Bio: Martine Rothblatt

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Martine Rothblatt is Chairperson & Co-CEO of United Therapeutics (UTHR), and President & CEO of its Lung Biotechnology public benefit company. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO, after launching satellite navigation and international satellite television systems.  She has JD and MBA degrees from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Her patented inventions are in satellite communications, pharmaceuticals and cognitive software.  Dr. Rothblatt’s recent books are on transplantable organs (Your Life or Mine, Ashgate) and cyber ethics (Virtually Human, St. Martin’s).

Dr. Rothblatt and her wife, Bina, live near their four grandchildren on the Space Coast of Florida, from where they enjoy watching rocket launches. They met at a disco dance in Hollywood in the late 1970s, and have been happily married (and dancing together) since shortly thereafter.


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The Trans-Everything CEO

By Lisa Miller
September 7, 2014

Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.

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Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters.

By Neely Tucker
December 12, 2014

She founded a religion, the Terasem Movement, which puts together her cultural Judaism (she puts on a mean seder), Zen-like yoga and a deep belief in technology. One of the four founding beliefs: “Death is optional.”

The physical manifestation of this faith is a bodyless robot, named and modeled after Rothblatt’s second wife, Bina. The robot, Bina48, is just a head. It has a face made of frubber, wears a good-looking wig, has facial-scanning software in her “eyes,” so that when her head whirs and clicks, then locks on your face, she’s running your profile to see if she “knows” you.

Bina48 lives on a desk in rural Vermont, awaiting the day when man and machine are one.

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Martine Rothblatt: My daughter, my wife, our robot, and the quest for immortality

The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt 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.


Dr. Martine & Bina Rothblatt Speak at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

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