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Amicus Therapeutics is not your average pharmaceutical company. It is a biopharmaceutical company that uses biologically generated drug treatment therapies to heal a person’s body. Biological components taken from blood, vaccines, gene therapies and bodily tissue process account for some of the primary biopharmaceutical treatments that are utilized by Amicus Therapeutics (

The thing that separates this organization form other pharmaceutical companies is their focus on the elimination of rare and orphan diseases. While they are not the only company that works to eliminate these conditions; this organization is leading the way in this field.

Amicus Therapeutics came into existence in 2002. They were founded by various venture companies that pooled their resources together to make the company a viable operation. The venture companies that founded Amicus consisted of Radius Ventures, Canaan Partners and New Enterprise Associates.

Orphan and rare diseases are not common but they still have the potential damage many people’s lives. Both of these disease types affect a small percentage of a population. They are also genetically based conditions. The researchers at Amicus develop their biopharmaceutical products to ensure that affected people have a fighting chance at recovering or managing their disease.

The company generates $18 million a year in revenues (Yahoo Fincace) and it is a public organization. Amicus Therapeutics uses its own patented biopharmaceutical products to provide healing that patients need. Chaperone-Advanced Replacement Therapy or CHART is a specialized enzyme replacement therapy. It is a proven biopharmaceutical product.

John Crowley is the company’s CEO. He currently leads the organization at levels operation. Bradley Campbell is the Chief Operating Officer and the CFO is William Baird. These three men were chosen to run Amicus Therapeutics because of their biopharmaceutical knowledge and business acumen. Many people with rare and orphan diseases have been treated by Amicus Therapeutics. This organization continues to provide high quality care and solutions to some of the world’s toughest diseases.
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Liberal arts education is the main focus for advocate Jonathan Veitch. As the 15th Occidental Collage President, Veitch has served in this role since 2009. He was formerly the New York City Dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College. While at Occidental, Veitch has established a special, strategic planning process which charts Occidental College’s future. This has brought strength to the College’s civic involvement, including the arts and programs for global literacy. Partnerships have been established with cultural institutions in Southern California.

Veitch’s leadership brought about the completion of construction of the Samuelson Alumni Center as well as the expansion and renovation of the 98 year old Swan Hall, housing more that a third of Occidental’s faculty. Renovations to the interior of Johnson Hall are in progress and will serve as the McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs.

Veitch is a native of Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University. His Harvard doctorate is in the History of American Civilization. He was an English professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. While serving as associate professor of literature and history, he serves as the humanities chair and as the associate provost before starting as dean for five years. His focus, while dean, has been on expanding the scope of Lang’s scope and size, taking advantage of the liberal arts college status.

As an author, Veitch penned American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s, an award-winning University of Wisconsin Press publication. With his field of academic specialization, Veitch has included American Literature as well as cultural history, plus American film of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most recently, his research has regarded the history of higher education in the US. Veitch lives with his wife and their three children on the Occidental campus at the Wallis Annenberg’s President’s House.