March/April 2021 | Vol. XXXIII No. 4

Special Edition: Women in Biotech

This Special Edition of the MIT Faculty Newsletter describes an initiative to address persistent underrepresentation of women faculty as board members and founders of biotech start-ups.

Comment from Maria Zuber, E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research

One of the things I most admire about MIT is our willingness to look at ourselves in the mirror and acknowledge that we need to do better.

Origins of the Boston Biotech Working Group to Address the Underrepresentation of Women Faculty as Board Members and Founders of Biotech Start-ups

Many MIT faculty, particularly in Science and Engineering, engage in entrepreneurial activities. This includes founding companies and serving on their boards of directors or scientific advisory boards.

MIT Women and Men Faculty in Science and Engineering as Founders and Board Members of Companies in Science and Technology

As part of the Boston Biotech Working Group (BBWG) effort, a Data Group was established to better understand and track forward participation of women and men faculty members in the governance of science and technology companies.

Methodological Appendix

Our project encompassed five operational phases between July 2019-August 2020. The overall design and management of the study was led by Dr. Teresa Nelson and the data collection team and the production of statistics and their representation was accomplished by Dylan Nelson.

The Future Founders Initiative: Q&A with Susan Hockfield and Sangeeta Bhatia

In the fall of 2018, three MIT faculty members affiliated with the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research – Sangeeta Bhatia (engineering), Susan Hockfield (president emerita), and Nancy Hopkins (biology emerita) – launched an initiative called the Boston Biotech Working Group (BBWG).