Robert Nelsen is a member of the board of directors and a co-founder of VIR. He is also a co-founder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners. He joined ARCH at its founding and played a significant role in the early sourcing, financing and development of more than 30 companies, including 15 that have reached valuations exceeding $1 billion. His seed and early-stage investments include Illumina GRAIL, Inc. (ILMN); Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY); Juno Therapeutics (JUNO); Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO); Sage Therapeutics (SAGE); Ikaria; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (KYTH), Receptos (RCPT); Aviron (AVIR); Denali Therapeutics; NetBot; Bluebird Bio (BLUE); R2 Technology; XenoPort (XNPT); Caliper Life Sciences (CALP); Trubion Pharmaceuticals (TRBN); Adolor (ADLR); deCODE Genetics; Array BioPharma (ARRY); IDUN Pharmaceuticals; Classmates.com; Hua Medicine; Fate Therapeutics (FATE); NextCODE Health; and Everyday Learning Corporation.
Mr. Nelsen is a director of Agios Pharmaceuticals, Juno Therapeutics, Denali Therapeutics, Arivale, Syros Pharmaceuticals, and he serves as chairman of Hua Medicine, among others. He previously served as a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, the Institute for Systems Biology, and as a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Nelsen holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Puget Sound with majors in economics and biology.