Juan Enriquez is a leading authority on the economic impact of life sciences on business and society and is a respected business leader and entrepreneur. As Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, Juan represents Excel on the boards of ShapeUp, Activate Networks, and Synthetic Genomics.
Prior to Excel, Juan was the founding Director of the Harvard Business School’s Life Sciences Project, with many of his innovative thoughts captured in his bestselling book, As The Future Catches You, which provided an accurate blueprint of how a bio-based economy changes industries and corporations. Following HBS, Juan became an active angel investor and founder of Biotechonomy Ventures which invested in BioTrove, Xcellerex, and Synthetic Genomics.
As a business leader, advisor, and renowned speaker, Juan works directly with the CEOs of a number of Fortune 50 companies, as well as various heads of state, on how to adapt to a world where the dominant language is shifting from the digital towards the language of life. Mr. Enriquez serves on a number of boards including Cabot Corporation, the Public Interfaces Steering Committee of the Division of Earth & Life Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, The Genetics Advisory Council of Harvard Medical School, The Chairman’s International Council of the America’s Society, and the Visiting Committee of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center. He graduated from Harvard with a B.A. and an M.B.A., both with honors.
Dr. Jennings is currently Vice-Chair of ICANN, a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. He has been instrumental in the commercialization of IP in a number of university-based companies.
He was the Founding Chairman of both WBT Systems Ltd. and NTera Ltd. He is currently a member of the board of a number of early stage technology companies. As Director of Computing Services in University College Dublin (1977 – 1999) he was responsible for the university IT infrastructure. He is an Internet pioneer, having been actively involved in the start-up of research networks in the US (NSFNET), Europe (EARN, Ebone) and Ireland (HEANET).
We work closely with our friends at the Office of Technology Development at Harvard University and appreciate their ongoing support, especially Alan Gordon, Director of Business Development and Issac Kohlberg, Chief Technology Development Office of Harvard University. OTD helped launch the company and continues to support us as we work to bring Harvard’s innovative research to the world.