Professor Larry Gold Receives the 2021 INSOAP Lifetime Achievement Award
It was our great honour to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Larry Gold for his pioneering and extraordinary contributions to the field of aptamers and therapeutics. Dr Nebojsa Janjic, Chief Science Officer of SomaLogic and Professor Gold’s longtime colleague, presented the award on behalf of the International Society on Aptamers (INSOAP). The presentation can be viewed on the following link:
Dr Larry Gold is the Founder and Chairman of the Board, and former CEO of SomaLogic. Prior to SomaLogic, he also founded and was the Chairman of NeXagen, Inc., which later became NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 1999, NeXstar merged with Gilead Sciences, Inc. to form a global organization committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel products that treat infectious diseases.
During his nearly 10 years at NeXstar, Dr Gold held numerous executive positions including Chairman of the Board, Executive Vice President of R&D, and Chief Science Officer. Before forming NeXagen, he also co-founded and served as Co-Director of Research at Synergen, Inc., a biotechnology company later acquired by Amgen, Inc. Dr Gold recently became the CEO of Lab79, a new biotech company in Boulder, Colorado.
Since 1970, Dr Gold has been a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at the University, he served as the Chairman of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Department from 1988 to 1992. Between 1995 and 2013, Dr Gold received the CU Distinguished Lectureship Award, the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the Career Development Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Biosciences Association, and the Chiron Prize for Biotechnology. Dr. Gold was also awarded the 8th International Steven Hoogendijk Prize by the Dutch Batavian Society of Experimental Philosophy in 2018.
In addition, Dr Gold has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1993 and the National Academy of Sciences since 1995. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr Gold also serves on the Board of Directors for CompleGen, Plato BioPharma, Lab79, Keck Graduate Institute, and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.
Dr Gold established the Gold Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1971. Starting with basic research on bacteria and bacteriophage, the lab shifted its focus to human disease following the invention of the SELEX process in 1989. The Gold Lab today focuses on the utilization of biological and information technology to improve healthcare. Dr Gold also began holding the GoldLab Symposia in 2010, an annual event that tackles big questions in healthcare (www.goldlabfoundation.org). He is determined to change healthcare for the better through teaching, research, and debate among scientists and citizens throughout the world.