We are ^1200 Amplitude.

The name is new but we, decidedly, are not. We stand proudly on a foundation of deep experience and a demonstrable body of success creating, building, and growing break-out companies.

About Us

We are savvy investors and proven company builders who, at the core, are driven to bring the best healthcare innovations to market to help improve the lives of patients one patient at a time.

A foundation
for success

We have spent decades working with healthcare entrepreneurs to realize their vision of bringing life changing therapies to patients, while delivering superior value to investors.

Most recently, we worked together to lead healthcare venture investing at Canada’s most active venture investor, creating, building and growing globally competitive Canadian healthcare companies. This strong track record has attracted leading institutions as investors in Amplitude.

Alexandre Le Bouthillier_Co-Founder & COO, Imagia

“The vision of AI in healthcare from the Amplitude team was unique in Canada. They supported the bold step of accelerating growth via acquisition, enabling Imagia to provide one of the leading AI healthcare discovery platform in the world. Their strong network and experience continue to be attractive to new investors & customers who are key to company success.”

Arun Menawat_CEO, Profound Medical

“The Amplitude team has been key to our success. As an early investor, they helped construct a great foundational team and then made the moves to add expertise and technology to accelerate our growth and build product lines for Europe and North America.”

Mike Weider_CEO, Shoebox

“As our first institutional investor, the Amplitude team provided the capital and guidance to enable the company to refine its product strategy and build strong market presence. By always encouraging the company to “think big” and supporting that strategy with capital, they enabled the company to have the confidence to build a world-class product and commercial success.”

Ali Tehrani_CEO and Founder, Zymeworks

“Leadership, guidance and relationships from the Amplitude team were instrumental to our Mezzanine round. It was clear that they shared our vision to create a great company, and to strongly support that vision with the capital they provided, which catalyzed our success since. Their philosophy and commitment to building world-class companies with global impact is refreshingly unique and very much appreciated.”

Clarissa Desjardins_Co-founder & CEO, Clementia Pharmaceuticals

“As a partner who saw the spark of the idea and provided the kindling to get the fire started, the Amplitude team was key at the company’s origin and their strong and early support was necessary to attract large amounts of external capital that enabled us to attract our leadership team and progress quickly. They were the only Canadian fund to take the early risk with us and see what we could become.”

Joe Oliveto_CEO, Milestone Pharma

“As an early institutional investor, the Amplitude team was critical to supporting the company to generate the proof of concept data necessary to attract others. By providing increasing amounts of capital, they enabled us to expand our investor base and secure the growth capital that we needed. Their experience growing companies was invaluable on the board as we built a leadership team to take the company to the next level.”

The Team

Dion Madsen
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“I’ve focused my career on doing bold, big things and making an impact to create a better world.”

Experienced health investment leader. Co-founder of Amplitude, founded or led investment activities at BDC Capital's Healthcare Fund, Physic Ventures, and Unilever Technology Ventures.

Specialties
  • growing companies to IPO
  • coaching entrepreneurs to “think big”
  • playing soccer like it’s hockey
Dion Madsen
Co-Founder and Partner
Jean-François Pariseau
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“I’m passionate about scanning the healthcare landscape to find that next big idea that will significantly impact lives.”

Unrepentant entrepreneur. Unrepentant investor. Co-founder of Amplitude. Led investments at BDC Capital’s Healthcare Fund and CDP Capital Technology Ventures. Lived the start-up dream, twice.

Specialties
  • molding ideas into real startups
  • building them to IPO and beyond
  • radical candor
  • “cycling-ninja” in my free-time
Jean-François Pariseau
Co-Founder and Partner
Allyson Tighe
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“I’m a treasure hunter with an insatiable drive to help the most audacious ideas become practical realities.”

Co-founder of Amplitude and previous investor at the BDC Capital Healthcare Fund. Recovering scientist but perpetual nerd. Passionate about creating, building, and growing world class healthcare companies in Canada.

Specialties
  • creating companies
  • developing strategy
  • making a really killer cup of coffee
Allyson Tighe
Co-Founder and Associate
Bharat Srinivasa
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“I am a champion of innovators pushing at the boundaries of science to improve and save lives.”

Ex-consultant and academic. Connoisseur of graphs. Co-founder of Amplitude. Previous investor at BDC Capital Healthcare Fund.

Specialties
  • company builder
  • competitive intelligence
  • climbing mountains (both start-ups and real ones)
Bharat Srinivasa
Co-Founder and Associate

Our
Intent

The Amplitude culture mirrors the outlook of the four co-founders. We are equal parts visionary and pragmatist.

We see the promise that medicine holds. We see a healthcare environment where Canadian entrepreneurs with cutting-edge technologies can enable patients to live longer and happier lives.

Amplitude is guided by a strategic advisory board of successful company builders with deep experience taking biopharma and medical device companies from idea to exit.

Innovation Potential

Canada boasts an innovation-rich healthcare ecosystem teeming with world-leading academic and research centres. For too long, however, the capital and expertise necessary to scale potentially game-changing ideas into break-out companies has been largely missing. Our mission is to unite innovators with the necessary capital and our builder vision to create and scale great companies. This is where we focus and thrive.

