It's a well-worn cliché that men dominate the top ranks of the biotech industry. But over the past decade a group of extraordinary women has put that cliché to the test. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of our selection of 10 women who have excelled in the industry is that there were so many outstanding women in biotechnology to choose from.
One of this year's group runs a large cancer drug business. One not only founds biotech companies, she also places some savvy venture bets on future stars. Several are CEOs pursuing excellent science and top clinical trial prospects. Some came up through the scientific ranks, others through the business development side of the business.
In an entrepreneurial business like biotech, results are all that matter. So in some respects it's the ideal climate for women who want to reach the top ranks, where the old boy network helps but certainly doesn't rule. And as more women break into these ranks in the years to come, as is certain to happen, this group will become even harder to narrow down to a top 10.
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