BIO warns members: No more raucous after-hours events — and start putting women in senior posts, now
After a series of raucous events at industry parties blew up into nasty controversies — highlighting a painfully limited number of women in senior company positions — the leaders of the biotech industry’s chief trade organization says they’ve had enough.
In a letter to its membership that made the rounds on Wednesday, which I obtained, three top officials at BIO — Alnylam CEO John Maraganore, this year’s chairman, along with Halozyme chief Helen Torley and BIO chief Jim Greenwood — put its extensive roster of member companies on notice that they have 6 years to achieve serious gender diversity at the top. They also drew a line in the sand for anyone else planning after-hours parties like the one at this summer’s BIO confab, which featured topless dancers.
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