Investment Team

Over our careers, we have been responsible for financing, advising, and leading or co-leading liquidity events for more than 300 healthcare companies, and have been affiliated with many of the industry’s most successful and innovative emerging growth healthcare companies.

As Healthcare exclusive investors since 1994, we have seen it all. We have been through multiple market cycles, booms and busts. We have been first movers in important trends including telehealth, digital health, behavioral health, and patient engagement. HLM knows from our experience when to shift our investment strategy based on the market environment.

Ed Cahill, partner

Ed joined HLM as a partner in 2000. He was a founding partner of Cahill, Warnock & Company (now Camden Partners), a Baltimore venture capital firm, and a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons, where he headed the firm’s Healthcare group from 1986 to 1995. During his leadership at Alex. Brown & Sons, he and his team underwrote public offerings or provided merger advisory services for over 200 healthcare companies, including the first publicly-held managed care, outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation, behavioral health and digital health companies and numerous pioneering biopharmaceutical and medical technology innovators.

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Vin Fabiani, partner

Vin is a director at Array Behavioral, Ascellus, Censinet, ClearDATA Networks, and Diameter Health, and a board observer at Carevive Systems, Hazel Health, meQuilibrium, and Persivia. Vin is responsible for the firm’s Healthcare Accelerator efforts and a mentor in Blueprint Health ( and StartUp Health ( programs, as well as a mentor/advisor to several companies including WellTrackOne and Mediquire.

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Peter Grua, partner

Peter has been a managing partner at HLM Venture Partners for 28 years. His investment activity has been focused on healthcare services and digital health technology companies. Peter is currently a director of CityLife Health, Evolent Health (NYSE:EVH), Linkwell Health, meQuilibrium, Oceans Healthcare, OnShift, and Vaxcare, and an Observer at Censinet.  He previously served as director of several companies including: Actamed (acquired by WebMD), ArroHealth (acquired by CIOX), The Advisory Board (NASDAQ) (acquired by Optum), Casenet (acquired by Centene), MedVentive (acquired by McKesson), Medicalis (acquired by Siemens Healthineers), Nordic Consulting (recapitalized by Silversmith), Silverlink Communications (acquired by Welltok), Atria Communities (NASDAQ), Renal Care Group (NYSE) and WellTower (aka Health Care REIT| NYSE).

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Enrico Picozza, Partner

Enrico is a pioneer in the life sciences with a history of recognizing and developing new technologies that move markets. He is currently a director of DermTech (NASDAQ; DMTK), HealthEC, U.S. Medical Management, and Wayspring, and a board observer at Ascellus, b.well Connected Health, Blue Rabbit Ventures, mPulse Mobile, nirvanaHealth and OnShift. His previous board appointments included AbleTo (recapped), Spinal Kinetics (Sold to Orthofix), Transcend Medical (sold to Alcon), LetsGetChecked, Medicalis (Sold to Siemens), Aventura (sold to Philips), SensAble Technologies (sold to 3D Systems) and was a board observer and special advisor to Interlace Medical (sold to Hologic) and Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ; TNDM).

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Steve Tolle, partner

Steve brings 30 years of commercial healthcare technology expertise in the areas of strategy, business development, and product management to HLM. Steve has spent his career helping to develop and manage some of the most important themes in healthcare innovation and investment today, including artificial intelligence, diagnostic imaging/medical devices, electronic health records, population health, managed care, and value-based pharmaceutical pricing. Currently, Steve is a director at b.well Connected Health and HealthEC, and a board observer at Nordic Consulting, and Vaxcare. Steve also serves on the AI Advisory Board at Guerbet. He has previously served as a director at LetsGetChecked. 

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Mike wong, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance officer

Mike joined HLM in 2007 and was promoted to CFO in 2015. He provides the team with legal and diligence support and is responsible for the financial and administrative functions of the firm. Prior to joining HLM, he was a Financial Analyst at Summit Partners and a Senior Auditor at Deloitte. Mike received a BSBA in Accounting and Finance from Boston University and an MBA in Finance from Boston College. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Brian Forst, Senior Associate

Brian Forst joined HLM in January 2022 as a senior associate. He is actively involved in all aspects of our investment process and portfolio company support. Brian previously worked at Hearst Ventures and Goldman Sachs. He earned a B.A. in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Brian serves on the board of Mainsprings, which provides schooling, lodging and healthcare to hundreds of students across multiple campuses in Tanzania.

Sophie Mussafer Griffin, senior Associate

Sophie joined HLM in November 2021 as a senior venture associate and is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio company support.

Prior to joining HLM, Sophie was an Associate at Goldman Sachs where she spent four years in the Investment Banking Division, advising clients across industries. She earned her BA in 2017 from Yale University where she was a member of the Yale Women’s Lacrosse team. Sophie’s passion for healthcare extends beyond the workplace and she is currently on the board of the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, which supports the health and development of children in the Boston area.