Geoffrey von Maltzahn

New Ventures Principal

Inventor and entrepreneur Geoffrey von Maltzahn joined Flagship in 2009 as a New Ventures Principal within Flagship VentureLabsTM, where he focuses on inventing technologies and starting companies to address global challenges in nutrition, environmental sustainability, and medicine. He is a founder and inventor of the founding technologies for the VentureLabsTM companies Seres Health and Pronutria, among others.

Geoff brings over a decade of experience innovating at the interface of biology and engineering. During his career Geoff has co-invented the first technology to produce pure essential nutrients directly from sunlight; a new paradigm of precision protein nutrition; the first ‘ecological therapeutics’ for treating dysbiosis of the microbiome; the first nanoparticles that communicate in the body to find and treat cancer; the first mass-coded ‘synthetic biomarkers’ for diagnosing and monitoring complex diseases; remote-controlled ‘nanoantennas’ for ultra-precise laser treatments; nanoparticle logic gates; new ‘parts’ for nanotechnology; peptides that behave like fats; and other technologies to help address important problems in biology, chemistry, engineering, and medicine.

Geoff has received over 20 awards and honors for his inventions, including the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, awarded to the most innovative student at MIT; the National Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Prize; the Biomedical Engineering Society Graduate Research Award; the Harvard-MIT Martha Gray Prize; and the Randolph G. Wei Award, for MIT’s most outstanding contribution at the interface of life sciences and engineering undergraduate research. Geoff also has had his inventions recognized among the “world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs of today” by Dean Kamen on Planet Green and in the 7 Innovations of the Year by MSNBC.

Named a “Whiz Kid” by Mass High Tech—the Journal of New England Technology, Geoff is named as an inventor on over 100 patents and applications on his inventions and an author on over 20 scientific manuscripts. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics from MIT under the mentorship of Sangeeta N. Bhatia, MD, PhD; a M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego; and a S.B. in Chemical Engineering from MIT. While at MIT, Geoff was a research mentor to a 15 undergraduates and named MIT’s Most Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor in 2007.