Azin Nezami

Director of Innovation and External Research, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Azin is the Director of Innovation and External Research at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Previously, she was the Associate Director drove multiple strategic business efforts across the organization. Her passion is to create intersections and to explore possibilities where art, culture, literature and technology meet science. In addition to her role as a strategic planner, she hosts a popular event known as T@3, where she invites creative minds, dreamers, and thinkers to mingle with Vertex employees over a cup of tea.

Azin is a biophysicist by training and prior to taking on her current role she was responsible for starting a biophysics lab at Vertex to help drive drug discovery projects across diverse therapeutic areas. She has trained numerous scientists along the way and helped college interns build successful careers.

Azin believes in paying back and is actively involve in mentorship programs, high school science fairs, and community engagement.
Azin earned a Ph.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University and followed it with a postdoctoral fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard Medical School.