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Celebrating Women in Pharma

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was first established in December 2015 by UNESCO’s General Assembly. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-Generail said, in a statement, “Let’s reiterate this fundamental message: women need science, and science needs women. Only by tapping into all sources of knowledge, all sources of talent, can we unlock the full potential of science, and rise to the challenges of our time.” 

In this eBook, we celebrate women’s careers in the pharmaceutical industry and ask what actions can be taken to help women and girls thrive in STEM fields.


Vineeta Tripathi, CEO and CSO of Vitarka Therapeutics: “We raised our first investment within six months of setting up the company – and we are still raising investments today. This story ought to be nothing out of the ordinary – but there’s an unfortunate reality we must consider: Life sciences companies with female founders often have a harder time securing funding.”

Patrice Jimerson, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Agilent Technologies: “Unconscious bias is by far the biggest roadblock in increasing the number of women in STEM fields. People know what the issues are and what they’re supposed to do about them, but when the rubber meets the road, people still make prejudiced decisions based on their gut reactions.”

Angela Osborne, CEO of eXmoor Pharma: “More experience has also taught me to choose my challenges more carefully. I’m competitive by nature, but I’m learning that sometimes you just need to let things go.” 

Stacy Blain, Co-Founder and CSO of Concarlo Therapeutics: “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a scientist, and as a kid, I always imagined that I would have a lab in the back of my house. I was the kid who took the frog home at the end of the summer to continue dissecting it, irradiated fruitflys in the back of the classroom to see if I could change eye color in future generations, and built a model of the human body complete with veins and arteries. I wanted to know how things worked, so I asked a lot of questions.”

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