Founder & CEO, Vigilant Biosciences, Inc.
Inspired by both his parents’ battle to overcome their affliction with oral cancer, Matthew H.J. Kim founded Vigilant Biosciences, Inc. in 2011 and serves as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
A seasoned business and legal executive as well as serial entrepreneur, Kim brings more than 20 years of experience encompassing intellectual property management, technology transfer, business and corporate development, and various product launches to his leadership role at Vigilant Biosciences. As CEO, Matthew leads the company’s strategic and fundraising efforts including the financing of approximately $12 million+ to date and leveraging a further estimated $5 million+ in nondilutive financing procured by the University of Miami to advance the sciences ultimately and exclusively licensed to Vigilant Biosciences. This licensed platform technology serves as the foundation of the initial products under commercialization as well as additional products in the research and development pipeline for the company.
Prior to starting Vigilant Biosciences, Mr. Kim was involved with the founding of several start-ups, including the first spin-off company from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as a strategic intellectual property asset management consulting group. He also provided strategic consulting for numerous biotechnology therapeutic and diagnostic, consumer and technology companies. His development and commercialization leadership experience for point-of-care and lab-based diagnostics products include an innovative continuous glucose monitor system, a painless point-of-care bilirubin detection for jaundice, a fluorescent-based diabetes screening system, and a novel imaging technology for cervical cancer screening.
Mr. Kim received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University. He is licensed to practice law in Georgia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2015, Kim was honored by BioFlorida with the Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his extraordinary contributions to the growth of Florida’s life sciences industry in the leadership of a company.