College of Natural Sciences

Distinguished Alumni

Each year the College of Natural Sciences, together with the University, recognizes one of its outstanding alumni. These individuals serve as role models for students of today by highlighting how the California State University, Chico experience has made a difference in their lives.

The information listed below is from the Distinguished Alumni Award program from the year that the Alumnus was recognized.

Thomas Butler

2023: Thomas Butler

Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2003

After graduating from Chico State in 2003, Butler went on to complete his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as his master's degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Prior to founding Biomea Fusion in 2017, Butler built-up Point Sur Investors, a biotech investment fund focused solely on innovative therapies that significantly improves standard care, where he served as managing partner. Prior to forming Biomea, he also managed investor relations at Pharmacyclics Inc., where he helped grow the company and executed one of the largest biotech acquisitions to date. As a research scientist, Butler has been awarded numerous patents in the U.S. as well as internationally, and published in top academic journals, including the American Chemical Society Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and Angewandte Chemie.

Read more about Thomas Butler in Chico State Today!