FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2020
Contact: Cassie Ann Hodges
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) today presented Terry McGuire with the 2020 Outstanding Service Award. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes the exceptional service of an NVCA Director or NVCA member who has committed an extraordinary amount of time, resources and dedication to Association efforts that in turn benefits the entire venture industry.
“Not only is Terry McGuire a successful venture investor, he has also made huge contributions to the venture industry,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA. “As a previous Chairman of NVCA, Terry played a key leadership role in equipping our entrepreneurial ecosystem for success during his tenure on the NVCA Board. Since leaving the NVCA Board, Terry has continued to give back to the venture industry through his creation of the Global Venture Capital Congress (GVCC), a gathering of venture capital leaders from around the world, which Terry has led for the past 10 years. The GVCC has worked to create cooperation among venture capital associations in areas such as public policy, research, and other strategic topics. We congratulate Terry for his well-deserved recognition and thank him for his outstanding contributions to our industry.”
As a Founding Partner of Polaris Partners, Terry McGuire brings more than 35 years of successful early stage investing experience in medical and information technology companies. Terry has invested in more than 50 companies. He co-founded Inspire Pharmaceuticals, AIR, and MicroCHIPS. The companies that Terry has supported have touched more than 60 million patients and saved over 400,000 lives.
In 2015, Terry was listed as one of Scientific American’s Worldview 100, visionaries who continue to reshape biotechnology and the world. Terry was listed in Forbes’ Midas 100 List of Top Tech Investors multiple times and was chosen to receive the Irish America Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 Award. He is a recipient of the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research Award, and the Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Life Sciences, awarded by Harvard and the City of Jerusalem. He was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Canisius College for his work in translational science.
Terry was former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.
Terry is chairman of the Thayer School of Engineering Board of Advisors, Dartmouth College. He also sits on the boards of MIT’s The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, and The Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board (HBS).
In 2009, Terry helped create the Global Venture Capital Congress (GVCC), a gathering of venture capital leadership from around the world. For the past ten years Terry has chaired the congress. Terry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in engineering from The Thayer School at Dartmouth College, and a BS in physics and economics from Hobart College.
About the Outstanding Service Award
The Outstanding Service Award recognizes the exceptional service of an NVCA Director or NVCA member who has committed an extraordinary amount of time, resources and dedication to Association efforts that in turn benefits the entire venture industry. The dedication has raised the visibility of the industry to key legislators and regulators and helped to educate them regarding the pivotal role of venture capital to this economy.
Previous recipients: Scott Sandell, Ira Ehrenpreis, Ross Jaffe, Diana Frazier, Josh Green, Kate Mitchell, Steve Frederick, Ted Schlein, Warburg Pincus, Jack Lasersohn, Sarah Reed, John Martinson, Robert Pavey, Rodney Goldstein, E. Roe Stamps, M. Kathleen Behrens, Steven Lazarus, Harry T. Rein, Patricia Cloherty, John Doerr, and Christopher Brody.
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers the next generation of American companies that will fuel the economy of tomorrow. As the voice of the US venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking. For more information about NVCA, please visit www.nvca.org.