What do you do and why?

I am the Scientific Officer at Proteintech Group, a biotechnology firm. We manufacture antibodies, which are like Swiss army knives for scientists and clinicians with the ability to answer questions like: “Are you pregnant?”, “Do you have cancer?” — and can be used as drugs (~1/3 of new drug applications were antibodies in 2017). What gets me up in the morning is that my job allows me to have a global impact in serving the scientific and medical communities to accelerate their research.

What change would you like to enact in the world?

My dream is to see less income and opportunity disparity in the world such that everyone has access to basic necessities, education, quality standard of living, and affordable healthcare. This requires political, economic, cultural, social, and technological changes. My role in this is quite minor. I use science to help other scientists and doctors improve medical technologies as part of the healthcare portion.

William Olds’ column of Proteintech Group’s blog, “Olds’ News,” shares the most interesting science and technology news stories from around the world.

Why did you join IVY?

I joined in order to meet people with shared interests that I otherwise would not encounter.

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?

My first event was at the Mars Art Gallery in downtown Chicago. As someone who is not gifted in the traditional arts, it is wonderful to see a creative’s workshop and pieces in the making.

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