Carmichael Roberts, Jr., is a General Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners where he finances and builds companies that make new products using chemistry, materials science and/or materials engineering. Dr. Roberts led the North Bridge founding investment in 1366 technologies, Foro Energy and MC10. He serves as the Lead Director in each of these companies.
Prior to joining North Bridge, Dr. Roberts co-founded several companies including Arsenal Medical, 480 Biomedical and Surface Logix. He has served in an executive and/or chairman capacity for each of his companies. Before starting his career as an entrepreneur, he worked in business development at GelTex Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Genzyme) and at Sentry Products, a life science venture wholly owned by Union Carbide Corporation (acquired by Dow Chemical).
Dedicated to advancing medical products for developing nations, Dr. Roberts joined with prolific inventor George Whitesides and Harvard University to co-found Diagnostics For All, Inc., a non-profit organization that is using a materials platform to make low cost diagnostics for poor and rural populations in developing nations. Dr. Roberts currently serves as Chairman of this organization.
Dr. Roberts received his B.S. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Duke University and was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University’s Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He earned his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. In 1999, Dr. Roberts was named by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the world’s top 100 young entrepreneurs.
He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Advisory Board for the United States Secretary of Energy.
Dr. Roberts and his wife, Sandra Park, G’93, L’96, live in Brookline, Massachusetts with their three children.
Elected to the Board of Trustees of Duke University in 2013, Dr. Roberts serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Committee on Honorary Degrees.
Dr. Roberts served on the Board of Directors of the Duke Alumni Association from 2007-2013, and on its Executive Committee from 2008-2013.