Robert J. Palay

PROFESSIONAL

Mr. Palay currently is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. From 2004 through 2015 Mr. Palay was a co-founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of Cellular Dynamic International (NASDAQ: ICEL), a leader in stem cell manufacturing, which was acquired in 2015 by FujiFilm.  From 1999 to 2007 Mr. Palay also was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of NimbleGen Systems, Inc., a genomics tools company, which was acquired by Roche in 2007.  In addition, Mr. Palay has served as a manager of multiple Tactics II companies, entities specializing in life science investment.  Prior to Tactics II, Mr. Palay was a Vice President at Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments.

EDUCATION

  • AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • MBA, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS | AWARDS & HONORS

  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
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