Nancy Harrison is a nationally-recognized life sciences builder and investor with almost 30 years of experience as sector innovator and leader. She is currently a Venture Partner with Amplitude Venture Capital, a precision medicine VC driven to bring the best Canadian healthcare innovations to market.
With both an MBA from McGill and an Engineering degree from Queens, Nancy is a recipient of the 2020 Milton Wong Leadership Award from Life Science BC, the 2020 PEAK Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Association of Women in Finance, was named CDL-West Fellow of the Year in 2019, and has previously been named to Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40 in Canada.
She currently serves on the boards and an advisor for a number of companies and not-for-profits including Co-Chair COVID Therapeutics Task Force, Ad Mare BioInnovations, Life Sciences BC, the BC Genome I2 venture fund, Teralys Capital, Variation AI, the Polygon Gallery, and BIOTECHCanada’s advisory board for start-up companies, and is a fellow with the Creative Destruction Lab – West.
Nancy previously spent 11 years as co-founder, chief business officer, and president with MSI Methylation Sciences, which grew from start-up to phase II clinical trials for one of its drugs, having raised over US $70MM during her tenure.
Prior to her time at MSI, Nancy spent 14 years as a senior vice president and partner with Ventures West Management where she led the Life Sciences portfolio, growing it from zero to over 30 per cent of the Venture West’s over investments. She helped lead Venture West’s transformation from $90MM assets under management in eight historical funds to over $800MM AUM during her tenure.
Nancy is named on over 19 patents and a further number of patent applications from her work over the years.
In addition to her passion for the Life Sciences sector, Nancy is originally from Ontario and now resides in British Columbia with her husband and three sons. She spends her free time with her family enjoying skiing and hiking in the mountains and exploring BC’s coast.