Noubar Afeyan, PhD - Board Member


Born on July 25, 1962 in Beirut, Lebanon  
 

Board Member since July 06, 2010. Dr. Afeyan is founder, senior managing partner and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a private equity and venture capital firm that manages over $1.75B in funds focused on healthcare and biotechnology. He also leads the firm’s VentureLabs unit that invents and launches transformative startups. 
 

Dr. Afeyan has been a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he has taught courses on technology-entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership since 2000.  He has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987.
 

Dr. Afeyan has co-founded and helped build over 35 successful life science and technology startups during the past three decades. He was founder and CEO of PerSeptive Biosystems, a leader in the bio-instrumentation field. After PerSeptive's acquisition by Applera Corporation, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Applera, where he initiated and oversaw the creation of Celera Genomics. Currently Dr. Afeyan serves on a number of public and private company boards including Codiak Biosciences, Evelo BioSciences, Kaleido BioSciences, Moderna Therapeutics, Axcella Health and Seres Therapeutics. He received a Technology Pioneer 2012 award from the World Economic Forum (WEF).
 

Dr. Afeyan also serves on the boards of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, the IDeA Foundation and the UWC Dilijan International School. He is engaged in a number of philanthropic initiatives and is a co-founder of 100 LIVES project and the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity award.

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