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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Biotechnology/Health Care


Biotechnology and health care are not only significant portions of the United Sates’ economy, these industries contribute directly to the health and welfare of its residents. Here again immigrants are making a big impact. The Public Education Institute research shows that in Massachusetts alone immigrants founded 26 percent of biotech firms.

Here we have profiled seven immigrant entrepreneurs from the biotech and health care industries.


George N. Hatsopoulos
Thermo Fischer Scientific


José Navarro, Sr.
Navarro Discount Pharmacies founder


Kiran Patel
WellCare Health Plans founder


Charles Pfizer
Pfizer Inc. co-founder


Ivor Royston and Charles Weissmann
England and Switzerland
Biogen Idec co-founders


Josef von Rickenbach
PAREXEL founder

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