Terrance G. McGuire Th’82

Terrance G. McGuire Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners, Waltham, MA

Board Chair: Elected 2000
Chair of the Board 2008-present

B.S. Hobart College
M.S. Thayer School of Engineering
M.B.A. Harvard Business School

Terry McGuire is a co-founder and general partner of Polaris Venture Partners based in the Boston office. Terry focuses on life sciences investments.

Prior to starting Polaris, Terry spent seven years at Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. investing in early stage medical and information technology companies. Terry began his career in venture capital at Golder, Thoma and Cressey in Chicago.

Terry has co-founded three companies: Inspire Pharmaceuticals, AIR (Advanced Inhalation Research, Inc.), and MicroCHIPS.

Terry represents Polaris on the boards of directors of Acceleron Pharma, Adimab, Arsenal Medical, Inc., deCODE Genetics, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Life Line Screening, MicroCHIPS, Inc., Pulmatrix Inc., SustainX Energy Storage Solutions, and Trevena Inc. He has also served on the boards of Akamai, Aspect Medical Systems, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, GlycoFi, Transform Pharmaceuticals, and Remon Medical Technologies.

Terry is Chairman Emeritus of the National Venture Capital Association, which represents ninety percent of the venture capitalists in the United States. He served as Chairman from 2009-2010.

In addition to chairing Thayer School's board, Terry also serves on the boards of The David Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (MIT), The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship (HBS), and The Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board (HBS).

In 2012 Terry was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Ohio Wesleyan University for his work in translational science. He is also a recipient of the 2009 Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Award, and the 2005 Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences, awarded by Harvard and the City of Jerusalem.