Meet the team
Dr. Joseph D. Mocanu

Joseph started his career as a scientist, developing new cancer therapies during his PhD at the University of Toronto. He co-founded a medical device startup during his studies which brought him into the world of business and his first interactions with VCs.

He first learned about active investing during his time at DM Capital in Shenzhen, helping launch their first fund, Harmony. He then joined Oliver Wyman’s health and life sciences practice to understand and develop strategies towards addressing key business and market needs for his global healthcare clients, and did so for over 75 projects, and across 20+ markets. During this time he also assisted several funds and conglomerates with their healthcare investment strategies.

Seeing the need for more early stage investment for healthcare founders, and the opportunity for technology to make a real difference, Joseph began angel investing in health tech companies in 2014, eventually reaching a personal portfolio of 9 companies by 2018. It was at that point that Joseph realised that he needed to do this full time and that there weren't any funds out there that were focused on seed stage, health tech, and massive solving global problems, which is when he decided to launch Verge HealthTech later that year.

Dr. Joseph D. Mocanu

Joseph started his career as a scientist, developing new cancer therapies during his PhD at the University of Toronto. He co-founded a medical device startup during his studies which brought him into the world of business and his first interactions with VCs.

He first learned about active investing during his time at DM Capital in Shenzhen, helping launch their first fund, Harmony. He then joined Oliver Wyman’s health and life sciences practice to understand and develop strategies towards addressing key business and market needs for his global healthcare clients, and did so for over 75 projects, and across 20+ markets. During this time he also assisted several funds and conglomerates with their healthcare investment strategies.

Seeing the need for more early stage investment for healthcare founders, and the opportunity for technology to make a real difference, Joseph began angel investing in health tech companies in 2014, eventually reaching a personal portfolio of 9 companies by 2018. It was at that point that Joseph realised that he needed to do this full time and that there weren't any funds out there that were focused on seed stage, health tech, and massive solving global problems, which is when he decided to launch Verge HealthTech later that year.

Erki Mölder

Erki graduated from the University of Tartu in 1997 in the fields of: (a) Corporate Finance and Investments; and (b) Money and Banking. He has been involved in healthcare and life sciences for over twenty years starting from 1999, when he assumed the position of CEO of Quattromed. From 1999 to 2013 he helped the company grow from University of Tartu spin-off company to biggest regional laboratory operating in three countries and employing over 200 employees. Quattromed was acquired in 2013 by Synlab. 

Since 2013, Erki has invested into healthcare business models of today and of tomorrow. Erki has invested prolifically across both seed stage health tech (first as an angel, then with Verge as our European Venture Partner in 2018) as well as later stage healthcare build & buy deals. Erki has been a member of Estonian Association of Business Angels EstBAN since 2013.

Erki has held several executive and non-executive positions with nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Chairman of Supervisory Board of Enterprise Estonia (300+ employees, annual turnover 100M+ EUR)  and the CEO of TREV-2 Group (500+ employees, annual turnover appr. 100M EUR).

Erki is the Founder of Health Economy Association (established in 2019) and the first health tech-related business accelerator, Health Founders (established in 2020).

Since 2020, Erki serves as the Supervisory Council member of the Latvian biggest hospital Rigas Austrumu Kliniska Universitates Slimnica.

Erki brings the entire lifecycle of startup and investing experience to Verge, from idea to M&A, across multiple healthcare subsectors (technology-focused + brick & mortar) and markets.

Erki Mölder

Erki graduated from the University of Tartu in 1997 in the fields of: (a) Corporate Finance and Investments; and (b) Money and Banking. He has been involved in healthcare and life sciences for over twenty years starting from 1999, when he assumed the position of CEO of Quattromed. From 1999 to 2013 he helped the company grow from University of Tartu spin-off company to biggest regional laboratory operating in three countries and employing over 200 employees. Quattromed was acquired in 2013 by Synlab. 

Since 2013, Erki has invested into healthcare business models of today and of tomorrow. Erki has invested prolifically across both seed stage health tech (first as an angel, then with Verge as our European Venture Partner in 2018) as well as later stage healthcare build & buy deals. Erki has been a member of Estonian Association of Business Angels EstBAN since 2013.

