Alex Philippidis Senior News Editor Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Which biopharm execs haven’t reached middle age yet? Find out here.

George Bernard Shaw once commented that “Youth is wasted on the young.” But the GEN TEN list of under-40 biopharma hotshots indicates, instead, that youth is being served. From positions as president and CEO to division head and co-founder, young professionals under 40 are already making an impact on the global bioindustry. And they will certainly play key roles in shaping its future.

Below is a list of biopharma executives under 40 years old, as verified by their employers or as reported in local or trade publications that have included them in their own “Under 40” lists within the past year.


Vance Vanier, M.D.

CEO, Navigenics (acquired by Life Technologies in July)

38 years old1


Chad Robins

CEO & President, Adaptive Biotechnologies

38 years old


Brian McVeigh

VP, Worldwide Business Development, Transactions & Investment Management, GlaxoSmithKline

39 years old2


Andrew Asa Hindman

President & CEO, Tobira Therapeutics

39 years old


Al Hawkins

CEO, Milo Biotechnology and VP of Business Development, BioMotiv

37 years old


Uday Gupta

CEO, Global Cell Solutions and ProteiosBio

38 years old on June 13


Jeff George

Division Head, Sandoz, Novartis

39 years old


Van Bui

Treasurer, Genentech

38 years old4


Steven Axon

VP of Business Development, North America; Head of Global Business Development, Fertility, and Endocrinology, EMD Serono

37 years old


Adeyemi (Yemi) Adesokan, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & CEO, Pathogenica

35 years old
































Listed as 38 years old in the “40 Under 40” list published Feb. 24, 2012, by the San Francisco Business Times.
Verified by a GSK spokeswoman through a colleague but not directly with Mr. McVeigh.
Listed as 38 years old in the “40 Under 40” list published June 2012 by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI).
Listed as 37 years old in the “40 Under 40” list published October 2011 by Treasury & Risk.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.