San Diego's commercial biotech industry has become one of the top three in the nation. And Ivor Royston, M.D., is attributed in large part with its creation.
Twenty-eight years ago, Royston and his colleagues founded Hybritech, which was the beginning of the region's biotech industry - and was founded primarily because of Royston's commitment to finding a cure for cancer. He was founding president of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, a nonprofit cancer research institute, and also founded Idec Pharmaceuticals, a life sciences company. Royston helped develop the UCSD Cancer Center, and in 1997 President Bill Clinton appointed Royston to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Most recently, Royston co-founded and is Managing Member of Forward Ventures. Now he provides funding for companies looking to improve the quality of human life - just what Royston has been doing his entire career.