All The Way To The Top: Diversity And Inclusion In Pharma Leadership
Policies, programs and strategies promoting diversity and inclusion are almost as ubiquitous in the pharmaceutical industry these days as environmental commitments. That reflects enormous cultural change over the last few generations, hastened in recent history by initiatives such as MeToo or Black Lives Matter.
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In the United States, where Black inequity has become a focus of diversity efforts, biopharma companies are working hard to recruit and retain individuals from these communities. In fact, the search for such employees and leaders has become so competitive that competition for diverse talent within the industry is now "fierce," as one executive told In Vivo.
One woman CEO is an improvement, but at this rate gender equality won't arrive before immuno-oncology goes generic.
HemaQuest, a US biotech focused on developing small-molecule therapeutics for haemoglobin diseases, has expanded the Phase II programme for its lead compound, HQK-1001, in sickle cell disease with a new trial aimed at establishing safety and tolerability at higher dose levels and over a longer course of therapy.