Biotechnology Companies with Female CEOs

In honor of March 8’s International Woman’s Day, Comparably looked to highlight some of the businesses around the U.S. with females in the role of Chief Executive Officer. While there is still a major imbalance in terms of gender parity – last year’s Fortune 500 included just 6.6% women – here are a selection of biotech companies that have female CEOs calling the shots.

Location: Mountain View, CA

CEO: Anne E. Wojcicki

23andMe is a human genome research company enabling users to study their ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits. The company was named after the number of chromosome pairs in humans. They aim to help people understand what their genes mean by indexing them and highlighting significant findings.

23andMe is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: South San Francisco, CA

CEO: Daphne Koller

insitro is a data-driven drug discovery and development company that leverages machine learning and high-throughput biology to transform the way medicines are created to help patients.

Insitro is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: San Francisco, CA

CEO: Alice Zhang

Verge Genomics transforms drug discovery with artificial intelligence. Verge was founded by a unique combination of the field’s top machine learning experts and seasoned neuroscience drug developers. Together, they share the vision that exponential advances in computational genomics combined with new insights into neuroscience has created a breakthrough opportunity to discover drugs that dramatically improve the lives of patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease.

Verge Genomics is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: Miami, FL

CEO: Amy Tsent

TissueTech, Inc. is the leader in innovative technologies using products derived from human amniotic and umbilical cord tissues. Since its inception in 1997, the Company has pioneered the clinical application of human placental tissues – more than 300,000 patients have been treated with TissueTech products and the Company’s groundbreaking scientific and clinical achievements have been documented in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications.

TissueTech is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: South San Francisco, CA

CEO: Casey Lynch

Cortexyme is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics based on data supporting a new theory of the cause of Alzheimer’s and other degenerative disorders. Cortexyme is targeting a specific, undisclosed pathogen tied to neurodegeneration.

Location: San Diego, CA

CEO: Saundra Pelletier

Evofem Biosciences is a clinical-stage specialty biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the health and well-being of women throughout the world

Evofem Biosciences is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: New York, NY

CEO: Rachel McMinn

Neurogene was founded to bring life-changing medicines to patients and families affected by rare neurological disorders. It is partnered with leading academic researchers, patient advocacy organizations and caregivers to bring therapies to patients that address the underlying genetic cause of a broad spectrum of neurological diseases where no effective treatment options exist today.

Neurogene is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: New York, NY

CEO: Nancy Thornberry

Kallyope is a platform biotechnology company dedicated to unlocking the therapeutic potential of the gut-brain axis. The company integrates cutting-edge technologies in sequencing, computational biology, neural imaging, cellular and molecular biology, and human genetics to provide an understanding of gut-brain biology that will lead to transformational therapeutics that improve human health.

Kallyope is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: Seattle, WA

CEO: Heather Franklin

Blaze Bioscience is a Seattle-based, privately-held biotechnology company dedicated to developing products that assist surgeons in their quest to improve the lives of cancer patients. The company was founded in 2010 to develop and commercialize the Tumor Paint technology.

Blaze Bioscience is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: Palo Alto, CA

CEO: Elli Kaplan

Neurotrack is on a mission to transform the diagnosis and prevention of memory loss and related diseases like Alzheimer’s. The company’s flagship product is the Imprint Check-Up, a 5-minute assessment that uses eye-tracking technology to assess cognitive decline before symptoms appear.

Neurotrack is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: Cambridge, MA

CEO: Elisabet de los Pinos

Aura Biosciences, Inc. is applying nanotechnology to help fight cancer in the well-studied area of chemotherapeutics and the emerging field of RNAi. Aura combines the expertise of leading European and US research institutions with the flexibility and efficiency of a dedicated team of in-house scientists, deal-makers and world class advisors.

Aura Biosciences is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: South San Francisco, CA

CEO: Susan M. Molineaux, Ph.D.

Calithera is a development stage pharmaceutical company committed to discovering and developing novel small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. The company is applying its scientific expertise to build a pipeline of unique anti- cancer drugs that selectively target metabolic and apoptotic pathways critical to tumor growth and survival.


Calithera Biosciences is hiring! Find your next role here.

Location: Berkeley, CA

CEO: Rachel Haurwitz

Caribou Biosciences is a biotechnology company in genome engineering. The company develops technology-based solutions for cellular engineering and analysis based on the CRISPR-Cas9 technology platform.

Caribou Biosciences is hiring! Find your next role here.