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Symposium Focuses on Women’s Health

The Women in Entrepreneurship panelists focused on advancing women’s health issues.


Symposium Focuses on Women’s Health

The third annual Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium, “Advancing Women’s Health,” brought together 130 women—from future leaders and entrepreneurs to patients and activists—on the Rensselaer campus Nov. 7.

Sponsored by the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship in the Lally School of Management & Technology, the annual symposium seeks to encourage women to pursue careers and entrepreneurial ventures in science and technology. The Rensselaer Paul and Kathleen Severino Future Leader Award is also presented at this event. This year, 30 distinguished high school junior women in attendance from across the United States and Canada received the award, recognizing their demonstrated leadership and interest in science and technology.

From Nepal to New York, and from the laboratory, where basic research fuels the discovery and development of life-saving drugs and therapies, to clinical and regulatory affairs that determine how and when they are made available to patients, five women of diverse backgrounds making extraordinary strides in women’s health shared their journeys.

Lee Ligon, assistant professor in the biology department, discussed cell biology research in the Ligon laboratory as it relates to breast cancer. Sue Dubay, senior manager of medical and clinical affairs at Welch Allyn, spoke about her journey from single mother to pioneer and patent holder for a new procedure and biomedical tool used to diagnose and treat cervical cancer. Dorothee Goldman, founder and chief technical officer of Oratel Diagnostics, shared her experience as a neighborhood science class teacher and how she stumbled upon an answer and potential treatment for endometriosis, currently being evaluated at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and at Cornell University. Paula Miller, director of corporate-community relations for CXTec and a trustee for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, described her efforts to expand the ethnic diversity of donors registered with the National Marrow Donor Program. Erica Murray, a college student of biracial descent who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in 2006 and while unable to find a perfect match, echoed Miller’s call for all of us to consider being a marrow donor. Murray is currently producing a documentary on young adults living with cancer and on the National Marrow Donor Program.

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