Erki has held several executive and non-executive positions with nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Chairman of Supervisory Board of Enterprise Estonia (300+ employees, annual turnover 100M+ EUR)  and the CEO of TREV-2 Group (500+ employees, annual turnover appr. 100M EUR).

Erki is the Founder of Health Economy Association (established in 2019) and the first health tech-related business accelerator, Health Founders (established in 2020).

Since 2020, Erki serves as the Supervisory Council member of the Latvian biggest hospital Rigas Austrumu Kliniska Universitates Slimnica.

Erki brings the entire lifecycle of startup and investing experience to Verge, from idea to M&A, across multiple healthcare subsectors (technology-focused + brick & mortar) and markets.

Ed Deng

Ed’s early career was in investment banking, starting at Lehman Brothers, working on some of the pivotal deals across Taiwan’s booming semiconductor and tech sectors out of their Palo Alto office. He then jumped to the client side where he became Head of Investments at Mediatek, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies.

Ed joined the startup world through Hesine Technologies, an end-to-end push platform for mobile devices, incubated as a JV between Mediatek and NQ Mobile, where he was Chief Marketing Officer before its acquisition by Link Motion. During this time, Ed also began angel investing, making several successful bets across fintech and ecommerce.

Ed began his journey in health tech when he co-founded Health2Sync in 2013, after witnessing many in his family battle diabetes and learning what works in managing it. It is now Asia's largest diabetes disease management platform ex-China, and has attracted investment from Sompo, Alibaba, and active collaborations with Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Fitbit and many others.  

Ed co-founded Verge with Joseph in 2018, after several years of working together on Health2Sync, where Joseph was an angel investor and advisor. As one of the early pioneers of digital health, Ed brings valuable operational knowledge and mentorship to our portfolio companies.  

Ed obtained his BSc in Commerce-Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at The University of Virginia, and currently serves on the Global Advisory Board of the McIntire School of Commerce.

Ed Deng

Ed’s early career was in investment banking, starting at Lehman Brothers, working on some of the pivotal deals across Taiwan’s booming semiconductor and tech sectors out of their Palo Alto office. He then jumped to the client side where he became Head of Investments at Mediatek, one of the world's largest fabless semiconductor companies.

Ed joined the startup world through Hesine Technologies, an end-to-end push platform for mobile devices, incubated as a JV between Mediatek and NQ Mobile, where he was Chief Marketing Officer before its acquisition by Link Motion. During this time, Ed also began angel investing, making several successful bets across fintech and ecommerce.

Ed began his journey in health tech when he co-founded Health2Sync in 2013, after witnessing many in his family battle diabetes and learning what works in managing it. It is now Asia's largest diabetes disease management platform ex-China, and has attracted investment from Sompo, Alibaba, and active collaborations with Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Fitbit and many others.  

Ed co-founded Verge with Joseph in 2018, after several years of working together on Health2Sync, where Joseph was an angel investor and advisor. As one of the early pioneers of digital health, Ed brings valuable operational knowledge and mentorship to our portfolio companies.  

Ed obtained his BSc in Commerce-Finance from the McIntire School of Commerce at The University of Virginia, and currently serves on the Global Advisory Board of the McIntire School of Commerce.

Carl Nicholas Ng

Carl entered the health tech field in 2017, when he joined Lifetrack Medical Systems as their first senior business hire, eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Carl led Lifetrack’s growth with healthcare providers around the world through their next-generation radiology software platform, LifeSys. He also led Lifetrack’s first institutional investor round in 2019, raising a $5.3 million Series A from the Philips, Asia Impact Investment Fund, and Kickstart Ventures. Carl first met Joseph while he was on the board of Lifetrack as their first angel investor, and their strong working relationship eventually led to him joining Verge as a General Partner.

Carl is an active startup advisor and investor. Carl sits on the board of directors for MedGrocer, a Philippines-based integrated digital pharmacy and medicine benefits management provider, and for the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange, the market-leading regulated crypto exchange in the country. He is also an advisor for Thoughtfull, a mental telehealth platform based in Singapore with the largest network of counselors in Southeast Asia.

