From Alchemy to IPO

Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Perseus Publishing
Publication date: 


ISBN 0-7382-0253-3 
This clearly written book focuses on the business side of biotechnology and it begins with the founding of Genentech and Amgen as case studies. The author was a research scientist at Genentech in the early days and explains in detail how Bob Swanson and Herb Boyer began their company and kept it afloat during its early vulnerable years. Dr. Robbins-Roth left the lab bench to become a biotech business writer and consultant, and she brings her science background to analysis of business trends. Her website Jim uses this as the text to accompany his business class.

Reviewed by: 
Jim DeKloe


  • Learn about biotech careers
  • Find biotech programs

Learn more »


  • Professional development
  • View curriculum

Learn more »


  • Connect with local programs
  • Find skilled workers

Learn more »