Where we focus

We believe the future of healthcare lies in today’s tremendous Canadian innovation ecosystem. Our current investment focus is on precision medicine where world-class innovators are driving the future of healthcare by:

  • Enhancing the quality and accuracy of diagnoses, delivering more precise treatments, reducing financial costs and side effects.
  • Leading the world by combining software and biology by applying artificial intelligence to accelerate therapeutic development, working with next generation imaging to enable robot-assisted surgery, and combining microelectronics and living cells to enable 3D printing of tissues and organs.
  • Selecting the right treatment for the right patient with targeted therapies (including antibodies, immunotherapy, and cell & gene therapy).

We direct our efforts towards those opportunities that allow us to create, build, and grow hyper-growth companies with real potential to deliver accelerated growth and build and deliver sector leading value.

We have offices in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, home to world-leading centres of excellence in the field of precision medicine.

The Amplitude Model

Put simply, we exist at the nexus of need and solution. Our mantra is creating, building, and growing companies that bring breakthroughs to patients. The Amplitude team has screened thousands of opportunities during our careers and our first question is always “what problem are you solving?” with the second being, “how big can this be?”

We target companies that are at the acceleration stage, investing capital and leveraging our networks and strategic alliances to help entrepreneurs attract the team and assets needed to enable hyper-growth.

As proven builders, we know how and when to scale teams to propel companies at the acceleration stage. We have forged key strategic partnerships that we leverage on behalf of our portfolio companies to help build critical mass and attract the top talent required to accelerate to hyper growth.

Portfolio

Our portfolio is an example of how our team has helped founders and entrepreneurs create, build, and grow their companies. This hands-on approach is hard-wired in the Amplitude culture as we know that investment capital alone is never enough. The Amplitude team was responsible for the initial investment or significant additional investment in the following companies and continues to manage these investments on behalf of BDC Capital.

  • Clementia Pharmaceuticals
    Clementia Pharmaceuticals
    Clementia Pharmaceuticals

    Clementia is developing palovarotene, a retinoic acid receptor gamma (RARγ) selective agonist, for the treatment of people with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), multiple osteochondromas (MO) and dry eye disease. We believe that focusing on pharmaceuticals that deliver life changing improvement and significant treatment cost reduction are high value creators. We were the seed investor in the company and have grown it to an IPO and Phase III clinical stage.

  • Shoebox
    Shoebox
    Shoebox

    Shoebox has created the world’s first easy-to-use, automated, FDA approved iPad audiometer. We believe that digital technologies will increase in use, especially where they deliver significant convenience and cost savings. We were the first institutional investor in the company and grew it until its acquisition by Sivantos in 2018.

  • Circle Cardiovascular
    Circle Cardiovascular
    Circle Cardiovascular

    Circle Cardiovascular has built the leading intuitive cardiovascular post-processing software suite for the viewing and analyzing of CMR and CCT images. We believe that the adoption of digital imaging and the potential for application of artificial intelligence is a real game changer in medical practice. We built the company as the first institutional investor and sold BDC Capital’s investment in 2018.

  • Milestone Pharmaceuticals
    Milestone Pharmaceuticals
    Milestone Pharmaceuticals

    Milestone is developing a self-administered treatment for paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) episodes and other episodic conditions. We believe that self-administered treatment at home has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for patients and reduce the cost of care by avoiding emergency room visits. We were one of the first institutional investors in the company and have advanced the company to the initiation of a Phase III study.

  • Profound Medical
    Profound Medical
    Profound Medical

    Profound has developed real-time MR-guidance as the imaging platform, and ultrasound as the energy source for delivering non-invasive ablative tools to clinicians. Its lead product is TULSA-PRO®, which combines real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging with transurethral, robotically-driven therapeutic ultrasound and closed-loop thermal feedback control that is designed to provide precise ablation of the prostate while simultaneously protecting critical surrounding anatomy from potential side effects. We believe that surgical care is rapidly moving to integrate real-time imaging technology, robotics and human experience to reduce and remove limitations to surgeons. We were one of the first institutional investors in the company and have grown it to commercial stage and a public market listing.

  • Phemi Systems
    Phemi Systems
    Phemi Systems

    Phemi has built from the ground-up privacy, security and governance technologies originally developed by the NSA to organize and lock down all data. PHEMI then adds powerful de-identification, pseudo-identification and policy-based access controls to put the right data in the right people’s hands. We believe that we are just evolving from a stage of collecting big data in healthcare (EMR) to creating utility from the data (insights and real time decision support). We were the first institutional investor in the company and have grown the company to commercial stage.

  • Imagia
    Imagia
    Imagia

    Imagia teams with pharma, diagnostic, and interventional medical device companies to co-develop healthcare AI products and drive the future of personalized healthcare around the world. We believe that next generation imaging technology is creating large and precise datasets that AI will use to develop better and faster diagnostics. We were the first institutional investor in the company and have grown it to its first collaborations with medical device and pharma companies.

  • Zymeworks
    Zymeworks
    Zymeworks

    Zymeworks’ suite of complementary therapeutic platforms and its fully integrated drug development engine provide the flexibility and compatibility to precisely engineer and develop highly differentiated therapeutics. We believe that Zymeworks’ platform enables the company and its partners to develop highly effective, targeted therapeutics that can deliver significantly improved patient health. We led the mezzanine round that enabled the acquisition of Kairos and the company’s subsequent IPO.