Tom Porter is General Partner for Trillium Ventures in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Porter has a broad range of experience in founding, managing and advising successful technology growth companies. He co-founded and is a General Partner Emeritus in EDF Ventures, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital firm investing in early stage market driven companies in health care and information technology. At EDF he served as interim Chief Executive Officer for several health care companies in the portfolio, and was a founder of five: Theragen, Inc.; Coagulation Systems, Inc.; Matrigen, Inc.; IntraLase Corp.; and HandyLab, Inc. He previously has held board positions for numerous health care and software companies.
He is active in assisting universities and leading research institutions in commercialization of technology and serves as Chairman of Van Andel Institute's Technology Advisory Board, Co-Chairman of the Michigan University Commercialization Initiative ("MUCI"), and a member of the University of Michigan's National Technology Transfer Advisory Board. Since 1994 he has taught a class on managing the growth of new ventures at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Porter holds an MBA degree from the University of Michigan. His bachelor's degree is from DePauw University where he also serves as a Director of the McDermond Management Center.