Clay Siegall brings expertise to the pharmaceutical boardroom

Clay Siegall first became interested in cancer research while he was still in undergraduate school. A family member had contracted a rare form of cancer that necessitated aggressive treatment through surgery and chemotherapy. At one point they nearly died from the chemotherapy itself, after they developed a severe case of anemia secondary to an infusion of cisplatin-based chemotherapy. This event opened Dr. Siegall’s eyes, making him question how a disease could be treated, when the treatments often are worse than the disease itself. He decided that he would focus his studies on becoming a cancer researcher. After receiving an MS from the University of Maryland in biology, he applied to post graduate school at George Washington University. Eventually, he would graduate with a PhD in genetics from George Washington University, being hired on quickly by the National Cancer Institute, one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world for cancer. While at the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Siegall began working on a highly innovative new class of drugs that were just coming out at that time. Known as targeted cancer therapies, the idea behind these drugs was to target the individual cancer cells, thus dramatically reducing the horrible side effects seen with systemic infusions of chemotherapy. This new form of drugs also promised to supplant radiation, a popular adjunct therapy then being used for refractory cases of cancer, those that were not responding well to first-line chemotherapies. Dr. Clay Siegall spent approximately four years at the National Cancer Institute, […]

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