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A global need for women's biotech leadership

Increasing women's participation in leadership of biotech policy making, funding, research and implementation will strengthen the race to solve global problems.

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Figure 1: Gender representation at different academic ranks in the EU-25 countries in 1999 and 2003.


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The idea for the workshop described in this commentary came from K. Olsen and L.M.-G. This publication expresses the views of the authors and should not be regarded as a statement of the official position of the European Commission, of its Directorate-General for Research or of the US National Science Foundation.

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Smith-Doerr, L., Kemekliene, G., Teutonico, R. et al. A global need for women's biotech leadership. Nat Biotechnol 29, 948–949 (2011).

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