Swanson, Robert A.


Swanson, Robert A.
▪ 2000

      American chemist and venture capitalist who was the visionary cofounder (with Herbert Boyer) in 1976 of Genentech, Inc., a biotechnology firm that was the first company—and later became one of the largest companies—to make use of the then revolutionary technology of genetic engineering. Under Swanson's leadership (he was CEO [1976–90] and chairman [1990–96]), the company developed (1977) the first means of creating and mass-producing a human protein via gene-splicing techniques, and it later synthesized human insulin and human growth hormone. After retiring from Genentech, Swanson became chairman of Tularik Inc., a pharmaceutical company. He died after a yearlong battle with brain cancer (b. Nov. 29, 1947, Brooklyn, N.Y.—d. Dec. 6, 1999, Hillsborough, Calif.).

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