Biotech Executive Salaries on the Rise

Many chief executive officers of both profitable and not-yet-profitable biotechnology companies have multimillion-dollar pay packages, according to three recent surveys.

Beth Piskora
Nov 21, 2004
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Source: BioWorld magazine

Many chief executive officers of both profitable and not-yet-profitable biotechnology companies have multimillion-dollar pay packages, according to three recent surveys. The average total annual salary and bonus paid to biotech CEOs in 2003 was $567,000, up from $538,000 in 2002, according to a survey conducted by BioWorld magazine. Of course, many execs at the best-known companies are making far more.

Genentech's Arthur Levinson topped the list for biotech execs, with total compensation of $23 million. In 2003, he received a salary of $860,000, a bonus of $1.2 million, and stock options worth $21 million. Genzyme's Henri Termeer was a close second. On salary alone, Termeer got top ranking, with a base pay of $1.2 million. However, Termeer also received a bonus of $1.6 million and options worth $16.2 million, bringing his total package to $19.1 million.

The BioWorld survey also suggests that top research and development (R&D)...

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