Immanuel Thangaraj

Managing Director, Palo Alto
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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Immanuel Thangaraj has 20 years of experience as a seasoned investor in operations, venture capital and growth equity opportunities.  Immanuel began his career at ARCH Venture Partners (“AVP”), a leading venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management which makes early stage technology and healthcare investments.  During his tenure at AVP, he managed one of its portfolio companies, HealthQual, a medical information company, until its sale to Nellcor, a large hospital supplies company.  Immanuel left AVP in 1995 to run a start-up telecommunications services company called Integrated Telemanagement, which was later sold to Cam-Net Communications. 

Immanuel joined Essex Woodlands as a Partner in 1996 and was promoted to Managing Director in 1998.

Immanuel serves on the Board of Directors for Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACUR), Serene, Kona Medical, Inc., Proteus Digital Health, and TearScience, Inc. In addition to the portfolio company boards on which he serves, Immanuel was also responsible for Essex Woodlands’ investment in Microport Scientific Corporation (HK:853); China Cord Blood Services Corporation (NYSE:  CO); VenturePharm; CBR Systems (sold to GTCR); iKnowMed Systems (NYSE: MCK acquired); and Novacept (Nasdaq: HOLX acquired).

Immanuel serves as the Co-Chair of the Council of the Booth School of Business and the Visiting Committee of the College, both at the University of Chicago.  He is also a Trustee of Trinity School in Menlo Park, California; on the Board of the India Community Center in Milpitas, California; and the former Chairman of MAP International.

Immanuel holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.