At Forge, we believe wholeheartedly that people are our greatest asset. February 11th is International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and we are proud to honor the women at Forge and beyond who are advancing gene therapies to bring hope to patients living with rare diseases.
Forge has embraced a commitment to including women at all levels of management and scientific roles from the very beginning. The company itself was launched by a woman entrepreneur, Erandi De Silva, Ph.D., who is Co-Founder and serves as Senior Vice President of Product Development.
Over 50% of Forge team members are women, and through programs like She Forges, Dr. De Silva and other women in leadership roles at Forge are committed to ensuring the company remains dedicated to recruiting, developing, retaining, and encouraging all women to succeed at Forge and in the biotech industry.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science was founded as a day to promote full and equal access to participation in science for women and girls. To mark the day in a meaningful way, women at Forge went out into the community to share how science is solving some of world’s biggest problems and inspire future scientists. Our team led a discussion on genetics with fourth graders at Worthington Hills Elementary School and guided a hands-on experiment so that students could see DNA by extracting it from strawberries using regular household items.
We salute all women making significant contributions in all fields of science. These are some of the women at Forge who are our agents of change and moving science—and society—forward, for everyone.