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Michael Becker is a former C-suite industry executive with over 25 years of life sciences experience, including serving as CEO for two public biotechnology companies working in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer. In December 2015, Michael was diagnosed with Stage IV oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While initial treatment appeared successful, his cancer returned in December 2016. Recurrence of this disease is often lethal—no effective treatment exists.

What does someone do with a diagnosis like that? Everyone would react differently. For Becker, he became determined to share his story of adversity and daily triumph to help educate and inform others.

Michael is the founder and president of MDB Communications LLC, where he serves as an inspirational speaker, freelance writer, and consultant to the healthcare industry, businesses, and nonprofits. He published his memoir A Walk with Purpose and actively blogs about his cancer experience at My Cancer Journey.

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Michael Becker has dedicated his life and career to healthcare and is focused on helping educate others about the realities of living with a terminal disease. Michael also helps create awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV), its connection to cancer, and available prevention through HPV vaccination.

He speaks about his cancer patient experience at events across the country. Through his industry career, diagnosis, participation in clinical trials, and much more, Michael offers a truly unique view inside the cancer patient experience.

Keynotes and Other Speaking Engagements
Inspirational speaker delivering talks on how to walk with purpose/urgency, overcoming adversity, staying focused, and finding meaning in life. Speaker for sharing the patient experience in healthcare as a stage four cancer patient.

  • Keynote Speaker for Businesses, Nonprofits, and Associations
  • Conference Presenter and/or Panelist
  • Podcasts and Media Interviews

Freelance Science and Medical Writing
Michael’s first book, A Walk with Purpose (Amazon), is part memoir, part fascinating look inside the biotechnology industry. He has been invited to author opinion editorials and other freelance articles that have been published by NBC Think, BioCentury, STAT News, National Public Radio (NPR), and other media outlets. He has written nearly one hundred articles for his popular cancer blog and continues to explore both the science and business of health.

  • Bylined Articles
  • Market Research
  • Investor Materials — Slide Presentations, Annual Reports, Newsletters
  • Medical Meeting Coverage
  • Social Media — Blog Posts, Web Content, Marketing Materials

Consulting
MDB Communications leverages real-world, in-house experience and relationships in both the life sciences industry and financial sector to provide a full range of investor relations, public relations, and digital media services to enhance client visibility and branding. We are uniquely positioned to understand what clients, investors, physicians, patient advocacy groups, and the media both want and need.

  • Investor & Public Relations
  • Corporate Strategy and Brand Positioning
  • Business Development
  • Outsourced Due Diligence

About

Michael D. Becker, President & Founder

Michael D. Becker, president and founder of MDB Communications LLC, has over 25 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, C-level industry executive, pharmaceutical product developer, Wall Street securities analyst and registered financial advisor. He has authored original articles on medical, financial, communications, marketing, and regulatory topics relevant to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries and is widely quoted by the press. He is also a Stage IV cancer survivor (click here to visit his patient blog) and author of the memoir “A Walk with Purpose” available on Amazon by clicking here.

Previously, Mr. Becker served as president, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and member of the Board of Directors for several publicly-traded biotechnology companies, including commercial-stage Cytogen Corporation (acquired by EUSA Pharma).  Mr. Becker held positions of increasing responsibility prior to being appointed President and CEO of Cytogen in 2002, including Vice President of Business Development, Industry Relations, Investor Relations and Chief Executive Officer of AxCell Biosciences, a subsidiary of Cytogen focused on signal transduction pathways. During his tenure at Cytogen, Mr. Becker raised in excess of $130 million in new capital through both public offerings and private placements and in-licensed Caphosol©, a topical oral agent and prescription medical device for the treatment of oral mucositis and xerostomia.

Prior to his biotechnology industry career, Mr. Becker spent 9 years in the financial services industry, which includes positions at Wayne Hummer Investments LLC, Kidder, Peabody & Co., Gruntal & Co., and Kemper Securities where he previously held the following securities licenses: Series 7 (Registered Representative), Series 16 (Securities Analyst), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent) and Series 65 (Registered Investment Advisor).  He was also the founder and Executive Editor of Beck on Biotech, a monthly biotechnology investment newsletter published from July 1998 through March 2001.

Mr. Becker plays an active leadership role as an advocate for the biotechnology industry. He is past Chairman and member of the board of trustees with BioNJ, which is New Jersey’s trade association for biotechnology companies. He placed as a biotechnology/life sciences finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in both 2004 and 2005 and was listed in BusinessWeek’s “CEO’s 40 and Under” article in December 2006. Mr. Becker has co-authored several peer-reviewed scientific publications in the areas of cellular signaling and radiopharmaceutical drug development. He completed coursework in Political Science at DePaul University and received an Associate of Science Degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

He is also an accomplished photographer and has published a large format, high-quality, coffee table photography book titled Strength, Confidence, & Beauty: A Collection of Female Portraits.

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