Volume 91 Issue 15 | pp. 41-44
Issue Date: April 15, 2013

Start-Up Hurdles

As they apply their expertise in the chemical sciences, women wrestle with obstacles to entrepreneurship
Department: Career & Employment | Collection: Entrepreneurs, Economy, Women in Chemistry
Keywords: entrepreneur, women, startups, employment, jobs

When Sheila DeWitt was laid off from her job as a vice president for business development, discovery, and manufacturing at Epix Pharmaceuticals in 2009, she knew that finding a similar position would be difficult, especially given the dismal state of the job market. So she began to consider a different path: starting her own company as a way to leverage her 25 years of experience in big pharma and small biotech companies.

Eighteen months later, . . .

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