Managing Partner and CEO, FlagShip Ventures
Noubar Afeyan is Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures, a firm he co-founded in 2000 that focuses on inventing, launching, funding and building new ventures. He is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has taught courses on entrepreneurship and innovation since 2000. In addition, he recently joined Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering as a visiting scholar. During his 23-year career as an inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Dr Afeyan has co-founded and helped build over 20 life science, technology and energy startups. He currently serves on a number of public and private company boards and is a member of several advisory boards, including the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT, the Whitehead Institute at MIT, the SKOLKOVO School of Management in Moscow and the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia. Dr. Afeyan’s past and current ventures include: PerSeptive Biosystems, ChemGenics Pharmaceuticals, EXACT Sciences, Color Kinetics, Celera Genomics, Affinnova, Adnexus Therapeutics, BG Medicine, LS9 and Joule Unlimited.
Dr. Afeyan has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his PhD in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987.