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Robert C. Nowinski

Class of 1967

Awarded in 1992

Your youthful obsession with science has come a long way in a few short decades. From the 14-year-old volunteer cleaning animal cages at the prestigious Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research to the Beloit College applicant expressing a desire to become a medical researcher…and from service as a university microbiology professor to founder and executive of thriving health-care corporations, you have definitely made your mark in the biotechnology community.  Your quest to unlock some of nature’s most puzzling mysteries has earned you recognition as an energetic, confident and innovative medical problem solver.  Armed with a doctorate for Cornell University, you headed the tumor virology program at the Hutchinson Cancer Center when you embarked upon your first entrepreneurial venture in 1981 in Seattle by founding Genetic Systems Corporation to develop antibodies for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases, including AIDS.  Five years later, the corporation was merged into the Bristol-Myers Company, of which you became a corporate vice president headquartered in New York. In 1989, you returned to Seattle as founder, CEO and president of ICOS Corporation, approaching the treatment of diseases caused by a hyperactive immune system through drugs that prevent inflammation.  Earlier this year, you launched a new firm, PathoGenesis Corporation, and serve as its chairman.  Beloit College proudly acknowledges your scientific accomplishments, humanistic concerns and service to it as an Alumni Trustee and conductor of special science seminars by presenting you this Citation as your Class gathers here again to celebrate its 25th Reunion.