Tramway Ventures Welcomes Chris Japp as Managing Partner

[Albuquerque, August 21, 2023] – Tramway Ventures, New Mexico’s leading life sciences and healthcare venture capital firm, proudly announces the appointment of Chris Japp as Managing Partner to the firm. With a strong track record of developing and nurturing high performance global teams at blue chip healthcare technology companies, Chris will join Tramway in their commitment to building transformative, early-stage health innovation companies that leverage frontier technologies developed within New Mexico and the Greater Southwest Region.

With over 30 years of global experience in the medical device and life sciences industries, Chris has held top leadership roles at large multinational public and private companies such as GE Healthcare, Boston Scientific, Pentax Medical, Hitachi Medical, and others. In addition to his full-time roles, Chris has also been active in various non-executive board positions and has extensive corporate M&A experience, having led many acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, partnerships, and technology licensing agreements throughout his career. As a result of these roles, Chris is also well versed in early-stage company development and operations, including fundraising, scale-up strategy, IP, regulatory and reimbursement pathway development, manufacturing, sales, and exit strategy considerations.

A seasoned C-suite executive, Chris will help guide Tramway Ventures’ investment decisions, provide insight and guidance to our portfolio companies, and contribute to the firm’s expansion beyond New Mexico. “Even before we began building a relationship with Chris, he hit the ground running,” added Waneta Tuttle, Founder and Managing Partner of Tramway Ventures. “He has deeply embedded himself within New Mexico’s maturing ecosystem. He is a technologist, subject matter expert, and has boundless enthusiasm for the life-changing potential of hard technologies. We are absolutely thrilled to have him on the team.”

About Tramway Venture Partners
Tramway is based in Albuquerque, NM and is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in biotech, medtech, and healthtech. Founded by serial entrepreneurs with extensive venture capital experience and domain expertise, our mission is to cultivate a strong ecosystem of connected entrepreneurs and thriving companies, and to accelerate technology advancements that transform the healthcare landscape. For more information, please visit