Celebrating Women and Girls in Science
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Novosanis celebrates all women that have contributed to scientific advancements and research. This year, we want to recognize four key women who have made significant contributions and advances in the scientific field.
Franklin's work in the early 1950s was crucial in understanding the double helix structure of DNA, which has revolutionized science and medicine in many ways (1).
Johnson’s work at NASA contributed to space research. Her mathematical calculations enabled Apollo 11 to land on the moon in 1969 as well as safely return to Earth (2).
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna
Charpentier and Doudna were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on CRISPR, a genome editing method. This technique has allowed highly specific and rapid modification of DNA in a genome (1).
Thanks to the work of these women, and several others, great developments have been made in science and health. However, in many ways, women are still underrepresented in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)(3).
In this regard, Novosanis stands out as our team consists of many women. Novosanis is led by a female CEO, Vanessa Vankerckhoven, who has a PhD in medical microbiology. Many other women on the Novosanis team also have a background in science.
We are proud to create such a unique space at Novosanis, with a team of women in various positions and divisions. On this day, we continue to encourage girls and women to be part of the exciting world of science. Below are some thoughts from our CEO, Vanessa Vankerckhoven to celebrate this day - Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science!