Jeff Aronin: A Chicago Staple

Bringing pharmaceuticals to the marketplace can be a daunting task. It takes a great amount of money and effort to do so, and one of the leading companies helps pharmaceutical companies bring their drugs to market is Paragon Biosciences. The company is much smaller than some of the bigger names in the industry but over the past 10 years, they have had massive success, helping 13 drugs get FDA approval. They specialize in helping biotech companies with financing, which is vital to getting a drug approved.

Paragon, founded by Jeff Aronin, specializes in connecting these companies not only with financing but will entrepreneurs, clinicians, and other resources that are needed. From financing to science, Paragon Biosciences is a one-stop shop for companies with a desire to help others by bringing effective drugs through the FDA approval process and into the hands of people who need them. Some of the companies that have partnered with Paragon include Harmony Biosciences, Precision BP, and Castle Creek Pharmaceuticals.

The founder, chairman, and CEO of Paragon Biosciences is Jeff Aronin. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and received his MBA from DePaul University. He founded Paragon in 2009 after running a pharmaceutical company, Ovation Pharmaceuticals, for nearly a decade. As a successful entrepreneur and Chicago native, Aronin lectures on running successful businesses at both Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the esteemed Aspen Institute. He was named by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to the board of the World Business Chicago and was also named as a co-chair of ChicagoNEXT. Jeff also serves as the chair of Chicago’s entrepreneurial center, MATTER.

Aronin, because of his experience securing financing for small business was named to the board of trustees for Discover Financial Services. He is the founder of the Aronin Family Foundation, a non-profit that helps advocate for patients and secure funding for research to support companies seeking to create pharmaceuticals for those patients. An active member of the Chicago community, Jeff Aronin is deeply invested in the people and businesses of Chicago and the surrounding communities.