Anula Jayasuriya, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A, is the Founder & Managing Director of EXXclaim Capital, an early-stage venture fund focused on catalyzing innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in Women’s Health, and a Co-founder of Evolvence India Life Science Fund (EILSF), the very first fund in India to focus exclusively on health care and invest in Indian pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and contract services companies. Dr. Jayasuriya has applied deep business, scientific, and medical knowledge in her career as a pharmaceutical company executive, private equity executive, and venture capitalist, providing her with a broad experience base spanning clinical, executive, entrepreneurial, and financial roles. She was among the first investors to recognize the untapped opportunity in the unmet needs in women’s health.
Integrating her passion with her investing expertise, in 2013 Dr. Jayasuriya founded EXXclaim Capital, which has invested in a portfolio of diverse Women’s Health companies ranging from digital health, medical devices, and diagnostics to consumer products. EXXclaim’s first investment, nVision Medical, was acquired in 2018 by Boston Scientific Inc. In 2006, she co-founded EILSF, focusing exclusively on investment in Indian pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and contract services companies. Dr. Jayasuriya was previously a partner with Skyline Ventures in Palo Alto, and prior to that with the German/US venture capital firm TVM, in San Francisco. Her prior positions include VP Business Development at Genomics Collaborative Inc., Vice President, Global Drug Development at Hoffman-La Roche for opportunistic infections in AIDS and Transplantation, and Director, Outcomes Research at Syntex Laboratories.
Dr. Jayasuriya received a BA from Harvard summa cum laude, and an MD and PhD (in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics) from Harvard Medical School. She interned in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Jayasuriya also holds a M. Phil. in pharmacology from the University of Cambridge, in England.