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Joe Mandato

2012 Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University

Joe Mandato is a 2012 Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. ALI is a joint program of the Harvard Professional Schools targeting leaders from the public and private sector looking to re-connect with the academy and to help identify and deploy solutions to critical social problems. Joe is also a managing director and general partner of DeNovo Ventures, a venture firm investing in the life sciences with $650 million under management. During his tenure, he has led investments in 10 medical device companies spanning a broad range of medical specialties. Prior to DeNovo, he was an active entrepreneur and led several health care companies. He also served as a vice-president and member of the founding management committee of Guidant Corporation and was CEO of two of its five operating units.

Subsequent to his tenure at Guidant, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mayfield Fund, a venture capital firm. He began his career in healthcare as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He serves on numerous corporate boards and the not for profit boards of Embrace Global, The Freeman Spogli Institute of International Affairs at Stanford, The MGH Center for Global Health and Save the Children. He received his doctorate degree in management from Case Western Reserve University, and serves on its Board of Trustees. His research focused on the evolving role of boards in ensuring effective governance. He also is a Lecturer at Stanford University, where he teaches the class Medical Device Innovation.

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