Michael joined Flagship Pioneering as an associate in 2020 after completing the firm’s Flagship Pioneering Fellowship. At Flagship, Michael works as part of a venture origination team to create and build the next generation of transformative companies in human health, agriculture, and sustainability. In this role, he contributes to the venture concepts, research and development plan, intellectual property, and corporate strategy that form the foundations of breakthrough startups.
Michael completed his doctoral research in metabolism and reproduction at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. During this time, he designed and built three-dimensional cellular models of the human placenta and conducted compound screening to understand the effects of maternal drug and toxin exposure on pregnancy. His work has been disseminated into numerous scientific publications and over 20 regional and international conference presentations. Michael’s academic excellence was affirmed by more than 40 awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Vanier Scholarship, where he was nationally ranked as one of the top four doctoral scientists by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Outside of the lab, Michael founded and led his first company in the software space in 2008 where he was involved in raising capital, building and leading teams, product development, and establishing relationships with external stakeholders. He subsequently founded ARCHITECHealth, a life sciences consultancy where he and his team supported and advised a range of clients from early-stage biotech startups to Johnson & Johnson and IBM. Michael was also dedicated to training future entrepreneurial scientists in his founding and leading of Industry Link, an organization connecting academic talent with the life sciences industry.
Michael earned his Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from McMaster University and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Western University.