Bob Duggan Biography

bob dugganBob Duggan is a successful businessman who is responsible for enhancing the lives of millions of people through charitable giving. Bob and his wife, Trish Duggan, are the top donors in the world towards the following global programs:

  • Applied Scholastics effectively increases literacy and learning
  • The Truth About Drugs campaign helps keep children off harmful drugs and drugs
  • and campaigns educate people of their rights
  • The Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights helps maintain and protect those rights
  • Narconon is the world’s most successful rehabilitation program for drug addiction
  • Criminon is the most effective program or rehabilitating convicts
  • The Way to Happiness program reduces crime rates and improves human conditions in communities and even entire countries

The Duggan’s have also given back to their alma mater, the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) through athletic scholarships that have helped supported an NCAA champion soccer team as well as generous academic contributions.

Currently Bob Duggan is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the biotech company, Pharmacyclics. In the past year the FDA awarded the company’s new cancer drug with two approvals as well as “breakthrough therapy” status. The company is bringing new hope for patients suffering from specific types of lymphoma and leukemia.

Before his time at Pharmacyclics, Mr. Duggan served as Chairman and CEO of robotic surgical company, Computer Motion. Computer Motion performed the world’s first FDA-approved robotic assisted surgery in 1994 as well as the world’s first Trans Atlantic surgery.  In this procedure, the surgeon manipulated robotic instruments in New York and the patient’s gallbladder was removed via robotic instruments in a hospital operating room in France. Mr. Duggan was the co-creator of this project, which took place in 2001.

For his work in robotic surgery, Bob Duggan received “La Legion D’Honneur” from Jacques Chirac, the President of France at the time. The award recognizes Mr. Duggan for the introduction of robotic surgical technology to the French health care system and its significant impact on reducing patient trauma, reducing patient recovery time, and reducing health care cost.

He has also received a United States Congressman’s Medal of Merit in 1985 from Texas Congressman and former presidential candidate, Ron Paul. Bob Duggan served as a director at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) College of Engineering Advisory Committee. Mr. Duggan has been a trustee of the UCSB Foundation since 1989.