Arthur D. Levinson Awarded 2010 Biotechnology Heritage Award


Arthur D. Levinson Awarded 2010 Biotechnology Heritage Award
Award presented during today’s keynote session at the 2010 BIO International Convention.

CHICAGO AND PHILADELPHIA—May 5, 2010—The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) presented the twelfth annual Biotechnology Heritage Award to Arthur D. Levinson, chairman of Genentech.   Levinson received the award today at the keynote luncheon at the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago.

“Arthur Levinson joined Genentech when it first became a public company in 1980 and during the next 30 years deployed his extraordinary research talent and business acumen to help make Genentech one of the premier companies of the biotechnology industry,” said Stephen A. Sherwin, MD, Chairman of BIO. “Under Dr. Levinson’s leadership, Genentech brought profoundly important, innovative products to patients around the world and created a legacy that of us in biotechnology can be proud of.”

Arthur D. Levinson is chairman of Genentech. Levinson joined Genentech in 1980 as a research scientist. He became vice president of research technology in 1989, vice president of research in 1990, senior vice president of research in 1992, and senior vice president of R&D in 1993. He served as CEO of Genentech from 1995 to 2009. He has been chairman of Genentech since 1999.

Levinson is a director of Apple and of NGM Biopharmaceuticals. He also serves on the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, on the Industrial Advisory Board of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, on the Advisory Council for the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology, on the Advisory Council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and on the Executive Council of TechNet.

Levinson has authored or coauthored more than 80 scientific articles and has been a named inventor on 11 U.S. patents. He has received numerous awards, including the Irvington Institute's Corporate Leadership Award in Science, the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and Princeton University’s James Madison Medal for a distinguished career in scientific research and in biotechnology.

Business Week named Levinson one of the Best Managers of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and Institutional Investor named him America’s Best CEO in the biotech category four years in a row (2004–2007). In 2008 Levinson was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

About the Biotechnology Heritage Award
The Biotechnology Heritage Award is presented yearly at a special ceremony during the BIO Annual International Convention to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the growth of biotechnology through discovery, innovation, commercialization, and/or public understanding. In honoring these individuals, the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Biotechnology Industry Organization seek to encourage emulation, inspire achievement, and promote public understanding of modern science, industry, and economics in this rapid-growth area.

The award complements the mission of both organizations by advancing their mutual goals of educating the public, nourishing a sense of pride and community within the industry, and developing the record of the remarkable contributions the molecular sciences make to our lives. Previous award winners include Ron Cape, Paul Berg, Herbert W. Boyer, Francis S. Collins, Walter Gilbert, Leroy Hood, George B. Rathmann, William J. Rutter, Phillip A. Sharp, Robert A. Swanson, J. Craig Venter and Alejandro Zaffaroni.

About the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
BIO represents more than 1,200 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world.  For more information, please visit

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