Salix Ventures was founded in 1997 to make private equity investments in high-growth health care services companies and raised three limited partnerships with more than $180 million of committed capital. Although Salix is no longer evaluating new investment opportunities, our founding partners continue to actively manage our remaining portfolio companies.

Chris founded Salix Ventures with David Ward in 1997. Chris has served on the board of directors of numerous public and privately-held companies. He was the founding investor and lead director of Psychiatric Solutions, which went public in 2004 and was acquired for $3.1 billion in 2010. He has also served on the boards of Neighborhood Diabetes, Pathology Partners, Habit Holdings, AccentCare, Allegiance Hospice, Radiant Research and other Salix portfolio companies. Prior to Salix he managed CGJR Health Care Services Group, a health care investment fund, from 1994 to 1997. From 1985 to 1994 he served as an operating executive for a series of ambulatory surgical center companies, including CFO and then President at MediVision, SVP and Treasurer at Medical Care International, and COO at each of Heritage Surgical and Surgical Health. Chris received his B.A. from Williams College in 1976 and his J.D. from Boston University in 1979. He practiced law in Boston from 1979 until 1985.

David founded Salix Ventures with Chris Grant in 1997. David has served on the board of directors of numerous privately-held companies, including Bravo Health, U.S. Renal Care, Titan Health, SemperCare, U.S. Healthworks, Trilogy Health and other Salix portfolio companies. Prior to Salix David served as an operating executive from 1984 to1997, including VP-Development at MedCath from 1992 to 1997, VP-Managed Care at Medical Care International from 1989 to 1992, and VP-Operations at MediVision from 1984 to 1989. David began his career at Bain Capital and Bain & Company. David graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1979 with an A.B. in economics and received his J.D. and M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1983.

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