Female entrepreneurs have long been underrepresented in biotech. An MIT team decided to find out why
In the male-dominated world of biotech, it’s an unspoken fact that gender plays a big role in whose science eventually becomes a winner. But to what degree are male scientists favored in terms of entrepreneurial opportunity? An MIT-focused working group sought to find out.
At MIT alone, the lack of opportunities given to women has resulted in at least 40 fewer companies founded, a report published in the MIT Faculty Newsletter by the Boston Biotech Working Group found. The report’s biggest takeaway? This is not a pipeline problem. Women in the sciences are equally capable of launching their own companies given the same amount of opportunity, according to Sangeeta Bhatia, one of the report’s authors.
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