innovations have received funding? What are the projections for 2020? This Lunch & Learn will include a conversation between Dr. Will Canestaro from the Washington Research Foundation and Anahita Nakhjiri from Echo Health Ventures. An informal Q&A will follow.
Cambia Grove Lunch & Learns, presented by Echo Health Ventures, is a series offering opportunities for entrepreneurs to network over lunch with subject matter experts while learning about high-value health care topics.
Dr. Canestaro is focused on investments in biotechnology and engineering, as well as supporting Washington Research Foundation’s grant-making activities. His portfolio includes companies across sectors. Currently, he manages WRF’s investments in life science and engineering focused companies. His professional background includes health economic and outcomes consulting for organizations including the National Pharmaceutical Council, Genentech and AstraZeneca. He has extensive experience with comparative effectiveness research and program development through roles with Generation Health and Correlagen in the Boston area. Dr. Canestaro earned his doctorate from the University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program. He received an M.Sc. in medical anthropology from Oxford University and an A.B. in medical sociology from Dartmouth College.
Anahita Nakhjiri is an Associate on the Strategic Investment team at Echo Health Ventures, responsible for transaction execution and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Echo Health Ventures in 2019, Anahita served as a Senior Associate at McKesson Ventures in San Francisco. She co-led the team's portfolio development efforts and assisted in sourcing and performing due diligence on new digital health investment opportunities. Previously, Anahita was a consultant with The Advisory Board Company, advising health system executives on clinical workflow improvement and implementation of performance technologies.
Anahita graduated from The George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Business and a concentration in Economics & Public Policy. Originally from Seattle, Anahita is happy to once again call the city home and enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures and serving as a sous-chef alongside her husband.