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James L. Gilbert

Jim joined Flagship Pioneering in 2016 as a senior partner. Flagship is a unique Life Sciences innovation enterprise and ecosystem that conceives and creates companies that provide disruptive scientific solutions for some of the world’s largest health and sustainability problems. At Flagship, Jim participates in corporate innovation partnerships and company creation activities for the nutritional health sector of the firm.

Jim began his career at Bain & Company, where he stayed for over 24 years. Based in Boston and Munich, Jim served as the managing director of Bain’s Global Healthcare Practice with a focus on serving medical technology, biopharmaceutical and life science tools clients. He also held the position of chairman of the management committee, the partner compensation and promotion committee, and the nomination and governance committee.
After Bain, Jim joined Boston Scientific as group president of the Global Cardiovascular Group and executive vice president of corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and health economics and reimbursement. Among other duties, he was also responsible for providing strategic support on key projects and growth initiatives within Boston Scientific’s broad portfolio.

Before joining Flagship in 2016, Jim served as a senior advisor to the investment firm General Atlantic and as a senior operating executive at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

Jim is on the boards of multiple healthcare and life sciences companies, including Flagship portfolio companies TransMedics, Kintai Therapeutics, KSQ, and Sigilon. Jim joined Rubius Therapuetics as director in 2015 and served as the company’s chairman until mid-2016. He was on the board of directors of Nestlé Health Science between 2012 and 2016.

Jim graduated from Cornell where he earned a B.S. in industrial engineering and operations research with high distinction; he also holds an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. 

Jim is married to Lynn and lives in the Boston area, has two daughters; Katharine works in NYC, and Annie (Cornell ’19).