Female biotech leaders make list of award finalists | Olivia Rossanese to lead new UK cancer research center team | Drug for uterine fibroids meets goals in late-stage trial
May 17, 2019
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Female biotech leaders make list of award finalists
Evofem Biosciences CEO Saundra Pelletier led the company from the brink of failure after the FDA rejected clinical data on the company's contraceptive drug, landing her on the list of finalists for Xconomy's X of the Year award. Also on the list are patient advocate Lilly Grossman; stem cell researcher and Arcos Bioscience founder Jeanne Loring; and Razelle Kurzrock, founding director of the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy and Clinical Trials Office at the University of California at San Diego.
Xconomy/San Diego (5/13) 
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Women Movers and Shakers
Olivia Rossanese to lead new UK cancer research center team
The UK's Institute of Cancer Research is investing around $96.5 million in the new Center for Cancer Drug Discovery, whose biology team will be led by cancer drug discovery specialist Olivia Rossanese. Scientists will take an evolutionary approach to controlling cancer by forcing cancer cells to change in a way that makes them vulnerable to another treatment or blocking the action of APOBEC proteins in the immune system to prevent cancer from evolving.
Reuters (5/15) 
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Drug for uterine fibroids meets goals in late-stage trial
Myovant Sciences' uterine fibroid drug candidate met primary and secondary endpoints in the first of two Phase III trials, and the company will apply for FDA approval by the end of the year if similar results emerge from the second trial. "The improvements in symptoms most relevant to women, such as reduction in menstrual blood loss and pain, and improvement in quality of life are particularly exciting," said Myovant CEO Lynn Seely.
FierceBiotech (5/14) 
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Study tests regeneration of damaged lungs for transplant use
The use of a cross-circulation platform developed by scientists from New York City's Columbia University maintained the function and viability of a donated lung for 36 to 56 hours, researchers reported in Nature Communications. The study also found that lung bioengineering can enable the regeneration of severely damaged lungs so they are suitable for transplant.
HealthDay News (5/13) 
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Rothblatt receives "genius" award from science center
United Therapeutics founder Martine Rothblatt received a "genius" award at the Liberty Science Center's Genius Gala, as did Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity cofounders Sally and Bennett Shaywitz. Model Karlie Kloss received the Strides in STEM award for her nonprofit coding boot camp organization for young women.
NJ Advance Media (Morristown, N.J.) (5/14) 
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Women's Health
Research evaluates cervical cancer screening strategies
A study in JAMA Internal Medicine evaluated the efficacy of 12 different strategies for cervical cancer screening. Another study in the journal looked at cervical cancer screening and triage for women with human papillomavirus.
Medscape (free registration) (5/14) 
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Viewpoints and Data Points
Women make slow progress in closing biotech leadership gap
Only two of the 26 top-earning biotech CEOs in Massachusetts are women, despite initiatives to close the gender gap. Women in the biotech industry are making progress nationally, but gains are slow, says Carolyn Brougham, founder and co-chair of Women In Bio's Boardroom Ready program, which identifies and trains women for board seats.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Boston (5/14) 
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Career-building tips from female leaders
Forge a successful career by stepping out of your comfort zone, recognizing that you won't have all of the answers and surrounding yourself with supportive people, female leaders say. "Run toward the things that scare you, especially early in your career," advises Jill Hitchcock of Fisher Investments.
USA Today (5/12) 
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LinkedIn expands features for job seekers
LinkedIn announced its salary insights feature, which was previously available only to premium members, is now accessible to all users. Job seekers can also receive push notifications of newly posted positions related to their experience.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Tomorrow's Leaders
AAAS training female STEM ambassadors
The American Association for the Advancement of Science will select and train 100 female STEM professionals as ambassadors for the If/Then empowerment initiative, based on the concept that if a woman is supported in STEM, then she can change the world, write Margaret Hamburg, former FDA commissioner and current AAAS board chair, and Nicole Small, Lyda Hill Foundation president. "For girls, seeing someone who looks like them, as well as understanding how that woman got to where she is, buoys them with courage to chase their dreams," they write.
Newsweek (5/9) 
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Women In Bio News
Women In Bio Annual Plenary Event at 2019 BIO International Convention
Adjacent to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the beautiful Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During our inspirational 2019 Plenary Event "Together we build. Together we lead. Together we inspire," speakers will highlight their experiences as well as how it takes a community to build, lead and inspire change to advance biotech and create an impact. The event will be moderated by Simone Fishburn, Vice President, Executive Editor BioCentury Inc. and former President of Women In Bio. Learn more and register for this event. Get more information about other ways to meet Women In Bio at BIO 2019 - Philadelphia.
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Register for the WIB-National Webinar: "Leading With an Innovative Mindset"
Many of today's leadership problems are critical and time sensitive; they require quick and decisive actions. But at the same time, they are so complex and unprecedented that often leaders do not know how to act. There is a need to slow down, reflect and approach the situation in an unconventional way -- with an innovative mindset. In this interactive and thought-provoking session, Author and Global Leadership expert Maya Hu-Chan will explore:
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