Alumna Leslie Bottorff named 2019 Purdue Old Master

Leslie Bottorff has been named a Purdue 2019 Old Master. The Old Masters program brings Purdue alumni back to campus each fall to celebrate their professional successes and inspire current students. While on campus this November, Bottorff participated in classroom talks, met with several student organizations, including a group of Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering graduate students, and a community-wide panel discussion.
Alumna Leslie Bottorff, Senior Managing Director of Healthcare Investments at GE Ventures, has been named a Purdue 2019 Old Master.

As an Old Master, Bottorff is considered an exceptional person who has made significant contributions to their field of study and to society. Indeed, she has over 20 years of experience investing in medical technology as well as 19 years as a sales and marketing executive in both venture-backed start-up companies and large companies.

Bottorff currently serves as a Senior Managing Director of Healthcare Investments at GE Ventures, in which she focuses on investing in companies at the intersection of medical technology and IT that engage and enable patients, providers, or other healthcare stakeholders. Previously, she has held leadership positions with Sadra Medical, Inc., ONSET Ventures, Neuronetics, Inc., and Relievant Medsystems, Inc.

In 1979, Bottorff earned her BSE in biomedical engineering through the Purdue Interdisciplinary Engineering Program. While a student at Purdue, Bottorff conducted research with Drs. Leslie Geddes, Joe Bourland, Willis Tacker, and Charles Babbs, the “Fab Four” considered the fathers of biomedical engineering at Purdue. The four arrived at Purdue from Baylor School of Medicine in 1974 to expand the Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue.

She has remained engaged with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering in many ways, including as a long-time member of the School’s Advisory Board.  Bottorff has also served on advisory boards or as guest faculty at several other universities, including Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She has served in board or advisory roles for portfolio companies including Spinal Concepts, VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, Neuronetics, Sadra Medical, Flexuspine and Relievant. Bottorff also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.