Shelly Lanning
Venture Partner

Shelly joined Venture Investors in 2021 as a Venture Partner. She brings over 25 years of investing and operating experience, primarily within healthcare, medical devices and health & wellness industries. Her experience includes venture capital and growth equity investing including M&A transaction expertise, corporate strategy, business development and financial.

Shelly is currently the founding member at SWL Healthcare Ventures where she focuses on early stage healthcare investments. Shelly led the most recent financing and serves on the board of Marani Health, an early stage fetal and maternal health company spun out of the Mayo Clinic. Shelly also led the financing and serves on the Board of Intellihealth, an early stage company spun out of Weill Cornell Medical focused in obesity. Additional active investments include Ghost Lifestyles (sports nutrition) and Rescripted (fertility).

Previous board involvement includes Cleveland Home Health (acquired by Bios Home Health), Galil Medical, (acquired by BTG/Boston Scientific), NuvoMed (acquired by Centurion Medical), Suros Surgical (acquired by Hologic), National Healing Company (merged with Diversified) and others.
Prior to Founding SWL Health she was the CEO of a healthcare service company focused on the senior market. Previous investment experience came from Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, Healthcor Partners and Tullis-Dickerson & Co where she gained broad healthcare investing experience in medical device, healthcare IT, healthcare services and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Shelly is a graduate of the Wharton School and is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 6).

Involvement in Community & Venture Ecosystem:

  • Active Member in Medical Alley, Golden Valley, MN
  • Active Member in NYC Health Business Leaders
  • Active Member, Kauffman Fellows Alumni

Education & Certifications:

  • B.A., Physiology/Chemistry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • MBA, The Wharton School; The University of Pennsylvania
  • Kauffman Fellow, Class 6


Shelly is a fitness and outdoor enthusiast who loves to run, mountain bike, ski, and hike. She loves international travel and photography.