2019 Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker

Gitte Pedersen P'21

“MakeHer StartUP - From One Female Entrepreneur to Another”

Driven by producing impact and return for our next generation of female founders and investors

Gitte Pedersen is a mom, scientist and CEO with a mission to cure cancer. Gitte started Genomic Expression together with her brother, Morten, after her parents were diagnosed with cancer. The company raised $8M to conduct four clinical trials focusing on women’s cancers first. Only one out of four cancer treatments prolongs life. Genomic Expression finds the best drug for the patient and the best patient for the drug by sequencing RNA, which Gitte likens to the software of the cell, instead of DNA, which she likens to the hard disk. RNA analysis can show if a tumor will respond to new immune therapies, which are the only kind of therapies that offer a potential cure.  

Genomic Expression was in the top 10 companies to pitch for the Sir Richard Branson Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) and invited to dinner with Branson on Necker’s Island. The company also won the Lyfebulb-Helsinn Award, and the EUTop 50 Award, and presented at the European Parliament.

Prior to Genomic Expression, Gitte advised a number of small and medium sized biotech companies as well as the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Her deal resume is +$1B. Gitte has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in International Trade. Gitte recently joined Pipeline Angels and made her first angel investment. She co-founded Female Equity (www.femaleequity.org) which is a network organization for female founders and investors having fun(d) paddle boarding.

Gitte is eager to talk with people in our community who are interested in entrepreneurship, investment and science!

The Genomic Expression Story

Join Us Thursday, April 25

6:00 pm - 6:30 p.m.
Registration and Reception

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Presentation

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm
Q&A and Conversation with the Speaker

Constance Lavino Bell Library
The Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

This speaker series is made possible by an endowed fund created in 1998 through the contributions of generous donors in recognition of Margaret Huling Bonz for her eleven years of service as Head of School for Walker’s. The speaker is chosen with care and creativity and is intended to expose the School community to a culturally diverse array of distinguished women representing a variety of professions. Past speakers have included Gloria Steinem, Faith Middleton, Olivia Snow, Lee Woodruff, and Janet Hanson.