Mitch Johnson | 33
Co-founder and laboratory director,
Veloxity Labs, LLC
Mitch Johnson launched Veloxity, a biotech laboratory in Peoria that recently was named the “Start-up of the Year” by the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University.
‘He has the mindset of an entrepreneur, the expertise of a ph.d. scientist.’
— Shane Needham
He “has the mindset of an entrepreneur, the expertise of a Ph.D. scientist and the communication and leadership skills of a seasoned coach,” said his nominator. “I haven’t met a person with the leadership, integrity, business and science knowledge like Mitch. Truly unique.”
On the community service front, Mitch supports Peoria’s annual St. Jude Run. He is a member of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
Bucket list priority: “Attend the Masters golf tournament.”
Favorite cause: “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Leadership definition: “Leading with your actions and being encouraging and supportive when others that look up to you need it most.”
Local inspiration: “Deepak Gaddipati (at VirtuSense Technologies).”
What Peoria needs: “A scientific research park.”