BS Honors, Biochemistry, BGSU
MPH, Public Health Administration, UTOLEDO
MBA, Healthcare Management, UCONN
PhD, Medicinal Chemistry, UCONN
Advanced Business Certificate, Healthcare Finance, UCONN
Predoctoral Fellow, Pharmaceutical Science, AFPE
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Oncology, YALE
9 Peer-reviewed Scientific Publications PUBMED
20+ Publications in Influential Media Outlets
67 Curated Video Podcast Interviews
Co-Inventor for Patent on Epigenetic Agents (WO2013192554A1)
USPTO Trademark for Amplifying Scientific Innovation (Reg. No.6,377,047)
NACD Directorship Certified®
Creator, Host and Producer, Amplifying Scientific Innovation
Board of Directors, Daré Bioscience (NASDAQ: DARE)
Nominating & Corporate Governance (N&CG) Committee, Daré Bioscience
Advisory Council, Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)
Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Inaugural Member, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN)
President, Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA), New York Chapter Board of Directors
Member, Yale Alumni Association (YAA)
Mentor, Cartier Women's Initiative (CWI)
Women in Business Advisor, UCONN
Invited Guest Speaker, UCONN
Scientific Advisory Board Member, BioSortia Pharmaceuticals
Contributor, Entrepreneur Leadership Network
Member, Female Founders Collective
Woman of the Week, Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)
Member, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MASSBIO)
Contributing Writer, Inc. Magazine
Woman of The Week (WoW) Podcast Guest, PharmaVoice
Guest Contributor & Host, Pharmacy Podcast Network
Venture Partner, FundRx
Advisor, Harvard Biomedical Careers Science Program
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Cell & Gene
Panelist, MIT Technology Review
Contributor, Life Science Leader
Member, HLTH Expert Network (HXN)
HBA Mentor Recognition
Spark Awardee, HBA (2 awards)
Certificate of Congressional Recognition, 30 Black Stars Award
Tradition of Excellence Award, UConn School of Pharmacy
Top Digital Health Influencer, Women's Health (FemTech), Commetric
Nigerian-American Scientist, Entrepreneur, Board Director and Strategic Communications Leader with over 15 years of cross-functional experience in the biopharmaceutical industry across public health, drug discovery, medical affairs, commercial development, strategic marketing and corporate communications. Multicultural Advisor to global C-Level executives in the life sciences with a focus on devising impact-driven marketing strategies and communication tactics across traditional, online and social media. Author of over 30 publications inclusive of dissertation, peer-reviewed research articles and opinion editorials in leading media outlets.
Multidisciplinary education (PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, MBA, MPH, BS Honors in Biochemistry) with postdoctoral training at Yale in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) research. Diverse therapeutic area experience inclusive of oncology, hematology, women’s health, rare diseases, infectious diseases, regenerative and aesthetic medicine.
Co-inventor on doctoral dissertation on novel epigenetic agents (HDAC inhibitors). Owner and principal of a diversity-certified (WBENC, NMSDC) scientific marketing and communications consultancy, The Sophia Consulting Firm (SCF). Trademark signatory of SCF’s flagship service offering, Amplifying Scientific Innovation®.
Leader since the age of 10 with multiple honors such as Commetric's Top Digital Health Influencer in FemTech, UConn Tradition of Excellence Award and Congressional Letter of Recognition for the Face2Face Africa 30 Black Stars award.
Scientific storyteller with four years of Adjunct Professor of Chemistry experience. Frequent speaker on scientific innovation, FemTech and health equity. Cell & Gene Editorial Advisory Board. Science writer for top outlets like WebMD, Medscape, Philadelphia Inquirer, MIT Technology Review, Life Science Leader, Entrepreneur and Inc.
Curator of SCF's invitation-only Amplifying Scientific Innovation Video Podcast that was launched on YouTube at the height of COVID-19 with a focus on science advocacy, health equity and influential leadership. Over 1.3M YouTube views in 4 seasons with 64 featured C-Level executives.. Luminaries include WebMD's CMO and the American Cancer Society's CEO.
Public Board Director and NACD Directorship Certified®. Daré Bioscience (NASDAQ: DARE) Board Director and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee member. Inaugural EY Entrepreneurs Access Network member, Advisory Council of Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and Yale Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
CLINICAL TRIAL DIVERSITY
Dr. Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, vice chair of diversity and inclusion for the department of medicine and associate director of diversity and outreach at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in eliminating the barriers to cancer screening tests in underserved populations. C
CLINICAL TRIAL DIVERSITY
Dr. Carmen E. Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, vice chair of diversity and inclusion for the department of medicine and associate director of diversity and outreach at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, specializes in eliminating the barriers to cancer screening tests in underserved populations. Carmen is also an attending physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center. As an American Cancer Society volunteer, Carmen has held leadership positions at every level of the organization, including president of the former East Central Division Board and has served on the American Cancer Society Board of Directors since 2016. Carmen received the St. George National Award for her dedication to our mission in 2017. Carmen has served on the Mission Outcomes Committee, ACS Clinical Guidelines Development Group, and the National Advisory Council on Health Equity.
