Derek joined Santé Ventures’ investment team in 2018 where he nurtures the firm’s portfolio of early-stage companies, with a focus on healthcare services, AI/ML and digital health technologies.
Prior to joining Santé, Derek was an Investment Banking Senior Analyst in Citigroup’s Financial Institutions Group, where he worked across M&A, equity & debt capital markets, and financial advisory.
Derek earned his BBA in finance, magna cum laude with honors, from Texas Christian University.
What attracted you to the healthcare and life sciences space?
Healthcare and life sciences are two of the most dynamic, yet fundamental sectors in today's economy. This industry is delivering exciting and innovative ways to administer care and I wanted to be a part of that movement. In addition, my entire family is made up of doctors, surgeons and other healthcare professionals.
What is something most people do not know about you?
I biked across the United States in the summer of 2013, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the U.S. Capital Building. I did this on behalf of The Ability Experience, an organization that helps raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. It was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life!