Luis Jimenez is the President and COO of EternoGen, a clinical state bio-tech company focusing on regenerative medicine. As president, he manages the development, production, financial aspects of the company while synchronizing with marketing and commercial strategies. His experience includes operations, quality control in cGMP manufacturing, regulatory affairs for manufacturing, design engineering, technology transfer and project management. He joined the founders in 2010 as the CEO and raised close to $3M from investors, while compiling an international team specialized in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. EternoGen has now completed its clinical program and is aiming to start sales of its first product in Europe. He previously worked for Johnson and Johnson in Operations for Cancer Diagnostic Assays commercialization, at BioTech Pharmacal as a Quality Engineer implementing systems for compliance to new FDA requirements in production of over 100 nutraceutical products, and more recently in Express Scrips’ Corporate Systems and Data-Warehousing in a leadership role on corporate-wide initiatives and projects. His trajectory in diverse health related companies and experience building an enterprise from the bottom up provide him with hands-on experience with the challenges of start-up ventures and navigating regulatory approvals. Mr. Jimenez’s background includes Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude and a Masters of Business Administration with Academic Excellence from Mizzou. As a student, he founded and was the first president for CLIMB (Collaboration Leadership and Innovation for Missouri Business), a student led organization focused on the advancement and funding of high growth ventures. He values entrepreneurship-triggered economic development and being an active community member.
Mentor Statement: As a VMS mentor he aspires to contribute to the growth of early stage and upcoming successful ventures. His primary motivation is a strong desire to give back to the Mizzou community, which has supported him and EternoGen so greatly. The VMS programs hold a special place for him since at the early years of being the new CEO in EternoGen, the VMS Chapter in St. Louis actively mentored him and provided invaluable support to make the critical decisions that has made EternoGen a thriving BioTech company today. He aspires to translate this knowledge and experience to be an effective mentor to accelerate the success of VMS entrepreneurs.