Speaker Peter Van der Velden

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Peter Van der Velden

Managing General Partner

Lumira Capital

With 26 years of investment and operating experience, Peter has participated in building companies from start-up through to expansion in the life sciences, information technology and consumer sectors. Known as results-oriented entrepreneur with demonstrated success in venture and buyout investing, transaction structuring and completion, strategic planning, business development, and operational management and restructuring, Peter has established a strong reputation for leadership, consensus building, judgment, integrity and clarity of vision.

Responsible for the overall business operations of Lumira Capital, Peter is also active on the investment side, focusing primarily on growth equity investments in companies that have made, or are close to making, the transition from development to selling and marketing their products. Peter’s specific investment expertise includes non-traditional and consumer-oriented medicines, spin-outs of operating businesses, restructurings, and public companies.

Throughout his career, Peter successfully participated on both sides of the value creation equation working both as an entrepreneur and as a partner and mentor to highly successful management teams. Peter’s experience includes: founder of boutique merchant bank focused on private IT-based companies, head of investment banking for a boutique investment bank focused on the public IT-based companies, partner in a buyout partnership targeting retail and consumer-centric businesses; vice president business development for a venture capital-backed drug delivery company; and an associate role at Canada’s then-largest venture capital firm. Peter started his working career with Canada’s largest independent vaccine manufacturer.


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