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Sarah Reed

Sarah Reed

MPM Capital
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Boston, MA, USA


Sarah Reed is COO and General Counsel at MPM Capital, an early-stage life sciences venture capital firm with offices in Cambridge and San Francisco.  Prior to that, Sarah was GC at Charles River Ventures, an early-stage tech VC firm. She is a recognized expert on legal aspects of venture capital financings. In addition to publishing and contributing to articles in business, venture capital and legal periodicals, she is a frequent lecturer at national industry forums, continuing legal education programs and leading business and law schools. In addition, Sarah is the founding chairperson of an industry-wide, NVCA-endorsed initiative to create model venture financing legal documents. For her work in this area, the NVCA awarded Sarah with its Outstanding Contribution to the Venture Industry Award. 

Sarah serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Harvard Yenching Institute and the head of its Investment Committee (http://www.harvard-yenching.org/). 

Sarah has also been a partner at Lowenstein Sandler, General Counsel at Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (a Nasdaq-listed laser medical device manufacturer) and an associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot LLP.  Sarah earned her BA from Harvard College in East Asian studies (she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese) and her JD from Harvard Law School – class of ’91, where she never met Barack Obama, but did meet and marry Tom Reed, with whom she has three children.  Sarah is a fitness fanatic who teaches spin and bar method classes, and work-walks on a treadmill “desk.”-- in case you were wondering about the clomping when you reach her on her office line.

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