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October 1 Thursday

EIC Guest Lecture ♦ Robert Coughlin (MassBio) ♦ "Progress is Personal in the State of Possible: Biopharmaceutical Innovation, Policy and a New Tomorrow for My Son with Cystic Fibrosis"

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 12:35PM - 2:00PM
  • Via Zoom: https://yale.zoom.us/j/7440943607
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Massachusetts is home to the #1 life sciences cluster in the world, but it did not happen by chance. Bob Coughlin, MassBio President & CEO, will tell the story of how Massachusetts became the best place in the world for biopharmaceutical innovation through a very personal example.

Eighteen years ago, Bob and his wife had a child with cystic fibrosis (CF). A politician at the time, Bob decided that he would devote his life and his career to ensuring biopharma companies had the best possible environment to bring lifesaving drugs to patients like his son. He tirelessly fundraised for the CF Foundation, raised awareness about the need to invest in research for CF and all of the other unmet medical needs out there, and worked to advance policies that would spur innovation by partnering with academia and government. Eighteen years later, Bob now has hope that his son will live a long and healthy life thanks to innovation happening right at home in the Commonwealth.

RSVP to: Sven.Riethmueller@yale.edu

Robert Coughlin Bio:
As President and CEO of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Bob’s mission is to advance Massachusetts' leadership in the life sciences to grow the industry, add value to the healthcare system and improve patient lives. Over the last decade, Bob has truly become a champion for patients by ensuring innovative companies have the best environment possible to research, develop, and commercialize breakthrough therapies and cures for people around the world who need and deserve them.

Bob has spent his career in both the public and private sectors. Before joining MassBio, he served as the Undersecretary of Economic Development within Governor Deval Patrick's administration, where he prioritized both healthcare and economic development issues and was a strong advocate for the life sciences industry in Massachusetts. Prior to that, he was elected as State Representative to the 11th Norfolk district for three terms. Bob has also held senior executive positions in the environmental services, capital management and venture capital industries.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Bob is an active member in the community. He is a past board member of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and is currently serving on the board of directors for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at Boston Children’s Hospital. Bob has served as the honorary chairman of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk since 1996. In years past, he co-chaired the Children’s Hospital Boston signature event, Champions for Children’s and the Schwartz Center’s Compassionate Healthcare Dinner.

In 2011, the American Diabetes Association honored Bob with their Father of the Year Award. In 2012, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honored Bob with the CF Foundation Volunteer Leadership Award and in 2013 he received the Boston Irish Business Award from the Boston Irish Business Association. In 2014, he was awarded for his leadership in Biotechnology by the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research. He received the NTSAD advocate of the year in 2015 and was named to the Boston Business Journal’s Power 50, Top 50 Most Influential Bostonians. In 2016, he was honored with the Boston Biotech CEO Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 Bob received the first-ever awarded Governor Paul Cellucci Fatherhood Award from the Children’s Trust and the Breath of Life Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His latest honors include being recognized by Boston Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Boston” and received the 12th Anniversary Founders Award from the Institute for Pediatric Innovation (2018).

He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he majored in Marine Engineering, and served as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve.

He brings passion and energy to all of his endeavors.


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