Gerald Joseph Yakatan, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who

Dr. Yakatan has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry –

San Diego, CA, January 17, 2019 – Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Gerald Joseph Yakatan, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Yakatan celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Initially inspired to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry at age 12, when he got his very first job at a pharmacy soda fountain, Dr. Yakatan began his education with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1963. Deciding to advance his knowledge further, he earned a Master of Science from Temple University in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1971. Currently serving as chairman and chief executive officer of IRISYS in San Diego, which he founded in 1996 as a means of helping smaller companies progress to clinical trials, Dr. Yakatan also heads the company’s strategic consulting services.

Beginning his career as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, Dr. Yakatan spent nearly a decade with the university, progressing to the role of associate professor from 1976 to 1980. Following this appointment, he became involved with Warner-Lambert, now part of Pfizer Inc., as director of pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism, eventually advancing to vice president of worldwide product development. Dr. Yakatan was appointed to the position of executive vice president of research and development at Immunetech Pharmaceuticals before he founded Tanabe Research Laboratories in 1990 and Avanir Pharmaceuticals in 1998, serving both companies as chief executive officer until 1995 and 2006, respectively.

Due to his demonstrable excellence in his field, Dr. Yakatan received fellowships from the National Institutes of Health from 1965 to 1969 and of the National Science Foundation in 1964. He was also presented with Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awards from the University of Florida and Temple University, among a number of other honors. Celebrating a life containing considerable professional accomplishment, Dr. Yakatan is particularly proud of establishing the daycare for children of married students at the University of Florida, which still exists to benefit the current students at the university.

A registered pharmacist in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania, Dr. Yakatan is also an elected fellow of a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Furthermore, he has been a regular contributor of articles to professional journals throughout his career. In light of all his accomplishments, Dr. Yakatan has previously been selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in the West, the 57th edition of Who’s Who in America and the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Business.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Dr. Yakatan has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

About Marquis Who’s Who®:

Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who’s Who in America®, Marquis Who’s Who® has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who’s Who in America® remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis® publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who’s Who® website at
Please follow and like us:

Welcome to Societal™
Recro has a new name. And, with it, a renewed sense of what we can accomplish with our partners to expedite the delivery of life-changing pharmaceuticals to patients. Together, we are truly Bringing Science To Society. You will soon be able to explore our vision with the upcoming launch of our new website.