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Azin Nezami

Vertex
Director of Innovation and External Research
Azin leads the Innovation team at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Her team is responsible for building a culture of continuous corporate innovation. Their strategy is to generate and implement new ideas, build internal and external connections, support all business units as innovators, and built a culture to nurture creative people.  The Vertex Innovation team has launched successful innovation tournaments and partners with business units to integrate innovative ideas into the core business
Azin’s passion is to create intersections and to explore possibilities where art, culture, literature and technology meet science. She is a biophysicist by training and prior to taking on her current role she was responsible for starting a biophysics lab at Vertex to help drive drug discovery projects across diverse therapeutic areas. She has trained numerous scientists along the way and helped college interns build successful careers.
Azin is a passionate advocate of environmental conservation and the arts in Boston and sits on the boards of the Boston Ballet and the Conservation Law Foundation.
Azin earned a Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University and followed it with a postdoctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School.


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