Maria Flynn

Strategic Business Development Leader
Adare Pharmaceuticals

As President and CEO of Orbis Biosciences, Maria led the company that revolutionizes the delivery, efficacy, and safety of pharmaceuticals. Orbis provides cutting-edge and innovative technology to companies looking to integrate Orbis controlled-release delivery into their products. Under her leadership, Orbis was awarded the Excellence in Formulation Award by the Convention on Pharmaceutical Ingredients, and Adare Pharmaceuticals acquired the company in 2020.

Previously, Maria was a Director at Cerner Corporation, where she held P&L responsibility for a life sciences business unit that provided drug safety software and services to pharmaceutical companies. She also created a new enterprise within Cerner for state and regional healthcare software. Before joining Cerner, Maria was an engineer with Camp Dresser & McKee.

Maria has been named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Women to Watch, Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business, and Ingram’s Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40, and she received the Central Exchange’s STEMMy Award for Enterprising Innovator.

Maria’s education includes an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she was a Herman Family Fellow for Women in Entrepreneurship, an M.S. in engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in engineering from Kansas State University.

Maria and her husband are raising three children in Kansas City.

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