Very few of us will live as long, invent as much, or improve as many lives as Alejandro Zaffaroni.

Alex, who was 91 when he passed away this month, already was an eminence grise in the industry by the time most of today's CEOs were cutting their teeth in biotech. Born in Uruguay in 1923, his life is also a reminder of the restless spirit that draws so many people with drive and talent to wherever the hotbeds of innovation are.