Don Holzworth

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network; Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Don Holzworth is a Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network North Carolina entrepreneur-in-residence and an executive-in-residence at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is chairman of the school’s advisory council and an adjunct professor of health policy and management.

Don is the former founder, chairman and CEO of Constella Group, a leading global provider of public health policy and implementation services operating in more than 60 countries before being sold to SRA International in 2007. He was also the founder and served as chairman of the board of Expression Analysis, Inc., a genomic services company spun out of Duke University Medical Center and sold to Quintiles in 2012. In 2011, Don co-founded and now serves on the board of Veritas Collaborative, a specialty behavioral hospital serving adolescents and adults with severe eating disorders. He currently fulfills the role of executive chairman for Bivarus, Inc. a patient-centered analytics company co-founded by a UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke physician, and as chairman for Health Decisions, Inc., a specialty CRO using data-driven insight and agility to deliver clinical development services.

Since 2006, Don has served as a member of the board of the Accordia Global Health Foundation, which is creating a network of centers of excellence to drive health innovation in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also the founder of Giving Positively, a nonprofit organization that provides vocational scholarships to HIV-positive young adults in Kampala, Uganda. He serves as an advisory board member for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise and is an advisor to Southern Capitol Ventures and Bull City Venture Partners.

In 2003 and again in 2007, he was recognized by the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development with its Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. In 2005, Ernst & Young named him as a Carolinas Entrepreneur of the Year, and he subsequently served as both a regional and national judge for this prestigious program. His public health experience led to a 2008 appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.