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Women in pharma

Enough talk: Action is required to achieve parity in biotech

Published on 06/08/18 at 11:48am

Liz Lewis, Chief Counsel & Head of Patient Advocacy at Takeda Oncology tackles the crucial and topical issue of diversity within life sciences and beyond, and why the benefits of pushing for greater representation reach far beyond stamping out harassment.

At this year’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, the largest gathering of the biopharmaceutical industry, one of the most talked about articles came from two industry journalists pointing out men named Michael outnumbered female CEOs presenting at the conference.

Promoting diversity in the pharma industry: 10 female pharma rising stars

Published on 27/11/15 at 04:54pm
Credit: Dell

While some parts of the pharma industry can be dominated by men there are plenty of women making waves in the industry; here are just 10.

Denise Scots-Knight, chief executive and co-founder, Mereo BioPharma,

Scots-Knight co-founded UK-based Mereo in March 2015, and the start-up quickly earned £76.5 million in investment. It used the cash to purchase three innovative clinical-stage development programmes from Novartis – which took an undisclosed stake in Mereo.

Germany’s Merck pledges emphasis on women executives

Merck KGaA has set itself the goal of increasing its proportion of women managers over the next five years.

The percentage is to increase worldwide the proportion to between 25% and 30% by 2016. The figure is currently 22%.

As it stands, the proportion of women in management in Merck’s German operations is below its international average, at just 17%.

The German company has taken the step “to move the issue forward”, joining what it calls the “extremely important” debate around higher numbers of female executives in business.

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