Jerry DeVries

About Jerry

Jerry has over 20 years of experience leading, operating, and investing in innovative healthcare startups.  As a Managing Director of TEXO Ventures, he collaborates with entrepreneurs on all tasks critical to commercializing innovative healthcare technologies — from navigating the regulatory approval process to designing and implementing complex marketing initiatives.

Jerry focuses on Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Health IT and Technology-Enabled Health Services. He currently sits on the board of Wenzel Spine, OrthoKinematics, Alafairand IsoStem, and the Busby Foundation, an organization focused on helping Central Texas ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) patients and their families. 

Jerry began his career in healthcare working at Centerpulse Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Centerpulse (formerly, Sulzer Medica), where he served in a variety of executive roles focused on operations, global business development, strategic planning and change management.  In 2001, Centerpulse Orthopedics issued one of the largest recalls in history due to defects found in its line of total joint replacement systems.  As the Vice President of Marketing, Jerry led worldwide marketing efforts during this tumultuous time and played a crucial role in the company’s turnaround and subsequent acquisition by  Zimmer Holdings (NYSE: ZMH) for $3.2 billion in 2003.  In partnership with Austin Ventures, Jerry went on to found Path4 Ventures where he helped identify, fund and build Spinal Restoration and LDR Spine.  In 2007, he was recruited to PTV Sciences, an Austin-based healthcare venture firm, where he served as an Operating Venture Partner for two years and led the investment in and commercialization of Ortho Kinematics which is now a TEXO portfolio company.

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