Nanobiosym, a Bedford, Mass.-based nanotechnology firm, has added another star to its constellation of big-name advisors, tapping John Abele for its advisory board.
Abele, a co-founder of medical device colossus Boston Scientific Corp., will join a board that already includes Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India; Alfred Ford, the current chairman of the Ford Motor Co. and grandson of Henry Ford; and former Ambassador John Palmer.
Formed in 2004 as an R&D-based company, Nanobiosym developed a product called Gene-RADAR, a portable nanotechnology platform that can rapidly and accurately detect genetic fingerprints from any biological organism, according to a press release.
The company is primarily funded by government contracts from bodies including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. It’s helmed by Dr. Anita Goel.
Abele, 72, is already on a several boards, including Boston Scientific’s and several philanthropies; he’s chairman of F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which is dedicated to encouraging young people toward careers in science and engineering.