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Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship

The science of today is the business of tomorrow. The Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship offers Harvard Business School alumni and Harvard-affiliated postdocs the opportunity to create new ventures around promising life-science technologies while developing their leadership talents.

Supporting Blavatnik Fellows in their pursuit of successful enterprise creation, the program provides practical materials for entrepreneurship—time, working space, operating funds—with access to strategic resources—mentorship, workshops, and fireside chats, with industry experts.

The Blavatnik Fellowship is led by faculty chair Peter Barrett, PhD. The members of the Key Advisory Board, leading industry and biomedical authorities, provide programmatic guidance as well as one-on-one mentorship to Blavatnik Fellows. The Blavatnik Entrepreneurship Network, a consortium of top business and science leaders, provides Fellows additional mentorship channels.

Building Entrepreneurs and Businesses Through the Blavatnik Fellowship. 30 Fellows. 60 workshops. More than 60 mentors. 23 created companies. More than $370 million collectively raised.
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Join our community of entrepreneurs

Ideal candidates are MBA alumni of Harvard Business School who have graduated within the last 7–10 years, or postdoctoral candidates within the first 5 years of their training program at a Harvard program or research lab. The program is a full-time, salaried, residential fellowship. As such, Blavatnik Fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area, are eligible to enroll in a range of Harvard employee benefits, and receive work space at the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab.

How to apply

For complete information, visit the HBS Blavatnik Fellowship webpage or email Tracy Saxton Perry, Assistant Director.

Bringing life science innovations to the global population is more crucial than ever. The Blavatnik Fellowship mentors future leaders who want to make important advancements, take risks, and commercialize biomedical discoveries.

Srikant M. Datar

Dean of Faculty, Harvard Business School

Srikant Datar, Dean of Harvard Business School.

Five Years of Thinking Big



2020–21 Fellows

Sophie bai

Sophie Bai, MBA 2020

Sophie Bai is the founder and CEO of a biotech company using novel transdermal drug delivery technologies to get large molecules into the skin. She has been passionate about life sciences...

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Paul casinelli

Paul Casinelli, MBA 2020

Paul Casinelli is passionate about identifying exciting ideas and bringing them to market. He has deep experience in the technology industry and has held senior positions overseeing...

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Gregory ekchian

Gregory Ekchian, PhD

Gregory Ekchian is an entrepreneur, engineer, and innovator, and the first Harvard-affiliated postdoc selected as a Blavatnik Fellow. He has spent his career at the interface of academic...

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Zach morrison

Zack Morrison, MBA 2020

Zack Morrison is an entrepreneur and engineer with a passion for bringing breakthrough products to market. As a Blavatnik Fellow, Zack plans to develop sensing technologies for surgical...

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Carlos rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez, MBA 2017

Carlos Rodriguez is focused on digitizing biomanufacturing. He brings diverse experience in business development, corporate strategy, technical operations, and finance...

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Faculty Chair

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Peter Barrett, PhD

Partner, Atlas Venture

Peter Barrett is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School and faculty chair of the key advisory board of the Blavatnik Fellowship. He is also Partner at Atlas Venture...

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