Noubar Afeyan

Noubar Afeyan (WesternArmenian: Նուպար Աֆէեան; born in 1962) is an American-Canadian entrepreneur, inventor. and philanthropist of Armenian origin.[1][2] He is best known for co-founding the biotechnology company Moderna, through his venture capital firm, Flagship Pioneering, and for co-founding humanitarian projects such as Aurora Prize and The Future Armenian. As of November 2021, his net worth is estimated at $3.3 billion.[4]

American businessperson
Noubar Afeyan
Born (1962-07-25) July 25, 1962 (age 59)

Nationality American-Canadian
Alma mater McGill University (B.Eng., 1983)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D, Biochemical Engineering, 1987)
Occupation Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, inventor and philanthropist[1][2]
Years active 1986–present[3]
Known for co-founding Moderna, Flagship Pioneering, Aurora Prize, The Future Armenian
Spouse(s) Anna Gunnarson
Children 4

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Afeyan was born to Armenian parents in Beirut, Lebanon in 1962.[1][3][2] His grandfather survived the Armenian genocide.[5][6] Talking about his background, Afeyan said: “One of the only unfortunate advantages Armenians have had by having gone through a genocide and having spread around the world is that we do have an experience of escaping and of immigrating and of constantly restarting.”[5] His family fled Lebanon in 1975, during the civil war there.[5][7][3] He graduated from Loyola High School in Montreal in 1978.[7] He received his B.Eng. in chemical engineering from McGill University in 1983 and then moved to the US and earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1987.[7][1][3] He was the first PhD graduate from MIT’s Center for Bioprocess Engineering, at the time the only institution with that degree program.[8][9] He became a U.S. citizen in 2008.[10]

Afeyan is married to Anna (née Gunnarson), a Swedish-born engineer who moved to the US in 1988. They have four children.[11][12]

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