V. Kadir Kadhiresan,
Vice President, Venture Investments
- Focus: Medical Devices, Digital Health
- Based in Cambridge, MA
- Fun fact: Inventor of 30+US patents
With more than two decades of operational, investment and business development experience, Kadir joined Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. (JJDC). to focus on investments in medical devices and digital health. Before joining JJDC, Kadir was head of Business Development at Guidant, Inc., now Boston Scientific, Inc.
In his role as the Vice President of Venture Investments, Kadir works closely with Johnson & Johnson leadership to identify business needs and has responsibility for sourcing, investing, and managing venture investment opportunities.
Prior to entering business development, Kadir led the R&D of multiple early-stage technologies and products in cardiac rhythm management and heart failure. He was instrumental in the development of the cardiac resynchronization device for heart failure, now a multibillion-dollar product. At Heart Rhythm Technologies, a subsidiary of Guidant, he led the development of an ablation technology for treatment of atrial fibrillation and raised venture financing for the project.
Kadir received a Ph.D. and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology (REC), Trichy, India. Kadir was awarded the engineering alumni merit award from University of Michigan and serves on its biomedical engineering advisory board.
Kadir has published several scientific manuscripts in top peer-reviewed journals. He is passionate about the role of technology to improve and save lives and is often engaging in mentoring entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential.