Penn State professor and distinguished executive-in-residence Peter Tombros donates his time and expertise to train honors students in the Science BS/MBA Program in the Eberly College of Science. He mentors and advises students on their careers and recruits prominent guest speakers, drawing on his nearly 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in teaching and inspiring students.
After earning his B.S. in agricultural sciences and industry, Mr. Tombros accepted a fellowship to pursue a master's degree in agricultural economics and earned a M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.
His first job out of business school was at Pfizer, Inc. as a product manager. In 1980, he was named senior vice president and general manager of the Roerig Pharmaceutical Division, and in 1986 he became executive vice president of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In 1990, he was elected vice president for corporate strategic planning, helping Pfizer narrow its focus on healthcare and overseeing the divestiture of non-healthcare businesses.
Mr. Tombros left Pfizer in 1994 to become CEO of Enzon, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for life-threatening diseases. In his eight years as CEO, Mr. Tombros made Enzon one of the top 20 biotech firms in the United States. After retiring from Enzon in 2001, Mr. Tombros "took a few months off" before becoming Chairman and CEO of VivoQuest, Inc., a private drug-discovery company. He retired again when XTL Biosciences acquired VivoQuest. He serves on five public company boards and has contributed substantial time and resources to many nonprofit organizations.
In 2001, Mr. Tombros and his wife, Ann, established the Tombros Foundation, which supports a broad range of institutions, including higher education, healthcare, and social service organizations. At Penn State, the Tombros' have supported the University Libraries, athletics, and the sciences. Mr. Tombros has served on the Ag Constituent Society Board, the advisory panel for the Eberly College of Science BS/MBA Program, and the University Libraries committee for the Grand Destiny Campaign.
He was named an Alumni Fellow in 1993 and is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.