Dick Vandlen - Staff Scientist, Protein Chemistry

Dick Vandlen

Staff Scientist, Protein Chemistry

Staff Scientist
Years at Genentech

I joined Genentech in the spring of 1985 and have been associated with the Protein Chemistry Department almost from the beginning as Director of the department and currently as Staff Scientist. My work has led to the identification of heregulin, a ligand that activates the HER2/HER3/HER4 family of receptor tyrosine kinases, to the development of high-throughput protein refolding and purification processes, and to the development of next generation antibody therapies.

Because of Genentech’s highly collaborative environment, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many groups throughout Research and Process Development, especially groups in Antibody Engineering, Protein Engineering, Oncology, Immunology, and Physiology. While Genentech has grown impressively since I joined, the quality of science, productivity, scientific rigor and ingenuity of the scientists at Genentech has kept pace with our growth. Coupling world-class scientists and the best technologies available to medically important problems makes Genentech an exciting place to work.

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