Vicki Sato

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Vicki L. Sato
Nationality American
Fields Biotechnology
Institutions Harvard Business School
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Paul Levine
Other academic advisors Leonard Herzenberg
Known for Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Vicki L. Sato is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and a professor of the practice in the department of molecular and cell biology at Harvard University. She earned her A.B. in Biology from Radcliffe College and her A.M. and Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University focusing on the genetics of photosynthesis under the guidance of Paul Levine. She then did her postdoctoral work at University of California, Berkeley with Kenneth Sauer and Stanford Medical Center with Leonard Herzenberg where she shifted fields from biophysics into immunology. Initially, she returned to Harvard as a Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. During that time, she co-taught immunology with Walter Gilbert who was beginning to found Biogen Inc. along with Phil Sharp, Charles Weissmann, and Kenneth Murray. During her sabbatical after eight years at Harvard, she became involved with a startup and eventually joined Biogen Inc. from 1984 to 1992 and left as the VP of Research and a member of the Scientific Board.[1][2] She then joined Vertex Pharmaceuticals as the Chief Scientific Officer before becoming the Senior VP of Research and Development and ultimately serving as the President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals from 2000 to 2005. During her tenure, the drugs Avonex, Tysabri, and Telaprevir were developed.[3][4]

After retirement, she joined the faculty at Harvard where she is researching innovation and productivity in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and development. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Bristol Myers Squibb, PerkinElmer, Inc., Galapagos NV, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. She was also a founding member of the Scientific Board of the Broad Institute. She also acts as an advisor to Atlas Venture.[5]

She is married to fellow Harvard Professor Lewis C. Cantley.

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  1. ^ Galglani, Shiv (March 2009). "Interview with Professor Vicki Sato of Harvard University". Journal of Young Investigators. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vicki Sato". PerkinElmer. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vicki L. Sato Ph.D.". Broad Institute. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "THE 130 MOST INSPIRING ASIAN AMERICANS OF ALL TIME". Goldsea. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vicki Sato". Atlas Venture. Retrieved 8 January 2013.