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  • Ivor Royston, M.D.
    Founding Managing Member, Forward Ventures
Dr. Ivor Royston is a Founding Managing Member of Forward Ventures. Both a scientist and entrepreneur-financier, he is a recognized leader in cancer research and the founding father of San Diego's biotech industry. From 1990-2000, he served as the founding President and CEO of the non-profit Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. From 1978 to 1990, he was on the faculty of the medical school and cancer center at the University of California, San Diego. In 1978, Dr. Royston was a co-founder of Hybritech, Inc., San Diego's first biotechnology company; and in 1986, he co-founded IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corporation, which merged with Biogen to form Biogen Idec. IDEC Pharmaceuticals discovered Rituxan® to treat Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and is the best-selling cancer drug worldwide.

Dr. Royston received his B.A. (1967) and M.D. (1970) degrees from Johns Hopkins University and completed post-doctoral training in internal medicine and medical oncology at Stanford University. In 1994, he received the San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Dr. Royston to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In 2006, Dr. Royston was inducted into San Diego's CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Dr. Royston previously served on the Board of Directors of Favrille, Inc.