BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) has named its 2016-2017 Blavatnik Fellows in Life Science Entrepreneurship. These Fellows, six outstanding HBS alumni, will work with inventors from the Harvard community to advance the commercialization of innovative life science-oriented technologies with significant market potential.
The Blavatnik Fellowship Program, which admits five to seven exceptional individuals each year through a competitive application process, was created in 2012 as part of a $50 million gift to Harvard University from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by Len Blavatnik (MBA 1989). The launch of the Fellowship Program was the beginning of a major initiative to expedite new ventures via the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator, which identifies and supports early-stage, highly promising technologies from Harvard University. The Fellows work closely with inventors throughout Harvard University and the Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals to determine the best route for the commercialization of a product.
The Blavatnik Fellows Program is directed by Vicki Sato, PhD, former president of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and now Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School.
The 2016-17 Blavatnik Fellows are introduced below:
Based in the Harvard University Innovation Lab (i-lab), a center of entrepreneurial activity from across the University, Blavatnik Fellows become part of the HBS and University communities. In addition, they have regular access to industry leaders in Boston’s business, biomedical, and life science communities who are willing to serve as mentors during their fellowship year.
During the year, the program provides professional development in a wide variety of areas, including strategy, R&D management, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, business development, and entrepreneurial finance. Fellows work to complete business plans and secure funding and, where appropriate, to join and develop founding teams of new ventures.
The growing community of Blavatnik Fellowship alumni/ae are creating a national network of entrepreneurs in the life sciences.