Monday, September 26, 2011

Slideshow: Medtech Vision and the women of life sciences

The lineup of life sciences conferences seems to be ever growing and, inevitably, I have to make a call about which ones to attend and which ones not to cover.
One that I wish I could have attended was MedtechVision 2011 — the first conference designed by and for women in the medtech industry — in Menlo Park on Sept. 15-16. It featured some established and up-and-coming medical device and medical technology players, including Ashley Ledbetter Dombkowski of 23andMe, Beckie Robertson of Versant Ventures, Lisa Earnhardt of Intersect ENT and Ferolyn Powell of Abbott Vascular.
But the slideshow to the right isn’t just my mea culpa for missing the conference. It’s a further sign that corner offices in life sciences businesses in the Bay Area frequently are occupied by women. What’s more, there seems to be a growing number of women — at least in my limited experience — a few rungs down.

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