Frank L. Douglas
Early life and education
Douglas graduated with a B.S.in 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. 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
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