Prior to Lifetrack, Carl worked at Bain & Company in Singapore, working across private equity, consumer goods and telecoms & technology engagements. Carl received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Carl Nicholas Ng

Carl entered the health tech field in 2017, when he joined Lifetrack Medical Systems as their first senior business hire, eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Carl led Lifetrack’s growth with healthcare providers around the world through their next-generation radiology software platform, LifeSys. He also led Lifetrack’s first institutional investor round in 2019, raising a $5.3 million Series A from the Philips, Asia Impact Investment Fund, and Kickstart Ventures. Carl first met Joseph while he was on the board of Lifetrack as their first angel investor, and their strong working relationship eventually led to him joining Verge as a General Partner.

Carl is an active startup advisor and investor. Carl sits on the board of directors for MedGrocer, a Philippines-based integrated digital pharmacy and medicine benefits management provider, and for the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange, the market-leading regulated crypto exchange in the country. He is also an advisor for Thoughtfull, a mental telehealth platform based in Singapore with the largest network of counselors in Southeast Asia.

Prior to Lifetrack, Carl worked at Bain & Company in Singapore, working across private equity, consumer goods and telecoms & technology engagements. Carl received his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Joice Lu

Trained in sociology, psychology and business, Joice never expected she would find herself right in the middle of the golden age of personal computing – that is, Apple, during the time of Steve Jobs.

Beginning her career as an Engineering Project Manager in the Product Design department of Apple, she worked on several prominent projects from blueprint to mass production, including the MacBook Air and the first aluminum unibody MacBook Pro.

Following her departure from Apple, Joice entered the startup world when she was asked to co-found a tech startup with her ex-Apple colleagues (which Ed invested in, before we knew him!), then founding an e-commerce startup. Following her entrepreneurial ventures, she became an angel investor, co-investing with Joseph.

Joice brings her love of entrepreneurship and investment to our portfolio companies, where she actively assists with operations, especially around international business development and hardware supply chain sourcing.

Joice Lu

Trained in sociology, psychology and business, Joice never expected she would find herself right in the middle of the golden age of personal computing – that is, Apple, during the time of Steve Jobs.

Beginning her career as an Engineering Project Manager in the Product Design department of Apple, she worked on several prominent projects from blueprint to mass production, including the MacBook Air and the first aluminum unibody MacBook Pro.

Following her departure from Apple, Joice entered the startup world when she was asked to co-found a tech startup with her ex-Apple colleagues (which Ed invested in, before we knew him!), then founding an e-commerce startup. Following her entrepreneurial ventures, she became an angel investor, co-investing with Joseph.

Joice brings her love of entrepreneurship and investment to our portfolio companies, where she actively assists with operations, especially around international business development and hardware supply chain sourcing.

Our Advisors and Venture Partners
Americas
Rupam Shrivastava
Managing Partner, Frontiers Capital
Americas
Dr Ferdinand Hui
Director of Interventional Stroke, Johns Hopkins
Americas
Erika Cheung
Founder of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, Spiral Bio
Americas
Roberto Persivale
Founding Partner, Asesorandes
Americas
Joshua Tessier
Founding Partner, Ramen Ventures
Asia-Pacific
Lixin Zheng
Founder and Chairman, DM Capital (德摩资本)
Asia-Pacific
XiangQian Lin
CEO, Esco Global
Asia-Pacific
Dr Jeremy Lim
Founder and CEO, AMiLi | Professor, Public Health, NUS
Asia-Pacific
Simone Lee, LLB
Founder and CEO, Tigas Pharma
Asia-Pacific
Dr Stanley Li
Founder and CEO, DXY (丁香园)
Asia-Pacific
Scarlett Chen
Managing Director, Prudential Corporation Asia
Asia-Pacific
Ajay Sharma
Executive Director, New Ventures, Millennium Corp
EMEA
Dr Sven-Olaf Vathje
Regional Head, Healthcare, Oliver Wyman
EMEA
Tomaž Gornik
Chairman, openEHR Foundation
EMEA
Alexander Jan
Partner, Sophont Capital
EMEA
Paul Gaudin
Founder and CEO, CareRooms
EMEA
Maher Abouzerid
Vice President, Healthcare, Magenta
EMEA
Brendan Farmer
Founder, Crawford Street
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