James F. Jordan

James Jordan

Distinguished Service Professor of Healthcare & Biotechnology Management


James F. Jordan is an accomplished global Fortune 20-level executive and a recognized expert in market development and guiding the successful formation of entrepreneurial startup businesses in the Life Sciences Industry.

An exceptional strategic thinker focused on corporate strategy development and implementation, Jordan has successfully launched new sales forces and implemented corporate image and brand footprint initiatives at numerous companies. With a successful track record of more than 30 new product development efforts, he has consistently delivered strong business growth and significantly reduced time-to-market on new products.

Jordan’s operational background includes supply-chain, lean manufacturing and six-sigma tool implementations. Applying his interest in integrating technology, brand management, and business planning, he has developed several proprietary processes in those specialty areas. His 23 years of channel experience includes hospital, physician office, surgery center, nursing home, homecare, and hospice, while his physician specialties include cardiology, radiology, vascular surgery, nephrology, urology, and general surgery.

Jordan currently serves as the Vice President/Chief Investment Officer at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, focusing on early-stage company formation as well as the commercialization of later-stage technologies and opportunities. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at a $3.0 billion division of McKesson Corporation, and prior to that was Vice President, Marketing at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for a broad portfolio of diagnostic and interventional cardiology products in a fast-paced, technology-driven market with short product lifecycles.

Jordan has held a range of management positions in sales and marketing, operations, supply chain, information technology, finance, and quality assurance with several Fortune 500 medical device companies including C.R. Bard, Inc. and Boston Scientific, Inc. Jordan leveraged this experience in several startup ventures. He has consulted with numerous companies including Medtronic, Frost & Sullivan, Circuit City, Philip Morris, Northrop Grumman, Schwartz Pharmaceutical, and Otsuka Pharmaceutical. A Certified Hypnotherapist and a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, Jordan leverages these skills as effective tools in the area of change management. He also sits on several Boards of Directors.

Jordan’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Merrimack College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. Jordan is a Distinguished Service Professor in Biotechnology Management at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as well as the Director of CMU’s Masters in Biotechnology Management Program.

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