Samuel P. Capen Award

Marjorie Winkler, PhD '80, BS '75.

The former vice president of a leading biotechnology company, Winkler made a significant impact on scientific research and development during her career. She has long supported the university as a donor and volunteer. 

Marjorie (Marge) Winkler, PhD ’80, BS ’75, is the former vice president, U.S. Biologics Technical Development at Genentech Inc., a leading biotechnology company dedicated to developing medicine for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. After graduating from UB and completing an assignment as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford, she joined Genentech as a research scientist and later moved into process development as a senior scientist. She was promoted to a director in 1999, and held a number of management positions with increasing responsibilities over the next 14 years, culminating with her appointment to vice president in 2010 until her retirement in 2013.

During Winkler's career, she developed two patents, published 51 articles in professional journals and made a significant impact on scientific research and development at Genentech, among many other accomplishments.

Winkler believes strongly in giving back to students and her alma mater. She has been a generous contributor to UB for more than 20 years, including establishing a fellowship in chemistry to support incoming graduate students and an endowment fund to attract talented assistant professors. Additionally, she is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean’s Advisory Council, the UB Foundation board and the foundation’s stewardship committee, and a CAS volunteer for the Boldly Buffalo campaign. She also was awarded the CAS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005 and the UB Alumni Association Clifford B. Furnas Memorial Award in 2009.

Samuel P. Capen Award

The Capen Award recognizes notable meritorious contributions from alumni to the university and its family, including those that influence the growth and improvement of UB and inspire others to give their active interest and material support to the university. It is one of the association’s most prestigious awards.