The number of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields is growing, but females in these industries still make up only a fraction of STEM workers when compared to men. We asked 12 women what it’s like being the minority in these fields, and this is what they had to say.
“As a woman in a professional career, I have been extremely lucky to have professors and mentors, both men and women, who have been unbiased in their attitude towards me and have encouraged and advised me through challenging situations. The biggest barrier on my end has been to strike a work-life balance; the only way I have been able to achieve this is to compromise on my own social life, outside of work.
I would encourage other women to go into STEM. It’s a wonderful and a very satisfying feeling to be able to contribute towards the progress of mankind with creative and innovative solutions.You know you will be at some point touching many other lives other than your own family. This general feeling of hope and content is very satisfying.”
– Dr. Papia Chakraborty, Senior Scientist and Head of Immuno-oncology at MedGenome
Leading genetics diagnostics firm MedGenome Labs Ltd said it has completed its Series C round of $40 million after getting an additional $10 million from private lender HDFC Ltd, insurer HDFC Life and HDFC Asset Management.
Last August, it had raised $30 million in Series C from Sequoia India and Sofina s.a., with participation by Zodius Capital; Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder and former CEO of Infosys; and Lakshmi Narayanan, former CEO of Cognizant.
USA Weekly has been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.
Below is our interview with Sam Santhosh, Founder, Chairman and Global CEO at MedGenome:
What does your company do?
MedGenome is a genomics research and diagnostics company with a mission to improve global health by decoding the genetic information contained in an individual’s genome. Its unique access to Indian genomics data with clinical and phenotypic details provides insights into the biology of complex diseases to facilitate research leading to personalized health care. MedGenome is the market leader for genomic diagnostics in South Asia and a leading provider of genomics research services globally. MedGenome is also a founding member of GenomeAsia 100K initiative to sequence 100,000 Genomes in South, North and East Asia.
MedGenome presented a poster on its study of potential cancer vaccines for Lynch Syndrome patients
Attendees at the 2018 Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference heard MedGenome, a global leader in genomics research and a partner to pharma/biotech companies and academic research institutions conducting complex disease biomarker-identification projects, describe its study of potential cancer vaccines for patients with Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition linked to higher risk of various forms of cancer, including a 70 percent to 80 percent lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer, with a mean onset age of 45 years.
Dr. Papia Chakraborty, senior scientist and head of immuno-oncology at MedGenome, spoke on “A Personalized Cancer Vaccine Approach to Treat Lynch Syndrome.”
Genomic diagnostics and research firm MedGenome plans to ramp up its research in the single-cell and immuno-oncology spaces while continuing to make inroads in the clinical genomic testing market in India.
The company has next-generation sequencing laboratories in Bangalore, India; Foster City, California; and Singapore. MedGenome CEO Sam Santhosh said that the Bangalore lab is primarily a diagnostics lab, while its large research projects are run mainly from its Foster City laboratory.
Last year, the firm raised $30 million in a Series C financing round, which it has used in part to expand its Foster City lab and purchase new technology, most notably 10x Genomics’ Chromium system and Illumina’s NovaSeq instrument.
Santhosh said that the company plans to focus upcoming research in the immuno-oncology space, including using single-cell sequencing techniques to analyze the tumor microenvironment.