Innovation Fellows Program

Career Development Opportunities for Future Leaders in Translational Medicine

The Innovation Fellows Program enables personnel exchanges between Mass General Brigham hospitals and participating industry. Biopharmaceutical, device, venture capital, digital health, payors, and consulting firms engage with early career Harvard faculty and trainees appointed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Fellows gain the competencies they need to become future leaders in health care through experiential opportunities.

The Innovation Fellows Program matches the interests and qualifications of candidates with objectives of the host organizations. Fellow Projects typically focus on:

At Industry("Outbound" Fellows)

  • Drug or device development
  • Care redesign
  • Clinical trial strategy
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Company financing and launch
  • Reimbursement and portfolio management

At Mass General Brigham ("Inbound" Fellows)

  • Cutting edge research
  • Asset identification and commercialization
  • Teaching/Education

Program Benefits

  • Gain on-site experience to enhance skills in a collaborative, team-based environment
  • Develop capabilities in drug development, regulatory, commercialization, transformation and more
  • Expand professional relationships while being personally mentored by top leaders
  • Gain exposure to alternative career paths or new opportunities for career acceleration
  • Access to clinical insights from world-class faculty

2019 Innovation Fellows panel

How is the Mass General Brigham Innovation Fellows Program unique?

  • Provides a rare opportunity to be immersed in collaborative, team-based projects in an industry setting
  • Fellows receive direct mentorship from top industry executives and senior leadership at world-renowned hospitals as well as proprietary educational online programs
  • A Mass General Brigham-wide program model allows uniform access to a deep pool of high caliber early career Harvard appointed candidates
  • The Fellows Program provides maximum flexibility for both Fellows and Host Industries
Innovation Fellows Program

Program Mentors

Nathalie Agar, PhD

Nathalie Agar, PhD

Principal Investigator, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Director of Surgical Molecular Imaging Lab (SMIL), Neurosurgery, BWH; Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

William Carlezon, PhD

William Carlezon, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Basic Neuroscience Division, Director, Conte Center at McLean, McLean Hospital


Mason Freeman, MD

Director, Translational Medicine Group, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Orhun Muratoglu, PhD

Director, Harris Orthopaedic Laboratory, Director, Technology Research Implementation Ctr, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Ali Tavvakoli, MD

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

“I am incredibly excited about Mass General Brigham Fellows Program as a two-way bridge between Academia and Industry, and I am confident that it will be a transformative experience for the next generation of life science innovators.”

Nazem Atassi, MD
VP, Global Project Head, Early Neurology Development, Neuroscience, Sanofi Genzyme; former Mass General Brigham Innovation Fellow and Program Mentor

“There is strong interest in training our early career clinicians and scientists in the life sciences industry; creating a climate in which industry and academia work collaboratively can only improve our chances for success.”

Nathalie Agar, PhD
Principal Investigator, Neurosurgery; Program Mentor

“As a small biotech, we’re always looking for ways to network with the scientific and clinical community within Boston and Cambridge.  While we have a lot of in-house medical expertise, we’ll never be the large hospital teaching facility that is a Mass General or a Brigham and Women’s. The Fellows Program is a great way for us to get additional expertise in disease areas or specialties that aren’t within our group.”

Peter Ho, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Boston Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Industry Partners

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Boston Scientific
Boston Pharmaceuticals
Third Rock Ventures


Questions about the program can be directed to:

Cary Mazzone
Program Manager, Innovation Fellows Program
Mass General Brigham Innovation

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