A co-founder of Seattle Genetics, Clay B. Siegall became CEO, Chairman of Board and President of this company. An expert in his field with an importance on targeted therapies, Siegall made Seattle Genetics on the basis scientific innovation, drug development practices and rigorous research in addition to a passion for patients who are fighting with diseases.
Due to his expertise, devotion and hard working, Clay guided Seattle Genetics to its present leading position in producing latest antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) and also made it secure FDA approval for ADC product, ADCETRIS in 2011. By working hand in hand with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, That product is now a worldwide brand that is approved to use in above sixty-five countries.
Under Clay’s leadership, SG has entered into many strategic licenses because of its ADC technology, including with AbbVie, Roche, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline which have above US$350 million till today. Across different collaboration programs, there are around 20 ADCs in clinical development using the technology of Seattle Genetics. Clay has led capital-raising activities of Seattle Genetics, securing US$1.2 billion through private/public financings, including the initial public offering of Seattle Genetics in 2001.
Clay also likes to be in touch with the latest technology and for that purpose he is also maintaining a blog. In one of the article, there is a discussion about a fungal pesticide that is an alternative to traditional chemicals. It mentioned in that that Pesticide is one example of biopesticides; it is a group that also includes biochemical and bacteria derived from plants. Biopesticides are a small segment of a local market for now. However, their use is projected to improve at a rapid pace than conventional synthetic pesticides over next few years.
One of the most notable blogs is about How Does Speaking Up can Change the Minds by Dalia Mogahed. After 9/11 incident, when Dalia saw a rise in negative perceptions of Muslims in international media, she took a stand and starting to speak about Muslim and how peaceful Islam his. Muslims are not extremists or terrorists like international media portray them. Muslims are a peaceful and cooperative nation, and Islam is a peaceful religion.