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Peter Powchik ’79

On the leadership team at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and speed chess champion.

Peter Powchik ’79 (chemistry) has had a successful career in clinical development at a wide range of leading pharmaceutical companies. He is currently senior vice president for clinical development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY, a position he’s held since 2006.

He’s played a key role in successfully guiding important products for cancer, eye disease, and inflammatory conditions through clinical and regulatory processes, and has had an impact on the development and commercialization of important new products that have changed the landscape for treatment of many diseases worldwide.

Powchik went on to receive his MD from New York University School of Medicine.

Aside from academics, Purchase had an impact his life in two more important ways. First, he met his wife of 30 years at Campus Center South. He also honed speed chess skills that allowed him to earn pocket money playing chess on various street corners and parks in New York City—substantially reducing his need for student loans in medical school.

Powchik received the Purchase College President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni at the Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 16, 2014.