The Power of Mentorship: My Story on The Business of Health and Science

The Power of Mentorship: My Story on The Business of Health and Science


Wednesday, February 28th was an important day in the history of the biotechnology industry. It was #RareDiseaseDay and Henri Termeer’s birthday. It was also a day to remember the #biotech pioneers who helped to transform #KendallSquare into a global #lifescience hub in #Cambridge.

It was with great respect that I attended the dedication ceremony Wednesday in Henri’s honor to rename the Kendall Square North Plaza “Henri A. Termeer Square.” I am proud to be part of this community and team of amazing people.

My memories of the early days at @SanofiGenzyme (formerly Genzyme) when I worked with Henri and the founding management team are vast and deep. Henri had many talents but one key one was his ability to bring people together for the benefit of a cause – in this case for patients. He and the management team at @Genzyme pushed things forward with tremendous force to create an industry of #innovation, especially New England region. He said yes when others said no. And, he kept searching for answers to questions to create major advances in how patients are treated with rare diseases.

Henri was the person who encouraged me to become a storyteller in our industry — to be counted for what I believed in and to push for answers to questions. He also told me that I would have my own firm one day. And, here we are @LaVoieHealthScience in our 17th year in business serving health and science companies around the globe with specialized thinking in strategic communications. 

It’s life’s mentors that impact who you are and what you become, and I am thankful for the inspiration he and others gave me as we continue with passion for this amazing field. Wishing you the same.