Moving Medicine Forward

PureTech is led by a proven and seasoned management team. Collectively, they have overseen the research and development of products supporting 20 regulatory approvals and has been involved in the C-suite of companies acquired for more than $13 billion cumulatively.

Ben Shapiro, MD
Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director
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Ben Shapiro, MD, is a Co-founder and Non-Executive Director at PureTech. He was previously Executive Vice President of Research for Merck. In this position, he was responsible for all basic and preclinical research activities at Merck worldwide. Dr. Shapiro led the research program that resulted in FDA registration of approximately 25 drugs and vaccines. In addition to overseeing Merck internal research, Shapiro was responsible for in-licensing activities. Previously, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington.

He is the author of over 120 papers on the molecular regulation of cellular behavior and the biochemical events that integrate the cascade of cellular activations at fertilization. He has served on many institutional advisory boards and scientific review panels, and has been a member of the board of various life science companies, including Momenta, Celera and Ikaria. He also sits on the board of the Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative and previously, the Mind and Life Institute. Dr. Shapiro received his MD from Jefferson Medical College.

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