Gerald Magneson ’75, Ph.D.

Jerry died on November 11, 2016. He came to K from Port Huron, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University. Jerry was an analytical biochemist and formulator, with more than 25 years of experience in research and development in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry. During his career, he worked at Instrumentation Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts; Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Cardinal Health/Catalent in San Diego, California; GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts; and Neoprobe Corporation/Navidea Biopharmaceuticals in Dublin, Ohio. He was the primary investigator and author of five U.S. patents. His last patent was awarded for the formulation of the radio-labeled, lyophilized nuclear imaging agent Lymphoseek, which is used in surgical processes to detect breast cancer, melanoma, head and neck cancer, as well as other applications. It was approved for manufacture and distribution by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Union. He loved to play racquet sports and was an avid spectator of football and baseball. Jerry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kristin.

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