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Start smart: Leader in molecular cell biology and biotech research Harvey Lodish shares tips for entrepreneurs


Thu, 05/23/2024 - 12:00


The leading expert in genetics research, who has trained over 200 of the world’s top scientific minds including two Nobel Laureates, shares his journey from academia to starting multiple biotech companies, and key insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.

As a foremost authority on molecular cell biology and the brains behind many biotech startups that have changed the course of genetic engineering, Dr Harvey Lodish is the textbook definition of a scientist-entrepreneur. 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor is a highly-regarded figure in the molecular cell biology field. His research over the past five decades, along with his seminal textbook used in fundamental biology modules, he has profoundly shaped our understanding of how cells work. 

Today, he is a driving force in educating not just the next generation of life science scholars but entrepreneurs as well, drawing on his rich experience in translating scientific discoveries into real-world applications.

His own illustrious track record in biotech ventures goes back to 1981, when he co-founded Genzyme (acquired by Sanofi in 2011), which pioneered transformative therapies for genetic diseases.