Hubert J.P. Schoemaker

Born: March 23, 1950 | Deventer, NL
Died: January 1, 2006 | Paoli, PA, US

This work tells the story of Hubert Schoemaker’s life. More than sixty friends, family members, and colleagues were interviewed about their interactions with Hubert, and snippets of their recollections have been combined to create a narrative that describes Hubert’s life from his birth in 1950 until his passing in 2006.

Hubert Jacob Paul Schoemaker (March 1950–January 2006) was one of the first generation of biotechnology entrepreneurs. He was a cofounder of Centocor (established in 1979), the first company successfully to commercialize monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic purposes, and the founder of Neuronyx (established in 1999), the first company to manufacture stem cells on a large scale and thereby enable the development of stem-cell therapeutics. Hubert’s vision, mentorship, and guidance were instrumental in building a biotechnology community not only in southeastern Pennsylvania, but also nationally and internationally.

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Interview Details

Interview no.: Oral History 0624
No. of pages: 235

Interview Sessions

Ted Everson, Jennifer Dionisio and Lara Marks
More than 60 individuals interviewed between June 2006 and November 2007

Abstract of Interview

This work tells the story of Hubert Schoemaker’s life. More than sixty friends, family members, and colleagues were interviewed about their interactions with Hubert, and snippets of their recollections have been combined to create a narrative that describes Hubert’s life from his birth in 1950 until his passing in 2006.

Hubert Jacob Paul Schoemaker (March 1950–January 2006) was one of the first generation of biotechnology entrepreneurs. He was a cofounder of Centocor (established in 1979), the first company successfully to commercialize monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic purposes, and the founder of Neuronyx (established in 1999), the first company to manufacture stem cells on a large scale and thereby enable the development of stem-cell therapeutics. Hubert’s vision, mentorship, and guidance were instrumental in building a biotechnology community not only in southeastern Pennsylvania, but also nationally and internationally.

Table of Contents

Preface: Reading The Life of Hubert J.P. Schoemaker
3
Acknowledgements
4
Introduction, by Lara Marks and Ted Everson
5
Hubert's Early Life, 1950-1969
17
The College Years, 1969-1975
24
Hubert's Early Career, 1975-1979
38
The Early Days of Centocor, 1979-1986
47
Centocor's Expansion, 1984-1992
81
Hubert's Family Life
95
Centocor in Crisis
109
Hubert's Battle against Cancer
129
Centocor's Success
150
Hubert Founds Neuronyx
170
"The Anchor is Getting Heavier"
190
Hubert's Many Legacies
207
Appendix: Oral History Interviewees
220
Bibliography
223

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