Clay Siegall is a dedicated scientist and researcher. At an early age, he understood that he wanted to help mankind in its struggle against disease. He chose as an adversary for his life’s work the most insidious of diseases, cancer. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. He received his doctorate in Genetics from George Washington University and then went to work. He began pursuing his life’s ambition at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Health and joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute in 1991.
He currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Alder BioPharmaceuticals, and Washington Roundtable. Clay Siegall has received numerous awards, including among these is the 2013 award from the University of Maryland as the Alumnus of the Year and the 2012 Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Since Siegall founded his own business, Seattle Genetics, he has secured an enormous $1.2 billion in funding to help him on his company’s path to eliminating cancer in his lifetime.
His course of action against cancer is impossible for the layman to comprehend. But it is important to know that people like Siegall exist to make our lives cancer free. The efforts of scientists and researchers of the caliber of Siegall are national treasures and stand in strong contrast to the superficial stars of reality television that so many people are attracted to and admire. A mass of people who would even elect a reality star as the President of the United States. The American value system, which is molded by television and the predominance of religion, have little truck with the medical arts and science. This unfortunate condition in the United States of America does not seem to be improving and will not become better until some of our influences like television and religion lose their impact on students in America.