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Dr. James (Jim) Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University that was formed with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas and that has expanded to include the development of faculty ventures. Pri
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Dr. James (Jim) Boyle is a co-founder and the Managing Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), a business/educational unit within Yale University that was formed with the mission of mentoring students with new venture ideas and that has expanded to include the development of faculty ventures. Prior to forming YEI, Jim was responsible within the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) for the licensing and venture startup of a number of engineering-based technologies. Before joining OCR, he developed and actively managed the University’s largest corporate research alliance, managing a large array of both Yale and external scientists in bioimaging-based collaborations. Earlier, Jim co-founded and grew a predictive analytics consulting practice, providing both technical and pricing guidance on new product development to a wide array of Fortune 1000 companies in the scientific equipment industry. Jim began his entrepreneurial career while still a Yale graduate student, developing novel instruments for characterizing trace biomolecules with the support of the National Institutes of Health, and later commercializing these devices through a wide array of OEM partnerships as part of a Yale startup.
COMMUNICATIONS + OPERATIONS
Mr. Munachimso (Muna) Onyia oversees strategic and tactical communications operations for The Sophia Consulting Firm. With education and training in Business Administration and Management from Purdue University, Muna draws from his diverse experiences across multiple industries in the private and public sectors
COMMUNICATIONS + OPERATIONS
Mr. Munachimso (Muna) Onyia oversees strategic and tactical communications operations for The Sophia Consulting Firm. With education and training in Business Administration and Management from Purdue University, Muna draws from his diverse experiences across multiple industries in the private and public sectors to lead strategic operations management, financial management, HR and recruiting for the firm. Most recently, Muna worked as an Assistant to the Financial Attaché at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (Nigerian House) in New York City where he fostered international relations and diplomacy between the US and Nigerian governments through diligent operations and hospitality management. Muna is also a volunteer for the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).
Ms. Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in the field of leadership development and has for 30 years coached and advised CEOs and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. She is co-author of Enlightened Leadership: How Women are Transformin
Ms. Ellen Wingard is an early innovator in the field of leadership development and has for 30 years coached and advised CEOs and emerging leaders in health care, financial services, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, technology and higher education. She is co-author of Enlightened Leadership: How Women are Transforming the Practice of Leadership. She is past Board Chair of World Pulse Media, an media channel linking 50,000 grassroots leaders across 190 countries, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, where she engages with 150 top global corporate leaders on the latest practices in global talent development, gender inclusion and socially responsible business. She is part of the Executive Coaching pool of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and has been a commentator on career navigation and intergenerational mentoring to the Committee of 200, the Fletcher School International Business Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and NPR Marketplace. She has also served as a Mentor for the Impact Center a program affiliated with the Federal Leadership Program for distinguished public sector women leaders.
Video courtesy of Face2Face Africa where Dr. Sophia Ononye was honored with a 30 Black Stars award and personalized certificate of congressional recognition from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee on November 15, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
In January 2022, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia participated in the Science of Aging Panel at the Aesthetics Tech Summit 2022 in Newport Beach, California. The dynamic panel with leading industry and subject matter experts discussed high level trends and the future of aesthetics R&D, preventative aging as well as intrinsic aging and cellular health.
In May 2022, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recognized Sophia Ononye-Onyia, PhD MPH MBA as NACD Directorship Certified®. Directors who earn this designation signal to boards, investors, and other stakeholders that they are keeping on top of the emerging issues and trends.
In August 2020, SCF launched the 'Amplifying Scientific Innovation®: Virtual College Seminars' to expand its impact and reach. Through targeted speaking engagements at leading academic institutions, Dr. Ononye-Onyia aims to inspire the next wave of talent in the life science and healthcare space.
In April 2021, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was appointed to the Board of Directors of Daré Bioscience (NASDAQ: DARE), a leader in women’s health innovation.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was recently honored with a Tradition of Excellence Award by the UConn School of Pharmacy. She also served as a Guest Speaker on "Healthcare Innovations" for the UConn Executive MBA program and was featured as the Alumna of the Month by the UConn School of Business Alumni.
In January 2021, Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was featured as the Most Influential Digital Health Influencer in FemTech on Twitter by Commetric, a media analytics solution company.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia joined the the Advisory Council of the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and is the current President of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA), New York Chapter Board of Directors.
Dr. Sophia Ononye-Onyia was recently selected to join the inaugural class of EY Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN). The EAN is part of an elite community of Black and Latinx business leaders with tailored programs designed to transcend barriers and scale businesses.
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