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Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship

The Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship offers Harvard Business School alumni and Harvard-affiliated postdocs the opportunity to advance new ventures around promising life science technologies and develop their leadership talents during a 12-month fellowship year. Postdocs who are selected as Blavatnik Fellows are able to lead the technical and commercial development of their existing scientific research.

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. To date, there have been 39 Blavatnik Fellows that have collectively raised $468M+ in funding.

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.

The Science of Today is the Business of Tomorrow. 28 created companies. Industries represented include devices, diagnostics, digital health, and therapeutics. 39 Fellows. Eight cohorts of distinguished HBS alumni and Harvad postdocs. 90+ mentors. Network of business and life science leaders providing tactical and strategic guidance. $244M raised from the first Blavatnik Fellow's venture to go public. $468M+ financing collectively raised by all Blavatnik Fellowship companies through angel investors, seed and funding rounds, grants, awards, and venture funding.
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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



2021–22 Fellows

Dan Ahlstedt.

Dan Ahlstedt, MBA '21

Dan Ahlstedt is an engineer and member of the EnPlusOne Biosciences team at the Wyss Institute. During his Blavatnik Fellowship...

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Ying Kai Chan.

Ying Kai Chan, PhD '15

Ying Kai Chan is an innovator and entrepreneur passionate about translating cutting-edge scientific discoveries to transformative therapies...

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Jannine Versi.

Jannine Versi, MBA '14

Jannine Versi is the co-founder and COO of Elektra Health, an innovative women's health company. Elektra helps women navigate...

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Ananya Zutshi.

Ananya Zutshi, MS/MBA '21

Ananya Zutshi is passionate about using exciting science to bring life-changing therapies to market for patients. During her Blavatnik Fellowship...

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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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