Alan joined Polaris Partners in 2002 and is a general partner 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.
From 2006 to present, Alan has co-founded and served as CEO of Cerulean Pharma (a nanopharmaceutical company based on technology from MIT and CalTech that is currently conducting clinical trials of its first product in oncology), co-founded Visterra (a protein prediction company targeting infectious disease), co-founded Calorics (a company focused on novel biology for diseases of aging), and co-founded XTuit (a company developing cancer drugs exploiting the tumor microenvironment). From 2002 to 2006, Alan was President and CEO of Momenta Pharmaceuticals. 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.
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
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.