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PHILADELPHIA — Jeremy Levin is a doctor, a gun owner, an immigrant, and the former CEO of the largest generic drug manufacturer in the world. Now, he’s also the board chair of BIO, the biotech trade organization.

Born in South Africa and educated abroad, Levin speaks at least four languages — French, Hebrew, Afrikaans, and English — and he used two of them in his first speech to the organization’s membership on Wednesday morning at the BIO International Convention.


That speech was his first time using a prompter — but while some might hew as close as humanly possible to a script in front of a ballroom full of people, Levin decided to ad-lib a few times.

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