Chesley Chen


As Principal, Life Sciences, Ches brings years of experience building businesses in the life sciences, digital health and healthcare industries.

With his unique perspective as a former CEO, Board member, and hands-on executive, Ches has a deep understanding of how CLA Creates Opportunities to help life science companies improve capital efficiency and reduce risks so that they can focus on keeping people alive and well. He has a passion for the life sciences and healthcare industries and has devoted over half his career to these sectors.

Prior to joining CLA, Ches was CEO/Founder of g.Root Biomedical Services, Inc.—a biotech company using AI to help cancer patients find targeted treatment options; Safety Partners, Inc.—a lab safety consulting firm serving the Massachusetts Life Sciences Ecosystem; and EVP/Founder of Good Measures LLC - a digital health start-up focused on personalized nutrition.


Tufts University, B.S. Civil Engineering

MIT, M.S. Aeronautics and Astronautics

Harvard Business School, M.B.A.

In the community

Chair, Harvard Business School Alumni & AASU Racial Equity Project (HAAREP)

Former Co-Chair, Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology (WEST)

Founding Member, Bioscience & Investor Inclusion Group (BIIG)

Strategic Advisory Board, Jack Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship, UMass Lowell

Guest Lecturer on Entrepreneurship: Harvard Innovation Lab, Harvard Medical School, Babson College, University of Denver, UMass Lowell, University of Denver, Brown University