OUTbio Panel Event
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Join our panel of leaders as they discuss their experiences of being LGBTQ+ from the perspectives of a professional in biotech, pharma, academia and investment. You can see more about each leader below:
Quin (he/him) is a medical doctor with a few extra degrees in genetics, mathematics, and computation, and a doctorate in genomic statistical/machine learning. Scientifically he thinks a lot about the shifts in healthcare that our generation is experiencing, especially the challenges faced by an ageing and sedentary population. He founded his first liver genomics company over 15 years ago, and was most recently the head of advanced genomics for a leading biopharma before converging on the idea of using 'deep phenotyping' to study and regenerate human livers outside of the human body. He co-founded Ochre Bio to do just that, using RNA medicines, so that nobody dies on a transplant waiting list when optimal donor livers are in short supply. In his spare time Quin is building a treehouse in Costa Rica, where the profits will go to support LGBTQ+ refugees.
Jae Sloan (they/them) is a trained scientist with 20 years of experience working in a global pharma company across R&D, Vaccines and Commercial business areas. Their work has been focused on individual, team and business performance through expertise in large scale transformation and change, culture, employee engagement, leadership and inclusion and diversity. Jae will transition this summer to being an independent executive coach and consultant while dedicating more time to the Proud Science Alliance, a charity they co-founded, as one of its current Co-Chairs.
Clara Barker (she/her) is a thin-film material scientist who manages the Centre for Applied Superconductivity, in the materials department at Oxford University. She is the chair of the LGBTQ+ advisory group to Oxford University, the Dean for Equality and Diversity at Linacre College and a member of the Royal Societies Equality and Diversity Committee. In 2018 she won the first vice-chancellor’s diversity role model award from Oxford University. She runs a youth group for LGBTQ+ young people, is a Stonewall school role model, and presented a talk at a TEDxWomen London event in 2018. For her volunteer work she won a Points of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister in 2017.
Dr. Jake Prigoff (he/him) is the Director of Research at Gaingels, an investment syndicate with the mission of influencing social change through business by investing in companies that embrace LGBTQ+ leadership. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then his medical degree at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Afterwards, he remained in NYC for residency in general surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia and a fellowship in Surgical Education at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Jake’s passion to change the face of healthcare is driven by his own teenage battle with stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Jake’s experience as a patient and a physician gives him a unique perspective on the needs of the healthcare industry.