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“Passing on lessons learned is one of life’s greatest joys. Receiving others’ lessons is one of life’s greatest gifts.”

As an internist and infectious diseases doctor with a PhD in virology who also earned his MBA, Doug possesses deep expertise in biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, specialty medical products, and healthcare innovation. That said, there’s a great deal more to Doug than his career accomplishments.

Philanthropy and mentoring have always been very important parts of Doug’s life. For more than a decade, he’s been mentoring and encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs, and advising and sponsoring numerous entrepreneurship programs and innovation funds at leading institutions like the University of Chicago, Wharton, Johns Hopkins, USC and the Houston Methodist Research Institute. He is also passionate about public health and assists numerous leading universities on this front including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

When it comes to leisure-time activities, Doug is most often found in the air, on the slopes, or on the links. He is a licensed airline transport pilot, and a certified instructor for commercial, instrument, and multi-engine pilots (not to mention his dubious honor of logging 5 million commercial airline miles). Doug is also an avid skier who particularly enjoys off piste and heliskiing, and a golfing enthusiast who makes time for an annual pilgrimage to Scotland with his family.

Doug Given

Enjoying the second half.

Decades of experience have taught me to live a full and balanced life, doing what I enjoy while also helping others. After spending significant time in academia, pharma, life sciences and the venture capital community, I have arrived at a place where I can pass along both the learning and the values that have been sustaining for me.

No one is born wise. Wisdom comes from paying attention to your life experiences over time. I’ve worked in big companies, small companies, hospitals and universities. This breadth of work experience enables me to visualize solutions to problems from multiple perspectives. Chances are good that I’ve sat in your seat somewhere along the way.

I’m also a son a brother, a husband and a father, continuing along life’s journey and doing my best to help the people in my life find their best way forward. It is our responsibility to help future generations achieve their goals faster and go further than the generation that preceded them.

Please reach out if I can assist you,


Doug Given