BSc (Biochemistry), 1977
"I graduated from SFU in 1976 with a BSc. (Hon) degree in Biochemistry. I was able to persuade the University to allow me to do my Honours thesis in the laboratory of Professor Hans Thoenen, a world famous neuropharmacologist based in Basel, Switzerland. This led me to graduate work at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel on the developmental genetics of the fruit fly. After completing an MSc. I returned to my native US and decided that an expansive mind, scientific talents and knowledge would be better applied to helping the nascent biotechnology industry emerge from the laboratory to fulfill its commercial potential; it is thus that I became one of the first biotechnology analysts on Wall Street in 1980. After a lengthy career analyzing, investing in and financing healthcare and life science companies, it was time for me to transition to working in the industry; eventually starting up my own company. MitoDys Therapeutics, a company seeking novel therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and ALS grew out of this desire, a frustration with high failure rates in drug discovery and the paucity of novel approaches in neurological diseases in general. It was also born out of the experience of a mother stricken with Alzheimer’s, giving me firsthand experience of the devastating nature of these conditions. SFU instilled in me the passion for science and technology which has informed and driven my life and career; for this I will always be grateful."
- Written by the Faculty of Science