Does Biotech Leadership have a glass ceiling?

A Growing Industry Sector The Biotech industry is one of the fasting growing sectors at almost 10% CAGR and is predicted to be worth over $750 billion by 2025. In my role helping Biotech CEOs attract and hire executives to build their leadership teams, I can’t help but notice the lack of female leaders in…

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When will a COVID vaccine become widely available?

Fantastic news emerged on the afternoon of the 20th July that the vaccine being developed jointly between Oxford University and AstraZeneca had been confirmed to be safe and induces an antibody response to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. It will now move to the next stage of research to demonstrate whether or not it can effectively protect…

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man in mask with virus image behind

As early as 2018, The World Health Organisation added a “Disease X” to its list of disease threats that could cause a global pandemic. “Disease X” would sit alongside other highly contagious diseases such as SARS and Ebola. This was a placeholder for an unknown human disease – in 2020, this disease finally emerged. It…

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I’ve been working with life science, pharma and biotech CEOs to build their board teams for over 20 years, and it’s at this level that most of the challenges and opportunities lie. For unprepared businesses, there’s a real risk of poor corporate governance due to a lack of relevant experience on the board. Decisions made…

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Some companies are already seeing the enforced changes in working practices they have had to adopt having beneficial long-term impacts. “Social distancing and flexible working have actually had a positive impact on our labs and employees who have risen to the challenge brilliantly,” David Hallett told me. “Coming to work outside the core 9-5 is…

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Needless to say, most people I spoke to were keen to avoid talking about political responses! However, it was clear that many felt that preparedness had two components – physical, and political. “I think very few countries around the world were prepared for this,” Soren Bregenholt from Macrophage Pharma thought. “There have been few examples…

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empty road heading to city

When I asked people if they were surprised by how much of a worldwide impact COVID-19 had had I received a similar response from many. Clinically, the appearance of a novel coronavirus surprised no one. The potential for this type of virus to be the source of a global pandemic has been seen in the…

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