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MASS AWIS Science Book Club

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Billion-Dollar Molecule tells the story of Vertex Pharmaceuticals which, at its outset, was a daring start-up that challenged Big Pharma. Join MASS AWIS for a discussion of the book, plus appetizers and ample networking opportunities. This event marks the inauguration of the MASS AWIS science book club, a new and exciting initiative.

Moderator (Bio Below):

  • Charles A. (Terry) Nichols, III: Leadership Development Consultant

Special Guest (Bio Below):

  • Paul Marinelli: Former Vertex Scientist

MASS AWIS members $5 · Non-members $10 


Paul Marinelli

Paul’s experience includes process development on Ontak, rhBMP-7, and Halaven as well as analytical development on Orkambi and VX-661 at Vertex. He has also worked extensively in biotech at Genzyme and Eisai Research Institute. He is currently Senior Quality Assurance Manager for Curis, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on innovative treatments for human cancers.

Terry Nichols

Terry Nichols has nearly 20 years of leadership development experience, working in the United States and worldwide, with a focus on financial skills and the healthcare and management consulting fields. He was a Senior Director in the Talent Development Division of the Advisory Board Company, a research, technology, and consulting organization serving the health care industry. Before then he was a Senior Manager in the Professional Development Department of the Worldwide Commercial Business of the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton (now doing business as Strategy&, a member of the PwC global network).

Terry’s publications include a chapter on Project Management in Fombrun and Nevins, The Advice Business, the first textbook on management consulting; numerous Harvard Business School case studies and teaching notes; and contributions to the Record of the Society of Actuaries.

Terry holds a BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard College and an MA degree from Harvard University. A former Certified Public Accountant and a former Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, he lives in Cambridge and is married with two children.

MASS AWIS Science Book Club


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Andala Café
286 Franklin St
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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MASS AWIS is the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association for Women in Sciences. Our mission is to support women in all scientific fields and to achieve equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Our events and membership are open for the public regardless of their gender, professional background, or career level.