John G. Freund, MD

Managing Director and Founder, Skyline Ventures

John began his career at Morgan Stanley in New York in 1982, where he co-founded the Healthcare Group in the Corporate Finance Department and was later the original healthcare partner at Morgan Stanley Ventures.

For six years, he was at Acuson Corporation (an NYSE-traded company that is now part of Siemens), where he was Executive Vice President, ran Marketing and led the cross-functional management of the company's product introductions. In 1995, he licensed the technology that served as the core of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG), co-founded Intuitive and raised its initial venture capital. He then spent two years as the West Coast partner at the Private Equity group of Chancellor Capital Management (now INVESCO), before founding Skyline Ventures in 1997. He has experience with most of the major sectors of the healthcare investment market including medical devices, information technology, small molecule and protein therapeutics, biochips and diagnostics. He received a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and won the Loeb Fellowship in Finance. He is on the Board of Directors of Mako Surgical, XenoPort (XNPT), and several private companies. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative, and is a member of the Therapeutics Advisory Council of Harvard Medical School. He is a director of three mutual funds managed by Capital Research and Management: Fundamental Investors, the Growth Fund of America and the SMALLCAP World Fund. He was the co-author of The Official MBA Handbook, which spent 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in 1982. He loves golf, tennis, and the New York Yankees.