Alan Thomas

Chicago, IL
+1 773 251 3257

Function Specialization

Research & Development
General Management and C-Level

Alan Thomas joined Heritage Partners the summer of 2018. He has extensive experience recruiting for early stage life-science and science-intensive companies. With a particular acuity for crafting compelling narratives, Alan honed his recruiting skills in and around university research.

Alan brings to Heritage Partners a successful two-decade career in university technology transfer and innovation leadership, including as an Associate Vice President at the University of Chicago. Alongside recruiting for start-ups, he was key in recruiting senior executives for innovation positions. Most recently he led a collaboration among ten top research universities, including many of the Ivy League, to collectively source CEO’s for their ventures.

Earlier in his career, Alan was the second employee and business development lead of a materials science start-up that went public. He began his career as a chemical engineer working for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in the UK.


Alan has a BSc(Eng) in Chemical Engineering from University College, London, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.   He lives in Wilmette, IL with his wife Kate and two children.

Personal and Professional Interests

  • Sailing, kayaking, cycling, yoga, CrossFit
  • Science, technology, innovation communities