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John McKeon

CEO and Founder of Allergy Standards

John is currently the CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd, an international standards and certification body, a company he founded while working as an Emergency Room Doctor. John is a medical entrepreneur who qualified as a doctor from Trinity College Dublin in 1996, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams. As CEO, he has secured multi-million equity investments as well as several hundred thousands in grant awards. He has also led the development of an international intellectual property portfolio of patents and trade marks and negotiated complex licensing agreements with multinational such as P&G and 3M.

In addition to his entrepreneurial and business activities, John also maintains an interest in university research and knowledge exchange practices. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation as well as a member of the Knowledge Transfer & Innovation Committee, in Trinity College Dublin. John graduated first in his class from the Dublin Institute of Technology Business Incubator Programme with a Post Graduate Diploma in new business development and winning the Docklands Innovation Park awards sponsored by the Sunday Business Post. He also graduated with distinction from the DIT business school with a post graduate diploma in International Selling. John maintains a keen interest in clinical medicine and is a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He has had several publications in medical journals such as 'Injury' and the European Journal of Surgery.

As an expert in healthcare entrepreneurship he is involved in early stage companies in life sciences, biotechnology & medical device sectors. He works with health care entrepreneurs and business owners to clarify their business models for scalable growth, rapid expansion or to take in investment. He is a key member of the vibrant Dublin start up scene working with HealthXL, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and entrepreneurs to develop strategies to build profitable businesses and take their business to the next level. He believes Ireland has the right conditions to be one of the top places in the world for health care related innovation.