Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Engaging Communities, Influencing Change

The bioscience industry’s goal is to support the health of our nation by bringing therapies, drugs, devices, solutions that help people live longer and healthier lives. This is a critical time for change, real change, not just words but action and we believe our industry has an obligation to be a part of the solution in helping find new ways to build inclusivity.

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Our committee is dedicated to exploring ways BioCT can promote Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) within our community and through collaboration with our members. The ED&I committee is comprised of the following directors:

Erika Smith – Chair

Mostafa Analoui
Executive Director of Venture Development & Technology Incubation Program (TIP), UConn

Rob Bettigole
Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures

Carine Boustany
Global Head, Development Science & Head, Development Site U.S., Boehringer Ingelheim


Eleanore Seibert
Vice President, Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics, Boehringer Ingelheim

Dormer Stephen
Partner, Shipman & Goodwin

Elizabeth Sullivan
Executive Director, Quality – Business Planning and Strategic Ventures, Alexion

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

BioCT believes that all people should experience dignity and respect in their personal lives and in their workplace. As such, BioCT pledges to create and maintain a respectful workplace that values:

• Diversity and the human rights of others, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, family status, any physical or mental disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, and sexual orientation or gender identity and expression

• The dignity of every person

• Mutual respect, fairness, and equality

• Courteous conduct and positive communication between people

• Collaborative working relationships

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Goals

• Build a diverse Board of Directors

• Add a one-year term on BioCT’s Board of Directors for a diversity officer

• Incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I) in all BioCT programing

• Support and host panels which showcase the diversity of talent in our industry

• Build on the best practices of BioCT’s members

• Support the ED&I efforts of BioCT’s members with resources and education

• Share personal stories by individuals and companies in our community

• Create a survey to benchmark our current ecosystem and to track progress on towards our ED&I goals