Covalent Bonds Celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2020
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Olga Torres
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Tuesday February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. According to UNESCO data (2014 – 2016), only around 30% of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education. Globally, female students’ enrollment is particularly low in IT (3%), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5%) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8%). This is why it is so important to celebrate and promote the women we know who are killing it in scientific roles. Girls need role models.

Covalent Bonds specializes in helping scientific companies use data to make better marketing decisions. To this end, we work alongside some amazing women who have reached great heights in the scientific world. Today we want to celebrate these inspiring women:

Covalent Bonds Celebrates Women in Science

Olga Torres

Chief Optimization Officer at Covalent Bonds

Degree: BS in Medical Biology

Olga started her career in the lab as a bench scientist. She worked at Boston University Medical Center and Duke University before transitioning to roles in technical sales and marketing at a range of life science companies, including Averica Discovery, Kelly Scientific Services, and MorphoSys US. In 2018 she co-founded Covalent Bonds with a mission to increase the use of marketing data analytics in life science companies. In the past, Olga volunteered with the North Shore Technology Council Bioscience Special Interest Group, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Boston chapter, and Society of Sales and Marketing Professionals in Science (SAMPS). She currently serves as a Hack.Diversity mentor. We interviewed Olga for a recent episode of our podcast: Talk Life Science Marketing Analysis on  Data-Led Marketing: A Natural Fit For Scientists, But Not For The Faint Of Heart.

Covalent Bonds Celebrates Women in Science

Denise Aronson

Founder and CEO of Safety Partners

Degree: BS in Biochemistry

From “intra-preneur” to “solo-preneur” to “entrepreneur”. Denise started in bench science work at Beth Israel Hospital Pathology Research, though after many years of academic research she found herself with lab management and EHS skills. She landed at T Cell Sciences to be their first EHS full time employee. She started her consulting career in One Kendall Square with some great companies including Millennium, Focal, Ontogeny, Exelexcis, Mitotix. Soon, Safety Partners became a reality because of its true spirit of practical, efficient EHS without over-doing regulatory but rather capturing the spirit and essence of workplace safety and compliance.

Covalent Bonds Celebrates Women in Science

Jocelyn Davé

VP of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at NanoTemper Technologies

Degree: BS in Biological Sciences

Jocelyn has brought her experience from leading demand generation at a technology company to the scientific world. Starting at the bench, Jocelyn progressed through sales roles at companies like VisualSonics and Carestream Molecular Imaging, before transitioning into senior marketing roles at companies like ProteinSimple. Jocelyn honed her marketing skills in the technology world, as Head of Demand Generation at Double Dutch. Ultimately she is leading the marketing drive at market leading protein company Nanotemper Technologies, bringing her learnings from technology marketing to the science world. We were lucky enough to interview Jocelyn for a recent episode of our podcast: Talk Life Science Marketing Analysis: People + Technology = The Winning Formula in Marketing Measurement. Listen to learn more.

Covalent Bonds Celebrates Women in Science

Marty Farmer

Co-Founder and Board Member at North Shore InnoVentures

Degree: BS in Zoology, NIH post-doctoral Fellowship, Biophysical Chemistry, PhD Physiology and Pharmacology

Marty has had a varied career starting out as the Manager of the Blood Substitutes Program at the Naval Research Lab, via roles at companies such as Baxter Healthcare, and BetaGamma. She is best known for founding, in April 2008, the North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV), a technology incubator for innovative startups in life sciences and cleantech. Marty officially retired in June 2018 as President & CEO of NSIV. Leaving on a high note, Cummings Foundation awarded NSIV a ten-year Sustaining Grant and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and the Dinah Atkins Technology Incubator of the Year in April of 2018 for its work accelerating the growth of startups through access to well-equipped labs, mentoring, sponsored services and networking to capital. The portfolio of 44 startups has raised more than $250M and created 300 good jobs.

Who has inspired you during your journey in a STEM field? Join us in celebrating those mentors who beat the way ahead of you using #mentorsinSTEM

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