Jeff Aronin is on a relentless mission to make Chicago a national center for biotech and life sciences startup companies. He does this with his own company, Marathon Pharmaceuticals. He does this as an investor. He co-chairs Paragon Pharmaceutical Capital, which finances great biotech startups in the area. And he does so as a mentor to younger entrepreneurs in the area. He co-chairs Matter, a life sciences startup incubator. One of the CEOs Matter helped said, “I came to Matter with a product. I left with a business.”
Aronin has a successful track record, so he learned the biotech startup business the hard way, by making his own mistakes. He founded Ovation Pharmaceuticals (WeizmannUS). He sold that company to a Danish company, Lundbeck for $900 million. Afterward, he served as Lundbeck’s President and CEO. Therefore, he has the experience to make his current company a success, and the relentless energy, drive, and passion to help other life sciences CEOs realize their own vision. He supplies them with his acquired wisdom and practical solutions to their problems.
When he won the 2017 Weizmann Leadership Award, they created a video celebrating his career to date, highlighted with interviewed from the many colleagues he has helped through the years. Aronin has the core values of putting patients first and being a leader. But in his heart, he puts his wife and his three daughters first.
Another of Aronin’s core values is philanthropy. He is driven to make a difference and to share his success. That’s why he is a board member of the Museum of Science and Industry and the Economic Club of Chicago.
The Weizmann Institute’s mission is to advance science for the benefit of humanity. And Aronin’s career exemplifies that mission. He has dedicated himself to finding new and better pharmaceutical drugs to cure diseases. And he encourages other life sciences entrepreneurs who also has visions to use science to help people with medical problems in some way. And he helps them in concrete ways with both time, knowledge and capital.
As he says at the end of the video, he does the best he can to get the best results for the patients.
More about Jeff Aronin at https://www.jeffaronin.com/