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A Team for Enduring Partnerships

What unifies us at Purivitae Ventures (PV) is that we are partners, not just investors. PV seeks to partner intimately on your innovation process so that you can leverage our 60+ years of combined in-depth experience in the healthcare sector to achieve impact and results.
We are a dynamic team with a track record of consistent success in product design and manufacturing, strategic business operations, unique partnership models, start-up development, marketing, and product sales in the healthcare sector.
PV desires to see health and wellness lifestyle inventors rapidly and successfully bring brilliant healthcare and wellness product ideas and companies to the market.

Meet the PV Team

Tim Austin

President and Partner

Nafeesa Ahmad

Director of Digital Marketing and Partnerships

Paul Koerner

Business Development Executive

Sara Pratt

E-Commerce Sales Manager

Jill Walsh

Finance Director

Michael Amann

Partner

Becky Dannenberg

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Thomas S Carnahan

Partner

Peter Benoist, Jr.

Partner

Our Network Is Your Network

It takes years of solid effort to build a tested and trusted network of leading experts in the consumer health and wellness products industry.
PV has developed a critical mass of partnerships with reputable domestic and international manufacturers from around the world, which serves as a natural extension of our team.
When you partner with us, you will leverage our network of experts to get your ideas to market.

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Tim Austin

President and Co-founder

Tim has over 25 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing and distributing medical devices. As the Executive Vice President of Business Development for AG Industries, he oversaw all sales activities to National HME/DME Accounts and managed the sales team for all OEM accounts while overseeing product management and the R&D programs for the company.
Tim has also held various senior level management positions with SP Medical, TAGA Medical Technologies and Applied Medical Technologies.
An inventor himself, Tim has been issued several patents in the medical field including enteral feeding, surgical retraction, and the sleep industry.

Nafeesa Ahmad

Director of Digital Marketing and Partnerships

Nafeesa Ahmad brings 8+ years of project management, business development and leadership experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. She has worked with multiple startups and has developed an in-depth understanding of e-commerce and direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital marketing strategies.
Nafeesa specializes in collaborating with designers and digital communications partners across geographies to envision, design, and execute on branding and marketing strategies that build momentum and value around new consumer products and lifestyle companies.
Nafeesa is on Purivitae’s team to support the development of our portfolio of business and partnership opportunities, advising on product-market fit and brand building while overseeing a variety of design, communication and storytelling projects including social media marketing campaigns to help companies at various stages of development launch their products and connect with lifestyle audiences.

Paul Koerner

Business Development Executive

Paul brings 5+ years of experience in the banking and finance sector, where he worked as a personal financial officer and financial representative. Engaging directly with customers to serve their needs, he developed excellent relationship management and sales skills.
Paul is passionate about identifying and connecting with new and interesting opportunities in the health and wellness space. As a Business Development Representative, Paul focuses on the growth of Purivitae’s portfolio, engaging with and sharing our vision and approach with innovative companies and entrpreneurs we seek to partner with.
He is on Purivitae’s team to support the development of high impact partnerships and the implementation of winning sales and distribution strategies for the launch of new consumer health and wellness products.

Sara Pratt

E-Commerce Sales Manager

Sara Pratt brings over 10 years of experience in sales, product management and leadership in both the US and International healthcare markets. After starting her career on the ground level at a medical device manufacturing company as a customer support advisor, she quickly gained the extensive product knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the industry to advance into sales management and run the international business segment.
Sara is focused on sales and distribution, ensuring company success and customer satisfaction by working closely with each partner emphasizing a strong business connection, providing valuable insights, and giving personal attention to achieve our objectives in the health and wellness space.
Sara is on Purivitae’s team to support the development of our product portfolio, expand brand awareness and provide strategic solutions to ensure growth and sustained success.

Jill Walsh

Finance Director

Jill is a CPA with 7+ experiences in both public accounting and corporate practice. After starting her career in auditing at a public accounting firm, she went to work for the corporate sector, where she gained experiences in both accounting and financial roles for both private and public companies.
More recently, Jill worked as the Director of Finance and Accounting at a start-up, where she led the implementation of the finance and accounting system as well as created processes around financial analysis, forecasting, and strategic growth modeling.
Jill brings her start-up experiences to help support the strategic growth efforts of Purivitae and oversee the finance and accounting processes of the business.

Michael Amann

Partner and Co-founder

Michael Amann gathered 15 years of in-depth experience in manufacturing, business development, quality control systems, and strategic planning while working for his family’s international production business. He joined the business which specialized in producing diversified healthcare products at the factory floor and ended up leading the company by serving as CEO after gaining undeniable mastery.
During Michael’s tenure, his family’s business experienced spontaneous organic and acquisition-based growth. His knowledge, skill, and hands-on experience in these areas from the past years makes Michael an asset to inventors and start-up companies who are looking to produce diverse kinds of consumer product in the health and wellness space.
Michael is also a Principal at Oakland Capital.  https://oaklandcp.com

Becky Dannenberg

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Becky Dannenberg is an Executive Assistant to our Partners – Tim Austin, Michael Amann, Thomas S. Carnahan and Peter Benoist, Jr. She has 20+ years of experience providing high-level support to several partners working on a trial team as a paralegal.
Becky works with Purivitae’s executives and managers on multiple organizational levels to ensure their workdays and Purivitae’s office runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.​
She is on Purivitae’s team to ensure that we can provide agile, targeted support to our partners.

Thomas S Carnahan

Partner

Thomas Carnahan is an attorney and businessman with significant experience in both the workings of government and private sector innovation. He served as an assistant city counselor representing the city of St. Louis Missouri, where was a litigator and legal advisor.
Thomas went on to establish his own law practice where he worked as an urban development, municipal law, and business counseling specialist. Later, he became the lead developer and operator of utility-scale wind farms. His achievement as a founder and business leader includes developing over 1000 MW of wind farms and deploying more than $1 billion of capital in rural America.
In 2021 he was appointed by President Biden to serve as a Representative of the United States to the 76th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
With Thomas on Purivitae’s team, you will have peace of mind regarding a range of legal and regulatory issues for every stage of your innovation process. When partnering with us, you get to leverage his expertise and extensive network.

Thomas is also a Principal at Oakland Capital. https://oaklandcp.com

Peter Benoist, Jr.

Partner

Being an outstanding financial and business management professional with 20+ years of extensive experience, Peter Benoist stands out as a leading expert in the finance industry. He gathered his wealth of experience from working with top institutions like Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup.
Peter operated institutional trading businesses that handled the trading and investment in debt and equity of non-investment grade companies. While managing billion-dollar balance sheets for several years, he developed strong extensive transactional, risk management, and valuation experience that is useful to an inventor’s innovation process.
One of his most recent achievements is running the US distressed trading business for Barclays as a managing director. Peter is on Purivitae’s team to provide financial guidance and strategic foresight to help facilitate the inventor’s process and business development roadmap.
Peter is also a Principal at Oakland Capital.  https://oaklandcp.com