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George Henry Poste

George Henry Poste, American biology professor, former pharmaceutical company executive. Fleming fellow University Oxford, England, 1995, Pitt fellow University Cambridge, England, 1995; named Commander of British for services in development of Biosciences, 1999, Scientist of the Year, Research and Development magazine, 2004.


  • Poste, George Henry was born on April 30, 1944 in Polegate, Sussex, England. Came to the United States, 1972. Son of John H. and Kathleen B. (Brooke) Poste.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University Bristol, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, University Bristol, 1969. Doctor of Science, University Bristol, 1987.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Bristol, 1995.


    • Lecturer University London, 1969-1972. Associate professor State University of New York, Buffalo, 1972-1976. Professor pathology Roswell Park Memorial Institute, 1976-1980.

      Vice president research SmithKline Beecham Beckman, Philadelphia, 1980-1982, vice president Research and Development, 1982-1986, vice president worldwide research and pre-clinical development, 1987-1988, president Research and Development, 1988-1989. President Research and Development technologies SmithKline Beecham Beecham, King of Prussia, 1989-1990, vice-chairman, executive vice president Research and Development, 1990-1991, president and chairman Research and Development, 1992-1997. Chief science and technical officer SmithKline Beecham Beecham Corporation PLC, 1997-1999.

      Chief Executive Officer Health Technology Networks, Scottsdale, Arizona, since 2000. Non-executive chairman OrchidBioSciences Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, since 2002. Del E. Webb Distinguished professor biology Arizona State University, Tempe, since 2003, director Biodesign Institute, since 2003.

      Member pathology B study section National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1978-1982. Chairman Gordon Conference, New Hampshire, 1985-1986, diaDeXus, 1997-2003, Cerebrus, 1997. President council University Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

      Board directors Monsanto, Exelixis, SmithKline Beecham Beecham Corporation PLC, Orchid BioSciences Inc., since 2000. Member advisory council Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, Stanford University. Member council Oxford International Biomedical Centre.

      Chairman task force on bioterrorism, United States Department of Defense, 2001-2004.


    • Editor: Cell Surface Revs., New Horizons in Therapeutics, Cancer Metastasis Revs., Advanced Drug Delivery Revs.

      , 15 books. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Member governing board University of California at Los Angeles Symposia, Life Science Research Foundation. Member board Overseers School Veterinary Medicine, University Pennsylvania, Governor's advisory committee Science and Technology, Pennsylvania. Member advisory board Natural Science Association, University Pennsylvania.

    Fellow Royal Society, Royal College Veterinary Surgeons, Royal College Pathologists, Insurance Biology (London), Academy Medical Sciences (London). Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Cell Biology, Pathol. Society, National Association biomedical Research (board governors 1984), University Association Space Research (member council 1984), Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (former chairman research and development section 1988).



    Military history, foreign affairs, photography, auto racing.


    • 1 child, Eleanor Kathy. Married Linda C. Suhler Lopez, November 21, 1992. Stepchildren: John Robert, Lisa Carolyn.
    • father: John H. Poste
    • mother: Kathleen B. (Brooke) Poste
    • spouse: Linda C. Suhler Lopez
    • children: Eleanor Kathy Poste
    • John Robert Poste
    • Lisa Carolyn Poste
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    Born April 30, 1944
    (age 73)
    • 1966
      University Bristol
    • 1969
      University Bristol
    • 1987
      University Bristol
    • 1995
      University Bristol
    • 1969 - 1972
      Lecturer, University London
    • 1972 - 1976
      associate, professor State University of New York
      Buffalo, New York, United States
    • 1976 - 1980
      professor, pathology Roswell Park Memorial Institute
    • 1980 - 1982
      vice president, research SmithKline Beecham Beckman
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1989 - 1990
      president, Research and Development technologies SmithKline Beecham Beecham
      King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1990 - 1991
      president, Research and Development technologies SmithKline Beecham Beecham
    • 1997 - 1999
      chief science and technical officer, SmithKline Beecham Beecham Corporation PLC
    • 2002
      non-executive chairman, OrchidBioSciences Incorporated
      Princeton, New Jersey, United States
    • 2003
      Del E. Webb Distinguished Professor biology Arizona State University
      Tempe, Arizona, United States
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