Gary Knutsen 69 could retirebut his passion
wont let him.
veterinary pathologist by training, Knutsen has spent most of his
professional life testing the efficacy and safety of drugs in animal
models before theyre used in human clinical trials. Now that
the human genome has been decoded, Knutsen is optimistic the process
by which drugs are developed and tested will become better, quicker
How can I not be excited about that? asks the Mount
Knutsen put his biology and education degrees to work during a
teaching and coaching stint at Marion (Iowa) High School. During
a trip to Iowa State University to visit Bill Fuller 67,
a former Ram football teammate who was attending veterinary school,
Knutsen realized his enthusiasm for veterinary medicine.
I remember going through some of Bills veterinary physiology
and harmacology texts and thinking how interesting they were. But
I knew I didnt want to be a practitionerI wanted to
be a researcher.
After earning his masters and doctorate degrees at Iowa State,
Knutsen did physiopathology research of infectious diseases for
the Army at Fort Detrick, Md. In 1981 he started his own company,
Pathology Associates Inc. (PAI). Over the ensuing two decades, Knutsen
has seen his company grow significantly, and be sold twice, to Science
Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in 1995, and to Charles
Rivers Laboratories in 2001.
Knutsen continues to consult for both SAIC and PAI, and hes
started a new business, Landmark Asset Management, specializing
in the systematic trading of managed futures contracts.
Knutsen and his wife, Gail, live in Naples, Florida. They have
three sons: Gunnar, 27, Sean, 30, and Bradd, 36, and two grandchildren.