Chris Coburn

Chris Coburn

Vice-President, Innovation, Partners HealthCare

Panelist, Invest for Health 2016

Chris Coburn is Vice President, Innovation, Partners HealthCare. Based in Boston, Partners is largest academic research enterprise in the United States with greater than $1.5 billion in annual research. The Partners HealthCare system consists of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital “- ranked #1 and #6 in the nation, respectively, by US News & World Report “- as well as McLean Hospital and others. Partners faculty are appointed at Harvard Medical School.

Mr. Coburn leads a team of more than 80 tasked with the commercial application of the discoveries and unique capabilities of Partners’ 60,000 employees. His unit’s responsibilities include business development, company creation, licensing, investment, cooperative agreements, and management of all technological breakthroughs of Partners’ staff. 2015 commercialization revenue exceeded $110 million.

Prior to joining Partners, Mr. Coburn founded Cleveland Clinic Innovations and served for 13 years as its Executive Director. During his tenure Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies that raised more than $700 million in equity financing. Cleveland Clinic had no technology based spin-offs before Coburn’s arrival. He also implemented a national Innovation Alliance in which Cleveland Clinic managed technology commercialization for healthcare systems throughout the United States.