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The managing directors of IWHP are proud and privileged to have partnered with visionary management teams who are shaping the future of Biotech, Medical Devices and Healthcare IT. The groundbreaking businesses they have created are representative of the industry-leading companies that InterWest has helped build over the last three decades.

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Gil Kliman


Managing Director

"It’s a privilege to work with visionary entrepreneurs who are creating the technologies and procedures that define the future of medical care. And it’s exciting to help them craft business strategies that propel and transform their ideas into market penetration and real-world success."

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Gil joined InterWest's healthcare team in 1996 and leads the firm's medical device franchise. He invests in a broad array of healthcare opportunities, with a special interest in ophthalmology.


He is a board member of Avedro, Doximity, Glaukos (GKOS), GobiquityRestoration Robotics (HAIR), and ReVision Optics


Gil has led InterWest's medical device team since 1999 and pioneered InterWest's ophthalmology franchise. He was an early investor in IntraLase, LenSx and Glaukos, category-creating ophthalmic device companies that became standard-of-care for eye surgery around the world. He is also a founder and co-chairman of the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit, the world's largest ophthalmology business conference with over 1000 annual attendees. 


Gil has a B.A. from Harvard University. He received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Institute and retina fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as a Heed Foundation Fellow. He also serves as a National Trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.


Representative Prior Investments


Epocrates (NASDAQ: EPOC; acquired by Athenahealth in 2013),  INC Research (acquired by Avista Capital Partners in 2010), Inspire Pharmaceuticals (IPO 2000, ISPH), Intralase (IPO 2004, ILSE), LenSx Lasers (acquired by Alcon in 2010), Spinal Dynamics (acquired by Medtronic in 2002), Spiration (acquired by Olympus Medical Systems in 2010)

Over the last 20 years I have had the privilege of diverse life experiences as a laser researcher, practicing physician, startup company founder, and technology venture capitalist. I most enjoy being on the front edge of new technology waves, looking over the horizon for non-obvious opportunities... What I find exciting is working alongside visionary entrepreneurs, thinking non-traditionally, and helping to identify creative strategies to make pioneering ventures even more successful.