Clay Siegall: A Pioneer in Cancer Research


Posted by omeditors | Posted in Siegall | Posted on 08-12-2016

It is not every job you work at where you can truly say you make a difference, but Clay Siegall has one of those jobs. Some days, he will literally see someone in his hometown of Seattle and realize that he actually has saved their life. What kind of job does he have?

Clay B. Seigall actually has a Ph.D and he founded Seattle Genetics in 1998. This firm has become one of the leading cancer research firms in the Pacific Northwest. Siegall had some early experiences that spurred him on to this field. He has the passion that only a man who lost his father to a horrendous form of brain cancer can have.

Dr. Siegall’s work has also spurred on Seattle Genetics. In their tireless research on antibody-drug conjugates, there have been many different milestones. One of these would include their tireless work to develop ADCETRIS┬« (brentuximab vedotin). This was actually their first drug to get FDA approval, which can be an extremely lengthy process.

After their tireless work was done, Siegall was also fortunate enough to see a large increase in growth in his company as well. When their first drug was ready for the market in 2011, his company also experienced exponential growth. Siegall is now the CEO of a firm that has over 800 employees, up from just a hundred before their first drug was approved.

Siegall could indeed credit a lot of different people for his success, but first and foremost he would probably have his late father to thank. He saw how brave he was in the face of his brain cancer, and Dr. Siegall starts his mornings early with the same mission: to make his father proud and help other people keep their fathers around longer as well.

Besides getting FDA approval for a drug, Siegall’s tireless work also includes raising funds for his company. He works day and night to secure it, and he has developed his company into a small million-dollar enterprise into one with an endowment of several billion dollars annually. If only more individuals such as Dr. Siegall existed in the world!