Cambridge, MA: November 13, 2013 – Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), has selected Lexington-based Cubist Pharmaceuticals and its Chief Executive Officer, Michael Bonney, as the corporate recipient of its annual Catalyst Award. The Awards Celebration and Benefit will be held November 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET at Microsoft’s NERD Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
The Science Club for Girls Catalyst Awards honor individuals and institutions committed to making STEM a truly universal enterprise. The Catalyst honorees are leaders in creating change from system down to individual levels.
“Cubist has an outstanding record of diversity on its board, senior leadership team and staff that reflects Mr. Bonney’s dedication to creating an inclusive organization,” said Dr. Connie Chow, executive director of the Science Club for Girls. “The company has demonstrated leadership in supporting STEM outreach initiatives, including those that advance girls and women, through corporate contributions of volunteers and funding.”
“Cubist is honored to receive a Catalyst Award from Science Club for Girls and to be recognized with others who share a commitment to advancing diversity in STEM. It is critical that we expand the number of young people who have the interest and understanding of innovative technologies that can address some of the global challenges we are facing, such as discovering new treatment options for seriously ill patients, finding alternative energy sources and identifying new ways to help feed our growing world population. At Cubist, we look forward to continuing to invest in STEM initiatives and encouraging our employees to engage and inspire young people to pursue careers in science-related fields,” said Mr. Bonney.
Cubist Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products that address significant unmet medical needs in the acute care environment. Mr. Bonney has served as the Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Cubist Pharmaceuticals since 2003. Under Mr. Bonney’s leadership, Cubist established a corporate giving program to support STEM education. He is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of The Boston Club, helping to make the case for gender diversity in the C-suite and the boardroom.
Mr. Bonney is a Director of NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company; a Board member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA); a Trustee of H&Q Healthcare Investors and H&Q Life Sciences Investors Funds with Tekla Capital Management, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bates College. He is a former Board member of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, or BIO, Health Section Governing Body.
Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Mr. Bonney will be honored at the Catalyst Awards, along with Microsoft New England Research and Development Center Managing Director Dr. Jennifer Chayes and Dr. Shirley Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources at American Association for the Advancement of Science. Meteorologist Mish Michaels will serve as the evening’s emcee.
The evening includes a reception, silent auction, and raffle, and showcases SCFG participants and their projects. Details about the event including ticket information can be found at http://scienceclubforgirls.org/catalyst-2013. The event is open to the public. Proceeds benefits SCFG’s free, hands-on programs for over 800 girls in eastern Massachusetts.
The event is sponsored by Pfizer, Millennium – The Takeda Oncology Company, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, EMC, Genzyme, Microsoft, Alnylam, Amgen, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Alexandria Real Estate, IBM, MIT, Mintz Levin and Forest City Enterprises.
Science Club for Girls is a nonprofit organization with 19 years of experience delivering free programs to girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underserved communities in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Newton and Fitchburg. Science Club for Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM through programs led by mentors in these fields.
Science Club for Girls was selected by Root Cause as a Social Innovator in STEM Education and Outreach in 2012, and received the national 2010 MetLife Afterschool Innovator Award for its work in STEM with middle-school girls.
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