Lesley Solomon is SVP Innovation, Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber. She works with industry, investors and Dana-Farber innovators to accelerate cancer therapies and improve care. Lesley develops strategies and collaborations to enhance research and patient care while also delivering financial results and competitive advantages. She integrates the work of the Dana-Farber Innovations office with her overall innovations strategies for DFCI.
Most recently she served as the founding executive director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Innovation Hub and Director of Strategy and Innovation in the Brigham Research Institute. In those roles she worked with Brigham innovators to help advance their work by evaluating needs, exploring business models, finding collaborators, developing funding opportunities and managing teams.
Lesley has 20+ years of experience as an executive doing work in business development, strategy and marketing at startups, early stage, and large companies such as the Food Network, Barnes & Noble.com, and Yoga Works. Lesley received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in English from Cornell University.
Lesley is co-Founder and executive committee member of the Food Allergy Science Initiative at The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT which brings together experts across disciplines to unlock the biology of food allergy and change the field to develop new treatments and more.