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The 10 most influential women in biotech

Strong female leaders help the sector set the pace for other industries in Mass.

In my 15 years of writing about innovation-oriented industries in Massachusetts, I’ve heard steady complaints — mostly valid — about the paucity of women in key positions. In businesses like tech, energy, retail, or financial services, all of which regularly spawn big companies in our part of the world, it’s hard not to notice the dearth of women starting new ventures, making investments, running big public companies, or serving on boards.

And then there’s biotech: that lone sector of innovation where, though far from dominated by XX chromosomes, you can easily point to female power players in all the major roles related to starting and growing new businesses.

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