Paul Weiss
Managing Director

Paul joined Venture Investors in 2006 as a Managing Director. Paul is focused on the firm’s therapeutics practice. Paul worked as a part-time Analyst for Venture Investors from 1989 to 1992 while receiving his MBA and has been a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Committee since 2001.

Paul serves on the Board of Directors of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:ARPO), FluGen, and Madison Vaccines. He is a former board member of Akebia Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AKBA), Neurovance (sold to Otsuka), and Tissue Regeneration Systems.

Paul has over 20 years of operating experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Previously, he served as President of the Gala Biotech business unit of Cardinal Health, a division that was established when the Venture Investors portfolio company, Gala Design, Inc., under his leadership was acquired. Prior to joining Gala, Paul served as Vice President of Business Development of 3-Dimensional Pharmaceuticals, a venture capital backed biotechnology company with a drug discovery platform that successfully completed an IPO during his tenure with the company, and was subsequently acquired by Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that, Paul worked as Director of Licensing for the pharmaceutical company Wyeth-Ayerst, which was a division of American Home Products (now part of Pfizer). Earlier, he served as Director of Business Development and Research for the Scientific Protein Labs division of American Home Products. He began his career in industry as the Director of Operations of Columbia Research Labs.

Involvement in Community & Venture Ecosystem:

  • Member (Catalyst), WARF’s Biopharmaceutical Accelerator Program
  • Board of Visitors, Waisman Center
  • Advisory Board of the Waisman Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S. (Honours), Biochemistry, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
  • Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • MBA, University of Wisconsin – Madison


In his spare time, Paul enjoys spending time with family (biking, swimming, and generally goofing off), learning more about wine (and hopefully not buying more!), cooking, and still playing softball and golf as time permits.