Clay Siegall is the CEO of Seattle Genetics, Inc. The medical research company he heads was begun in 1997. Siegall began his quest to have an influence in modern curative medicine by first obtaining a B.S. in Zoology at the University of Maryland. He immediately continued at George Washington University where he received his Ph.D. in Genetics. In his professional life, he has published 67 scientific papers and developed nine medical patents. For his efforts and drug discoveries, he received the Pierce Award in 1995 for his intensive research in targeted toxins. His focus of research is on drugs that are designed to enter the body and seek out the cancer cells and kill them without causing the body any damage. He serves on numerous boards while he continues his company’s research and development of cancer-fighting drugs and treatments.
Siegall’s accomplishments and his single-minded dedication to discovering ways to rid the world of a modern plague, cancer, are awe-inspiring and his accomplishments are deserving of universal respect. To discover more about this dedicated man simply go to his blog. There you will discover numerous National Public Radio (NPR) science and news stories. Obviously, this dedicated and highly educated man cares about the sciences and how observation and conservation are an important part of taking care of our fragile world with all of its numerous life forms. There are several pictures of butterflies on his blog and one can not help but imagine him in his mother’s garden as a young awestruck, barefoot boy with a flimsy butterfly net, stalking, and capturing Monarchs and Swallowtails, and then carefully categorizing his various and prized collections on the desk in his bedroom. We all should follow the inner child in each of us and be like Clay Siegall who has led a straight forward and dedicated life using knowledge to discover how to eliminate suffering by finding cures for devastating diseases.