Former University of Utah Health CEO Vivian Lee joined Alphabet unit Verily as president of health platforms and will focus on population health initiatives. 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey has joined Verily's advisory board, as have former national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation founder Kathy Giusti.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute officially opened in January with CEO Penny Heaton, former head of vaccine development in the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program, leading the nonprofit as it shepherds early-stage research on tuberculosis, malaria and enteric diseases developed by academic labs or other biotech firms through development to commercialization. Heaton wants to leverage discoveries in HIV vaccine research and immunotherapy and apply them to neglected diseases.
Venture capitalists who ignore women-led startups are "leaving money on the table," said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Seattle-based investment firm Pivotal Ventures. If VCs don't understand what women are spending money on, she said, "I think they're not making great investments."
Gender does not predetermine a person's ability to solve problems or lead, says Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, who has often been the only woman at the table throughout her career. Her advice for other women: Be comfortable being uncomfortable, and "stand up and speak out and bring your perspective to the table."
Chemotherapy has no effect on recurrence risk in patients with a low or mid-range score on genetic testing, according to a new clinical trial at Albert Einstein Cancer Center. These findings suggest a change in clinical practice and may spare patients from the risks and side effects of chemotherapy.
Equality in pay, hours and workforce participation between men and women would add $160 trillion to the global economy -- or $23,620 per person -- according to a study by the World Bank. "This is a stark reminder that world leaders need to act now and act decisively to invest in policies that promote more and better jobs for women and equal pay at work," says World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva.
Studies have demonstrated the benefits of ethnic, gender, national and scientific diversity in research groups, although there are challenges and sacrifices. Interviews with three diverse research groups revealed that success may depend on having engaged leaders who have high expectations and believe diverse teams produce better results.
KPMG has taken steps to diversify its workforce, having increased the number of female partners by 62% since 2003. The company has also outlined a plan for improving female representation that includes encouraging women to find mentors and sponsors, offering a supportive network and making investments in the future.
Networking should be done with a purpose in mind, investor and brand founder Nina McLemore told the audience at a women's entrepreneurship panel discussion. Consider your purpose and set specific targets before attending networking events and in one-on-one conversations, Jennifer Nycz-Conner writes.
Me'lani Labat Joseph, director of engineering at Case Western Reserve University's Leonard Gelfand STEM Center, says interest in science starts at a young age. Labat Joseph says she never thought she would not be successful in STEM, and exposing children early to STEM will foster excitement and curiosity.
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