Versant Ventures Names Mazzo Operating Partner

Newport Beach-based venture capital investor Versant Ventures has named former Advanced Medical Optics CEO Jim Mazzo as an Operating Partner. According to Versant Ventures, Mazzo will focus on patient needs, new technology advancements and investment opportunities in the healthcare field worldwide, in addition to becoming Chairman and CEO of one of its portfolio companies, AcuFocus, a developer of corneal inlays. Mazzo headed up Advanced Medical Optics when it was sold to Abbott Labs in 2009, for $2.8 billion.