OUR TEAM

Managing Directors Dr. Boris Nikolic and Julie Sunderland have invested together in emerging technology, health care, and life science ventures since 2010. They combine scientific and financial expertise with an established network of leading academics, pharma executives, and venture capital firms. Once invested, they take an active role with portfolio companies, supporting startups with hiring, intellectual property, regulatory issues, and exit strategy.
 BORIS NIKOLIC, M.D.

BORIS NIKOLIC, M.D.

Managing Director

Dr. Nikolic is a physician and investor who previously served as chief advisor for science and technology to Bill Gates, leading select for-profit and not-for-profit investment activities. His investments spanned the life science, information technology and health care sectors, including companies such as Foundation Medicine, ResearchGate, Schrodinger and Nimbus Therapeutics.

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JULIE SUNDERLAND

JULIE SUNDERLAND

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Prior to co-founding Biomatics Capital Partners in 2016, Ms. Sunderland was director of Program Related Investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She led the foundation’s $1.5 billion strategic investment pool, which focused on global health, global development and education. She funded 50 investments, including 30 in health care, and built a team of 10 investment professionals.

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MIKE POOLE, M.D.

MIKE POOLE, M.D.

VENTURE PARTNER

Dr. Poole identifies and evaluates potential investments for Biomatics, with a focus on data- and genomics-enabled approaches to diagnose and treat neurological disorders. He also supports portfolio companies with transitional and operational leadership, leveraging his deep experience working with large pharma and venture-funded biotechnology companies.

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LIZ BIRCH

LIZ BIRCH

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

Liz Birch is an Investment Associate at Biomatics where she evaluates pipeline opportunities, undertakes due diligence on investment opportunities and supports portfolio companies. Liz was formerly a Consultant in the Life Sciences practice at L.E.K. Consulting in Boston, where she worked with biopharma clients on strategic and transactional engagements.

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SHAWN CARPENTER

SHAWN CARPENTER

SENIOR BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Shawn Carpenter is the Senior Business Administrator at Biomatics Capital where she provides operational and administrative support to the team. Before joining Biomatics in 2018, Shawn spent eight years working at Gates Ventures – Bill Gates’ private office.

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YEON CRAMER

YEON CRAMER

BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER

Yeon Cramer is the Business Operations Manager at Biomatics where she manages investor relations and business operations. Before joining Biomatics, Yeon spent six years at Bill Gates’ private office in Seattle (Gates Ventures) working with leaders in communications, energy, health and science on major projects.

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LESLIE HEPNER

LESLIE HEPNER

PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Leslie Hepner is a Portfolio Manager at Biomatics where she manages portfolio reporting, pipeline development and financial operations. Leslie was formerly a Project Coordinator at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she coordinated the investment process for the Program Related Investments (PRI) team, the strategic investment arm of the foundation.

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