Jen Nwankwo

Occupation: Businesswoman;

Position: Founder & CEO;

Company: 1910 Genetics Inc.;

Industry: Biotechnology;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: Nigerian, American;

Jen Nwankwo, Founder & CEO, 1910 Genetics Inc.

Jen Nwankwo

Jennifer Nwankwo, Ph.D., is the Founder & CEO of 1910 Genetics Inc., since May 2018. Ms. Nwankwo is of Nigerian descent. The company launched in March 2021 after closing its $22 million Series A funding round. Backed by M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund and Playground Global, 1910 Genetics integrates AI, computation and biological automation to accelerate the design of small molecule and protein therapeutics.

Work Experience

  • Founder & CEO, 1910 Genetics
  • Management Consultant, Bain & Company
  • Director of Business Development, Transparency Life Sciences
  • HHMI Fellow, Sickle Cell Disease Drug Discovery, Boston Children's Hospital
  • HHMI Fellow, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • R&D Associate, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Profiling, Novartis
  • R&D Associate, Oncology Drug Discovery, Novartis
  • R&D Associate, Biotherapeutics Discovery Research , Eli Lilly and Company
  • HHMI-SC Life Fellow, Protein Biochemistry, Claflin University
  • Raymond & Beverly Sackler Fellow, Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University
  • HHMI Fellow, Molecular Genetics, George Washington University

Board and Advisor Roles

  • MassBio DRIVE Review Board, MassBio
  • Member, Council of Champions, Life Science Cares
  • Mentor & Judge, Healthcare, MassChallenge
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sick Cells
  • Planning Committee Member, New England Science Symposium, Harvard Medical School


  • Tufts University Presidential Award for Citizenship & Public Service, Issued by Tufts University - Office of President Anthony P. Monaco, MD, Mar 2016.
  • ASH Abstract Achievement Award, Issued by American Society of Hematology (ASH), Oct 2015.
  • ASH Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award, Issued by American Society of Hematology (ASH), Oct 2014.
  • HHMI International Student Research Fellowship, Issued by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Aug 2013.

Philanthropy, Community Service and Memberships

  • Founder, Tufts New England Case Competition (TUNECC)


  • Ph.D., Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (Focus on pain and age-related cardiometabolic diseases), Tufts University School of Medicine.
  • Doctoral Research in Hematology & Platelet Biology (Focus on cardiovascular & anti-thrombotics), Harvard Medical School.
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development & Regulation, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development.
  • BS, Biochemistry, Claflin University.
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