“Find something that you enjoy and that is meaningful to you.”
For a young Rachel King a microscope, a dissecting kit, and walks in the woods sparked a lifelong fascination with biology. She talks about the importance of finding work that you enjoy, and if you’re lucky, learning that work from people you admire.
King is the CEO and cofounder of the biotechnology company GlycoMimetics. King previously held positions as an executive in residence at the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, a senior vice president of Novartis Corporation, and CEO of the biotechnology company Genetic Therapy. She also worked at ALZA Corporation in Palo Alto, California, and at Bain and Company in Boston. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. King currently serves as chair of the board of the Biotechnology Industry Association, where she is also on the executive committee and a former chair of the emerging companies governing body. She is also chair of the Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley.