When Jim Vincent arrived at Biogen in 1985, “it was a struggling, pre-commercial, money-losing biotech company like so many others,” said George A. Scangos, chief executive of what is now Biogen Idec.
That changed under the guidance of Mr. Vincent, who looked every inch the football player he had been in high school and college as he climbed out of a small town in Pennsylvania coal country through college.
“Biogen’s survival as a freestanding company was really a product of Jim’s leadership and his business skills,” said Biogen cofounder Phillip A. Sharp, a Nobel Prize winner. “Biogen probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Jim Vincent. It’s that simple a statement.”
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