Member of the Board of Advisors
Partners HealthCare was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Chris Coburn is Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare. He also serves as President, Partners HealthCare International. Based in Boston, Partners is largest academic research enterprise in the United States with more than $1.5 billion in annual research expenditures. The Partners HealthCare system consists of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and community hospitals. Partners faculty are appointed at Harvard Medical School.Mr. Coburn leads a business development team of more than 110 tasked with the commercial application of the discoveries and unique capabilities of Partners’ 60,000 employees in the US and more than 40 countries overseas. His unit’s Partners wide responsibilities include industry collaborations, international consulting, company creation, licensing, investing and innovation management. 2016 revenue exceeded $120 million.Prior to joining Partners, Mr. Coburn founded Cleveland Clinic Innovations and served for 13 years as its Executive Director. During his tenure Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies that raised more than $700 million in equity financing. Cleveland Clinic had no technology based spin-offs before Coburn’s arrival. He also implemented a national Innovation Alliance in which Cleveland Clinic manages technology commercialization for healthcare systems throughout the United States.Mr.Coburn has served on numerous corporate and community boards including Explorys (acquired by IBM), Autonomic Technologies, and the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (NYSE:USU). He currently serves on the Boards of NEHI and the Museum of Science, Boston (Overseers). He is a former Vice President and General Manager of Battelle Memorial Institute. He has consulted, testified and spoken on innovation and commercialization throughout North America and in more than 30 countries. He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children.