Museum of Science, Boston Board of Trustees Appoints Life Sciences Entrepreneur, Alexis Borisy, as New Chair

July 2, 2020

Borisy to Succeed Gwill E. York, Who Will Remain as Trustee

 

BOSTON, MA (July 2, 2020) — The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, announced today the appointment of life sciences entrepreneur and investor, Alexis Borisy, as the Museum’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Borisy succeeds Gwill E. York, who completed her term as Chair after serving five years in the role and will continue as a Museum Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee. Borisy has served as a Board Member of the Museum for 15 years, most recently as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Advancement Committee, and Member of the Executive Committee.

“It has truly been an honor to serve as Chair with the Museum of Science for the past five years,” said Gwill E. York, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lighthouse Capital Partners. “I am proud of the successes we have achieved, expanding the Museum’s reach, and I am thrilled to see Alexis lead the Museum in its next phase. The Museum has evolved exponentially during my three decades with the Museum and the organization poised for tremendous growth in the future. Alexis’s long commitment to the Museum and leadership will serve the Museum well.”

Alexis Borisy is the Chairman and CEO of EQRx, Inc, a Cambridge-based biotechnology startup committed to making new, innovative medicines at lower prices for the benefit of people and society. He is a leading biotechnology entrepreneur and investor with more than 25 years of experience building, operating, and investing in innovative science-based companies, with the goal of making a positive difference in the world. Alexis has successfully founded and served as a founding investor of many biotechnology startups and has been a leader in this space in Boston throughout his career. He holds a master's degree in chemistry and chemical biology from Harvard University and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Borisy begins his tenure as Museum Board Chair at a time where the Museum enters an era of transformative change. Borisy was a member of the Search Committee for recently appointed President, Tim Ritchie, and shares an expansive vision that focuses on access, future-forward exhibits and programs, and community collaboration. This is currently expressed through the Museum’s recently launched digital experience, MOS at Home, a platform of live streams, STEM resources, podcasts, and virtual exhibits that has reached more than 250,000 participants since its launch in March. As the Museum prepares to reopen to visitors, the Museum will continue to merge physical and digital experiences, open major new permanent exhibits such as Arctic Adventure and Engineering Design Workshop, unveil a newly digitized Mugar Omni Theater, and re-imagine the Museum’s most iconic space, the Blue Wing.

“As the Museum moves toward extending our mission and vision, I am thrilled to have a partner in Alexis and am grateful to the dedication shown by Gwill for so many years,” said Tim Ritchie, President of the Museum of Science, Boston. “With Alexis’s expertise, deep understanding of the life sciences landscape, and commitment to our community, we are in a fantastic position to build the Museum’s ability to convene and inspire our community like never before.”

 

About the Museum of Science, Boston

Among the world's largest science centers, and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science engages 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through interactive exhibits and programs. Nearly an additional 2 million people experience the Museum annually through touring exhibitions, traveling programs, planetarium productions and preK-8 EiE® STEM curricula through the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center.  Established in 1830, the Museum is home to such iconic exhibits as the Thompson Theater of Electricity, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, and the Mugar Omni Theater. The Museum influences formal and informal STEM education through research and national advocacy, as a strong community partner and loyal educator resource, and as a leader in universal design, developing exhibits and programming accessible to all. Learn more at https://www.mos.org

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