I was reading an article in the Seattle Times. It was highlighting the work of Seattle Genetics, the Pacific Northwest’s largest biotechnology employer. The company is soon going to be employing over 1000 people. And each of these individuals is working very hard toward a lofty goal — the cure for cancer.
These 1000 individuals are able to pursue the cure for cancer because of the work of Clay Siegall, the company’s CEO. Clay Siegall cofounded Seattle Genetics and took the company public back in 2001. He transitioned from the role of scientific research or himself to business administrator very effectively. He traveled the country, made pitches to both private and public institutions, and he was able to raise over $1.2 billion for cancer research.
Seattle Genetics has a very specific goal within the cancer treatment world. They realize that each cancer is incredibly different from the next. Our way of classifying cancers is antiquated at the moment. Right now, the nomenclature revolves around where the cancer originated, such as lung cancer or breast cancer. But different types of cancers have different types of genetic makeups. Seattle Genetics understands this and Taylor’s drugs and treatments towards that end.
This got me really interested in the CEO himself. After a quick search, I stumbled across his blog. He seems to be an incredibly normal guy because she writes a lot about NFL football. He is probably hard at work crafting a fantasy football league roster as we speak. He is really keeping track of player movements during this off-season. I wonder what he thinks about the dynasty of the New England Patriots?
All of these articles about NFL football are entered dispersed with scientific articles. He seems to be really interested in space travel and what is going on out in the universe. He loves to repost NPR articles about stars collapsing into black holes or climate change. It is both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. It would probably be really fun to sit down and have a beer with this guy while watching a football game and talking science.