Education: Bachelor of arts and master of science degrees, the University of California Los Angeles; honorary doctorates, University of Southern California, The Johns Hopkins University, the Technion and Western University
First job: Research and development staff, Technicolor Corp., exploring electro-optical technology
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
The keys to achieving your goals are commitment, patience and resilience.
What has been your toughest business challenge?
Trying to cure cancer. But I believe it can be done. At MannKind, the immunology division will soon begin trials for a variety of therapeutic vaccines for cancer that have great potential.
Whom do you admire most in business?
No one. I’m too busy to pay attention to what anybody else is doing.
Personal goal: To make the world a better place, one life at a time.