Biotech entrepreneur, author and patient expert
My name is Michael Becker and I was first diagnosed with Stage IV oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in December 2015. After undergoing aggressive chemoradiation treatment, I was cancer-free for six months. Then, in December 2016, doctors discovered distant metastasis in both of my lungs. Recurrence of this disease is particularly lethal – no effective treatment exists.
I have more than 25-years of diverse experience as a serial entrepreneur, C-level industry executive, communications expert, pharmaceutical developer, Wall Street securities analyst, and registered financial advisor. In 2017, I published A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur and actively blog about my experience (mdbcancerjourney.com) to help educate others about the realities of living with a terminal disease.
I’m the founder and president of MDB Communications LLC, which provides a full range of investor relations, public relations, and digital media services to the biotechnology industry. I was previously chief executive officer (CEO) of two biotechnology companies working in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer, including New Jersey-based Cytogen Corporation.
Widely quoted by the press, I have authored original articles on medical, financial, communications, marketing, and regulatory topics relevant to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. I currently live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with my wife and two daughters, but was raised in the great city of Chicago and am a loyal Cubs baseball fan – which just goes to show that I am an eternal optimist!
I also published a large format, high-quality, coffee table photography book Strength, Confidence, & Beauty: A Collection of Female Portraits published through Blurb. For more information click here.