Bio - Howard J. Leonhardt
Howard Leonhardt is an inventor with over 20 patents for products for treating cardiovascular disease. His inventions have treated more than 200,000 patients and have generated more than $3 billion in revenues. He is a leader in endovascular technologies and stem cell research having led over 25 years of related studies including the first in man percutaneous stent graft repair of an aortic aneurysm in 1995 and the first ever non-surgical implantation of stem cells to treat advanced heart failure in 2001. He is a serial entrepreneur having founded dozens of companies from scratch creating thousands of jobs. He has served on the boards of many leading universities including UCLA and the University of Northern California and has been a life long advocate of modernizing education. He is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship and co-leads Startup California with a special focus on promoting crowdfunding, business mentoring, entrepreneurship education, local investing and improving women's access to capital. He founded Leonhardt Vineyards in 2000 with an original 15 acres in Sonoma County and currently produces and sells wines with his son Ryan sold primarily through 120 Trader Joe's stores in California. He is strong supporter of the Conscious Capitalism movement. He founded the public policy institute The Entrepreneurship Party in 2006 that lobbied for reducing the cost and complexity for small companies raising capital that eventually helped support the passage of The JOBS ACT in 2012 with overwhelming bi-partisan support. He runs a cardiovascular life science and social good impact innovation accelerator in Santa Monica. He is founder and chairman of The California Stock Exchange - the first conscious capitalism stock exchange.
Howard Leonhardt is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He has 21 U.S. patents for products for treating cardiovascular disease. His TALENT stent graft developed in the early 1990′s holds a leading world market share for repairing aortic aneurysms without surgery. His inventions have treated over 200,000 patients in 60 countries generating more than $3 billion in revenues. In early 1999 Leonhardt founded Bioheart, Inc. www.bioheartinc.com a leader in applying adult muscle stem cells to treat heart failure now in Phase III clinical trials. His other inventions include the first stem cell recruiting heart pacemaker, a biological pacemaker made entirely of living cells, intravascular lung, a heart valve decalcification device, one of the first percutaneous heart valves and numerous stem cell delivery systems and compositions. Leonhardt holds a Diploma in International Trade from Anoka Technical College and has been a life long advocate of the importance of exports in creating U.S. jobs. He attended the University of Minnesota and Anoka Ramsey College. He holds an honorary Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Northern California and is an honorary alumnus of the University of Florida and Florida International University. He has served on various boards of the University of Florida, Florida International University, University of Minnesota, Anoka Technical College, the University of Northern California and UCLA (UCLA Business of Science Center) since 2000. Leonhardt Ventures and Cal-X sponsor Startup Weekend USC and LA, Startup Sessions @ Google Labs with Vator.tv, UCLA Inventathon, Startup Circle and Tech.co events. He serves on the advisory Board of the Cell Therapy Foundation. He is co-leader of Startup California and State Spokesperson for The JOBS ACT and Crowdfunding (has given over 45 speeches on the subject to date). He was a guest in the Rose Garden @ The White House with our President for the signing of the JOBS ACT April 2012. He is a strong advocate of improving women's access to capital and serves with The California Women's Conference, Chic-CEO and the Solve Conferences, Appreciation of Women in Business, Dolphin Tank by Springboard Enterprises, Women 2.0 and CrowdfundX Women, TedXWomen and many other related organizations. He is Founder and Chairman of The California Stock Xchange (Cal-X) the first conscious capitalism stock exchange and DPO listing service - www.calstockexchange.com - working through multiple partnerships. This stock exchange is committed to ending the 95:5 gender gap in venture financing and promotes local investing. Cal-X units include Cal-X Crowdfund Connect www.calxcrowdfund.com, The Cal-X Funders Club and the CalXelerator and Cal-Stars Business Accelerators www.calxstars.com. Cal-X is a title sponsor of CrowdImpact the annual conference promoting social good impact startups. He is participant in and sponsor of the Conscious Capitalism Summits series. In 2000 he purchased 15 acres of raw land in Sonoma County and converted this to vineyards with the founding of Leonhardt Vineyards. They began producing wines in 2005 and won their first Gold Medal for their 2007 Zinfandel. Howard's son Ryan attend the Viticulture, Winemaking and Wine Business Management programs at Santa Rosa Jr. College and in 2011 joined him in running their wine business in Sonoma County where he lives with his wife Kelly. In 2009 Leonhardt Vineyards founded Wine Country Baseball a summer baseball league in Sonoma and Napa counties with 12 teams which showcases college players and recent graduates to MLB scouts - www.winecountrybaseball.com. Leonhardt Vineyards primarily distributes their wines through 120 Trader Joe's stores in California. Leonhardt Vineyards was the official wine sponsor of the San Francisco Giants in 2010 the year they first won the World Series. His Leonhardt Ventures angels network has raised and put to work over $145 million in 28 companies to date, most of them founded by Leonhardt. Leonhardt spends the majority of his time running the Cal-X Stars Innovation and Business Accelerator www.calxstars.com in Santa Monica and Valencia, California focused on growing cardiovascular innovation and social good impact enterprises. In 2013 Leonhardt Ventures announced a partnership with the Alfred Mann spin out company Core Manufacturing LLC for the development and manufacturing of numerous implantable medical devices. He has signed a contract to co-host the upcoming Go Go Luckey productions CNBC TV Series CrowdFund: The American Dream. He is also host and Master of Ceremonies for the Stem Cell Heroes Awards show and gala for support of The Cell Therapy Foundation. He currently hosts the weekly radio program The Kindheart Lionheart Radio Show - focused on highlighting compassion and courage in the practice of conscious capitalism. He is a 2014 and 2018 candidate for Lt. Governor of California on a platform focused on promoting job creation through support of entrepreneurship and life long education.
Howard J. Leonhardt
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