Who are the women supercharging biopharma R&D? Nominate them for this year's special report
The biotech industry has faced repeated calls to diversify its workforce — and in the last year, those calls got a lot louder. Though women account for just under half of all biotech employees around the world, they occupy very few places in C-suites, and even fewer make it to the helm.
Some companies are listening, according to a recent BIO survey which showed that this year’s companies were 2.5 times more likely to have a diversity and inclusion program compared to last year’s sample. But we still have a long way to go. Women represent just 31% of biotech executives, BIO reported. And those numbers are even more stark for women of color.
Even though women are entering the field at similar rates as men, many still report being held back by stereotypes, or, unfortunately, facing harassment from colleagues. This year, we’ve been closely following sexual harassment allegations against some of the industry’s most prominent figures, including former Operation Warp Speed head Moncef Slaoui, MIT scientist David Sabatini, Eli Lilly CFO Josh Smiley, and anti-aging researcher Aubrey de Grey. It’s a list that is far too long — and likely to get longer.
At Endpoints News, we believe it’s time for a change. And celebrating those who have broken the glass ceiling is crucial to getting there.
For the third year, we’ll be sharing the stories of 20 women who are supercharging drug R&D and, in the process, blazing new paths for others to follow. Last year, we homed in on those who were making strides in the fight against Covid-19 — and thanks to their efforts, we now have the first vaccines and treatments to battle the world’s largest public health crisis in decades.
Once again, we’ll need your help finding this year’s honorees. So hurry up and send us your CEOs, CMOs, CSOs, R&D directors and lead scientists — anyone who’s leaving a lasting mark on the industry. For the second year, you’ll get to hear directly from our honorees at a live event on Dec. 7.
Email your nominee’s name, position, and your reason for choosing them to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Or, use this form. Nominations are open through Sept. 30. We look forward to hearing from you.
Update: Nominations are now closed. Thanks for your participation!