George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.

Donor / George Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D.

As Founding Scientist, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Dr. George Yancopoulos exemplifies both the success and generosity of P&S alumni, with his recent commitment of $1 million toward our new Medical and Graduate Education Building.

A lifelong New Yorker, Dr. Yancopoulos fell in love with Columbia as a child. “From a very early age, I was aware of Columbia as a living, breathing, interacting institution in the city,” he says. Following his graduation with the P&S Class of 1987 as a dual M.D./Ph.D. and his widely recognized work in molecular immunology at Columbia, Dr. Yancopoulos left academia to help found Regeneron, which is now one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world.

“We are at a time in medicine now where everything is changing,” says Dr. Yancopoulos. “I was amazed by the design of the Medical and Graduate Education Building, which will promote collaborative learning between medical and graduate students in a way that will change the entire educational experience at P&S. In order to achieve what I have, I needed the best background in medicine and science. I owe so much to Columbia, and I’m happy to give back through this building, which will keep the institution at the forefront of medical progress.”

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