Eric Benson
Eric Benson

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Eric Benson is a Lecturer of Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and has over 15 years of business strategy, product planning, licensing and M&A, and finance experience in the Healthcare Product industry. He conducted new product forecasting and brand strategy at Astellas Pharma, and continues to work with emerging healthcare product companies in building their go-to-market strategy and operations to achieve funding, joint venture partnerships and product launch. He also lecturers at Northwestern’s Masters in Biotechnology Program, where he administers their Technology Commercialization course. In addition to his experience, Eric holds an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from The University of Chicago.

Eric has experience in valuing and optimizing Infectious Disease, Immunology, Urology, Neuroscience and Cardiovascular therapeutics in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Additionally, he has worked in the Diagnostics sector on detection devices for cancer, congestive heart failure and Type II diabetes markers.  Finally, he began his healthcare career in bioinformatics, starting off as a researcher and progressing to marketing and business development.

In related matters, Eric is a member of iBIO’s Propel organization, guiding emerging healthcare product companies towards funding and commercial success; and was on the organizational subcommittee to help launch Chicago’s downtown bio hub, MATTER, designed to support and educate healthcare start-ups.



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Education
MBA, 2005, Economics and Entrepreneurship, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Bachelor of Engineering, 1999, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Academic Positions
MBPs Lecturing Administrator of Technology Commercialization, Northwestern University, 2013-present

Other Professional Experience
Healthcare Strategic Consulting Business Development & Product Planning, Lucic Partners, LLC, 2008-present
New Product Analysis – Forecasting, Strategy & Market Intelligence, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., 2012-2013
Senior Analyst – M&A Healthcare Investment Banking, Dresner Partners Investment Bank, 2006-2007
Project Manager – Strategic Consulting, Market Insights, Inc., 2001-2005
Business Development Manager, Integrated Genomics, Inc., 1999-2001

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