August 2011 –Sujuan Ba, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer of the National Foundation for Cancer Research, was the featured speaker at this year’s Controlled Release Society (CRS) Women in Science Forum Luncheon. Dr. Ba described her tenacious climb through the pharmaceutical and scientific fields, arriving at her current position where she oversees NFCR's organizational strategic and tactical operations, fundraising and partnership development, and financial planning and management. Dr. Ba’s talk, entitled “Forging a Path on the Road Less Traveled By a Scientist,” included segments on her establishment of a powerful network of research centers and laboratories in the United States, Europe, and Asia - a network which has enabled NFCR Scientists to focus on critical aspects of cancer research – and on one of the highest-profile and most significant research programs to emerge from this cross-center collaborative approach: the ScreenSaver-LifeSaver Project, established between NFCR, United Devices, Inc., Intel Corporation, and Oxford University in the U.K.
Dr. Ba was selected by CRS for her innovative and collaborative approach to merging scientific thought with an entrepreneurial spirit. She encouraged the attendees to never stop learning and to continue to look for the next opportunity for growth, while outlining the key skills necessary for women to succeed in science. The talk was part of the 38th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society, held on July 30 - August 3, 2011 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. The Controlled Release Society (CRS) is the premier society worldwide for delivery science and technology. More information on Dr. Ba’s talk can be found on their website: http://www.controlledreleasesociety.org/meetings/Archives/2016AnnualMeeting/program/Pages/WomeninScience.aspx