Jim Adox
Managing Director

Jim joined Venture Investors in 2006 as a Managing Director, and heads up the Ann Arbor, Michigan office. He leverages his technical, operational and venture capital background by focusing on investment prospects in medical devices, diagnostics, and healthcare IT.

Jim currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tissue Regeneration Systems, where he was a co-founder and the Company’s first CEO. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of HistoSonics, a company Venture Investors spun out of the University of Michigan and led the $15M Series A financing. In addition, Jim serves on the Board of Directors of SkySpecs and is a Board Observer at NeuMoDx Molecular. He was previously a Board Observer of LenSx (acquired by Alcon for up to $744M).

Jim’s prior venture capital experience includes a combined nine years as a partner at RidgeLine Ventures and EDF Ventures. Jim was a co-investor with Venture Investors while a partner at EDF. During this time, Jim helped launch and was the CFO and a Board member of HandyLab (acquired by Becton Dickinson for $275M), and Xtera Communications (XCOM) by serving in the operating roles of CFO and General Manager until a management team was recruited.

Prior to his venture capital positions, Jim had nine years operating experience both domestically and internationally. In these roles, he wore many functional hats: marketing, engineering, business development and operations.

Involvement in Community & Venture Ecosystem:

  • Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Michigan Venture Capital Association
  • Chairman, Michigan Venture Capital Association, 2013-2015
  • Investment Advisory Committee, Invest Detroit
  • Investment Advisory Committee, Huron River Ventures
  • Fundraising Team Leader, Ann Arbor YMCA’s Annual Campaign
  • Board Member, Ann Arbor Triathlon Club

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • MBA, University of Michigan


Jim is a competitive triathlete, and a four-time Ironman finisher. He is a Cyclocross rider and racer, and an American Birkebeiner cross-country skier. In his free time, he enjoys road biking and photography.