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Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator


From innovation to impact

Biomedical research at Harvard has the potential to improve countless lives, revolutionize industries, and create immense social and economic value. Translating this early-stage research into compelling, validated technologies requires careful planning, focused resources, and a tireless pursuit of results.

The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator guides Harvard scientists toward translational impact by providing strategic, monetary, and advisory support for well-defined research projects. Our work is expressly aimed at hastening the pace of scientific progress, developing a shared vision with partners in industry, and ensuring that lifesaving technologies born at Harvard will become new products that impact the world for the better.

Read about the research projects newly funded in 2019 or find out how to apply for funding in 2021.

Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator - overview brochure

Learn more about our tried-and-true approach in the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator brochure (PDF).

Proving the value of big ideas

The Accelerator seeks to support innovative, investigator-initiated research, and to develop preliminary observations into robust intellectual property positions. Its primary goal is to advance technologies to the point where an industry partnership can commence.

We employ a proven strategy of selecting projects with significant commercial potential, and providing financial support and domain expertise to fuel translational research, proof-of-concept, and technological development. We simultaneously build relationships with industry, generating partnerships and licensing opportunities, and facilitating startup formation and investment.

Call for proposals

Find out how to apply for funding in January or July 2021.

Positioned for Impact

The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator was established through a major gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Recent Blavatnik News

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By helping translate the inventions that happen here at Harvard into projects and businesses with real-world impact, the Accelerator can provide a unique and powerful spur to collaboration and innovation – both of which are crucial to solving society's most difficult challenges.

Nitin Nohria

Dean, Harvard Business School

The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator Advisory Committee

The Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator Advisory Committee comprises academic thought leaders and accomplished members of the biopharma and life-science venture communities. This distinguished group provides critical input on project selection and oversight, helping to ensure that research work plans have been designed to drive results, add value, and effectively address key criteria for licensing.

Third Rock Ventures

Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Harvard Medical School

President and CEO
Rome Therapeutics

Morton Grove-Rasmussen Professor of Immunohematology
Harvard Medical School

Managing Director
Healthcare Ventures

Founder, President, and CEO
FORMA Therapeutics

F-Prime Biomedical Research Initiative

New projects in 2019

In labs across Harvard University, 10 innovative research projects received new support from the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator in 2019. Our investigators are advancing crucial translational work in the areas of neuroscience, metabolic diseases, oncology, inflammation and infectious diseases, gene therapy and regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. These projects are driving rapidly toward commercial partnership. To learn more, please contact us.


Targeting Gut Microbes to Enhance the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Emily P. Balskus
Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Therapeutics to Address Neuronal Toxicity in ALS
Kevin Eggan
Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Cardiovascular, Renal, and Metabolic Diseases

Relaxin Receptor Agonists as Therapeutics for Cardiovascular Disease and Fibrosis
Andrew C. Kruse
Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School

“Bariatric surgery in a pill”: A Novel Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity
A. Sloan Devlin
Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School

A Novel Therapeutic Target for the Treatment of Diabetes
Doug Melton
Xander University Professor, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; Co-Director, Harvard Stem Cell Institute


Developing Small Molecules Against a Novel Target to Treat Cancer
Christina M. Woo
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Inflammation and Infectious Diseases

Treating Allergy and Inflammation by Targeting Neurogenic Inflammation
Bruce P. Bean
Robert Winthrop Professor of Neurobiology, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School

Developing a Biological Inhibitor to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
Martin Karplus
Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine

Targeted Expression of GJB2 by Specific Enhancers for Treating Hereditary Deafness
David P. Corey
Bertarelli Professor of Translational Medical Science, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School
Michael E. Greenberg
Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology and Professor of Neurology, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School

Drug Delivery

Delivery of Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies via Acoustophoretic Printing
Jennifer Lewis
Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering and Jianming Yu Professor of Arts and Sciences, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Non-invasive Delivery of Therapeutic Molecules into Cells
Johan Paulsson
Professor of Systems Biology, Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School