Panelist: Hansen Gifford, III, Venture Partner, Lightstone Ventures
Hanson is a Venture Partner of LSV. He assists the LSV medical device team with deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio company management. He has served in this role since November 2013.
Hanson is currently a Managing Partner at the Foundry, LLC. The Foundry is the premier medical device company incubator and a preferred partner to LSV. Since its inception in 1998, The Foundry has founded and financed over a dozen medical device companies. Success stories include Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), eValve (acquired by Abbott), and Concentric (acquired by Stryker). Since 1998, Hanson has led The Foundry in all of its activities. These include the invention, identification and development of new technologies, the formation, financing, and staffing of over a dozen new companies, and ongoing support of these new ventures as a board member.
Prior to The Foundry, Mr. Gifford was VP of R&D at Heartport. From 1993-1998, he built and led a 62-person team developing a wide variety of novel devices and procedures for minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Heartport had a successful public offering in 1996. In 1992, Mr. Gifford co-founded and served as managing director of Bavaria Medizin Technologie, GmbH, a German source of catheters for interventional cardiology. In 1990, Mr. Gifford served as President of Cardiovascular Therapeutic Technologies, which was acquired by Eli Lilly in 1991. From 1985-1990, Mr. Gifford worked at Devices for Vascular Intervention (DVI), where he served in various engineering, clinical research and marketing capacities. Before joining DVI, Hanson worked in engineering roles at Oximetrix and General Dynamics.
Mr. Gifford is a co-inventor on over 225 issued US patents. He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Gifford serves as Chairman of Forsight Labs, and is a Director of Miramar Labs, Twelve, Cotera, FIRE1, Forsight Vision 4 and Forsight Vision 5. He is also a Venture Partner with Lightstone Ventures.