Meet Safi

Safi Bahcall

2008

Ernst & Young New England Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical Entrepreneur of the Year

2011

Worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) on the future of national research.

Safi is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists) and a biotech entrepreneur.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics (the science of the small) and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics (the science of the many). He was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley (the school of the many). After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.

Safi regularly speaks with senior leadership teams in technology, healthcare, media, entertainment, finance, consumer goods, and the US military about implementing the ideas in Loonshots: how to balance the core and the new, and lessons in transformation and reinvention. In addition, Safi has presented at industry conferences, investor events, and medical meetings around the world, as well as leading academic institutions including business schools and physics, mathematics, or medical departments at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Cornell, Bell Labs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rockefeller, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

He lives with his wife, two children, and roughly 37 Gerald + Piggie books in Cambridge, MA.

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