Gigi Hirsch

Executive Director, Center for Biomedical Innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director NEWDIGS

Dr. Hirsch is the Executive Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI), which focuses on improving global health by overcoming challenges to the development, diffusion and adoption of biomedical innovations.

Her current efforts at CBI center on leading the New Drug Development Paradigms initiative (NEWDIGS), a “think and do tank” that is re-engineering pharmaceutical innovation to deliver new, better, affordable therapeutics to the right patients, faster. Within the broad strategic framework of “Adaptive Biomedical Innovation (ABI),” NEWDIGS’ flagship project focused on aligning stakeholders around more adaptive, patient-centered approaches to the management of risk and uncertainty across the life span of new medicines. This project helped inspire the Adaptive Pathways pilot program launched by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in March 2014.

Under Dr. Hirsch’s leadership, NEWDIGS continues to channel multi-stakeholder thought leadership to advance other critical enablers of ABI such as structured evidence planning and production across the product lifecycle; efficacy-to-effectiveness (E2E) strategies, tools and systems; precision financing models for curative therapies; and simulation methods/tools for collaborative innovation.

Dr. Hirsch has held a number of leadership roles that leverage her broad clinical background (Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Psychiatry) along with her passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and improving patient outcomes. Prior to joining CBI, she served as Director of Academic and Professional Relations at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and was founder and CEO of a boutique entrepreneurial venture (MD IntelliNet), funded by Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. She has held faculty appointments at the medical schools of Harvard, Brown, and Tufts after receiving her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati.