As a chemical engineering graduate who didn’t want to work for an oil company (which is what everyone else was doing), I took a job as a postdoctoral fellow at Children’s Hospital in Boston. My task was to discover the first substance that could stop new blood vessels from growing into tumors.

I realized what an opportunity it was, because it combined two things that I really enjoy: problem-solving and improving people’s quality of life. It taught me how to do high-risk, innovative science and laid the groundwork for my discoveries of drugs that have been used to treat more than 10 million patients. Even today, with over 800 granted or pending patents to my name, I know those early lessons contributed to my scientific discoveries as well as founding over 25 different companies, including Living Proof.

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