John G Younger, MD

John is the Founder and Managing Director at Argo Pond.  Prior to launching the consultancy, he spent 20 years as an emergency physician and scientist at the University of Michigan. His research focused on sepsis and included both basic science and clinical research. His lab used very quantitative methods, and collaborated deeply with chemical engineers and mathematicians. His work was NIH funded for 15 years, and from 2019-2021 John served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the 3rd largest of the NIH institutes.

 He left academia to launch Akadeum Life Sciences, a venture-backed life science tool company, in 2014. John remained with the company as its Chief Scientific Officer and as a member of the Board through the completion of its Series A raise in 2019. Most recently he oversaw the incubation programs and early stage investment portfolio at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.

John is passionate about the power of start-up thinking to solve problems both in start-ups and in larger organizations seeking innovation.  At Argo Pond, he combines his far-ranging experience to help clients make sense of, and successful ventures out of, their best new ideas.