ENTREPRENEUR.
INNOVATOR.
MENTOR.

Jeff Aronin has decades of experience developing innovative global biology-based companies. His keen ability to identify ideas and scientific innovations with the highest potential to change lives and improve the world has made Jeff one of the most impactful and successful leaders in the life science sector.

As an entrepreneur and scientific visionary, with a focus on addressing unmet patient and societal needs, Jeff has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of numerous new medicines and technologies. His companies are renowned for advancing science, with a record number of breakthroughs helping patients.

In addition to using his experience and passion to build life science companies, Jeff serves as a mentor to many, sharing his expertise with emerging entrepreneurs.

ABOUT

Challenges which others have deemed unsolvable are the problems we are solving.

— Jeff Aronin

BUILDING COMPANIES THAT IMPROVE LIVES

Jeff is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Paragon Biosciences, LLC, a global life science innovator that creates, builds and funds innovative biology-based companies in three key areas: cell and gene therapy, adaptive biology and advanced biotechnology.

Paragon has founded and built a dynamic portfolio of companies including: Castle Creek BiosciencesCiRC BiosciencesEmalex Biosciences, EvozyneHarmony Biosciences, and Qlarity Imaging. It maintains a consistent flow of companies under development in Paragon’s Innovation Labs.

Since 2017, Paragon and its partners have invested more than $1.4 billion to build life science companies.

BUILDING COMPANIES THAT IMPROVE LIVES

Jeff is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Paragon Biosciences, LLC, a global life science innovator that creates, builds and funds innovative biology-based companies in three key areas: cell and gene therapy, adaptive biology and advanced biotechnology.

Paragon has founded and built a dynamic portfolio of companies including: Castle Creek BiosciencesCiRC BiosciencesEmalex Biosciences, EvozyneHarmony Biosciences, and Qlarity Imaging. It maintains a consistent flow of companies under development in Paragon’s Innovation Labs.

Since 2017, Paragon and its partners have invested more than $1.4 billion to build life science companies.

HONORS

Throughout his career, Jeff has received accolades and honors for his entrepreneurship and unceasing dedication to life sciences, including:

PHILANTHROPY

As founder and chairman of MATTER – a health-technology startup incubator – Jeff has led one of Chicago’s most remarkable, philanthropic venture-innovation successes. MATTER has worked with more than 650 healthcare companies and more than 130 established organizations. Its startup members have raised more than $2B to fuel their growth.

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MEMBERSHIP AND BOARDS

He is a member of the board of directors for Discover Financial Services and The Aspen Institute.

GLOBAL AND LOCAL

Through the Aronin Family Foundation, Jeff and his wife, Lisa, participate in and contribute to organizations that support entrepreneurs; encourage youth wellness, sports and achievement; improve community parks; promote tolerance and understanding through faith-based organizations; and preserve our history and its lessons.

Jeff serves as a mentor to students and young professionals and is a frequent lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.

CONTACT

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