Billionaire biotech entrepreneur James LeVoy Sorenson will receive A Giant In Our City award from the Salt Lake Chamber at a dinner in his honor on Feb. 15. Sorenson, a Rexburg, Idaho, native, moved to Salt Lake City in 1946 to sell pharmaceuticals to physicians.
Over the years, he built a multimillion-dollar investment portfolio of real estate and other investments. He also played a leading role in the development of several companies, including Deseret Pharmaceutical, Sorenson Research and Abbott Laboratories.
Though still engaged in leading the Sorenson family of companies, he also is working on the nonprofit Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, which aims to create the world's largest database of DNA-supported family pedigrees.
For more information about the event in Sorenson's honor, call 801-328-5050.
For more information about Mr. Sorenson, you might want to read my earlier story about "The Man Behind the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation" at http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/08/the_man_behind_.html