Ore. Health & Science U. appoints med school dean | Study may expand pool of kidney donors | IQuity to build new lab with $2.35M in seed funds
May 26, 2017
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Women make incremental gain in top-paid CEO club
The median CEO compensation rose 9% last year, reaching $13.1 million for women and $11.4 million for men, but the percentage of CEOs at the top of the income scale who were women rose only a point, from 5% to 6%, according to an Associated Press and Equilar analysis. The figures reflect a gender bias that must be acknowledged and addressed, says Janice Ellig, co-CEO of executive search firm Chadick Ellig.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (5/24) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
Ore. Health & Science U. appoints med school dean
Oregon Health & Science University professor and Department of Medicine Chairwoman Sharon Anderson was appointed dean of the School of Medicine and OHSU executive vice president effective July 5. Anderson was the first female president of the American Society of Nephrology, has been a member of two NIH advisory councils and chaired two NIH study sections.
The Oregonian (Portland) (5/25) 
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Study may expand pool of kidney donors
A study at the University of Pennsylvania led by Jordana Cohen and Deirdre Sawinski found that kidney transplants using organs from deceased donors who had diabetes may prolong survival for some of the 98,000 Americans awaiting a transplant. The benefits of receiving a kidney from a donor who had diabetes may outweigh the risks for patients who are likely to die while awaiting an organ, the researchers reported in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
United Press International (5/25) 
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IQuity to build new lab with $2.35M in seed funds
IQuity, which makes diagnostic tests, raised $2.35 million in seed money in a second financing round and plans to build a new lab. "The commercialization of academic research can be a challenging process, and we're encouraged by our investors' vote of confidence in our team and our vision," said Chief Financial Officer Julia Polk.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Nashville, Tenn. (5/22) 
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Women's Health
Fluoxetine use in 1st trimester tied to birth defect risk
A significant increased risk of major malformations and cardiovascular malformations was found for infants whose mothers took fluoxetine during their first trimester of pregnancy, researchers reported in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Researchers said fluoxetine has a longer half-life than other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and has been shown to cross the placenta.
MedPage Today (free registration) (5/17) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Report: Calif. life sciences sector strong but needs continued support
The life sciences sector is a major economic driver in California and is poised for growth, according to an annual industry report compiled by the California Life Sciences Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The sector is extremely competitive, though, and the state must continue to support its academic institutions and businesses and "nurture the biomedical innovation that has made the Golden State a life sciences powerhouse," writes CLSA President and CEO Sara Radcliffe.
Los Angeles Daily News (5/24) 
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Women You Should Fund aims to help women founders
Women You Should Know, a women's empowerment brand, has launched Women You Should Fund, a platform that aims to help women startup founders get the money they need. "Now, more than ever, our country is desperate for a more dynamic and diverse ecosystem of women entrepreneurs and leaders," co-founder Cynthia Hornig said.
Tech.co (5/19) 
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Know who you are as a leader and where you need help
When leaders know their weak points, they can find complementary people to help them and strengthen the organization, says Linda LeMura, president of LeMoyne College in New York. "I try hard to surround myself with people who have skill sets that I don't have, who could be intellectually stronger than I am, who will challenge our thinking on a daily basis," she says.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (5/16) 
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Use the three-day weekend to boost your job search
Three-day weekends can provide an opportunity to jump-start continuing job searches, writes Jillian Kramer. Prepare for social events by developing an interesting pitch for yourself and take time to update your LinkedIn profile and other social media accounts, Kramer writes.
Glassdoor (5/23) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Study: Female mentors help women persist in STEM
Female engineering undergraduates were less likely to drop out and were more motivated and self-assured when paired with a female mentor, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Researcher Nilanjana Dasgupta says the mentors serve as "social vaccines" against negative stereotypes that can keep some women out of science, technology, engineering and math fields.
The Atlantic online (5/22),  Inside Higher Ed (5/22) 
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Women In Bio News
The WIB BIO Plenary Event is not to be missed!
The WIB BIO Plenary Event is not to be missed!
Please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 19, at the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt. The evening will open with a presentation by keynote speaker Carol Gallagher, Pharm.D., Partner of New Enterprise Associates. We then move into our Pitch Challenge, where women leaders in the life sciences will deliver pitches and receive valuable feedback from top female investors on presentation and delivery.

As with all WIB events, our Plenary Event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking as it brings together people from all corners of the life sciences industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities. This event is not to be missed, so register today!

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