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Robert A. Swanson (1947–1999) was a venture capitalist who cofounded the biotechnology giant Genentech in 1976 with Herbert Boyer. Genentech is a pioneer in the field, and it remains one of the leading biotech companies in the world.

He held an B.S. degree in Chemistry from MITmarker as well as a Master's degree in Management marker from the MIT Sloan School of Managementmarker. Both degrees were conferred in 1970.

He is regarded as an instrumental figure in launching the biotechnology revolution. The authors of the book, 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium ranked Mr. Swanson number 612. Mr. Swanson was inducted into the Junior Achievement U. S. Business Hall of Fame in 2006.

On 6 December, 1999, he succumbed to brain cancer, at the age of 52.

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