Fellows Directory

Garrett Vygantas

Riverine Ventures

A physician by training, Garrett invests in and builds companies at intersection of medicine, technology, diagnostics and therapeutics. After achieving numerous exits across both financial and corporate venture funds, in 2022 he co-founded and is Managing Partner at Riverine Ventures, a precision medicine and healthcare focused venture firm. 


In addition, he serves on the Investment Committee at OSF Healthcare Ventures ($250M AUM), the investment group of the 14-hospital integrated delivery system based in the Midwest. He focuses on healthcare companies seeking to make an impact in the provider/patient ecosystem. Garrett currently serves on the Boards of Eliksa Therapeutics, Fontana Bio, Genomenon, Inflammatix, KeifeRx and Pieces Technologies. Previously, Garrett was the third Partner at Jump Capital ($500M AUM) where he led investments in digital health.


As an entrepreneur, Garrett was the Founding CEO of TherOptix, an ocular therapeutics company, Mitre Medical, a structural heart medtech and earlier, NewBridge Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharma. During his tenure at NewBridge, the company grew to 100+ employees, raised $65 million in financing over 3 rounds, and created $470 million in nominal value.


Earlier, Garrett was a Director and later an Entrepreneur-In-Residence with the Burrill Venture Group ($1.5B AUM), focused on investments across biotech, pharma, life science, and healthcare. Earlier in his career at Genentech, he was on the commercialization and launch team of Lucentis a breakthrough treatment for age-related macular degeneration. Garrett previously worked with the Health Care Investment Banking group at Cowen. 

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Garrett is a frequent lecturer at UCSFs Center for BioEntrepreneurship and has advised in the formation of numerous biotech start-ups. Garrett completed his Residency at the University of Pennsylvania and hold an MD/MBA degree from Georgetown University. BS in Biochemistry wasfrom Boston College.

Garrett is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 13, and performed his fellowship under John Hamer, Ph.D. Garrett later served as mentor to Peter Johnson, Class 20.