Noubar Afeyan (Western Armenian: 9born 1962) is an Armenian-American entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist. He is best known for co-founding the biotechnology company Moderna.
Afeyan was born to Armenian parents in Beirut, Lebanon in 1962. His grandfather survived the Armenian Genocide. Talking about his background, Afeyan said: “One of the only unfortunate advantages Armenians have had by having gone through a genocide and having spread around the world is that we do have an experience of escaping and of immigrating and of constantly restarting.” His family fled Lebanon in 1975, during the civil war there. He graduated from Loyola High School in Montreal in 1978. He received his B.S. from McGill University in 1983 and then moved to the US and earned a Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1987.
He has patented over 100 inventions. Between 2000 and 2016 he was a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is currently (as of 2020) a lecturer at Harvard Business School.