Exclusive Q&A with Newly Appointed Director of Olympus Innovation Ventures
2. What are three areas you will be looking at over the next year to potentially invest in?
Abby: At OIV, we invest across the globe in high priority clinical areas including gastroenterology, respiratory, and urology. Three areas where we are actively looking for investments today include, but are not limited to:
- Computer Aided Diagnostics: The power of deep learning and AI to be used as a tool to help practitioners and surgeons across all our clinical areas of focus. In the same way everyday drivers behind the wheel rely on backup cameras and motion sensors to parallel park, clinicians and staff can use digital technology and automation to create the opportunity to reduce cognitive burden, which should allow them to focus on serving their patients.
- Minimally Invasive Procedures Across Care Pathways: We are looking for devices, procedures and practices that allow diagnosis and treatment to be nearly fused, such that the time can be shortened between discovery of an issue and treatment of that issue.
- Personalization: Health is personal, and medicine that is practiced with the help of improved devices, processes, and tools to be personalized should result in improved care pathways for diseases and offer more personalized care.
Photo courtesy of Robert Wright Photos/LDV Vision Summit, 2019.
More about Abby:
As Director, Abby will be responsible for OIV investments, strategy, and operational aspects of the fund, including oversight of Touchdown Ventures, Olympus’ CVC partner.
She joins OIV from Olympus’ Digital Unit where she has been leading partnership development for our digital health platform that complements and extends the capabilities of Olympus’ pioneering medical devices.
Previously, Abby was a Partner at LDV Capital, investing early in people-building businesses powered by visual tech. She has a 15-year proven track record building and scaling business across four continents as a founder, investor, and operator with firms like Morgan Stanley, Boston Consulting Group, and the World Trade Organization.
Along with being an investor and operator, Abby is mom to two Pakistani-Swiss-American kids and a cheese-loving Yorkie. She is a morning jogger, a backcountry skier and occasional cake baker who loves to travel.
Olympus team at The MedTech Conference, 2022.