Frank L. Douglas

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Frank L. Douglas M.D., Ph.D. is a Guyanese American medical doctor.

Early life and education[edit]

Douglas graduated with a Engineering from Lehigh University, received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, degrees from Cornell University, completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, and a fellowship in neuroendocrinology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Douglas is the author of: Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream. Douglas taught clinical pharmacology at the Pritzker School of Medicine before becoming a professor of practice at MIT and establishing the Center for Biomedical Innovation.[1] Prior to joining MIT, Douglas was EVP and Member of the Board of Management of Aventis AG. He was twice named Pharmaceutical R&D Director of the Year, received the Black History Maker Award in 2007, and in 2010 was named a GQ Magazine and Geoffrey Beane Foundation "Rockstar of Science". While at Aventis, Douglas collaborated with Nature Publishing Co. to create the Horizon Symposia.

Douglas is president and CEO of THEVAX Genetics Vaccine USA and is president emeritus of Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, Ohio and senior partner emeritus of Puretech Ventures. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Battellee Memorial Research Institute, and had been a member of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh University and of the Board of Directors at the Kauffman Foundation, NitroMed, Gene Logic, and Altanos Pharmaceuticals Holding. He had also been a member of the NCATS Scientific Advisory Board of the NIH.

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Alumnus: P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science, Lehigh University, 2017

Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Special Achievement Award, 2016

Harold K. Stubb’s Humanitarian Award, 2013

University of the West Indies Caribbean’s Luminary Award, 2013

Executive of the Year Award, Sales and Marketing Executive International, Akron Affiliate, 2013

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Medal for Distinguished Service, 2013

Caribbean American Heritage Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship, 2011

Geoffrey Beene Foundation and GQ Magazine Rock Star of Science, 2010

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, CMPI, Odyssey Award, 2010

Black History Makers Award, 2007

Medal of Honor, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt, 2004

Global Pharmaceutical Chief Scientific Officer of the Year Award, 2004

NOBCChe Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002

Global Pharmaceutical R&D Director of the Year Award, 2001

Louis B. Russell Memorial American Heart Association Award, 1986

Chicago Heart Association: Heart of the Year Award, 1985


  1. ^ "People - Frank L. Douglas, Ph.D., M.D." MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation. Archived from the original on March 26, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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