Entrepreneurship in the HBS Community

There are a multitude of entrepreneurship programs and resources available to students and alumni in the HBS and Harvard Ecosystem. While attending HBS, students have access to countless offerings to help guide them through their HBS entrepreneurial journey including; the New Venture Competition, the Harvard Innovation LabEntrepreneurs-in-Residence and entrepreneurial-focused courses.

More than 50 percent of HBS graduates create ventures in a quest to change the world. In that spirit, alongside the Harvard network, HBS provides support to alumni entrepreneurs giving them the foundation needed to achieve their goals. Among those resources is the Blavatnik Fellows in Life Science Entrepreneurship.

Meet the 2018-2019 Blavatnik Fellows

This innovative fellowship program provides a select group of Harvard Business School MBA alumni with the opportunity to work with Harvard inventors to promote the commercialization of life science technologies with significant market potential. Harvard's i-lab serves as the hub, providing fellows with space and the opportunity to join an entrepreneurial community. The Blavatnik Fellowship Program is directed by Peter Barrett, PhD, senior fellow at HBS and partner at Atlas Venture.


Rich Horgan (MBA 2018)

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Rich Horgan comes to the Blavatnik Fellowship with a deep passion for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). With a younger brother impacted by the disease, Rich has a strong interest in accelerating promising DMD treatments. While at business school, he worked to scale his nonprofit, Terry’s Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy, and helped advance therapeutics in the academic lab while raising awareness for DMD. 

Liz Kwo (MD/MBA 2011, MPH 2016)

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Liz Kwo has a diverse background in health care and is the CEO and co-founder of InfiniteMD, a telemedicine company connecting Chinese patients with US physicians for second opinions. She is a practicing Preventive Care and Occupational Medicine physician at Cambridge Health Alliance and researches wellness of elderly populations in Taiwan on a Fulbright Scholarship. 

David Mou (MD/MBA 2014)

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David Mou is the co-founder and medical director of Valera Health, a behavioral health company that allows providers and payers to better manage chronic medical and mental health conditions. Valera engages patients using smartphones, making providers more efficient by increasing the quality of care while decreasing costs. In addition, David is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he conducts research with Matt Nock on how technology can help better predict and prevent suicidal behaviors.

Tarran Pierfelice (MBA 2018)

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Tarran Pierfelice joins the Fellowship as a cross-disciplinary scientist with expertise in stem cell biology, neuroscience, and molecular medicine with a strong interest in developing therapies and diagnostics for neurodegenerative diseases. Tarran worked at Paragon Bioservices where she managed the deal-making process by leading the identification, structuring, and negotiation of industry partnerships and strategic in-licensing deals.

Jayon Wang (MBA 2018)

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Jayon Wang is an entrepreneur and engineer with experience designing and launching life-saving medical technologies. Currently, he is a co-founder of X-COR Therapeutics, an extracorporeal CO2 removal device company focused on COPD and respiratory failure treatment. In May 2018, X-COR was awarded the runner-up prize in the Life Science track for the President’s Innovation Challenge at Harvard University.