11 influential women in advanced therapies report by Phacilitate

11 Influential Women in Advanced Therapies

A celebration of 11 influential and inspiring women in advanced therapies and beyond
Advanced therapies are going to change the standard of healthcare, providing practitioners with a diverse portfolio of treatments for their patients. There are still challenges that the industry is working to resolve, some scientific, some technical and some are economic.
However, one hurdle that is proving tough to conquer is more of a human challenge; talent and the lack thereof. Do a quick search on LinkedIn and you’ll see that some of the major advanced therapy developers are looking to enhance their workforce. Kite Pharma and bluebird bio both have 25 vacancies, Orchard Therapeutics and Adaptimmune are advertising 17 positions each and Oxford BioMedica has 24 positions available.
How will the industry bridge this talent gap as it continues to grow? Diversity is certainly central to solving this problem and also makes great business sense. Gender, of course, plays a significant role in diversity. Attracting and retaining more women in the STEM workforce will maximise innovation, creativity, and competitiveness.
To inspire and attract female talent it’s important to celebrate and value the contribution of women in science. We’ve seen women being awarded the Nobel Prize in Science, Chemistry and Medicine four times in the last six years, which is progress, albeit slow progress. As Sheryl Sandberg famously said, “you cannot be what you cannot see…”.  So, for all the women and girls looking towards the advanced therapies industry, and even the wider STEM industry, here are 11 of the most influential women in advanced therapies today.
11 influential women in advanced therapies by Phacilitate

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Jana Stoudemire, Delfi Krishna and Sara Mills for their contribution to this list, as well as being mentors for the Women in Advanced Therapies mentorship programme hosted by Phacilitate.
This is dedicated to all the amazing women in our equally amazing industry. Here are your 11 influential women in advanced therapies:
  1. Tara Britt, Associate Chair, NC Rare Disease Advisory Council and Founder and President, Rare Disease Innovations Institute, Inc
  2. Jennifer A. Doudna, Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Professor of Biomedical Science, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Maria Fardis, PhD, MBA, President & Chief Executive Officer, Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc.
  4. Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  5. Jeanne F. Loring, PhD, Director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Professor Emeritus at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California.
  6. Martina Schussler-Lenz, Chair of the Committee for Advanced Therapies at the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  7. Christi Shaw, CEO, Kite, a Gilead Company
  8. Emily Whitehead, Cancer Patient and Emily Whitehead Foundation
  9. Dr Samantha Yammine, PhD, neuroscientist, science communicator and digital media producer
  10. Ran Zheng, CTO, Orchard Therapeutics
  11. Claudia Zylberberg, CEO, Akron Biotechnology
11 influential women in advanced therapies report by Phacilitate