In the News

This is where you will find links to opinion editorials, videos, articles and other media coverage related to A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur by Michael Becker:

March 22, 2018 – House right-to-try experimental drugs bill succeeds on 2nd attempt Click here.




March 14, 2018 – Support Builds, But ‘Right To Try’ Legislation Doesn’t Clear House – The measure lets terminally ill patients apply to try drugs that haven’t yet been approved for treatments. Click here.



March 6, 2018 – HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses – Michael Becker of Yardley has stepped up as the face of this immunological inequity. The 49-year-old former biotech executive is health-conscious, clean-living, happily married for 26 years – and battling terminal oropharyngeal cancer, the medical term for malignancies in parts of the mouth and throat. Click here to read the article.

February 24, 2018 – One Man’s Fight to Prevent HPV Infections – Public health experts are sounding the alarm about a rise in head and neck cancers in men caused by the human papillomavirus, commonly referred to as HPV. For one man in particular, getting the word out has become a personal crusade. Dr. Jon LaPook reports for CBS This Morning Saturday.  Click here to view a replay of the TV segment or click here for both the text and video.

February 21, 2018 – Trump pushing ahead on Koch-backed experimental drugs ‘Right to Try’ agenda – Congress is trying to pass a bill that would allow patients with life-threatening diseases to bypass the FDA in receiving experimental drug treatments. Click here to read the article.



February 3, 2018 – Why A Cancer Patient Opposes The ‘Right To Try’ Experimental Cancer Drugs – Michael Becker is dying from cancer. But he tells NPR’s Scott Simon that he opposes the passage of the Right To Try Act, which gives terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs. Click here to listen to the interview or read the transcript.


February 1, 2018 – I’m the ideal person to support right to try. But I can’t — it’s a disaster in the making click here to view the full First Opinion article by Michael Becker for STAT News.


December 20, 2017What I Wish I’d Known Before Head and Neck Cancer Treatment: Michael offers 10 tips from his experience with oropharyngeal cancer treatment, from how to get support to nutrition and oral care. Click here to view the slideshow on HealthCentral.


December 16, 2017 – The Infection Connection: One-fifth of all cancers are caused by viral infections. New treatment and prevention strategies are in the works. Click here to view the full article by ARLENE WEINTRAUB for CURE Magazine




December 6, 2017 – Walking with purpose after an HPV-related head and neck cancer diagnosis click here to view the full article by the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research



December 1, 2017 – Young Men Should Be Required to Get the HPV Vaccine. It Would Have Saved Me From Cancer. – click here to view the full Op Ed by Michael Becker for The Daily Beast


November 26, 2017 – Making final words count: Author urges vaccinations against HPV – click here to view the full article by AJHANI AYRES for REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN





November 22, 2017 – An awkward conversation about HPV in men will save lives — just not mine. – click here to view the full article by Michael Becker for NBC THINK


November 22, 2017 – According to a study published last month on Annals of Internal Medicine, a medical journal, males in the U.S. are contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV) at a higher rate than females.- click here to view the full article by Brittney L Jackson, USA TODAY NETWORK

November 7, 2017
– Know what’s worse than the risks of getting the HPV vaccine? Getting an HPV-related cancer. Trust me. – click here to view the full First Opinion article by Michael Becker for STAT News

October 30, 2017 – The news earlier this month that 1 in 9 men — some 11.5 percent — are infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV) didn’t surprise Michael Becker — but it does alarm him. – click here to view the full article by Steve Dorfman for the Palm Beach Post

September 13, 2017 – Michael D. Becker, cancer survivor and author of “A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” discusses how he realized that he had head and neck cancer –  click here to view the video on CURE TV

September 7, 2017 – What if you build, but they don’t come; Why Michael Becker Says Industry Must Help Promote HPV-Related Cancer Prevention –  click here to view the full article on BioCentury (many, many thanks to BioCentury for making this important article freely available to both non-subscribers and subscribers!)

August 10, 2017 – Michael Becker Interviewed by Host Dave Heller for NewsWorks Tonight Segment on NPR member radio station WHYY – Click here to listen to a replay of the 20-minute interview


July 22, 2017 – A former biotech executive who’s living with terminal cancer wants to reset expectations about new cancer treatments – Click here to view the article from Business Insider



July 13, 2017 – A Shot Could Have Prevented the Cancer That’s Killing Me – Click here to view the article from Tonic, a website and digital video channel that covers wellness, science and big-picture health issues.


July 12, 2017 – Man With Stage IV Cancer Urges HPV Vaccination in New Memoir – Click here to view the article from HealthCentral




July 9, 2017 – A Patient’s Warning – Click here to view the article from the Philadelphia Inquirer






July 7, 2017 – This Bucks biotech exec got terminal cancer. It shattered his preconceived ideas on care – Click here to view the article by John George, Senior Reporter at the Philadelphia Business Journal


July 5, 2017 – Biotech exec facing death urges: Get the vaccine that prevents his cancer – Click here to view the article from the






June 23, 2017 – Former Oncology Biotech CEO Battling Terminal Cancer Gives Unique Insight in New Gripping Memoir – Let Life Happen: In the News section by Barbara Jacoby, an award winning blogger – Click here to view article

June 19, 2017 – A Walk with Purpose: Michael Becker’s Memoir on Fearlessly Embracing Change – Click here to view the article by Anna Idler for Bucks Happening, the premier digital magazine of Bucks County, PA.


June 15, 2017 – Man Who Dedicated Career To Fighting Cancer Now Battling Terminal Disease – Click here for a replay of the television segment where Michael Becker is interviewed by reporter Anita Oh for CBS 3’s Eyewitness News.



June 1, 2017 – BioWorld’s 11th annual Summer Reading List – “A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” is among the four dozen books included in BioWorld’s popular summer reading list – Click here to view article


May 23, 2017 – BioNJ’s BioPartnering event – BioNJ President and CEO, Debbie Hart, had the pleasure of presenting former BioNJ Chairman, Michael Becker, with a special award during BioNJ BioPartnering Meeting, in honor of Michael’s life’s work within the biopharmaceutical community.


May 19, 2017 – Anti-Cancer Club – Interview with author Michael D. Becker of “A Walk with Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur” – Click here to view article