John Flavin, MBA is the Executive Director of the Chicago Innovation Exchange at the University of Chicago. He is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the life sciences field focused on finance and operations. Flavin has co-founded and built several companies, raised over $220 million in private and public capital, and led 2 successful NASDAQ IPOs.
Prior to joining the CIE, Flavin was the Executive Director of Chicago Innovation Mentors, a consortium of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, and iBIO Propel focused on commercializing complex technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Mr. Flavin led the early planning and launch of MATTER, a new biosciences innovation center in downtown Chicago and is a Managing Director at Flavin Ventures, LLC, a venture creation and management firm. John is also a board member at the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and sits on the World Business Chicago ChicagoNEXT CleanTech committee. Flavin holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Marquette University and a M.B.A. in Finance from Lewis University.