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Tamara Elias leaves VC firm for Becton Dickinson

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Tamara Elias

Tamara Elias has quietly stepped down as a partner with venture capital frim Essex Woodlands, where she co-led the Texas-based firm’s healthcare services and healthcare IT growth equity practices. Her next stop is as vice president of corporate strategy and business development with Becton Dickinson (BDX).

Elias originally joined Essex Woodlands in 2007 after having spent six years as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., and would serve on the boards of such portfolio companies as ATS Medical (sold to Medtronic), Millennium Pharmacy Systems and Influence Health.

In quasi-related news, a regulatory filing shows that Essex Woodlands has closed on $360.5 million for its ninth fund, which is targeting upwards of $750 million. A prior filing from July 2014 showed $221.5 million closed on the fund. The firm had raised $900 million for its eighth fund shortly after Elias arrived in 2007.

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