Noubar Afeyan to Speak at St. James’ Men’s Club Dinner Meeting


Dr. Noubar Afeyan

WATERTOWN — On Monday, June 6, Dr. Noubar Afeyan, managing partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures will be the speaker at the dinner meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club, at the church’s Mosesian Cultural Center, Keljik Hall, 465 Mt. Auburn St.

The topic will be “The Global Armenian Nation: Fueling Armenia’s Development.”

Afeyan co-founded Flagship Ventures, which focuses on inventing, launching, funding and building new ventures, in 2000. He is also a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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.

Afeyan has written numerous scientific publications and earned many patents since earning his PhD in biochemical engineering from MIT in 1987. During his 23-year career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Afeyan has co-founded and helped build more than 25 life science, technology and energy startups. Currently, Afeyan serves on a number of public and private company boards and he 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.

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.

A social hour beginning at 6:15 p.m. will start off the June 6 program, with a traditional Armenian dinner at 7 p.m. Women are welcome. For ticket information, call the church office.