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George Yancopoulos

Science Talent Search – 1976

About George Yancopoulos

George Yancopoulos competed in the 1976 STS. Dr. Yancopoulos is currently President, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Chair of Regeneron’s Board of Directors. He co-founded the biotechnology company with fellow STS alumnus Leonard Schleifer, and together they developed the ability to consistently translate science into medicine. In doing so, they have secured numerous FDA-approved treatments for diseases including cancer, macular degeneration and high cholesterol. More recently, Yancopoulos championed Regeneron’s COVID-19 program to address the pandemic and produce an investigational antibody cocktail. Yancopoulos holds more than 100 patents, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is a recipient of Columbia College’s highest community honor, the Alexander Hamilton Medal. Today, Regeneron sponsors STS, ISEF and supports a suite of Society Outreach and Equity STEM programs. Yancopoulos often speaks to STS and ISEF finalists as well as STEM teachers. He is a member of the Society’s Honorary Board and a former member of the Board of Trustees.

Notable Alumni - George Yancopoulos

Science Talent Search 1976

Yancopoulos with his STS project in 1976.

Notable Alumni - George Yancopoulos

Science Talent Search 1976

An excerpt from Yancopoulos’ STS project report showing the process for regenerating a single-celled organism. Expand Image.

Conversations with Maya

Yancopoulos speaking to the STS 2017 finalists. Learn more about Yancopoulos’ life and work in this Conversations with Maya interview.

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Regeneron ISEF 2021 - Opening Ceremony

In this video, Yancopoulos speaks to the Regeneron ISEF 2021 finalists about the impact the Society’s research competitions had on his career. He says, “Because of how much I owed my early experiences doing high school science research, it has become my personal mission to ensure more young people are inspired to pursue STEM careers so as to help improve the world.”

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