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Garheng Kong, MBA, MD, PhD, is founder and managing partner of HealthQuest Capital, a healthcare venture capital and growth equity firm. He has over two decades of experience in the healthcare field as an investor, physician, scientist, and engineer. He has over two decades of experience in the healthcare field as an investor, physician, scientist, and engineer, with a long list of successes (25 IPO/M&A exits). He has represented HealthQuest on the boards of Ajax I, Ajax II, Ajax III, Alcresta, Avedro, Avizia, BardyDx, Castle Biosciences, CleanSlate, Etairos, ENT Specialty Partners, Everlywell, HealthChannels, Magnolia Medical, Perspectum, Pulmonx, Spirox, TigerConnect, Trice Medical, Venus Concept, and CareMetx/VirMedica. Some of his notable past successes include IPO’s with Avedro (AVDR), Castle Biosciences (CSTL), Cempra (CEMP), Alimera (ALIM), Applied Genetic Technology Corp. (AGTC), AmWell (AMWL), Proteon (PRTO), Pulmonx (LUNG), Histogenics (HSGX), TransEnterix (TRXC) and Venus Concept (VERO). His investments going on to successful M&A transactions include: Ajax I (Medtronic), Avedro (Glaukos), Avizia (AmWell), Calibra Medical (J&J), Cellective (AstraZeneca), Serenex (Pfizer), Athenix (Bayer), NovaMin (GSK), Aldagen (Cytomedix), Salveo Specialty Pharmacy (United Health), SARCode (Shire), Spirox (Stryker), and Virmedica (CareMetx). Garheng’s interests and industry footprint are broad as he also serves on boards of LabCorp (LH), Alimera Sciences (ALIM), StrongBridge (SBBP), Be The Match, Duke University Medical Center, and has served as Chairman on nine boards. He has been founder and CEO of two successful biopharma companies (Cellective and Viamet). Garheng received two undergraduate degrees, in chemical engineering and biological sciences, from Stanford, which he attended on an athletic scholarship. He then earned his MD, PhD and MBA from Duke University, graduating at the top of his class in each instance. Garheng is a Fellow of the third class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.