By

Luke Timmerman

31
Aug
2021

Meet the Climb to Fight Cancer Postdoctoral Fellow: Aleena Arakaki

I’m excited to announce that the first Climb to Fight Cancer postdoctoral fellow has been selected. This is a position designed to advance the careers of young scientists from traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Aleena Arakaki is the first recipient of this postdoctoral award. She is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) woman. Before describing Arakaki’s background and research, here’s what the...
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20
Aug
2021

Giving Back and Experiencing Nature

Sometimes we need to get away from work, and the news, to recharge our batteries. August is traditionally that time of year for me. I just got back from the summit of Mt. Baker (elevation 10,781 ft) in the North Cascades of Washington. It was another successful mountain trip with terrific biotech people – entrepreneur Julia Owens, investor Dan Bradbury,...
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4
Aug
2021

Tachi Yamada, Physician-Scientist-Biopharma Industry Leader, Dies at 76

Tadataka “Tachi” Yamada, a distinguished physician-scientist who became a biopharmaceutical industry leader and a deeply respected advisor to biotech entrepreneurs, died the morning of Aug. 4. He was 76. Yamada died from a heart attack while exercising at home in Seattle, said his son, Takao. “He was a special person who did things to help people. That was his North...
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17
Jun
2021

On Juneteenth, Honoring 22 Black Biotech Leaders

A few Black people have risen to prominence in biopharma. Ken Frazier, Tony Coles, Rob Perez and Ted Love are among the most visible. But there are many other Black leaders in the industry who are making important contributions to the science and business of human health. Today, let’s recognize the Juneteenth holiday coming up June 19. It’s a celebration...
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14
Jun
2021

Biotech Pride: 19 Industry Leaders Who Identify as LGBTQ

Scientists have created mRNA vaccines that are saving millions of lives. Better cancer drugs are in the works. Gene editing technologies, and gene therapies, offer potential cures. Teams of dedicated people are making these things happen, and many of the people on these teams identify as LGBTQ. As part of Pride Month, I asked TR readers to nominate members of...
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