Arthur D. Levinson serves as Chairman of Genentech Inc. He joined Genentech in 1980 as a research scientist. He became vice president of Research Technology in 1989, vice president of Research in 1990, senior vice president of Research in 1992, and senior vice president of Research and Development in 1993. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Genentech from 1995 to 2009, and as Chairman of Genentech since 1999.
Dr. Levinson is a director of Google Inc. and a director of Apple Inc. In addition, Dr. Levinson serves on the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, on the Industrial Advisory Board of the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research, on the Advisory Council for the Princeton University Department of Molecular Biology, on the Advisory Council for the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and on the Executive Council of TechNet.
Levinson has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific articles and has been a named inventor on 11 United States patents. Levinson received the Irvington Institute's 1999 Corporate Leadership Award in Science and was honored the same year with the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Breast Cancer Coalition. He was inducted into the Biotech Hall of Fame at the 2003 Biotech Meeting of chief executive officers. BusinessWeek named Levinson one of the “Best Managers of the Year” in 2004 and 2005, and Institutional Investor named him “America’s Best CEO” in the biotech category four years in a row (2004-2007). In 2006, Princeton University awarded Levinson the James Madison Medal for a distinguished career in scientific research and in biotechnology. Also in 2006, Barron’s recognized Levinson as one of “The World’s Most Respected CEOs,” and the Best Practice Institute placed Levinson on their “25 Top CEOs” list. In 2008, Levinson was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Levinson received his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from the University of Washington and earned a doctorate in Biochemical Sciences from Princeton University.