Dr. John McKeon
Chief Executive Officer, Allergy Standards
John is a medical entrepreneur and currently the CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL), an international standards and certification body, a company he founded while working as an Emergency Room Doctor. As the founder he has led the development of an international intellectual property portfolio of patents and trade mark applications and negotiated complex licensing agreements with multinationals such as P&G and 3M. Along the way he has secured significant equity investments as well as academic and industry grant awards. As a serial entrepreneur, John is involved in a number of successful healthcare related ventures.
In addition to his entrepreneurial and business activities, John maintains an interest in university research and knowledge exchange practices. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Practice and Healthcare Innovation, Entrepreneur in Residence in the Faculty of Health Sciences, guest lecturer at Trinity College Business School, and a member of the Knowledge Transfer & Innovation Committee, Trinity College Dublin.
John qualified as a doctor from Trinity College Dublin, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and also holds his United States Medical Licensing exams. He maintains a keen interest in clinical medicine and has had several publications in medical journals. After medicine John graduated first in his class from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Business Incubator Programme, graduated with distinction from the DIT business school with a post graduate diploma in International Selling, and won the Docklands Innovation Park lead entrepreneur award.
More recently John completed the Strategic Management of Regulatory & Enforcement Agencies Program, with Harvard Kennedy School, and the Creating Shared Value Program with Harvard Business School, in addition to post-graduate executive education programmes in innovation and medical entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Medical School, the Stanford d.school, Harvard Business School, and IESE Business School.
John was recently selected to participate in the Enterprise Ireland (EI) Leadership for Growth Program. His company, ASL, completed the EI Innovation for Growth Program with the Irish Management Institute and MIT Sloan School of Management. In the same year ASL won the American Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award. John was awarded a US Congressional citation by Congressman Brendan Boyle for his collaboration with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP), culminating in successful enhancement of an asthma intervention and education project.
John is on the Board of Industry Research and Development Group (IRDG), and a Member of the Innovator Circle, Social Innovation Fund Ireland, the Entrepreneurship Society Working Group of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), the Institute of Directors, the Royal Academy of Medicine, and of the vibrant life sciences innovation network in Ireland collaborating with Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland.
As an expert in healthcare entrepreneurship John works with health care entrepreneurs, professional managers, and business owners in life sciences, biotechnology, and medical device sectors to develop strategies to build profitable businesses, clarify their business models for scalable growth, and ultimately improve lives.