Inspirey recently published an interview with Dr. Clay Siegall, the co-founder of Seattle Genetics. The website is dedicated to publishing stories of entrepreneurs around the world. This article called, “Dr. Clay Siegall—CEO, Seattle Genetics”, does a deep dive into the inspiration of Seattle Genetics’ CEO and President. The biotech company specializes in drugs for targeted therapy that helps diseases like Hodgkin lymphoma and large cell lymphoma.
The company created the first FDA approved ADC, or an antibody drug conjugate, which combonies monoclonal antibodies with linker systems and cell-killing agents to treat cancer. The technology allows them to optimize each ADC to treat patients and improve their outcomes.
Dr. Clay Siegall was inspire to start the company after watching the harsh treatment of cancer when his father was diagnosed. Though he had begun a fascination with disease and the power of technology to intervene and restore health when he was studying zoology at the University of Maryland. However, it wasn’t until his father got sick that he decided the system needed to change. He received his Ph.D. from George Washington Unversity to study genetics and the impact on treatment. He realized that if the radical surgeries and brutal treatments of chemotherapy were the only options that cancer patients had, he needed to discover a better way.
He also wanted to see more profit than his paycheck from the patents of the drugs. He was a senior researcher at Bristol and did not have the autonomy he desired to follow his own projects. He became frustrated that the patents he created would generate $80 million, but he would only receive his paycheck. After starting his own company, he recognized that success was due to hard work and intense work habits rather than intellect.
Dr. Seagall graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Zoology. However, soon his interest in genetics grew and he graduated from George Washington University with a Ph.D. in Genetics. He is currently the CEO and President of Seattle Genetics. He co-founded the company in 1998 to help create technology that would create a paradigm shift in cancer treatment. Currently the company has the leading ADC technology that uses antibody-based therapy. One such product is ADCETRIS, a medicine developed to help treat Hodgkin lymphoma and large cell lymphoma.
In our current day and age, it is the combined effort of both women and men that has seen progressive ideas and innovations move the world to greater heights. However, there are those women that many feels that they are not competing with their male counterparts on a level playing field. This is especially because most men will view women as just women and not equal professionals who can make an impactful influence in their fields of specialization. It is therefore important that women are able to gain some inspiration from other successful stories, where they can then boost their confidence appropriately.
One amazing woman who has been at the forefront of assuring women of their commanding capabilities in the male dominated arena is none other than Susan McGalla. She is the proud founder of P3 Executive Consulting, where she has showcased her great leadership skills as she offers great solutions to client’s issues. She has great experience in consultancy where she advises clients on branding, talent management, marketing and operational efficiencies among others. These she has been able to accomplish very effectively to earn herself a place as a successful entrepreneurial lady.
Susan McGalla has understood her influence on other women, where she has coherently expressed her views on how women should be able to get ahead in business. She has been able to address various audiences on these women empowerment topics. Some of the notable Susan’s audiences have been the Women and Girls Foundation from Pittsburgh as well as Carnegie Mellon University. She always ensures that she gives an authentic perspective to women, one which they can easily put into practical use. It is this kind of information that women appreciate as opposed to the normal party lines that target them as women and not respectable professionals.
Susan was able to earn her confidence from her upbringing, especially because her parents always encouraged her to be hard working and always be ready to present her great ideas irrespective of who the audience was. It is this kind of upbringing that didn’t favor her just because she was a girl, that eventually molded her into the respectable woman that she is today. This also ensured that she was able to comfortably work with either of the genders. This confidence ensured that she could compete with men on a level playing field, thereby propelling her into greater career success.