January 01, 2003
Fifty years ago, Watson and Crick changed the world by discovering the structure and function of DNA. Twenty-five years ago, Biogen opened its doors as one of the world's first global biotechnology companies. Thirteen years ago, James Mullen joined the company as director of facilities engineering and seven years later was promoted to international vice-president. Four years after that, in June, 2000, Biogen appointed Mullen president and CEO, and-in an uncanny continuation of its half-life evolution-named him chairman of the board after James Vincent vacated that seat midway through 2002.