John Harris

Commercial Advisor


John is a seasoned investor, operating executive and corporate director with significant experience founding, funding and developing early-stage life sciences and technology companies. 

Prior to co-founding JAZZ Venture Partners, John was the founder, President and CEO of NeuroVista, a Seattle-based medical device company pioneering new technologies for the management and treatment of epilepsy.  NeuroVista was acquired by Cyberonics in 2013 (NASDAQ: CYBX).  John was also a founder and the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Northstar Neuroscience, which went public in 2006 (NASDAQ:  NSTR) and was subsequently acquired by St. Jude Medial (NYSE:  STJ).  Prior to founding Northstar, he was a founder of Heartstream, a company that revolutionized the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest with uniquely designed external defibrillators that remain the market leader and can be found in airports, airplanes, stadiums, public buildings and many other locations.  Heartstream went public in 1996, was subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ).

John is also a cofounder of ClearFlow, MDI Partners, and VenX, and has held board positions with Setpoint Medical, Mirador Biomedical, ExoLabs and Norfil Manufacturing.  

John holds a BS in industrial engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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