MCDB Receives Gift from Gary and Sue Wilcox to Support a Graduate Student Within MCDB

Apr 11, 2011

Gary Wilcox is a trustee of The UC Santa Barbara Foundation and currently chairman of the board and CEO of a start-up antiviral drug discovery company, Cocrystal Discovery, Inc. Previously, he was executive vice president of ICOS Corporation in Bothell, Washington, and earlier he co-founded International Genetic Engineering, serving as its chairman, president, and CEO until its merger with XOMA Corporation in 1989. From 1974 until 1984, Wilcox was a professor of microbiology and a member of the Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA. He is the author of more than 70 scientific papers and holds 15 patents.

Sue Wilcox is active in investing and has assisted in several start-up biotechnology companies. She plays a leadership role in various charity and volunteer organizations, while maintaining a single digit golf handicap. She previously served as an adjunct professor of economics at Pepperdine University and worked for Atlantic Richfield Company from 1974 to 1983.

Gary and Sue received their BAs, MAs, and PhDs from UC Santa Barbara. The couple resides in Santa Barbara, California.

"The generous gift from the Wilcox's will stimulate doctoral-level training of outstanding graduate students and will help to build the careers of future scientific leaders", stated Dr. Joel Rothman, Chair of the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

"Education is an essential investment in the future. Our goal for this gift is to allow the best students access to the best education," added Gary Wilcox.