Lisa Johnson


BioForward Wisconsin

Lisa Johnson is a seasoned leader in Wisconsin’s biohealth sector, currently serving as the CEO of BioForward Wisconsin. With a background in finance and a degree from UW-Madison, Lisa’s journey in the industry began in 1989 when she co-founded the life science reagents company, Novagen. Her extensive experience includes global roles at Merck KGaA/EMD, where she worked closely with brilliant scientists, providing her with invaluable insights into the life sciences field. In her current role as CEO of BioForward Wisconsin, Lisa is dedicated to the growth and development of Wisconsin’s biohealth ecosystem. She is a strong advocate for action-oriented individuals who exhibit positive energy in driving the state’s economy.

Throughout her career, Lisa has demonstrated expertise in general management, operations, business development, and leading results-oriented teams. Her leadership style is characterized by her unique rhythm, a passion for producing tangible results, and a deep appreciation for those who prioritize community welfare over personal gain. Lisa’s commitment to the Wisconsin biohealth community is further evident in her involvement in various boards and committees, including her current roles as a board member at Forward BIOLABS and a steering committee member for Women in Biohealth-Madison. Additionally, she serves as a board member for the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) and has contributed to the Investment Committee of BrightStar Wisconsin. Lisa’s remarkable journey and dedication to the biohealth sector make her a prominent figure in Wisconsin’s biohealth ecosystem, facilitating its growth and development.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Lisa knows that she is outspoken, extremely passionate about the biohealth industry, and likes to dance to her own beat, a trait that is often showcased at the Wisconsin Biohealth Summit where she’s been known to actually dance. Beyond her professional pursuits, Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her family on the lake and finds solace in exercise. She’s an avid supporter of UW Women’s Volleyball and takes pleasure in exploring the diverse and captivating sights that Madison and Wisconsin have to offer.