After graduating cum laude from Kent State University, Mr. Likens began his professional career with Johnson & Johnson Corporation. He then spent more than twenty years in domestic and international sales, marketing and general management roles at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, culminating in the position of President, Baxter Biotech North America, followed by President of Baxter’s Renal Division in the U.S.
In July of 2006, Mr. Likens became President and CEO and the second employee of Ulthera, Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up company in energy-based aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ. After filing for an initial public offering in early 2014, Ulthera was acquired by Merz Pharma GmbH for $600M, an amount representing 6.6x trailing 12-months’ revenue. The Arizona Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) recognized this as Transaction of the Year for 2014.
Phoenix Business Journal honored Mr. Likens in 2012, naming him one of Arizona’s Most Admired CEOs.
In June of 2015, Ernst & Young presented Mr. Likens with the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Mountain Desert Region Award.
Mr. Likens is a member of the Board of Directors of Luma Therapeutics, an early-stage company with a promising treatment for psoriasis and an adviser to Genteract, an early-stage genetics company. He is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Healthcare Innovation committee and a member of the City of Mesa Economic Development Council.