Gary A. Cohen
Lecturer in Law
Gary A. Cohen has 25 years of law and ethics experience, including legal representation of industry-leading biotechnology companies. Now senior vice president and general counsel at Knome, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts company that interprets human genomes for biological relevance, Gary formerly was vice president, bioethics, law & policy at Foundation Medicine, Inc., a cancer personalized medicine company. Prior to that position, Gary was vice president, ethics and corporate responsibility at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for coordinating in-house and external programs in bioethics, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Earlier in his career, Gary has held in-house and law firm positions with Genzyme Transgenics Corporation, Genetics Institute, Palmer & Dodge, Goldstein & Manello and Yuasa & Hara (Tokyo). From 2006-2008, Gary was the Joe and Vi Jacobs Visiting Professor of Biotechnology Law and Ethics at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California.
Gary has an MPH (Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights) from the Boston University School of Public Health; a JD (with coursework in Chinese and Japanese law; and intellectual property) from Columbia University Law School; and an AB from Washington University in St. Louis. From 1982–1983, Gary was a student at the Beijing Language Institute. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts (1986) and California (2008).