Entrepreneurs in Residence

Seasoned entrepreneurs bridge the gap from lab to startup


OTD’s entrepreneurs in residence become familiar with the latest research in Harvard labs, give advice on entrepreneurship and innovation, and — when the right opportunity presents itself — help catalyze new startups around Harvard technologies.

Current entrepreneurs in residence

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    Nat Harrison, MBA

    Nat is an entrepreneur with experience creating new businesses in the energy and materials, robotics, and healthcare industries...

    Nat is an entrepreneur with experience creating new businesses in the energy and materials, robotics, and healthcare industries. As a startup founder and manager, Nat has focused on applying technical innovations to new markets. Currently he is co-founder of a startup that gives human-like visual capabilities to robotic systems. Previously he was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Northwestern University, played a principal role at TetraVitae Bioscience (acquired by Eastman Chemical), and was a co-founder of GreenFuel Technologies. Nat also was a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, and graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard. Nat is an EIR on campus at Harvard for 9 months beginning in April 2017.

  • Shahid Azim, MBA's photo

    Shahid Azim, MBA

    Shahid is a serial entrepreneur, known for leading health start-ups from breakthrough ideas in the labs to building products that can having a meaningful impact on people’s lives...

    Shahid is a serial entrepreneur, known for leading health start-ups from breakthrough ideas in the labs to building products that can having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. He has most recently co-founded Nanogenecs, a company focused on bringing next generation molecular diagnostics directly to the consumers at home. He previously co-founded Quanttus in 2013, a next-generation consumer health company grounded in science, analytics, and advanced sensor technology, with the desire to transform personal health. The company raised over $30M in venture capital from leading investors in Silicon Valley.

    Prior to Quanttus, Shahid co-founded Lantos Technologies, a company revolutionizing the audiology industry. Lantos Technologies developed the world’s first intra-aural 3D scanning system that enables a custom-fit earpiece to dramatically improve the way people experience hearing aids and earphones. Shahid built Lantos from inception-phase to an FDA-cleared medical device that’s positioned to impact more than 9 million lives a year around the world.

    Shahid holds an MBA from Sloan School of Management at MIT, a postgraduate degree in Management from Harvard University, and a Bachelors in Finance from Seattle University. He is an active advisor to technology commercialization efforts at Harvard, Catalyst at Deshpande Center at MIT, and angel investor with MIT Angels Boston chapter.

    Shahid is an EIR on campus at Harvard for 9 months beginning in April 2017.

  • Supporting growth

    OTD’s EIR program is designed to allow experienced entrepreneurs to adapt to the needs and circumstances of the researchers and their innovations. 

    EIRs can make connections to prospective investors, and provide advice, mentorship and coaching about the startup process. They will offer counsel on business models, fundraising strategies, how to pitch an idea and how to address the inevitable unexpected business challenges.

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  • When you talk about transferring research from the academic to the real world, the transfer is rarely successful without having talented, dedicated individuals to play a major role in that trajectory.

    Isaac T. Kohlberg,

    Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer