Jun. 02, 2020

LEO Pharma Science & Tech Hub Advances a Mentoring Mindset

For Michael Sierra, Vice President of the LEO Science & Tech Hub, mentoring others is about meeting people where they are, lifting them up, and watching them blossom and grow. Mentoring is also a vital ingredient in dermatology innovation.

For Michael Sierra, Vice President of the LEO Science & Tech Hub, mentoring others is about meeting people where they are, lifting them up, and watching them blossom and grow. Mentoring is also a vital ingredient in dermatology innovation.

“As leaders, one of our responsibilities is to develop people, and I try to incorporate that into everything that we do,” said Michael. “We might not be the person who advances the breakthrough idea, but we can share our knowledge and experiences with others, who then add it to their efforts and experiences. Someone you mentor today can go on to deliver life-changing science tomorrow.”

Michael explains that Hub team also exudes this spirit of support.

“Whether we are interested in a collaboration or not, we always work to provide constructive feedback to those who we meet. We ask how we can help bring expertise or connect them to someone in our ecosystem,” explained Michael. “When LEO Pharma began the LEO Science & Tech Hub in the Boston area, a key focus was to create a spider web of relationships and become part of the innovation ecosystem DNA. Being accessible as a mentor within this community helps us make a greater impact.”

Michael was recognized in May 2020 by the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology (AID) Education Committee for his commitment to mentorship and promotion of innovation. The 2020 Mentorship Award was presented virtually. This award is given each year to an individual who makes substantial and inspirational contributions to the education of a next generation of dermatology innovators.LEO Pharma Science & Tech Hub Advances a Mentoring Mindset

Advancing Innovation in Dermatology (AID) is a non-profit organization committed to catalyzing the development of new solutions that can significantly improve skin health. AID provides support, resources and a nexus for individuals and organizations who are effecting change in dermatology by creating a next generation of innovative and impactful products.

“Michael is a truly generous human being who is always looking to give back,” said William Ju, MD, FAAD, AID President and Founding Trustee. “As we have often heard him say, ‘It’s not what you take out that’s important, rather it’s what you put in.’ He and LEO Pharma are tremendous partners in our goal to help advance innovation to substantially improve dermatologic health for future generations.”

Each year, AID Education Committee (EC) members choose to nominate an individual for the honor. The committee leads initiatives to support innovation in the field, including the AID Scholars Class supporting early-career researchers and clinicians interested in product and service innovation in dermatology by training, inspiring and connecting next generation dermatology innovators.

Previous Mentoring Award honorees are Rox Anderson, M.D., FAAD, Professor in Dermatology, Director of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at MIT; Clark Otley, MD, FAAD, Chief Medical Officer of Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic; and William Ju, MD, FAAD, President of Advancing Innovation in Dermatology

Learn more: Advancing Innovation in Dermatology

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