Michael Fenn

Director, External Innovation

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It’s estimated that there are 3.7×10^10 cells in the human body, 1×10^11 stars in our galaxy, and 1×10^80 atoms in the universe.

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida
MS, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Florida
BS, Chemistry / Biochemistry, University of Florida
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As Director of External Innovation, I’m helping solve some of the most pressing challenges in the biomolecular condensate field by working closely with our R&D and business development teams to source and evaluate emerging technological and therapeutic assets of strategic interest, as well as efficiently manage our world-class scientific advisory board, and foster collaborations with a variety of current and future partners.

I joined Dewpoint Therapeutics because I was excited about working at the intersection of biology and physics, but also because I view biomolecular condensates as a series of materials science problems within the cell. Concepts such as interfacial phenomena, colloids, and polymer chemistry, all of which have guided much of my previous work at the bio-nano interface, are now being applied to investigate condensate machinery and modulate processes of disease.

Prior to Dewpoint, I most recently oversaw Harvard’s life science startup incubator programs as Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Harvard Innovation Labs (or i-Labs), where I supported the creation of new ventures founded by members from across the Harvard ecosystem. In my past life, I was an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. Located just south of Cape Canaveral, amidst the beautiful sunny beaches and awe-inspiring rocket launches, my research lab focused on studying nanomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine as well as advanced spectroscopy and microscopy. I also sought to instill a strong entrepreneurial spirit within my lab, which led to the founding of two startups, among a handful of other memorable learning experiences.

I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering, MS in Materials Science & Engineering, and BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry, all from the University of Florida. As a recovering professor and dedicated entrepreneur, I have acquired an appetite for both risk and impact, and I’m always looking to learn from others as well as teach and mentor whenever I can lend a hand. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, cooking, golf, anything outdoors, road trips, auto racing, and playing with our silk terrier.

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