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Announcement of the winners of the TOPX Females to Follow Awards 2024

On Thursday (18 Jan 2024) the winners of the TOPX Females to Follow Awards were announced at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht during TOPX Summit 2024!

The TOPX Females to Follow awards are an initiative of TOPX Network and Hyphen Projects. The aim of this award is to empower promising and ambitious women in Life Sciences, and to honour inspirational females with remarkable careers, by giving them visibility and celebrating their achievements, and by doing so, to inspire the next generation of women and follow in their footsteps.

With in total 4 different categories, 
30 women were nominated to win this prestigious award. Three finalists per category were chosen based on the votes. During the award ceremony at TOPX Summit, the awards were handed out. The winners of the TOPX Females to Follow Awards 2024 are:

Rising star – SCIENCE
Sophie Bots, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University

Rising star – INDUSTRY
 Cristina Martinez Munoz,  Head of Cell Therapy Manufacturing at Kite.

Mira Gleisberg, CEO & Co-Founder, RespiQ

Inclusive 3:
This year, TOPX Network also launched the TOPX Inclusive-3 to honour leaders in Life Sciences (male or female) who work relentlessly to make their own organization and/or the sector more diverse and inclusive. On the first day of TOPX Summit 2024, the Inclusive-3 took the stage to share their insights and lessons learned on how to close the gap in life sciences & health.

The TOPX Inclusive-3 of 2024:
Maria Carmen Punzi,PhD Researcher & Consultant, Erasmus University
Veerle Smit, CEO & Founder, Compendium Medicine
Chahinda Ghossein. Cardiologist, Maastricht University & Erasmus MC

With the TOPX Inclusive-3, we aim to give a stage to people and initiatives that close the gap and improve the inclusivity & diversity in Health & Life Sciences. And by doing so, to inspire more professionals to follow in their footsteps on this path to equality.

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