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Published on Jul 8, 2019
Steven Quay, Chief Executive Officer of Atossa Genetics, details his experience with failure and perseverance while trying to cure one of the world’s most common diseases: breast cancer. He emphasizes the need for unshaken efforts to solve such complex problems, and ways that he and his team are doing so in breast cancer research. Steven Quay is the founder of Seattle-based Atossa Genetics, Inc., dedicated to breast cancer prevention. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and a M.D. from the University of Michigan, a postdoc at MIT and Harvard, and he is a faculty member at Stanford Medical School. His contributions to medicine, cancer, and biochemistry have been cited more than 9,300 times, putting him in the top 1% of the world’s scientists. Since entering the biotech industry in 1983, he has founded six startups, invented seven FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, and holds 87 U.S. patents. Over 80 million people have benefited from the medicines he invented. His current passion involves the prevention of the two million yearly breast cancer cases worldwide. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx