Lessons I’ve Learned, With Michael West
Visionary gerontologist and stem cell scientist Michael West has been a leading figure in the field of regenerative medicine since its inception. In the early 1990s, he founded Geron Corporation, where he oversaw several crucial breakthroughs in aging research, and set up the collaboration that led to the first isolation of human embryonic stem cells. He is now CEO of BioTime, a Californian company that aims to lead the regenerative medicine revolution. We caught up with West to find out what he’s learnt from his years in science and business.
Michael West |
It wasn’t the school system that shaped my career choices
For me, it was the movies that first made me want to be a scientist. I was born in 1953 and grew up watching films that portrayed science as a powerful force – a force that could unlock the mysteries of nature. It was the era of the nuclear race and Sputnik, and I was surrounded by images of atomic explosions and rockets taking off. By nine years old, I had a laboratory in my garage and knew I was destined to be a scientist. In college, I gravitated towards medicine, as the field of science that could most profoundly affect the human condition.
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