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Insight & Intelligence : Nov 13, 2012
Lucky 13 Serial Entrepreneurs
Meet the most enterprising people in biotech.
Any business owner will tell you that it takes a lot of wits, energy, know-how, and no shortage of luck to found your own company. Many people have trouble getting one company off the ground, but then there are the special few who actually manage to found or co-found two, three, or even 19 companies in their lifetimes. You've already met the 10 most well-connected people in biotech; now, GEN has put together a baker's dozen of biotech's most enterprising entrepreneurs.
Michael R. Bristow, M.D., Ph.D
At present: Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Co-Director of the University of Colorado Cardiovascular Institute at UC Denver School of Medicine.
Degrees: University of Illinois, Urbana, B.S. in Veterinary Science, 1966; University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Medicine, M.D., 1970; University of Illinois, Chicago, Graduate College, M.D.-Ph.D. program, Department of Pharmacology, 1971.
Marvin H. Caruthers, Ph.D.
At present: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado.
Degrees: Iowa State University, B.S. in Chemistry, 1962; Northwestern University, Ph.D. in Biochemistry, 1968.
John F. Crowley
At present: Amicus Therapeutics—Co-founder; Chairman and CEO, 2010–April 2011, August 2011–present; President and CEO, 2005–2010. Launched in 2002 to develop pharmacological chaperones, orally-administered, small molecule drugs for diseases that include lysosomal storage disorders and diseases of neurodegeneration. Commissioned officer, U.S. Navy Reserve (completed active duty 2011; assignments included the U.S. Special Operations Command).
Degrees: Georgetown University, B.S. in Foreign Service; University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D.; Harvard Business School, M.B.A.
David R. Elmaleh, Ph.D.
At present: Director of Contrast Media Chemistry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School.
Degrees: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry; M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.
Phillip Frost, M.D.
Degrees: University of Paris, attended 1955–1956; University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in French Literature, 1957; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.D., 1961.
Leroy (Lee) Hood, M.D., Ph.D.
Degrees: California Institute of Technology, B.S. in Biology, 1960; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D., 1964; California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1968.
Robert S. Langer, Sc.D.
At present: David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, one of 14 to receive the institute’s highest faculty honor.
Degrees: Cornell University, B.S. in chemical engineering, 1970; MIT, Sc.D. in chemical engineering, 1974.
James W. Larrick, M.D., Ph.D.
At present: Venture partner, CMEA Capital, 2010–present; Managing director and Chief Medical Officer, Velocity Pharmaceutical Development.
Degrees: Colorado College, B.S. in Chemistry; Duke University School of Medicine, M.D. and Ph.D., from Medical Scientist Training Program, Molecular and Cell Biology.
William S. Marshall, Ph.D.
miRagen—Co-founder; President and CEO; member of the Board of Directors.
Dharmacon—Scientific co-founder; Executive VP for Research and Operations and General Manager. Company founded 1995 to provide RNA oligonucleotides, small interfering RNA (siRNA), and related RNAi products and technologies. Acquired in 2004 by Fisher Scientific International, now ThermoFisher.
Degrees: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. in Biochemistry; University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D. in Chemistry.
Eric N. Olson, Ph.D.
Degrees: Wake Forest University, B.A. in Chemistry and Biology; Ph.D. in Biochemistry; honorary doctorate.
Linda Rhodes, V.M.D., Ph.D
Degrees: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A.; University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, V.M.D.; Cornell University, Ph.D. in physiology.
David Warshawsky, Ph.D.
Degrees: University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, 1995,
Alejandro Zaffaroni, Ph.D.
Degrees: University of Montevideo, B.Sc., 1941; Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Rochester, 1949.
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