Lasker Foundation intensifies advocacy for biomedical research funding | 23andMe founder continues to disrupt | Wound repair researcher awarded $1.7M, named outstanding investigator
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October 13, 2017
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Lasker Foundation intensifies advocacy for biomedical research funding
The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, led by its president, Claire Pomeroy, is speaking out forcefully for sustained, robust biomedical research funding, recently taking out a full-page ad in The New York Times signed by 123 laureates. The foundation ran a similar statement along with 88 patient advocacy organizations in USA Today and organized the #ResearchSavedMe campaign, where Pomeroy shared her own kidney cancer story.
Inside Philanthropy (10/12) 
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7 keys: Put real-world evidence into action
Life sciences organizations need to know how their therapies work in the real world once clinical trials end. And these seven key components to standardizing real-world data and analytics platforms are how they get started. Read the paper, Institutionalizing Real World Evidence.
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Women Movers and Shakers
23andMe founder continues to disrupt
23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki set out in 2006 to disrupt the health care industry with a direct-to-consumer genetic testing service, but her plans were upset when the FDA stepped in. Wojcicki worked with regulators and the company has "quietly become the largest genetic study the world has ever known," says Stanford University cardiologist Euan Ashley, but it faces competition and Wojcicki must continue working to sustain customers' trust and prove that genetics-based drugs can work.
Nature (free content) (10/11) 
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Wound repair researcher awarded $1.7M, named outstanding investigator
MDI Biological Laboratory researcher Vicki Losick has been awarded a $1.7 million grant and has been designated an outstanding investigator by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the NIH. Losick is studying wound repair at the Bar Harbor, Maine, facility.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (10/11) 
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Cultural shift in science won't happen without "tangible action"
Physician-scientist Anna Greka brought a poster of Marie Curie to her son's middle-school science classroom after noticing during a visit that only posters of male scientists hung on the wall. The male-dominated culture of science will shift only if everyone undertakes "tangible action" aimed at boys, girls, men and women, Greka says.
STAT (tiered subscription model) (10/11) 
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Women's Health
Last chance to comment on USPSTF cervical cancer screening guidelines
Critics of draft US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations say less-frequent cervical cancer screening could lead to missed diagnoses, particularly in Latina and black women. The draft recommendations say women 30 to 64 years old should either get a Pap smear every three years or be tested for human papillomavirus every five years instead of both every five years, which 24 medical associations still recommend. The USPSTF is accepting comments on the proposal until 8 p.m. Eastern Time today.
National Public Radio (10/11) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Nobel Prize committee addressing lack of gender diversity in awards
The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a coalition of nongovernmental organizations and the remainder of Nobels went to men, as have 874 of the 923 Nobel prizes awarded since 1901. The Nobel Foundation Board of Directors recognizes the disparity and is taking steps to rectify it, says vice chair Goran Hansson, by identifying outstanding female scientists, requesting consideration of ethnic and gender diversity in nominations and holding a conference in the winter with prize committees to tackle the issue, among other steps.
Quartz (10/9) 
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Owner of Wall Street's Fearless Girl agrees to settle discrimination charges
State Street, which caused a stir when it commissioned the Fearless Girl statue staring down the Wall Street bull, agreed to pay $5 million after a Labor Department audit showed that more than 300 women and 15 black senior-level employees were paid less in annual base salary and bonus pay than their white male peers. The employees will receive back pay and interest.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/6) 
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BBC challenges experts to change the world for women
The BBC's 100 Women series explores obstacles women around the world face and gives teams of experts one week to change the world. The challenge kicked off in California's Silicon Valley, and reporter Nuala McGovern explored how some women deal with the tech industry's notorious "bro culture."
BBC (10/8) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Young leaders changing the face of medicine
Merck principal scientist Stephanie Barrett, 36, is developing implantable devices to boost medication adherence; Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Vaccines biomarker lead for filovirus vaccines Viki Bockstal, 32, is shepherding an Ebola vaccine through clinical trials; and Canaan Partners principal Colleen Cuffaro, 33, is CEO of a stealth biotech firm. They are among 30 young leaders in the biopharmaceuticals sector.
Business Insider (10/9) 
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Women In Bio News
WIB is now accepting applications for the Women In Bio Founders Scholarship!
WIB is now accepting applications for the Women In Bio Founders Scholarship!
We are pleased to announce WIB will be offering three $1,000 professional scholarships this year. The Founders Professional Scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging and supporting education on the business aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, who wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community. Learn more about this fantastic opportunity. The application deadline is Nov. 10, 2017.
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