Christopher Merrill

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Christopher Merrill

Executive Coach | Founder

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Christopher Merrill is an executive coach and facilitator with 20 years of experience in the research and drug discovery industry as both a scientist and business development executive. He leverages this unique combination of professional experience with decades of leadership training to provide coaching, training, and facilitation for seasoned executives, technical experts, high potential employees, and teams. Christopher serves as an executive coach in Harvard Business School’ s Executive Education program and is the founder of Shift Coaching Group LLC. He has coached hundreds of professionals at all levels of management in high-tech, drug development, healthcare, financial, and academic organizations, including start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.

Chris’ professional experience began as a Research Scientist at Harvard Medical School. He went on to be an early employee at several biotechnology companies where he lead teams of researchers and co-authored the manufacturing license application for an approved cancer therapy. He eventually transitioned into business development and as Senior Director, helped his company raise more than $150 million in equity financing, prepare for an IPO, and secure a $760 million alliance with a large pharmaceutical company.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Transitioning Technical Experts to Managers
  • Motivation & Team Building
  • Timeless Wisdom for Business Leaders


  • 20 years professional experience (Tolerx, Inc., LeukoSite, Inc., Harvard Medical School, MarketTools, Inc.)
  • The Coaches Training Institute (CTI): Certified Coach
  • Member – International Coach Federation
  • Leadership Coach at Harvard Business School
  • Lominger’s VOICES® 360 Feedback
  • Qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs® Type I/II Indicator
  • Systems-Centered Training (SCT)
  • Enneagram Personality Guide
  • Timeless Wisdom at Work®
  • Mentor – Healthcare Businesswomen’ s Association (HBA) – Boston Chapter
  • Affiliate Member, IOC, at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate
  • Published scientist
  • 5x finisher – Mt. Washington Bicycle Race
  • Undergraduate degree (BS) in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA


Chris preparing flow cytometry samples (before becoming a coach and with a lot less grey hair).

Chris in the lab preparing flow cytometry samples