James Garvey

Chairman Emeritus

James joined SV Health Investors in May 1995 and served as CEO and Managing Partner through 2009.

James brings a successful healthcare investment track record, preceded by 18 years of operating management experience. James has served on the boards of private and public companies in the US and Europe.

Prior experience
Prior to joining SV, he was Managing Director for the $600m Venture Capital division of Allstate Corporation. Before that he managed Allstate’s healthcare investment activity. He has held several senior management positions in companies with multinational operations, including Kendall (Covidien) and Millipore. He was also President/CEO of Allegheny International Medical Technology and National Teledata.


Academic credentials
BS, Northern Illinois University

Outside of SV
James has held numerous board seats on private and public companies in the U.S. and Europe, including Shire, Allscripts, Laservision Centers, Sunrise Assisted Living, Orthovita, Lensx, Achillion, Mariner Healthcare and Arris Pharmaceutical. James and his wife, Lynn have three children and eight grandchildren. They reside in Duxbury, MA and Stuart, FL.

Investment Team

All Sectors

Sector Administrator
Julie-Ann Adduci


Current Portfolio

Past Portfolio

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Aderis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
AllianceCare (fmr Sunrise)
Allos Therapeutics, Inc. (ALTH)
AqueSys, Inc. (Fund V)
Argonaut Technologies, Inc. (AGNT)
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AUXL)
AXYS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (fka: Arris)
Cardiac Support Systems, Inc.
Cellutions, Inc.
Cerebral Vascular Applications, Inc.
CHF Solutions, Inc.
Concentric Medical, Inc.
Confluent Surgical, Inc.
Eunoe, Inc.
Euro Dentalversand Holding Gmbh/DentalMV (M&W)
Halscion, Inc.
Heritage Health Systems, Inc.
Insulet Corporation
LenSx Lasers, Inc.
LipoSonix, Inc.
MedNova Limited
Micromed Technologies
Nationwide (incl. MedCareers)
NeoVista, Inc.
OMS Partners
Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Limited (ORCD)
Orthovita, Inc.
Patient Care, Inc.
Pelton & Crane
Physicians Dialysis, Inc.
Quick Study Radiology, Inc. (fka: Medcentral Inc.)
Sadra Medical, Inc.
Sirona Dental Systems Group
Strides Arcolab (via Investment Vehicle Zenith)
TLC Vision Corp. (fka Laservision - LVCI)
Triangle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VIRS)
Vanguard Medica
Versicor, Inc. (VERS)
Vintage BioMed International