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Ysette Witteveen

Ysette joined BOLD in 2019 as an Investment Partner. She brings to BOLD an extensive background in life sciences and technology. For the last 6 years, as principal and global life sciences lead at the Business Talent Group, Ysette has been instrumental in supporting growth strategies for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies. The work covered new product launches, commercial initiatives, digital health strategies, data science, and clinical solutions. Prior to that she held leadership and operational roles at Monitor Ventures (an early stage venture fund), Monitor (now Deloitte), Razorfish and PWC. Ysette also brings start-up operating experience having held business development, marketing and support roles in several technology companies. Ysette has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and BBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Areas of Interest

Disruptive and societal improvements in health and wellness driven by convergence of multiple exponential technologies.

What technology’s potential over the next 10 years most excites you?
AI and other exponential technologies driving improved drug discovery and treatment as well as precision medicine.

Who has most influenced your thinking and why?
My father, a retired accomplished cardiologist. He encouraged me to remain curious, push for the right answer, act with kindness and stay focused. He also emphasized you can learn new things at any point – for example, he learned Russian when he retired so that he could read the literature works in the original language. Through him teaching me bridge, chess, and mahjong, he taught me to think strategically, competitively and ahead.

What attributes do you look for in an entrepreneur?
Creativity, excitement, laser focus, drive and vision. Openness to feedback, assessing and incorporating other points of view a must.

What skill would you like to learn?
Singing. Quite difficult for me as I am tone deaf!