Waneta Tuttle

Regional Advisor
Entrepreneur-turned-investor, wife, mother of two, grandmother of two, enthusiastic traveler, devoted fan of new ideas

Since March of 2017, Waneta has been the managing partner of Tramway Venture Partners, a seed-stage venture fund which to date has invested in Armonica Technologies (long read DNA sequencing) and BennuBio (high throughput flow cytometry). She is founder and chief executive officer of Southwest Medical Ventures, which started Tullis portfolio company Exagen, Indigo Medical (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), PhDx Systems, nanoMR, Inc (acquired by DNAe of the U.K.) and Agilvax.

In addition to serving on the Boards of the Tramway portfolio companies and the Southwest Medical Ventures start-ups, Waneta is a member of the corporation at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories in Boston. She served for ten years on the Board of Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico and Montana; the nation’s fourth largest health insurer) and as a Director of NASDAQ-listed MGI Pharma through its sale to Eisai Pharmaceuticals.

Waneta holds a doctorate in biology with a concentration in physiology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico, where she has been inducted into the R.O. Anderson School of Management’s Hall of Fame and served as Alumni Association president.

Where It Counts


Companies started


Acquisition price of MGI Pharma


HCSC Plan Members