By Kyle Alspach
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Boston Business Journal) — Noubar Afeyan has had a hand in founding 22 companies to date.
Scientist, entrepreneur, public company executive and venture capitalist — many people spend a lifetime on just one (or maybe two) of these roles. But Afeyan has been all four, and he has found success in every one of them, says Ed Kania, who cofounded Cambridge-based Flagship Ventures with Afeyan.
“I see him as a four-seasons athlete across those dimensions,” said Kania, who has known Afeyan ever since leading an investment into Afeyan’s first company, PerSeptive Biosystems.
Afeyan founded the company in 1987 after earning his doctorate from MIT. The bioinstrumentation company — which achieved $100 million in revenue and was ultimately acquired by PerkinElmer — would be the first of the 22 companies cofounded by Afeyan to date.