Matt Martin, PhD, MBA ’18
Microbiome Ventures Lead
5113 S Harper Avenue, Suite 2C
Chicago, IL 60615
Matt Martin, PhD, MBA ’18, is the Microbiome Ventures Lead at the Polsky Center. He is also leading the Polsky Center’s Life Sciences Launchpad and the Tech Venture Fellows program. In these roles, he works with researchers at the University of Chicago studying the human microbiome, the study of the bacteria, fungi, and other microbes around us. His work focuses especially on supporting the launch of companies based on microbiome research and partners with the scientific founders to ensure success of the new microbiome companies. Through the Life Sciences Launchpad and the Tech Venture Fellows program, Matt works to ensure that new life sciences startups (including those beyond the microbiome) have the necessary business talent to complement the scientific talent of the founding researchers.
Matt began his microbiome commercialization experience leading both business and technology development for Electrochaea, a renewable fuel company. Electrochaea developed a proprietary microbe as an efficient catalyst for producing renewable natural gas and is building its first commercial scale facility in Europe today. Matt was also an entrepreneur-in-residence for Nidus Partners and has worked in several technology commercialization roles for both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
Matt was originally trained as a physicist with postdoctoral research experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory. By experience, he is an entrepreneur and is enthusiastic about enabling life sciences research discoveries to change the world and improve people’s lives. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a PhD in physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s of arts in physics and mathematics from Goshen College.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys skiing, hiking, and any other excuse to spend time in the mountains.