Nick Plugis

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Principal Flagship Pioneering

Nick Plugis, Ph.D., is a life sciences entrepreneur and Senior Associate at Flagship Pioneering. At Flagship, Nick explores unappreciated biological mechanisms and innovative new biotechnologies. Working on a Flagship Labs team, he develops the science, intellectual property and business strategy that form the foundation of breakthrough startups. His efforts have led to the origination of several Flagship Labs companies, including Ring Therapeutics, Cellarity and FL50. At Cellarity, Nick drives and catalyzes innovation at the intersections of technology, artificial intelligence, biology and chemistry.

Before joining Flagship Pioneering, Nick completed his doctorate in chemistry in Chaitan Khosla’s lab at Stanford University, developing and utilizing chemical biology tools to investigate the molecular pathophysiology of celiac disease. During his graduate studies, Nick completed the Stanford Ignite Program at the Graduate School of Business. Nick was also vice president of SCIMALS, a non-profit organization that provides scientific and market due diligence to early-stage life science investors and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Nick holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University and a B.A. in both chemistry and economics from Middlebury College.

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