An entrepreneur and 25-year veteran of the software and computer industries, Frank Moss spent his career building companies and bringing innovative technologies to market. Ten years ago, however, he asked himself the question:
"What if I could make a broader contribution to the world by using technology to address pressing social issues—such as human health—and to improve quality of life for people worldwide?"
His question first led him to co-found a cancer drug discovery company, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and from there to the MIT Media Lab, where he served as director from 2006 – 2011 and where today he is Professor of the Practice and head of the New Media Medicine Group. Moss is also a trustee of Princeton University, where he is also a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
He was born in 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended an inner-city public high school and rooted for the Colts and Orioles. As a teenager, he became hooked on America’s fledgling space program, and was obsessed enough to go on to earn a BSE from Princeton and a PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. While at MIT, he became fascinated by emerging computer communications technologies that would later became part of the Internet. Inspired by his belief in the broad commercial potential of these technologies, he built his professional career in the computer and software industries.
Moss began his career at IBM's scientific center in Haifa, Israel, where he also taught at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He later held various research and management positions at IBM's Yorktown Heights (NY) Research Center, working on advanced development projects in the areas of networking and distributed computing.
Moss went on to hold management positions at IBM, Apollo Computer, and Lotus Development Corporation, and was CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems, which he took public in 1995 and merged with IBM a year later. He is a co-founder of many companies, including Stellar Computer, Bowstreet, Infinity Pharmaceuticals, and his latest start-up venture, Bluefin Labs. He is also an enthusiastic advisor to other young companies that share his vision of vastly better living through technology.
In addition, Moss chaired the advisory council for the creation of the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, where he remains an advisor. His citations include Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award and Forbes Magazine's "Leaders for Tomorrow."
Today Moss roots for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, boats and kayaks in the waters off Cape Cod, and has seen the films "Apollo 13," "Dave" and “The Big Lebowski" more times than he would like to admit.