Dr. Maria Millan has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in Bay Area business for her work leading the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), California’s stem cell and regenerative medicine agency.
Under her leadership, CIRM has generated a robust and growing portfolio as a patient-centric funder, partner, accelerator, and de-risker for over 1,000 projects in basic, translational, and clinical research, as well as infrastructure and education programs.
In addition to highlighting her achievements at CIRM, Dr. Millan also shared some of her personal background with the publication.
“I immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines at 6 years old with my younger siblings one year after my mother, accompanied by my father, was recruited as a nurse to New York City,” she said. “I honed down my English watching ‘Sesame Street’ and the ‘Electric Company.’”
When asked about the biggest obstacle facing women leaders, Dr. Millan said, “Work-life balance, learning that ‘good’ is enough in certain circumstances to achieve ‘great,’ and embracing what makes us unique — our experiences as women and as mothers and to leveraging those skills to leadership roles.”
Congratulations to Dr. Millan and this year’s winners! To see the full list of award recipients, click here.