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Gary Pisano

Academic Partner

Gary Pisano joined Flagship Pioneering in 2022 as an Academic Partner. Gary works closely with Flagship Founder and CEO Noubar Afeyan and the company's senior leadership on institution building and overall Flagship strategy. He also serves as a board member of Flagship-founded Axcella Therapeutics and Generate Biomedicines.

Gary is currently the Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School where he serves as Senior Associate Dean for Promotions and Tenure and has taught MBA, executive, and doctoral courses. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1988.

Over the course of his career Gary has been a researcher, teacher, and consultant to many organizations. His work has focused on the management of innovation, strategy, enterprise growth, and the commercialization of science and international competitiveness in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, apparel, electronics, entertainment, financial services, health care, manufacturing, restaurants, semiconductors, software, specialty chemicals and web services.

Gary has published over 100 scholarly articles and case studies on such topics as technology and operations strategy, competitive strategy, intellectual property, the management of innovation, organizational learning, commercializing science, business model design and innovation, global competitiveness, and corporate growth. He is the author of a Harvard Business School case study on Flagship Pioneering as well as co-author, together with Noubar Afeyan, of “What Evolution Can Teach Us About Innovation,” an article about Flagship's emergent discovery process published in Harvard Business Review. He has written six books, including his latest, Creative Construction: The DNA of Sustained Innovation. He has received numerous awards for his work and thought leadership.

Gary received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Yale University.