Spelman College and IDEAYA Biosciences Partner to Elevate Black Women in the Biotech World


Spelman College and IDEAYA Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDYA) announce partnership for professional development of the next generation of female African American leaders in the biotechnology industry through the Spelman College and IDEAYA Biosciences Health Science and Biotechnology Program.

The Spelman IDEAYA partnership is a unique academic and industry collaboration that will provide Spelman students a learning platform for pursuing a career in the biotechnology industry, through the guiding principles of mentorship and education.

The Spelman IDEAYA Health Science and Biotechnology Program will provide a professional internship and development program and scholarship for selected Spelman students who have interest in biotechnology as a potential future career path. IDEAYA’s goal is to provide financial support and a unique and highly specialized experience for Spelman students with a longer-term objective to identify and develop the next generation of leaders in the biotechnology industry.

The selected students from Spelman will be sponsored by IDEAYA and be provided a summer internship at the end of the students’ sophomore year. Support of the interns will continue through the students’ junior and senior years through tuition scholarships, biotechnology specific educational opportunities provided by IDEAYA and biotechnology industry focused career and graduate school advice provided through an IDEAYA mentor. IDEAYA will also provide programmatic support to the Spelman Environmental and Health Sciences Department.

There will be an R&D and Business / Entrepreneurship track provided under the Spelman IDEAYA Health Science and Biotechnology Program.

“IDEAYA Biosciences mission and strategic plan closely aligns with that of Spelman College,” said Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D., associate professor of environmental and health sciences and director of Spelman’s Health Careers Program. “Cancer health disparities among people of African descent are highly significant. The desire to be at the forefront of oncology-focused precision medicine is of extreme importance to the population we serve.   One key strategy to overcome these disparities is through Precision Medicine Technology.  It is important to the way we as a country revolutionize medicine in the pursuit of better healthcare outcomes.”

“As an institution with one of the nation’s highest number of medical school applications from Black Americans, we are passionate about not only the discovery on new therapeutic options, but the delivery of the treatments as well,” said Dr. Bass. “The technology being developed at IDEAYA will be pivotal to that end.  Spelman students and faculty can significantly contribute to these efforts and positively impact the company, overall.”

“We are ecstatic to partner with Spelman College in this scholarship program which we believe has the opportunity to identify and develop the next generation of female African American CEOs, entrepreneurs, and R&D executives and scientists in the biotechnology industry,” said Yujiro S. Hata, President and Chief Executive Officer, IDEAYA Biosciences

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