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Paul Abrams , President and Chief Executive Officer of CEPTYR, Inc. Paul G. Abrams, MD, JD
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Paul Abrams is President and Chief Executive Officer of CEPTYR, Inc. Prior to his appointment at CEPTYR, Paul was President and Chief Executive Officer of NeoRx Corporation. Paul Abrams has a wide range of experience in both basic and clinical research, medical practice and law, government and industry, management, and all phases of pharmaceutical development. Dr. Abrams previously held the position of Cancer Expert at the Biological Response Modifiers Program at the National Cancer Institute that conducted the early clinical trials of now well-established biologicals such as alpha-interferon and of monoclonal antibodies.

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CEPTYR, Inc., is an early stage pharmaceutical business focused on becoming the industry leader in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases (PTP) based therapeutics.

Paul Abrams' Suggested Reading List

Bionomics: Economy As Ecosystem
by Michael Rothschild,
Published by College Board, 1995.

Rejects the concept of "economy as machine" in favor of "economy as ecology" taking the analogy of organism and
organization through multiple levels of analysis.

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras,
Published by Harpercollins,1994.

The best and most enduring of the management books, written by two Stanford Professors. Although they did not realize it, their book is the "business" manifestation of complexity theory.

Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos
by M. Mitchell Waldrop,
Published by Touchstone Books, 1993.

Deals with the emerging congruity among economics, physics, computer science and biology.

Growing Pains: How to Make the Transition from an Entrepreneurship to a Professional Managed Firm
by Eric Flamholtz and Yvonne Randle,
Published by Jossey-Bass Publishing, 1990.

Another excellent book, handling the transition from a start up to a more professionally managed company.

Emotional Intelligence
by Daniel Goleman
Published by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publications, 1997.

A rational analysis of the emotional skills that are at least as important as IQ in determining success.

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
by Dava Sobel,
Published by Walker & Co., 1995.

A short, riveting story of a "lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time", and how he was denied a prize offered by the British government due to scientific political jealousies, i.e., there is nothing new under the sun!

The Arrow of Time: A Voyage Through Science to Solve Time's Greatest Mystery
by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield,
Published by Fawcett Books, 1992.

A fascinating account for the non-physicist of one of science's greatest mysteries, "does time have a direction?"

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela,
Published by Little Brown & Company, 1994.

The autobiography of the person who may be the greatest man of our era: survived apartheid, then 27 years of the most brutal imprisonment, emerges without a hint of bitterness or revenge, and forges a government of national unity under very trying conditions. Will he live long enough so that his imprint lasts and a bloodbath is avoided?

The Downing Street Years
by Margaret Thatcher
Audio Cassette,
Published by Harper Audio, 1993.

Maggie extolling her own virtues of course, a good lesson in the difficulties in modernizing a ponderous bureaucracy, but might only be interesting to someone who watches 'Prime Minister's Question Time' on CSPAN.

by David Herbert Donald,
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1995.

The historical detail is fascinating, Lincoln is revealed as a person, but it actually enhances his stature as an icon.

by David McCullough,
Published by Simon & Schuster,1992.

Although obvious that the biographer grew to love his subject, it is clear why...demonstrates the quality of 'character' not apparent in our politics for decades. The '48 campaign is even more incredible than it seemed.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin,
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1994.

An account of the domestic front during World War II from the perspective of what was known at the time. The revelations of Roosevelts' (Franklin and Eleanor) skills and biases, the nearly medieval state of our economy, industry and armed forces in the 1930s, the comings and goings at the White House, the utter confidence of FDR that the war would be won and that trusting the people was the way to win it (not a bad prescription for any organization), reads as if you were there.

You Just Don't Understand
by Deborah Tannen,
Published by Ballantine Books, 1991.

Although written by a socio-linguist to describe the different "languages" (called "gender-lects") of men and women, it provides insight as to why people who think they are communicating actually are not, regardless of gender.

Independent People: An Epic
by Halldor Laxness and J. A. Thompson,
Published by Vintage Books, 1997.

A difficult, but beautifully written novel by Iceland's Nobel prize winner, that is, among other things, an allegory about Iceland itself.

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