Women's health startup sells to Boston Scientific for up to $275M | Kleiner Perkins invests $35M in immunotherapy developer | Study: Mammals shrank amid rise of human activity
April 20, 2018
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Gender gap in scientific publishing will take decades to close in some fields
A study published in PLOS Biology found that the number of female and male authors on academic papers will reach parity in about 16 years, but the gap will take far longer to close in certain disciplines -- 258 years for physics. Even in disciplines where the gap is already narrow, women are far less likely than men to be listed as senior author and are significantly overrepresented as first author, reflecting the fact that the gender gap widens at higher levels of academia, study leader Luke Holman says.
The Atlantic online (4/19) 
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To comply with regulatory requirements pertinent to clinical trials, every organization engaged in a clinical trial must manage and maintain all trial-related content, documents, and data in a manner that not only supports the claims to the safety and efficacy of a product, but that also serves as evidence the trial was conducted in a compliant manner. Download the whitepaper.
Women Movers and Shakers
Women's health startup sells to Boston Scientific for up to $275M
Boston Scientific will pay $150 million up front and a potential $125 million in milestone payments for nVision, a company founded by Surbhi Sarna to develop a device for detecting ovarian cancer. Sarna was inspired by a personal health scare to explore new ways to collect cells from the fallopian tubes and monitor them for signs of cancer.
Forbes (4/16) 
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Kleiner Perkins invests $35M in immunotherapy developer
Kleiner Perkins General Partner Beth Seidenberg is leading the company's $35 million investment in Tmunity, a University of Pennsylvania spinoff working with university scientists on gene editing technology to develop personalized immunotherapies. Other investors include the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Ping An Ventures, Gilead Sciences, Be The Match BioTherapies, the University of Pennsylvania and Lilly Asia Ventures.
Endpoints News (4/19) 
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Study: Mammals shrank amid rise of human activity
The average size of mammals has shrunk over the past 125,000 years as humans hunted the largest mammals for food, and cleared forests and burned grasslands, according to a study published in Science. "Taken as a whole, over 65 million years, being large did not increase mammals' extinction risk. But it did when humans were involved," said paleobiologist Felisa Smith, who led the study.
National Public Radio (4/19) 
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Women's Health
Studies assess effects of parents' pre-conception health
Three studies published in The Lancet this week show how men's and women's pre-conception health, including diet and weight, can affect pregnancy and offspring, including birth weight and brain development. Milton Kotelchuck of Harvard Medical School commented the studies support a long-held belief that pre-conception care is needed before prenatal care.
CNN (4/16),  Medscape (free registration) (4/16) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Divorcees, widows advise women to break "financial abdication" cycle
More than half of widows and divorcees report regret in not participating more in financial planning while they were coupled, the "Own Your Worth" report found. Eighty percent of remarried women surveyed said they play a more active role in financial planning in their current relationship.
Bloomberg (free registration) (4/13) 
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Morgan Stanley program aids startups run by women, minorities
The Multicultural Innovation Lab from Morgan Stanley aims to support entrepreneurial development with a $200,000 investment in each startup it selects. This year, 10 startups will join the program for women- and minority-led businesses, including Baby2Body, BeautyLynk and Broadway Roulette.
CNBC (4/16) 
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Don't let your LinkedIn profile languish
Don't let your LinkedIn profile languish
Your LinkedIn profile should at the very least have a picture, a summary and some career details, writes Beth Luberecki. Include specific skills and accomplishments, and strive to make meaningful connections rather than connecting with anyone.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/12) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Women in startup world look to coach next generation
A nonprofit called All Raise is focused on helping female startup founders and venture capitalists support one another. Almost 120 startup founders and executives have agreed to provide coaching to female entrepreneurs through an Office Hours program.
VentureBeat (4/12),  Forbes (4/12) 
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Women In Bio News
Women In Bio Annual Plenary Event: Lift While You Climb
Adjacent the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our annual WIB Plenary Event at the beautiful Westin Waterfront Hotel on June 4 from 4:30-7 p.m. Speakers Penny Heaton (CEO, B&M Gates) and Nora Volkow (director, NIDA, NIH) will highlight their experiences with supporting and encouraging others while advancing their own careers. The 2018 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. To sponsor this event, please email info@womeninbio.org.
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Theodore Roosevelt,
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