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Dunsire Named HBA Woman of the Year

Dr. Deborah Dunsire

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) today announced that Dr. Deborah Dunsire, president and CEO of Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, will be honored as the 2009 Woman of the Year.

Dunsire, a 20-year veteran of biologics and pharmaceutical business, was named president and CEO of Millennium in July 2005. She has received numerous awards for her achievements in the fields of oncology, hematology, and inflammatory diseases, including an honorary Doctor of Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the American Cancer Society’s Excalibur Award, the Creative Spirit Award from the Creative Center for Women with Cancer, the New Jersey Women’s Fund Achievement Award, and the Gilda’s Club NYC Corporate Honor.

“Leaders like Dr. Dunsire continue to serve as role models for all women entering the healthcare industry, and set new standards for accomplishment,” said Ceci Zak, HBA president. “The advancements that she has helped pioneer in oncology have made an overwhelming impact in the field, and are an inspiration to us as healthcare executives.”

At the 20th annual HBA Woman of the Year luncheon in May, Dunsire will be recognized for her contributions to the healthcare industry along with a group of “Rising Stars,” and winners of the Honorable Mentor and Star Volunteer awards.

Stay tuned to Pharm Exec for more HBA Woman of the Year coverage, including a feature about Dr. Dunsire in our April issue and a special podcast series where we’ll chat with previous winners of HBA’s Woman of the Year in honor of the award’s 20th anniversary.

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One Comment

  1. Marianne LaRosa
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    This is the best choice. Deborah was a mentor to me without even knowing it. Congratulations!

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