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Congratulations to Jude Samulski, PhD, Professor in the department of Pharmacology and member of the UNC Gene Therapy Center, who is Triangle Business Journal’s 2020 Business Person of the Year.

R. Jude Samuski, PhD
R. Jude Samuski, PhD

“Throughout the course of the year, our reporters and editors work with hundreds of local executives on stories, blogs, pictures, graphics, slideshows and Triangle Business Journal signature events…   Our Business Person of the Year, Jude Samulski, co-founder of Research Triangle Park-based Askpelios BioPharmaceutical, also known as AskBio, was a late addition. AskBio’s $4 billion deal with Bayer happened very late in our process. But we had to look deeper into what was going to become one of the largest sales of a Triangle company in our area’s history. As we started digging more, we found out how Samulski got started with AskBio, his passion for technology and his 20-year resolve to keep fighting even when things were not looking so great. Couple that with Samulski’s charitable work and the immense implication to the entire genetics industry and the choice in the end was unanimous. Our final meeting was the most efficient, as we went around the table listening to the amazing accomplishments of our finalists and were left with the impression that the Triangle is fortunate to have so many capable leaders. We cannot wait to track and report Samulski’s research and the potential for his company to change the game in the field of gene therapy. Could the Triangle become the hotbed for gene therapy companies just as the clinical research organizations experienced when researchers such as Dennis Gillings (legacy Quintiles) and Fred Eshelman (PPD) started companies in our own backyard?”

~excerpt fromTriangle Business Journal’s article, “Why we selected AskBio’s Jude Samulski as our 2020 BPOY” by Sougata Mukherjee, Editor-in-Chief, Triangle Business Journal, published Dec. 11, 2020.

~read Triange Business Journal’s article on “BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR – AskBio’s Jude Samulski has worked tirelessly in the field of gene therapy. Now, his work has finally paid off.” by Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal published Dec, 11, 2020.