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Sophia N. Ononye-Onyia, PhD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Ononye-Onyia joined the Board of Directors in April 2021 and is the founder and CEO of The Sophia Consulting Firm, which provides strategic marketing and communications consulting services to pharmaceutical, biotech and health tech companies. Dr. Ononye-Onyia is also the creator, host and producer of the Amplifying Scientific Innovation Video Podcast which provides a platform for senior executives in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to share their perspectives on the pharmaceutical industry on critical issues such as health equity, inclusion and diversity. Prior to fully operating her consultancy in June 2019, Dr. Ononye-Onyia served in a variety of senior leadership roles including Executive Vice President, Managing Director at Rx Medical Dynamics LLC where she provided strategy consulting services related to commercial preparedness for global biopharmaceutical companies across various therapeutic areas including women’s health; Head of Corporate Communications of OncoSec Medical, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on cytokine-based intratumoral cancer immunotherapies; and Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice of The Beacon Group, a growth strategy consulting firm. Dr. Ononye-Onyia was recently selected to join the inaugural class of the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network, serves on the Advisory Council of the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and is President of the New York Chapter Board of Directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Dr. Ononye-Onyia serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Yale University Office of Cooperative Research. Dr. Ononye-Onyia received a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and MBA from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, and a BS Honors in Chemistry, with a specialization in Biochemistry, from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Ononye-Onyia completed her postdoctoral training in breast medical oncology research at the Yale School of Medicine.