Today, March 8, is international women‚Äôs day. To celebrate the achievements of women we‚Äôre revisiting our list of the women that have founded some of the hottest biotechs in Europe.
Once upon a time, you would have been hard pushed to find a woman in a senior position at a top biotech ‚Äì now, they are creating some of the most pioneering companies in the industry.
Many have built their career in biotech, starting out as passionate life science or medical students, maybe moving into a PhD or positions at multinational companies before using their entrepreneurial spirit to break into industry themselves. Others have taken a¬†slightly different route.
Last year, Philip¬†investigated¬†gender diversity in the biotech industry. Turns out that¬†just¬†20¬†of the top 112 positions¬†at the top 10 pharma and biotech companies in the world were held by women ‚Äì that‚Äôs around¬†18%.
The numbers were similar in Europe, with women making up only 18% of executives and 13%of board members. Of the top European biotechs, Philip found MorphoSys to be the most diverse.
Although the proportion of women isn‚Äôt as high as it should be, it has been improving. We hope to put the spotlight on the great work that women do in biotech, and show that the gap deserves to be closed.¬†The door is opening more and more for women to make their mark in biotech; Here are some that have done just that:
Co-Founder and CEO of Mereo Biopharma, UK
Bringing promising new drug candiates to the market is¬†difficult¬†enough, without having to fight for funding and resources with other biotechs. Scots-Knight realized this and co-founded¬†Mereo biopharma, a speciality biopharma that helps biotech and pharma companies¬†overcome¬†R&D and financial challenges. Mereo provides them with the resources they need to¬†optimize¬†the drug development process and resolve unmet medical needs.¬†Scots-Knights has¬†over¬†25 years¬†of R&D management and investment experience, thanks to spending her career working in technology, asset management and investments.
Read the full list here.