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Tim Petersen

Tim is co-founder and Managing Director of Arboretum Ventures, an Ann Arbor-based early stage venture firm focused on healthcare related technologies. Tim leverages his broad business experience creating, growing, and financing entrepreneurial firms to target promising capital-efficient investment opportunities. In recent years he has particularly focused on investments in companies that are changing the way healthcare is delivered. Tim led Arboretum’s investment in HealthMedia (acquired by Johnson & Johnson) and Accuri Cytometers (acquired by Becton, Dickinson and Company) and served on the Board of Directors of each company prior to exit. He also led Arboretum’s investments in Advanced ICU Care, CerviLenz, Inogen, MyHealthDIRECT, PathCentral, Tangent Medical and Fidelis SeniorCare, and presently serves as a director of these companies.

Prior to joining Arboretum in 2002, Tim was the Managing Director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan, leading the creation and rapid growth of the Institute’s programs. He also directed the Wolverine Venture Fund (WVF), the Institute’s venture capital fund focusing on early-stage life science and technology investments. Previously, Tim spent nine years at the economic consulting firm Industrial Economics, Inc., becoming a member of the firm’s senior staff in 1991. Earlier in his career, Tim was also a manager in the investment banking practice at Plante & Moran.

Tim is involved in a number of community efforts focused on entrepreneurship and frequently lectures at local universities on venture capital. He is currently the Alumni Fund Manager for the Wolverine Venture Fund and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

Tim earned a BA in Economics from Williams College, where he was captain of the men’s tennis team. He also holds an MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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