Working Capital to Build the Future


Tom Denison

My passion is mentoring, advising, and funding tech and biotech startups. I have engaged with 200+ startups, at all stages, from concept to exit.

I am the Founder and President of the nonprofit SmartHealth Activator. SmartHealth builds biotech startups around extraordinary biotechnology being developed at Midwest Universities. SmartHealth is located at the epicenter of the largest biotech cluster in the Midwest and at the doorstep of biotech and healthcare giants, including Abbott, AbbVie, Astellas, Baxter, Hollister, Horizon, Hospira/Pfizer, Lundbeck, Medline, Takeda, and Walgreens. SmartHealth builds biotech startups comprised of elite bioentrepreneurs, biotech execs, and biotech operators, each with 30+ years of industry experience with commercialization expertise across drug, diagnostic and med device. We call it the Ops Team.