Evan Norton is Divisional Vice President and leads Abbott Ventures (AVI) based in Abbott Park, Illinois. He joined AVI in 2010. Previously, he was a Principal with ONSET Ventures focused on medical technology investing. He has a diverse background of operating experience in medical technology including the endoscopy, diabetes and ear, nose and throat markets having worked for Stryker Endoscopy, J&J LifeScan and Acclarent.
In addition to his medical device experience, Evan worked for Compaq Computer Corporation's Strategic Investments group, the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co and in the consulting practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Evan holds an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University. He currently serves on the Innovation and New Ventures Advisory Board at Northwestern.
This course offers students an experiential learning opportunity to work directly in the commercialization process for innovative, pre-commercial medical product technologies. The insights from this hands-on course will be most beneficial to students with an interest in entrepreneurship, product design, intellectual property, early stage financing and medical product marketing.
Students will be placed on four-to-five member teams based on their skills, experience and interests. Each team will function as consultants working with select Northwestern tech transfer companies curated by Northwestern¿s INVO (Innovation and New Ventures Office). Each company will present their technology on the first day of class, after which students will select their top three choices and will be matched by the faculty advisers on a first come basis. Once matched, students will work with their respective companies to build a complete company investor deck that will be delivered to a panel of industry and finance experts at the end of the term.
Note: This course may not be dropped after the first week of the quarter.