International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education

Joanne Kamens, PhD.

Executive Director, Addgene

Dr. Kamens is the Executive Director of Addgene, a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world share plasmid reagents internationally.  She received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years at BASF/Abbott, ultimately serving as Group Leader in Molecular Biology.  In 2007 she joined RXi Pharmaceuticals as Senior Director of Research Collaborations.

Dr. Kamens has been raising awareness of women scientists since 1998 upon realizing that an entire week had gone by at work and not one other woman had been at any meeting she attended. Dr. Kamens founded the current Boston chapter of the Association for Women in Science. 

Dr. Kamens served as Director of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Mentoring Program for 3 years.  She was recognized as one of the 2013 PharmaVoice 100 Most Inspiring and one of the Forty Over 40 Women Making an Impact.  She serves on a number of other non-profit boards and speaks widely on career development topics in person and via Webinar.