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, and digital health companies 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 short term, team-based experiential Fellow Projects onsite at industry.

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

Celebrating 5 Years of Mass General Brigham's Innovation Fellows Program

Biogen Fellowship Confirms Burton’s Interest in Drug Development for Neuromuscular Diseases

Leeann Brigham Burton, MD, Neuromuscular Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

There’s A Doctor in the House: Innovation Fellow Provides Valuable Clinical Insights to Digital Health Team

David Chiang, MD, PhD, Clinical Genetics Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

An Eye-Opening Experience: How the Innovation Fellows Program Helped to Illuminate One Scientist’s Career Path

Katherine Garlo, MD, Director of Global Medical Sciences, Alexion AstraZeneca Rare Disease

How a Scientific “Bridge-Builder” From Academia Benefitted from an Innovation Fellow Project in Venture Capital

Rahul Mahajan, MD, PhD, Neurocritical Care Faculty Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Innovation Fellow opportunity at Sanofi Proves There’s No Substitute for Experience

Ozlem Yildirim, PhD, Senior Clinical Development Scientist at Sanofi

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

Program Mentors

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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

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William Carlezon, PhD

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

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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

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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

“Boston Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to working with our clinical and scientific collaborators at Mass General and Brigham & Women’s Hospitals to develop new medicines. Supporting the next generation of physicians and scientists in our biotech is key to future success for our patients. We are excited to have Partners’ faculty join us through the Innovation Fellows Program.”

Craig T. Basson, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Boston Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Industry Partners

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Questions about the program can be directed to:

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

857-307-2424  |