Spe­cial re­port: Meet 20 ex­tra­or­di­nary women who are su­per­charg­ing bio­phar­ma R&D

Even though many bio­phar­ma lead­ers have come to­geth­er in re­cent years to ad­dress its gen­der gap, the con­sen­sus is clear: We still have a long way to go.

Com­pa­nies this year were 2.5 times more like­ly than last year to have a di­ver­si­ty and in­clu­sion pro­gram in place, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent BIO sur­vey, but women are still large­ly ab­sent from ex­ec­u­tive roles. Get­ting women to en­ter the in­dus­try isn’t the prob­lem — stud­ies show that they rep­re­sent just un­der half of all biotech em­ploy­ees around the world. But climb­ing through the ranks can be chal­leng­ing, as women still re­port fac­ing stereo­types, and, un­for­tu­nate­ly, ha­rass­ment.

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