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Jenny Rooke

Genoa Ventures

Genoa Ventures’ Managing Director Jenny Rooke deploys capital at the frontiers of life sciences innovation, with a focus on technology-fueled solutions and category-defining businesses. Her background includes a PhD in genetics from Yale, management consulting experience to pharma and biotech leaders at McKinsey, and start-up experience in genomics. Jenny got her start in venture at Fidelity Biosciences, and then brought her toolkit of genetics expertise, business strategy, and venture investing to the Gates Foundation, where she managed over $250M in funding in genetic engineering, diagnostics, and synthetic biology. Jenny founded San Francisco-based Genoa Ventures to invest in early-stage companies innovating at the convergence of biology and technology.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Jenny earned her PhD in genetics from Yale University where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a BS in physics from Georgia Tech.

Jenny is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 11 and served her fellowship with mentor Stephen Knight at Fidelity Biosciences in Cambridge, MA.