We turn breakthroughs into businesses.

Portal invests in therapeutics, med tech, and bioinformatics startups with strong leadership teams. Our differentiated mix of crafted capital drives companies from scientific ideation to business creation, helping entrepreneurs translate cutting-edge technology into sustainable, global businesses.

Crafted capital
Our visionary team of management and science leaders brings vast experience and network access to help entrepreneurs transform dreams into reality and make our world a better place.
Life science innovation relies on financial resources. We provide portfolio companies the strategic funding they need to advance and thrive.
Strategically located in emerging work/live/play ecosystems, our best-in-class wet/dry lab and office spaces are customized to the unique needs of our portfolio companies.

A premier location

Chicago: everything within reach


pharma companies


device/diagnostic companies


leading bioscience universities


new Fulton Market residences by 2022

In March 2022, Portal is set to expand to its second location at 400 North Aberdeen, which will include 35,000 square feet of additional wet lab and office space.

“Life sciences is a key sector to drive growth. I’m excited to see Portal Innovations set up shop in Illinois and build a groundbreaking venture.” 

JB Pritzker
Governor, State of Illinois

A visionary team

Portal is led by an accomplished team of life science leaders who operate with collaboration, transparency, and intense action.

John Flavin, MBA
Founder & CEO
Nader Elrashidy, MBA
Chief Business Officer
Pat Flavin, JD
Managing Director
Steve Lehmann, MBA
Director of Venture Operations
Yuan Zhang, PhD, MS
Director of Scientific Operations
Deonta Jones
Experience Manager
Shahila Christie, PhD
Vice President Growth Strategy

Board of Directors

John Flavin, MBA
Founder & CEO
Brian Yoor
Founding Board Chair
Derrell Porter, MD, MBA

Advisory Board

Robert Miller, PhD
Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD
Geeta Vemuri, PhD, MBA
Raju Prasad, PhD
Bhavan Suri, MBA