Monday, July 11, 2011

QB3 spotlights UC science, 'American Idol'-style

They aren’t exactly Simon Cowell or Randy Jackson, but a team of biotech pioneers is helping QB3 raise its scientific profile with an “American Idol”-like approach.
Former Genentech CEO Art Levinson, Chiron Corp. founder Bill Rutter and Five Prime Therapeutics founder Rusty Williams, as well as venture capitalist Robert Garland from New Enterprise Associates , are among 16 first-stage judges of a competition that will shave 38 entries to 10. That pack then will be whittled to five.
The ultimate prize? $10,000.

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