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A Letter from Your Chair

In our meeting packet this month, I am pleased to spotlight Noubar Afeyan, Ph.D., co-founder and Board Chairman of Moderna. He is a visionary entrepreneur and a leading figure in the biotech industry. His innovative thinking and leadership style make him a compelling subject for our discussion.

Noubar Afeyan is the founder and CEO of Flagship Pioneering, a venture creation firm that has created and supported more than 100 companies in the life sciences, engineering, and sustainability sectors. He has also co-founded and served on the board of directors of several successful biotech companies, including Moderna, which is at the forefront of developing cutting-edge mRNA therapeutics and vaccines.

Under Afeyan’s leadership, Moderna has successfully developed and distributed COVID-19 vaccines in record time. His innovative approach to drug development has helped revolutionize how we think about treating diseases and paved the way for developing new therapies and vaccines for a range of illnesses.

Aside from his work in biotech, Afeyan is also a philanthropist and an advocate for social impact. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Armenian General Benevolent Union and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation.

In conclusion, Noubar Afeyan’s exceptional leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovative thinking make him an inspiring figure in the biotech industry and a worthy subject for our discussion. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on him and his work.


John A. Finegan
President & CEO