Forbes magazine’s annual feature on the Most Powerful People included UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, among the world’s seven Most Powerful Innovators. The story appearing in the November 30 issue called Desmond-Hellmann a “hero to legions of cancer patients” for her role in the development of the cancer drugs Avastin and Herceptin.
Selected by Michael Cima, director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, the seven were lauded for their curiosity, empathy and leadership. He also cited their deep understanding of problems and their ability to listen, bring a different perspective and use their “infectious enthusiasm” to draw out the skills from others to solve the “great problems” of our time. [ Most Powerful Innovators story ] Desmond-Hellmann was also one of several women leaders highlighted in the fall issue of Forbes Woman magazine. The story, titled “Mythbusters: Who Says Women Can’t Do Math and Science?,” examines the increase in the number of women in science and engineering and the rise of some of these women to top leadership roles at corporations and universities. [ Mythbusters story ]