Garo H. Armen

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Garo H. Armen
Garo Armen
Born (1953-01-31) January 31, 1953 (age 70)

Garo H. Armen (Armenian: Կարո Արմեն) is an American-Armenian scientist and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), as well as co-founder and CEO of Agenus, Inc.

Early life[edit]

An ethnic Armenian, Armen was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1953, and immigrated to the United States as a teenager to attend university, eventually earning his PhD in physical chemistry from the City University of New York.


After earning his PhD, Armen worked as a research associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and taught as an associate professor at the Merchant Marine Academy. He then served as an analyst and investment banker, focusing on chemical and pharmaceutical industries, first at E.F. Hutton, then at Dean Witter Reynolds (now Morgan Stanley).

In 1993, Armen had a leading role in the creation of Immunex. From 1994 to 2006, Armen served on the board of directors at Elan, an Irish pharmaceutical firm; as chairman, he is widely credited with rescuing the company from financial ruin.[1] Currently, he serves as Executive Chairman at Protagenic Therapeutics.[citation needed]

In 1994, Armen co-founded Agenus, Inc (formerly Antigenics), a biotechnology company focused on personalized medicine in immune-oncology. He currently[when?] serves as the CEO, and as the Chairman for MiNK Therapeutics, a subsidiary company.[citation needed]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Armen is also the founder and chairman of the Children of Armenia Fund, established in 2004. The NGO empowers rural Armenians through initiatives focused on education, healthcare, social advancement, and economic development. As of 2022, COAF has brought resources to 107,239+ Armenians across 63 rural communities.


In 2016, the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden, MA named Armen an Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year.[2]

In 2004, Armen received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his humanitarian efforts in Armenia.[3]

In 2002, Ernst & Young recognized Armen as the NYC Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year.[4]


  1. ^ "Untypical corporate boss provides fresh vision at Elan". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2022-03-11.
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  3. ^ "Listings". Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved 2009-07-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Garo H. Armen Ph.D." Businessweek. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2013.

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