July 30, 2021
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Jamie Graham, Boehringer Ingelheim's associate director and senior counsel of animal health patents and intellectual property, has been a law firm partner and a researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the CDC. Graham, a co-founder of Women In Bio's Atlanta chapter, has blazed trails for women in the male-dominated field of law, and also has used her leadership position to support other women.
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Specialized Support Streamlines Clinical Trials
As the pharmaceutical industry evolves, clinical studies have become more complex. Achieving appropriate scientific oversight is a challenge that many pharma and biotech companies encounter. In this Q&A, Elizabeth Koury, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at LabConnect, discusses her team and her experience as a woman in the biopharmaceutical industry. Download now.
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Women Movers and Shakers
Andrea Small-Howard, chief science officer and president of GB Science, is upending the conventional Western approach to medicine of treating each symptom individually by seeking multi-component plant-based compounds that address all aspects of an illness simultaneously. Ethnobotanists train an artificial intelligence platform with data from nine traditional medicine types to identify complex mixtures of active ingredients in plants, then GB Science will create a synthetic version of the plant compounds.
Full Story: TechRepublic (7/27) 
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Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies President and CEO Antoinette Gawin grew up in an immigrant farming community in Michigan with a population of about 400 and was able to accept a scholarship to the University of Michigan only through one man's random act of kindness. Gawin has been the only woman in the room numerous times throughout her career, and she's an advocate for showing vulnerability, trying to win over the nastiest person in the room and having personal courage.
Full Story: The Medicine Maker (free registration) (7/23) 
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Women's Health
Anecdotal evidence has linked pregnancy to an elevated risk for dental problems, including cavities and tooth loss, and while some research has found an association, other studies have not. "Biological, behavioral, cultural and sociological variables all play a role," said dentist Stefanie Russell, a professor of epidemiology and health promotion at NYU's College of Dentistry.
Full Story: The Atlantic (tiered subscription model) (7/28) 
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Stepping back is sometimes part of being your best
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A mind-body glitch caused world-class gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from various events at the Tokyo Olympic Games this week to protect her mind and her body. Biles' decision was a lesson in rejecting the "have to" mentality, or achieving things at the expense of your health, which is not success, writes Carrie Kerpen, CEO and co-founder of Likeable Media.
Full Story: Forbes (tiered subscription model) (7/27),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/28) 
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Lying, exaggerating or inflating during a job interview is disrespectful and something from which you may never recover, writes Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison. Come to a job interview armed with accomplishments, don't talk too much or too little, be aware of your body language, don't bring food or drinks, and be prepared well ahead of time for video interviews, Burnison writes.
Full Story: CNBC (7/27) 
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Boston biotech hiring is "on steroids"
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Hiring in the biotech industry right now is "a war of talent on steroids," especially in Boston where many pharmaceutical and biotech companies are based, according to Flexion Therapeutics CEO Michael Clayman. Companies have increased pay and benefits and offered higher titles to woo specialists in areas such as immunology, gene therapy and quality management.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (7/28) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
Women are underrepresented in academic medicine, but the field is improving through the efforts of women like University of California Health Executive Vice President Carrie Byington. Strategies include: ensuring committees that hire and promote are diverse; teaching women how to negotiate and self-advocate; mentoring and sponsoring early-career female faculty; expanding family support and diversifying editorial boards of scientific journals.
Full Story: Association of American Medical Colleges (7/27) 
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Women In Bio News
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