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Statistician and drug developer Xin Li (right) and her colleagues participated in a 2-mile "Bay to Beakers Children's Walk" around Genentech’s South San Francisco campus to raise money for children in Malawi who were orphaned due to AIDS. The walk was one of more than 150 volunteer activities that engaged employees during Genentech/Roche Gives Back week.
Longer lifeline makes all the
difference for patients
By Xin Li ('15)
June 20, 2016—ON A WINTER MORNING IN 2008 at Genentech, it was almost time for our quarterly meeting to start. This was a meeting I always looked forward to. On this day, the entire product development department would do more than hear presentations and reports from one another about our work. This was a day we would get to hear from patients. Sometimes at meetings like this, we would listen while a patient’s letter was read aloud, but today was different. Today, we had a chance to hear from a patient live and in person!
“The patient brought out a beautiful picture of a bride.”
A WOMAN PATIENT WAS INTRODUCED, and she walked up to the stage and began her story. She is a breast cancer survivor and had been taking one of the medicines we had been working on. She said that when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she was scared. Upon learning the news, she thought of her daughter, and hoped that she would survive long enough to attend her daughter’s Sweet Sixteen party. Next, the patient brought out a beautiful picture of a bride. It was taken a few weeks before, at her daughter’s wedding. She looked at our team and said: “I cannot thank you enough. Your medicine has given me time I would not have had!”
IT WAS A DRAMATIC MOMENT. Although this was not the first time I had heard stories like this, the emotion was overwhelming. Just knowing that what I do every day could make a difference like this in someone’s life was extremely rewarding.
GROWING UP, I ALWAYS HAD A PLAN FOR MYSELF. I knew what I would be: a teacher, because teachers shape the heart, the soul, and the future of children. In particular, I wanted to be a mathematics teacher, as mathematics is such a beautiful and useful subject—it inspires and perfects. I believed that this was the best way to make a difference in this world.
IN 1991, WHEN I WAS IN A PH.D. PROGRAM studying Kac-Moody Lie algebra, I got a summer internship, working for a pharmaceutical company. One of my friends had become ill and was put in a clinical trial, and I became fascinated about clinical trials and how drugs got developed. That’s when I became interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Once I had completed my internship, I realized that this was a better way to make a difference.
|“I became fascinated about clinical trials and how drugs got developed.”
TODAY, AS A STATISTICIAN working for one of the largest biopharmaceutical companies in the world, I have been able to work on developing treatments for cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological diseases.
PATIENTS HAVE BEEN MY INSPIRATION. When I hear them talk about how the medicines we worked on saved their lives or improved their lives, I know I have made a difference.
LAST YEAR, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to learn about California’s trends and issues through Leadership California, which is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. For the past 25 years, it has worked on moving women from success to significance. Through Leadership California, I have gotten to know many amazing women, from university presidents to women entrepreneurs to corporate executives, even a woman judge. Those women have been an inspiration to me, and have taught me that there are so many ways we can make a difference. I am grateful for Leadership California, as it has opened my eyes.
TODAY, I AM STILL EXTREMELY PASSIONATE about drug development, which can make a difference in patients’ lives; I am equally passionate about Leadership California, as it will make a difference in all of our lives.
XIN LI (’15) is vice president, Global Head of Biostatics–Immunology, Infectious Disease, and Ophthalmology at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. She is a member of the board of directors at Leadership California.
At Genentech, Xin's team is responsible for drug development strategy and statistical input regarding design, performance, and analysis of clinical trials. Xin also serves as Site Head for biometrics and Product Development for the company’s South San Francisco site. Xin has held roles in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular, oncology, and immunology.
Born in Tianjin, China, Xin was a whiz early on at math competitions. She attended the University of Science and Technology in China, where she began to appreciate the beauty of pure math, studying Kac-Moody Lie algebra. She continued her studies at the Institute of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and at Rutgers University. Changing course to prepare for a career that she hoped would contribute to the world in a more tangible way, Xin earned a Ph.D. in statistics from Rutgers. She started her career as a hematology statistician at the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute and also worked on oncology at Sequus Pharmaceuticals.
Julia Stewart, in red, is flanked by distinguished guests, from left: Morteza Rahmatian, Interim Dean, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, Cal State Fullerton; Diana Cox Reyes ('09), Leadership California President; Pam Hemann, Leadership California Executive Director; Theresa Davis ('08), Assistant VP for Engagement & Annual Programs, Caltech; Gregory J. Saks, VP for University Advancement, Cal State Fullerton.
DineEquity CEO Julia Stewart leads
with wit and wisdom
Chairman and CEO of DineEquity's brands IHOP and Applebees shares tales as a restaurant industry insider
IF THE LARGEST CROWD YOU'VE EVER COOKED FOR can fit at your dining room table, then you just can't beat JULIA A. STEWART, who is responsible for serving 2 million meals a day. Stewart, a 45-year veteran of the restaurant industry, is chairman and CEO of DineEquity, Inc., one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies. "We're America's kitchen," said Stewart, even though her brands, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, serve patrons all over the world, as well as in the U.S.A.
ALUMNAE AND FRIENDS GATHERED to hear Stewart at a luncheon to celebrate Leadership California's 25th Anniversary at Cal State University, Fullerton, on September 16. Her often-humorous take on leadership, and her down-to-earth personal style came through in remarks on how she started as a sixteen-year-old in her first job as an IHOP food server, fell in love with serving people, and eventually presided over an $8 billion company merger which franchises and operates more than 3,600 restaurants in 18 countries globally, with over 385 independent franchisees.
Thank You to our
Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation
Thank You to our
Leslie Anne Mogul
Upcoming at Session IV
Session IV will feature visits to institutions of innovation:
in tech, health and community,
smart city design
November 2-4, 2016 in San Diego
“A Thriving California through Innovation”
THE BIG DISRUPTERS: At Session IV, Mary O’Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., will peer into the future with the Class of 2016, continuing to look at trends that the Class examined in Session III. She'll talk about Gen Z, the education-to-employment gap, racism and multiculturalism, and the Internet of Things.
HEALTH AND COMMUNITY: The class will travel to the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center for a look at innovation in community service. The Wellness Center provides meals 365 days a year, affordable housing, health services, and community education classes to thousands of disadvantaged seniors each year.
LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP: "Lessons Learned on the Journey" will feature women leaders sharing stories about their career choices, trajectories, challenges, and what steps led to their success.
WOO HOO! GRADUATION EVENING: At their last session of the California Issues & Trends program, our Class of 2016 will celebrate the completion of their class year. What's next for alumnae of CIT? Find out HERE
INNOVATING WITH THE MOVERS, SHAKERS & MAKERS – A tour of the innovation district in downtown San Diego known as the "Makers Quarter" is on the agenda. Above, a bicycle boutique.
25th ANNIVERSARY IS ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE: In Leadership California's final 25th anniversary event of the year, the Class of 2016, alumnae and friends will celebrate at a luncheon and contemplate what the future will hold for the NEXT 25.