Related Insights

Accelerate growth: When speed matters more than runway


Discounted offers for SVB clients

Blake Armstrong, Micaela Amaroli

How to raise startup funds in a tough market — according to a life science investor


Corporate investors remain key pillars of life sciences and healthcare

Ariana Ognibene, Jonathan Norris

Top life science investment trends for early-stage startups

Ben Johnson

A founder's persistence in therapeutics


About the Author

Ben currently leads Silicon Valley Bank’s seed stage life science and healthcare effort in the United States, which includes both spending time with early stage companies, as well as building relationships with key forces in the early stage healthcare ecosystem. Ben also frequently speaks on issues relevant to the early stage life science/healthcare innovation ecosystem

After a decade of experience in commercial and private banking, Ben joined SVB in 2007 to lead the technology and life science effort in the State of Minnesota, and in 2010 began focusing exclusively upon life science companies across the Central United States, and led SVB’s effort in this region through 2017. During this time, Ben reviewed thousands of business plans and deployed over $1 billion of venture debt to hundreds of companies.

Ben received his undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Thomas, and earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Ben resides in the Minneapolis area, where he enjoys spending quality time with his family in a variety of outdoor and sporting activities. In his spare time, Ben seeks balance through DIY projects, he has become increasingly drawn to both history and economics, and is officially addicted to the Bloomberg Surveillance podcast. Ben also enjoys singing/playing songs on the guitar, and enjoys connecting with others related to all things music.

Ben has been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children, and has been active in advocating for the health of Minnesota’s innovation climate.