Bill Linton

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Bill Linton is the Executive Director of Usona Institute, and President of the Board of Directors. Inspired by the meaningful impact a psilocybin study had on a friend suffering from cancer, Bill, along with Malynn Utzinger MD, co-founded Usona Intitute in 2014. Linton founded Promega Corporation in 1978 and has served continuously as its President and Chief Executive Officer. A global life science research company, Promega employs 1,900 worldwide and serves scientists in several markets including human therapeutics, diagnostics, human identity, agriculture, and environmental testing, among others.

Under Bill’s leadership Promega, starting in 1991, established and developed two non-profits that have proven valuable to the community: Woods Hollow Children’s Center (WHCC), which offers infant through pre-school childcare, and the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute), which provides community education in biotechnology. With Linton’s guidance, Promega also lends unique forms of community support that include offering meeting space to outside organizations, quarterly art exhibits and annual scientific symposia.

Linton has served as director or advisor for numerous industry, government, and community organizations. In addition to his roles at Usona and Promega, Linton currently serves as director for the following entities: Bruker Biosciences, ALDA (Analytical Life Science and Diagnostics Association), the BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute (BTC Institute), and the Heffter Research Institute, and as a trustee of the University of Chicago Marine Biology Laboratory.

Linton received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and conducted post-graduate work in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1973 to 1976. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Hannam University, Daejon, South Korea (2005) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015).