Senior Managing Partner & CEO, Flagship Pioneering


Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Dr. Charlie Cooney is the Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering for the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering and the Faculty Director for the Deshpande Center for Technical Innovation. Dr. Cooney received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966, and the SM (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) in biochemical engineering from MIT. After a short post-doc at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, he joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 1970, becoming full professor in 1982. Dr. Cooney’s honors include the 1989 Gold Medal of the Institute of Biotechnological Studies (London); the Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; the James Van Lanen Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Microbial and Biochemical Technology; and election to the American Institute of Medical and Biochemical Engineers and the Fellows of the American Chemical Society.

A consultant to multiple biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Cooney sits on the boards of Polypore International, Biocon, Ltd. (India) and multiple private companies (GreenLight Bioscience, Mitra Biotech). His research and teaching span many aspects of biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing.