Rahul Dhanda

Co-founding member of The 221b Foundation

Rahul K Dhanda is a founding member of The 221b Foundation. He is the president and chief executive officer of Sherlock Biosciences. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Most recently, Mr. Dhanda spent 10 years at T2 Biosystems where he helped grow the company from an early-staged, venture-backed startup to a commercial, publicly-traded leader in infectious disease diagnostics where he held the role of senior vice president of corporate development and marketing. At T2 Biosystems, he had an expansive role where he led the company’s strategy, marketing, product management and all corporate deal activity, the latter of which brought over $40 million in funding to the company.

Prior to joining T2 Biosystems, Mr. Dhanda worked in Boston Scientific’s urology division, where he led a team responsible for over $100 million in annual revenue. Prior to Boston Scientific, Mr. Dhanda held a business development role at Interleukin Genetics, where he helped lead the negotiation of the firm’s acquisition by Alticor, Inc. as well as multiple other corporate value-creating deals.

Mr. Dhanda earned his MBA. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his B.A. from Wesleyan University. He is a former committee member of the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. Mr. Dhanda is the author of several publications, an inventor on numerous patents, and has authored the first book to address the crossroads between industry and bioethics/public policy, entitled Guiding Icarus: Merging Bioethics with Corporate Interests.

Mark C Jefferson

Co-founding member of The 221b Foundation

Mark C Jefferson is a founding member of The 221b Foundation. He is the assistant dean for Community Engagement and Equity at Harvard Law School. He previously served HLS as director of Community Engagement and Equity and was promoted to assistant dean effective October 30. Prior to joining HLS in 2017, he was the assistant director of admissions at the University of Michigan Law School.

Jefferson holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and he graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College. He also completed graduate coursework at the Boston University School of Theology.

He worked as a lawyer at the law firm of Thelen LLP in New York and at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He has worked in education as director of alumni support at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore and as the founding dean of students and language arts teacher at the Seed Public Charter School in Washington.

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