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.

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Current entrepreneurs in residence

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    Gus Simiao, MBA

    Gus is a business development and operations executive with experience working with startup companies in sensors/robotics, machine learning, energy and mobility...

    Gus is a business development and operations executive with experience working with startup companies in sensors/robotics, machine learning, energy and mobility. After consulting for the Boston Consulting Group, Gus started two startups with licensed technologies from the University of Michigan. The first, Vortex Hydro Energy, was a tidal current turbine. Although the technology did not reach commercial viability this venture resulted in an excellent learning experience. The second, Electric Field Solutions, was an electric field sensor used to monitor electronic equipment. This venture was successful and acquired by Willbros Group (NYSE:WG). Gus is now a Principal at CEVG, a venture investment group that invests in early stage companies. Gus is also a consultant and mentor to startups in robotics and energy.

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    Raffaella Squilloni, MS, MBA

    Raffaella is a Co-Founder at Arbothera. Founded by Harvard scientists in the George Church Lab, Arbothera is developing a vaccine platform that harnesses pathogen-sensing pathways...

    Raffaella is a Co-Founder at Arbothera. Founded by Harvard scientists in the George Church Lab, Arbothera is developing a vaccine platform that harnesses pathogen-sensing pathways of the innate immune system. Innate immune sensors such as RIG-I, MDA5, or TLR7/8 recognize and sense the conserved nucleic acid structure of pathogens and trigger host innate and adaptive immune response. Arbothera’s vaccines leverage the power of innate immune sensing pathways by disarming viruses that are able to evade these antiviral sensors, or by activating these sensors in the form of self-adjuvanting mRNA vaccines. Arbothera is initially focusing on the development of a LAV platform for combating arboviral threats (Zika and Dengue) and a novel self-adjuvanting mRNA vaccine platform, which can be applied to multiple infectious diseases as well as cancer.

    Previously, Raffaella was a Blavatnik Fellow in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School (HBS) and worked in molecular diagnostics for infectious diseases. She has had a 7-year career in finance on the buy side as an investor; she spent several years at Goldman Sachs International in London (UK) working for their European Special Situations Group hedge fund and on the trading floor. After graduating from HBS in 2010, she worked for a New York-based private equity fund focused on investing in emerging and frontier markets including Latin America. She holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, an MSc from the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago, and an MBA from HBS.

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    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.

  • 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

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Past 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.

  • Be ready to be surprised by what intrigues you and catches your curiosity. I find being open to step out of your comfort zone is going to be important in this kind of opportunity, because inherently you're working on problems that haven't been solved before. 

    Shahid Azim

    OTD Entrepreneur-in-Residence, 2017-18