Join us for the 36th annual Golden Door Award gala on Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Boston as we honor Noubar Afeyan. He is the founder of Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm that has fostered the development of more than 100 scientific ventures, 1,000 issued patents, and 75 clinical trials. Noubar’s work as a scientist and entrepreneur has shaped the biotech industry, and his philanthropic endeavors have raised awareness for victims of genocide and those who advocate for them.
Noubar is of Armenian heritage and was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His family moved to Montreal, Canada in 1975 to escape the Lebanese civil war, and he emigrated to the U.S. in 1983 to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering at MIT. His career of entrepreneurship and innovation spans three decades and includes more than 45 founded companies. Thousands of people now work in companies started by Flag-ship Pioneering, and the innovation at those companies fuels life science discovery every day.
In 2015, Noubar co-founded the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, an organization that honors global humanitarianism through the annual Aurora Prize, and the 100 Lives Initiative, a remembrance project that preserves the stories of survivors of the Armenian genocide and their saviors. Noubar received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2008, and was named a Great Immigrant honoree of the Carnegie Corporation in 2016.