The 2019 Alexander Hamilton Medal will go to Dr. George Yancopoulos ’80, GSAS’86, PS’87, president of and chief scientific officer at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a leading biotechnology company based in New York. Yancopoulos has built and managed Regeneron alongside Dr. Leonard Schleifer since 1989, a year after the company’s founding. Yancopoulos is a principal inventor, along with key members of his team, of Regeneron’s seven FDA-approved drugs and foundational technologies; he also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been on the Regeneron Board of Directors since 2001. Regeneron’s work targets a variety of conditions, including macular degeneration, cancer, high cholesterol and arthritis.
The son of Greek immigrants, Yancopoulos grew up in Queens and graduated from Bronx Science. He was honored with a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement in 2013.
The Hamilton Medal is the highest honor awarded to a member of the Columbia College community, and recognizes distinguished service to the College and accomplishment in any field of endeavor. The 72nd annual dinner will take place on Thursday, November 21, in Low Rotunda.