This work tells the story of Hubert Schoemaker’s life. More than sixty friends, family members, and colleagues were interviewed about their interactions with Hubert, and snippets of their recollections have been combined to create a narrative that describes Hubert’s life from his birth in 1950 until his passing in 2006. The audio files of these interviews are maintained by the Center for Oral History. Individuals interested in reviewing one or more of these interviews should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hubert Jacob Paul Schoemaker (March 1950–January 2006) was one of the first generation of biotechnology entrepreneurs. He was a cofounder of Centocor (established in 1979), the first company successfully to commercialize monoclonal antibodies for therapeutic purposes, and the founder of Neuronyx (established in 1999), the first company to manufacture stem cells on a large scale and thereby enable the development of stem-cell therapeutics. Hubert’s vision, mentorship, and guidance were instrumental in building a biotechnology community not only in southeastern Pennsylvania, but also nationally and internationally.