It’s no secret that Generation X is known for so many things, both positive and negative. Some call members of this group, born between the years of 1961 and 1981, slackers who lack motivation. However, this certainly isn’t true for many Generation Xers, including those who have shaped and influenced the biotechnology industry we know today. The five scientists on this list collectively made many exciting strides in the field, notably because they had the technological skills to embrace and utilize advances in the realm of computer programming. Strategically combining technology with biology, which is literally the meaning of biotech, allowed the five intellectuals described here to advance healthcare, one small step at a time.