Susan K. Whoriskey, PhD

Biotechnology Entrepreneur; pioneering scientific breakthroughs to save lives

Susan has helped build some of Massachusetts top successful Biotechnology companies from the ground up as a member of the founding Executive Teams of Moderna, Momenta Pharmaceuticals and Cubist Pharmaceuticals. These companies have innovated cutting edge science and developed lifesaving medicines and vaccines, creating significant value and contributing numerous jobs to the local economies. She played key roles in managing these companies to grow from the “big science idea” through seed and follow-on venture funding, scientific proof of concept, IPOs, clinical development and the achievement of multiple FDA drug approvals. She is currently consulting as an Executive to her fourth start-up, Vera which is privately held.

Susan has held various positions in academics, venture capital and biotech executive management. She has been a Research Fellow in Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School with a Nobel Laureate, a consultant to venture capital firm Polaris Venture Partners, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at MIT.

Susan earned a PH.D. in Molecular Biology & Molecular Genetics from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a proud recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurism from the University of Ulster. She is an inventor on 16 issued patents and numerous pending patent applications and has written grants that have received over $26M in federal funding for scientific research.