Heath Lukatch, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Dr. Lukatch co-founded Red Tree Venture Capital and serves as the firm’s managing partner. A highly regarded and accomplished life science industry investor, his 36 career investments have resulted in 20 value-creating exits including 11 companies entering the public market and nine others being acquired. From 2015 -2020, Dr. Lukatch worked at TPG where he … Read more

Jennifer Cochran, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr. Cochran co-founded Red Tree Venture Capital and serves as the firm’s chief scientific advisor. She is a professor and the chair of the department of bioengineering at Stanford University, where she also is a professor (by courtesy) of chemical engineering and a member of the cancer biology, biophysics and immunology training programs. Dr. Cochran … Read more

Jon Edwards, Ph.D.

Managing Director

Dr. Edwards is Red Tree’s managing director and brings the firm broad life science company creation and investment experience. During his career, he has led and sourced more than 12 investments, with three of those taken public and three acquired, including the multi-billion dollar acquisitions of Synthorx, Inc. and Impact Biomedicines. Prior to joining Red … Read more

Krishna Polu, M.D.


Dr. Polu is an experienced clinical development executive with a track record of pipeline advancement and drug approvals across multiple therapeutics areas. Most recently, Dr. Polu was the executive vice president of research and development and chief medical officer at Equillium, a public biotech company focused on advancing novel targeted therapies for autoimmune and inflammatory … Read more

Matthew Potter

Chief Financial Officer

An experienced financial executive, Matt offers Red Tree expertise across a range of key functions including investment reporting, legal, compliance and administration. He is managing member of venture CFO consulting firm Lomond Hill, LLC, has served as CFO & partner of Delphi Ventures and was controller of a venture-backed software startup. Matt holds a B.S. … Read more

Jodi Yang

Head of Capital Formation

Jodi served as a partner for B Capital, Balderton, and March. Prior to that, she founded a hedge fund and was an e-commerce entrepreneur in China. Jodi started her career in banking at Citi and HSBC. She holds a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Jodi is … Read more

Samad Wahid, M.D.

Senior Associate

Dr. Wahid has broad life science industry experience, both as an investor and a team member at innovative drug development companies. He most recently worked at SR One Capital Management, where he focused on early-stage biopharma investment opportunities, as well as new company creation. Prior to SR One, he served as a member of the … Read more

Yoko Sugimoto

Executive Assistant