Martine Aliana Rothblatt, born Martin Rothblatt in Chicago. In 1994, at age 40, she came out as transgender and changed her name to Martine Aliana Rothblatt. She has since become a vocal advocate for transgender rights, futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher…an extraordinary person, for his convictions, determination, intelligence, a visionary that will change the world today.
- Cofounded Sirius XM in 1990 but left soon after the company’s 1993 IPO.
- Rothblatt moved into biotech after her daughter was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension, which most died from within two years at the time.
- United Therapeutics, which she founded in 1996, now sells five FDA-approved pills to help people with the disease.
- Now publicly traded, the company is experimenting with pig cloning and genetic modification to create lung transplants the body doesn’t reject.
- The company’s pig ‘pharm’ in Blacksburg,Virginia, is the world’s largest cloner of pigs.
Now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter’s life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file … and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.
My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality:
Also Rothblatt is the executive producer of the following films:
- 2B, Transformer Films, 2009. The film is a techno-thriller set in the near-future that deals with the moral questions confronting society following the creation of the world’s first posthuman.
- The Singularity Is Near, Exponential Films, 2010. The documentary, based upon Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near, is directed by Anthony Waller and stars Pauley Perrette.