Gauri Nair, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Innovation

About Gauri

As Vice President of Innovation at MassBio, Gauri serves the evolving needs of the early-stage innovation community via programming and relationship-building with thought leaders, key stakeholders, and constituents of the Massachusetts life sciences innovation ecosystem. She leads MassBio’s efforts as a connector between innovators and the industry to enable the development, distribution, and delivery of breakthrough technologies in life sciences.

Prior to joining MassBio, Gauri was an Associate Director in Academic Partnerships and External Innovation at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research Inc., where she drove external innovation by developing research partnerships and strategic collaborations with key partners in the academic innovation ecosystem. As a business development associate at Harvard University’s Office of Technology Development, Gauri supported OTD’s mission to build strategic relationships with industry to enable the effective development and commercialization of Harvard technologies. Gauri is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and equity, and about promoting inclusive innovation that serves underserved medically relevant populations.

Gauri holds a Ph.D. in Biology from University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), an M.S. in Innovation from D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University (Boston), a B.Sc in Microbiology and Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai, India), and an M.Sc. in Biotechnology from Pune University (India).

She lives in Lexington with her husband and son, and their dog Henry. When she is not working, she can be found cheering for her son at cricket games, baking artisan breads, developing recipes, listening to Indian classical music, collecting and listening to jazz and classical music on vinyl, gardening, and hiking with Henry.

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