Healthcare Champion of the Year ~ 2013
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD
President and CEO, NantWorks
One of the preeminent scientific and medical minds in the world today, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has garnered vast acclaim as a visionary who has brought forth a fact-based approach to the wonders of science and the wonders of imagination. Harnessing the power of convergence, Dr. Soon-Shiong has an established record of achievement in bringing together people who are inspired by the impossible and believe progress begins where “possibility” ends.
A physician, surgeon and scientist, Dr. Soon-Shiong has pioneered treatments for both diabetes and cancer, published more than 100 scientific papers, and holds more than 50 U.S. patents on groundbreaking advancements across myriad fields. He performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant and the first pig-to-man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients.
Dr. Soon-Shiong invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA-approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer, doubling the response rate in patients. Abraxane is now globally approved for breast cancer and lung cancer, and has made significant and measurable improvements in pancreatic cancer and melanoma – cancers for which there have been no advancement in 20 years.
Over the course of his celebrated career, Dr. Soon-Shiong has developed and sold two multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies. Through the CSS Institute, which assumed responsibility for National LambdaRail in 2011, he is working to create a national health information network for the secure sharing of medical information – empowering doctors to treat patients with proven precision at the first point of care.
Dr. Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele B. Chan, were among the first Americans to join with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in taking the Giving Pledge. As a member of the Giving Pledge, Dr. Soon-Shiong’s donations include $5 million to the University of Chicago, $136 million to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, and $100 million to underwrite efforts to reopen Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation; Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health (CSS Institute); the Healthcare Transformation Institute; National LambdaRail; and NantWorks, LLC – a company whose mission is to converge semiconductor technology, supercomputing and advanced networks to revolutionize how we work, live and play. He also currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America.
Among his many positions, Dr. Soon-Shiong is the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute and a board member of the California Telehealth Network and the Berggruen Institute on Governance – 21st Century Council. In 2010 the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized him as its Business Person of the Year, and the National Library of Medicine honored him with its Distinguished Medical Science Award. Central City Association of Los Angeles also recognized him as a 2013 Treasure of Los Angeles.
His tremendous work as a physician, researcher, advocate and philanthropist to improve access and quality of patient care in Los Angeles County, and whose contributions have shaped the future of healthcare is a key reason for his selection as Healthcare Champion of the Year.