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Fifth Annual AACR Margaret Foti Award presented to Arthur D. Levinson, Ph.D.
Date:3/25/2011

cale mammalian expression systems, now routinely used to produce therapeutic recombinant proteins.

As the leader of Genentech's R&D program, Levinson utilized a coordinated team approach, which led to the development of the cancer therapeutics Herceptin, Avastin and Rituxan. He also helped devise a systematic scientific approach to develop targeted biotherapeutics. An example of this approach involved the realization that implementing a diagnostic to classify breast cancer on the basis of HER2 expression would identify patients likely to respond to Herceptin. Though more commonplace now, at the time of this development it was a groundbreaking example of personalized healthcare.

Levinson joined Genentech, Inc. in 1980 as a research scientist. He was named senior vice president of research and development in 1993. He served as CEO from 1995 to 2009, and has been chairman of Genentech's board of directors since 1999. In 2010, Levinson was elected to the board of directors of Roche Holding Ltd.

Levinson 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, and on the advisory council for the Princeton University Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. He is a director of Apple, Amyris Inc., NGM Biopharmaceuticals, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Levinson previously served on the corporate board of Google, Inc.

Levinson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Irvington Institute's Corporate Leadership Award in Science, the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Corporate Leadership Award, Institutional Investor's Best Biotech CEO award, and Princeton University's James Madison Medal for a distinguished career in scientific research and in biotechnology. Barron's has repeatedly recognized Levinson as one of "The World's Most Respected CEOs." In 2008, he was ele
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