Michael C Venuti
August 4, 1953 – November 12, 2020
Michael Venuti, Ph.D., age 67, passed away on November 12th at his home in San Francisco.
Michael was the son of the late Michael and Elvira Venuti of East Boston, MA and is survived by his brother Steven and his wife Mary of Littleton, MA and nephews Matthew of Littleton and Jeffrey of Leominster, MA and grand nieces and nephews; Hailey, Nicholas, Ella and Sean. Michael also leaves many close colleagues and friends, especially Michael Hamel of San Francisco.
Before his passing, Michael served on the Infinity Pharmaceutical Board of Directors since 2011 as the chair of the Research & Development committee. In addition, he was an active consultant on drug discovery and development for biotechnology companies and venture capital groups. Michael had also served as a member of the board of directors or chief executive officer of several biotechnology companies throughout his career.
Michael was a man of eyebrow-raises and quick wit, a mind of inconceivable thoughtfulness and brilliance, and a laugh that you could feel through the floor.
An avid lover of classic movies and shows like the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and Chopped, you would often find him with a movie or an episode playing in the background of whatever room he was in. Food and wine were his culture and he loved to share it with anyone who was game for the ride. A holiday dinner with Michael would not be complete without a few (or more) of his favorite California wines and a variety of desserts to choose from.
Above it all, Michael loved to spend time exploring the Southwest. Long stretches of road, a full tank of gas, and a destination in mind were all he needed to feel free.
A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the American Indian College Fund, the SF AIDS Foundation, National AIDS Memorial, or the Yosemite Conservancy.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Michael C Venuti
November 18, 2020
I was Mike's assistant on and off for about 15 years and more importantly he was my friend for over 23 years. I honestly don't have words to describe how heartbroken I am right now just hearing of his passing. I would not be where I am today if it hadn't been for this wonderful man. He did so much for me and my family over the years of our friendship. I am truly and deeply saddened.