Founder Bio

Don Comb

Donald Comb, PhD

Don Comb (1927-2020) was the founder and chairman of the board of New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB). Prior to founding NEB in 1974, Don held a position at Harvard Medical School. He attended the University of Michigan where he earned a PhD in epidemiology. Don’s scientific vision shaped NEB as the leader in the discovery and production of recombinant enzymes for molecular biology applications.

Don’s passion for science, art, and the environment also led to the creation of the New England Biolabs Foundation, as well as the Ocean Genome Legacy Center of New England Biolabs at Northeastern University (OGL), which he believed will help to prevent the extinction of endangered sea life. His commitment to the environment is evident on the NEB campus: from the LEED-certified laboratory that was designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding landscape, to the Solar Aquatics System®, designed to treat the campus’ wastewater. Don’s beliefs are deeply woven into NEB’s corporate philosophy. As a result, New England Biolabs has been the recipient of numerous awards for environmental stewardship, employee satisfaction and customer experience.