A History of Impact

2016

The Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, opens its doors. The Life Lab is the newest addition to the growing portfolio of innovation facilities on Western Avenue. It joins the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), which opened in 2011, and the Harvard Launch Lab, an alumni startup community and co-working facility that opened in 2014. All three innovation facilities benefit from their proximity to Harvard Business School and the Science and Engineering Complex, which will be the new home of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2020.

2015

Warren Zapol, the Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical, has developed a system that produces nitric oxide (NO) gas from the air. NO is a treatment for life threatening conditions, and until now it was expensive and has had to be administered in a modern hospital setting. Dr. Zapol’s discovery could make treatment with NO more economical and enable its delivery in parts of the world that currently lack the resources required.

2015

Massachusetts companies were among the largest recipients of biotech venture capital investment in the United States. Ninety percent of the Massachusetts biotech companies that received venture capital in 2015 had a connection to Harvard.

2015

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences receives a $400 million gift – the largest in Harvard’s history - to support research, teaching, financial aid, and faculty development. To honor John Paulson’s generosity, the School will be renamed the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

2014

Massachusetts remained the second highest concentration of biotech venture capital investment in the United States. Ninety percent of the Massachusetts biotech companies that received venture capital in 2014 had a connection to Harvard.

2014

A donation from Steve Ballmer will allow the School of Engineer and Applied Science to increase its computer science faculty by 50 percent over the next few years, to 36 from 24. The increase in computer science faculty is part of a broader growth plan at SEAS, which includes an eventual move to new facilities in Allston.

2014

The Harvard Innovation Launch Lab, an extension of the hugely successful iLab, opens its doors to high potential Harvard alumni startups. The Launch Lab is a 3,000 sq. ft. space that will host between 10 and 15 teams which have at least one recent Harvard graduate as a founding member.

2014

Donhee Ham, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, and his student Hosang Yoon release research about the kinetic properties of Graphene. The research may allow for further miniaturizing of electronics and improved energy efficiency and battery life.