Vice President of Executive Operations
Miguel Ilzarbe joined Flagship Pioneering in 2015 as the vice president of executive operations. In this role, he acts as a senior advisor to Flagship’s CEO focused on strategic development of the firm, operational leadership of VentureLabs and support of new initiatives across the firm.
Miguel was previously the chief of staff and the director of operations and management within the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT’s Directors Office, supporting Eric Lander. He administratively spearheaded a large international multidisciplinary effort at the Broad titled SIGMA (Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americas). SIGMA, a $134M dollar collaboration with the Carlos Slim Health Institute aims to understand the genetic basis of diabetes, cancer and kidney disease with a focus on Latin American populations.
Prior to the chief of staff role, Miguel served as the assistant director of the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program at the Broad. In this capacity he was responsible for project management and administrative issues within the program. He came to the Broad from the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, where he was responsible for all subcontracting and financial activities of the center, as well as leading a team that had fiduciary responsibility over all of Dana-Farber’s core facilities.
Before his career in research administration, Miguel spent two years as a lab supervisor of Dana-Farber’s DNA sequencing facility, four years at the sequencing facility at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and four years in military intelligence.
Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic genetic sciences from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix. He also completed electronic warfare coursework in the United States Navy.