“I’ve never found money to be a compelling reason to do anything.”- Julia Levy.
Julia Levy was born May 15, 1934, she is a Canadian microbiologist, immunologist, educator and entrepreneur. She studied immunology and bacteriology at the University of British Columbia, earning a BA in 1955, later becoming a professor. Levy received a PhD in experimental pathology from the University of London in 1958. Her research led her and her colleagues to participate in the development of photodynamic therapy (PDT) initially for treating cancer. She has expanded her methodology to treat HIV/AIDS, arthritis and age-related macular degeneration. In the 1980’s she co-founded QLT. By 2004 QLT had become a world leader in sales of drugs that treat macular degeneration. It was one of the most successful high-tech companies in Canada.
The Chemical Institute of Canada named an award after her- The Julia Levy Award which recognizes successful commercialization of bio-medical innovation in Canada, with a particular focus, where relevant, on the synergistic relationship between university and business. Levy was named a fellow in the Royal Society of Canada in 1980, Pacific Canada Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 and an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2001. She has also received a number of honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.
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