Kenneth Galbraith - General Partner

Ken Galbraith joined Ventures West in 2007 and leads the firm's biotech practice. Ken is a well-known and active member of the North American life sciences community with over 20 years of experience acting as an executive, director, investor and advisor to companies in the biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

In 2006, Ken served as the Chairman and Interim CEO of AnorMED, a biopharmaceutical company focused on new therapeutic products in hematology, HIV and oncology, until its sale to Genzyme Corp. in a cash transaction worth almost US$600 million.

Previously, Ken spent 13 years in senior management with QLT Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company specializing in developing treatments for eye diseases and oncology, retiring in 2000 from his position as Executive VP and CFO. QLT is best known for its product Visudyne, used for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in more than 75 countries around the world, with peak sales in 2005 of approximately USD $500 million.

Ken was a founding Director of the BC Biotechnology Alliance and served as Chairman of the Canadian Bacterial Diseases Network, one of Canada's federally-funded Networks for Centers of Excellence (NCE). He was also a Director of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Fraser Health Authority. He currently serves as the Past Chair of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (one of the world's leading aquariums) and is a Director of Genome BC.

He has served on the board of directors of several public and private biotechnology companies located in BC and the US, including Angiotech Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ANPI;TSX:ANP) and Cardiome Pharma (NASDAQ:CRME;TSX:COM). He is currently on the board of Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TSX). For Ventures West, Ken currently serves as a Director of Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Celator Pharmaceuticals, MacroGenics, NeurAxon and Presidio Pharmaceuticals.

Ken earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant.

Active Portfolio:

Alder Biopharmaceuticals

Alder Biopharmaceuticals - Alder uniquely identifies, develops, and manufactures novel antibody therapeutics to alleviate human suffering in the autoimmune and inflammatory disease areas.

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals - Aquinox is a privately-held pharmaceutical company developing targeted small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory disease.

Celator Pharmaceuticals

Celator Pharmaceuticals - Celator is a private North American biopharmaceutical company developing new technology for targeting combinations of rationally selected chemotherapeutic agents to sites of disease.


MacroGenics - MacroGenics is developing immune-based products including monoclonal antibodies to treat patients with cancer, autoimmune disorders, allergy, or infectious diseases and vaccines to prevent infections in healthy individuals.


NeurAxon - NeurAxon is an early stage research and discovery company dedicated to addressing the growing unmet medical need in the area of pain management.

Presidio Pharmaceuticals

Presidio Pharmaceuticals - Presidio is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing novel, small molecule compounds for the treatment of HIV-1, HCV and other chronic viral infections.

Xenon Pharmaceuticals

Xenon Pharmaceuticals - Xenon is a drug discovery company using clinical genetics and functional genomics.