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David M. Goldenberg Family Endowed Chair in the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences

DAVID M. GOLDENBERG, M.D., and his family established the Goldenberg Family Foundation to make charitable contributions to science, medicine, education, and other philanthropic causes. As a grateful grandfather of a patient treated by George Jallo, M.D., supporting the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is his commitment to supporting the best care and research for children with brain cancer.

Dr. David Goldenberg is a pioneer in monoclonal antibodies and immunotherapy. He received a degree from the University of Chicago College and Division of Biological Sciences in 1958, a Faculty of Natural Sciences degree (Sc.D.) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1965, and his M.D. degree from the University of Heidelberg School of Medicine in 1966. Dr. Goldenberg founded the Center for Molecular Medicine and Immunology in 1983 after a tenure at the University of Kentucky, where he helped launch a cancer research center. In 1985, he was one of the first recipients of the prestigious Outstanding Investigator Grant award, renewed for another seven years in 1992, from the National Cancer Institute. From 1983-2017, Dr. Goldenberg was founder, chairman of the Board, and chief scientist of the publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company, Immunomedics, Inc., which developed antibody-based diagnostic imaging and therapeutic agents for cancer and certain autoimmune diseases. He was the inventor and principal developer of the antibody-drug conjugate, Trodelvy®, approved by the FDA for the treatment of metastatic, recurrent triple-negative breast cancer in 2020, and for metastatic, recurrent urothelial cancer in 2021. He is the inventor of over 300 U.S. patents.

Dr. Goldenberg has published 900 peer-reviewed articles, and edited two books and 14 journal supplements. He has served on editorial boards of over 25 medical journals, being a founding member of several. His articles have been cited about 60,000 times in the medical literature, earning him an “h-index” of 62 (September, 2021). After retiring from full-time research in 2017, he continues to publish invited articles and has recently turned to writing novels focusing on medical research and espionage, and is in the process of publishing several such books. Dr. Goldenberg has five children and 12 grandchildren from his first marriage, and two stepchildren and two step-granddaughters from his current marriage. He resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Delray Beach, Florida.