Terry E. Winters, Ph.D.

About The Member

Terry Winters holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wales, U.K in 1967, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA 1967-8.  He was born in the UK and emigrated to the USA in 1967, becoming a US citizen in 1973.

He spent most of his business career as a venture capitalist, from 1977 to 2007, starting with DS ventures, Diamond Shamrock’s corporate venture fund and then becoming a general partner in Columbine Venture Funds in Denver in 1983 and then Valley Ventures in Phoenix in 1996 in funds managing over $150M.

He specialized in University-sourced start-ups and has been a director of over twenty public and private companies including CollaGenex Pharmaceuticals, Orthologic Corp and Clinuvel Ltd.  

Dr. Winters finished his career as CEO of one of his portfolio companies, Vital Therapies Inc., which developed the first human cell-based bio-artificial liver.  He retired from VTL at the end of 2017.  He is now retired, invests in the life sciences and is actively involved in science related issues, including global warming.