Danchen Zhao, CFA, CAIA

Investment Director

Danchen Zhao has been a healthcare investor since 2011. While at asset management firm PGGM, she led 19 investments worth $475 million in multiple sectors, with a focus on healthcare technology. Prior to joining MTIP, she was an investment manager at venture capital firm Health Innovations, responsible for sourcing, selecting and evaluating investment opportunities. Educated in China, Germany and the US, Ms. Zhao earned a Master of Science in finance from Northeastern University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

What motivates you?

The opportunity to support ambitious teams seeking to develop great solutions. Being involved in a company’s journey to longer-term success can be compared to watching children grow up. You encourage them through their trials and errors, you remain by their side during downturns — and global pandemics — and you swell with pride when they conquer new markets.

How important is communication?

Ultimately, our business depends on the constant exchange of ideas. Thanks to the timely and honest communication we have with management and staff at our portfolio companies, we are well positioned to support them in areas related to strategy and resource allocation. Our regular interactions with healthcare ecosystem stakeholders enable us to pinpoint the most pressing needs and the most innovative solutions.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Walk the path you chose and let the others talk,” is what a wise childhood friend once wrote on a card for me, and it has stayed with me ever since. While I’m open to other people’s opinions, I try not to let those unduly impact the key decisions I need to make. Staying true to my inner self and motivations has brought me fulfillment both at and outside of work.