Zen Chu

Senior Lecturer, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Zen Chu

Zen Chu serves as Faculty Director of MIT's Hacking Medicine Initiative, and is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Innovation for both the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology program.

In partnership with Professors Martha Gray and Bill Aulet, Zen created and directs HST.978 MIT Healthcare Ventures, a graduate course that teaches entrepreneurship, business models, and venture creation around technology that can transform healthcare. Zen actively consults companies in pharma, health tech, and healthcare systems struggling to adapt to global digital healthcare transformation and emerging markets.

As managing director of Accelerated Medical Ventures, Zen specializes in building early-stage medical technology and healthcare service companies, usually serving as cofounder and first investor. AMV’s portfolio spans Boston, Silicon Valley, and China, including PillPack.com, Call9.com, Figure1.com, NuRx.com, 3D-Matrix Medical [JASDAQ: 7777], Sofi.com, Curoverse Genomics (acq Veritas Genomics), BitGym.com, DirectDermatology.com, and a few companies still in stealth mode.

Alongside MIT professors Shuguang Zhang, Alex Rich, Alan Grodzinsky, and Bob Langer, Zen cofounded and served as ceo for 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., a venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company with a successful IPO in 2011. 3D-Matrix has wound-healing and drug-delivery products on the market outside of the US and multiple human clinical trials in process.

He has managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Bioengineering, NetVentures, and Hewlett-Packard. Zen earned a BS in biomedical/electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Yale University. He is married to Katie Rae, a serial entreprenuer and CEO of MIT's Engine Fund. They are raising three aspiring entrepreneurs in Brookline, MA. 


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General Expertise: Accelerators; Action learning; Affordable Care Act (ACA); Alibaba; Alibaba; Alliances; Angel investing; Apple; Apps; Asia; Asia Pacific; B-school; Big data; Biopharmaceutical; Biotechnology; Business education; Cancer; China; Clinical trials; Cloud computing; Cloud storage; Competitive strategy; Conflicts of interest; Conflicts of interest; Consumer electronics; Convergence; Corporate social responsibility; Cross-cultural awareness; Crowdfunding; Cultural differences; Cyber security; Developing countries; Developing countries, economics; Digital economy; Digitization; eBusiness; eCommerce; eGovernment; Electronic commerce; Electronic media; Emerging businesses; Emerging markets; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial finance; Entrepreneurial management; Entrepreneurship; Executive education; Genetics; Genome; Global entrepreneurship; Global entrepreneurship; Hacking; Healthcare; Healthcare delivery; Healthcare operations management; High technology / Hi-tech; Hospital operations management; Incubators; India; Information technology; Innovation; Innovation management; Innovative thinking; Insurance; Intellectual property; International corporate strategy; International entrepreneurship; Internet applications; Internet security; Internet software; Internet strategy; Internet telephony; iPhone; Knowledge management; Knowledge sharing; Lead users; Lead users; Leadership; Leadership; Medical decision making; Medical devices; Medical devices; Medicare; Medicine; Mergers and acquisitions; MOOCs; Multi-drug models; Nanotechnology; New venture development; New ventures; Obamacare; Open innovation; Open source software; Patents; Pharmaceuticals; Predictive analytics; Private equity; Privatization; Product design; Product development; Product innovation; Research and development; Silicon Valley; Silicon Valley; Singapore; Smartphones; Social entrepreneurship; Social networks; Social responsibility; Software; Southeast Asia; Startups / Start-ups; Strategic management; Strategic planning; Strategy; Taiwan; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technological innovation; Technology strategy; Technology transfer; Technology transfer; Telecommunications; Thailand; United States; Venture capital; Venture capital; Vietnam; Virtual customer; Web-based marketing; Wireless communication; X-teams


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Office: E40-160

Tel: (617) 699-4036

E-mail: zenven@mit.edu

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