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Women & Science Entrepreneurship Fund

Building on the pioneering Women & Science Initiative, the Women & Science Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF) is designed to help ensure that every Rockefeller scientist who wants to realize the therapeutic potential of her discoveries has the tools, support, and knowledge to do so. The fund will also amplify the potential of Rockefeller’s unique translational programs to reap therapeutic rewards.

The Women & Science Entrepreneurship Fund aims to:

    • Increase the participation of women in Rockefeller’s translational ecosystem through a competitive grants program for projects headed by women
    • Host a WEF Speaker Series with women leaders in biotechnology, pharma, and venture capital firm to advise Rockefeller scientists on careers beyond the bench
    • Build a network of women scientists, biotech innovators, and industry leaders who can mentor future women investigators
    • Establish Rockefeller as the place where women scientists at all levels receive best-in-practice entrepreneurship training

For more information on the W&S Entrepreneurship Fund, please email


Previous WEF Speaker Series

Akinsanya, Karen

December 2, 2020
4:00 – 5:00 PM


Inaugural Speaker:

Karen Akinsanya, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Chief Biomedical Scientist, and Head of Discovery R&D, Schrödinger

In Conversation with:

Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor
Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, The Rockefeller University

Dr. Karen Akinsanya will talk with Dr. Elaine Fuchs about her distinguished scientific career, her innovative work at Schrödinger, and her advice to researchers about the field of biotechnology. Webinar attendees will then be able to partake in a live Q&A following this in-depth discussion.