By Anca Ciobanu
Over the past few years, women have been at the forefront of the scientific breakthroughs that have enabled the fight against COVID-19.
BioNTech cofounder Özlem Türeci, whose company developed the first mRNA vaccine; Ramida Juengpaisal, whose digital tracker stopped the spread of misinformation; and 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu, whose science project identified a lead molecule that can selectively bind to and inhibit the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus, are just a few names that proved the value of having the right skills in place at the right time. Eighty-five percent of organizations believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is crucial to encouraging different perspectives and ideas that drive innovation. In the life sciences, where innovation leads to success, organizations can benefit from having work-force diversity in the lab and across the business, but especially in the top executive roles.