Biography

Alan joined Polaris Partners in 2002 and is a partner and entrepreneur focusing on building and investing in healthcare companies.  He has served as founder and/or has played a significant role as chairman and CEO in building six Polaris companies.

Alan has co-founded and/or served as Chairman and CEO of Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA), Cerulean Pharma (NASDAQ:CERU), Visterra, Navitor Pharmaceuticals, XTuit Pharmaceuticals, and Arsia Therapeutics.  In addition, Alan’s current and past boards include T2 Biosystems (NASDAQ: TTOO), Ocular Therapeutix (NASDAQ: OCUL), Sirtris Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SIRT, acquired by Glaxo SmithKline), Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb), and Seventh Sense Biosystems.  From 2002 to 2006, Alan was President and CEO of Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MNTA).  He joined Momenta as the fifth employee and built the company into a public company, creating an advanced and diversified pipeline, entering into two strategic col­laborations with Novartis, and raising $275 million. The first product from Momenta’s pipeline achieved over $1B during its first year of sales.

Prior to Polaris, Alan was senior vice president of global corporate development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for leading Millennium’s stra­tegic partnering, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing activities, generating over $2B in partner funding and acquiring 19 development stage products. Among these products was Velcade® which became the main basis of the company’s $9B acquisition by Takeda.

Prior to Millennium, Alan was a marketing executive at DuPont-Merck and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and Arthur D. Little.

Honors & Memberships

Entrepreneur of the Year
Always-On Venture Capital 100
Children’s Hospital Boston Trust, Board Member
Autism Consortium, Founder
Harvard Experiment Fund, Partner
Harvard School of Engineering, Expert in Residence
Gann Academy, Board President

Education

B.A., biology, summa cum laude, Harvard College
M.A., cellular and developmental biology, Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
M.B.A., with honors, Harvard Business School
Harvard Medical School, two years of study towards M.D.