An accomplished leader in the diagnostics space, Dr. Suzette Chance brings advanced technical judgment, superior problem solving capabilities and strong decision making skills to her role overseeing clinical trial operations at Great Basin Scientific.

Chance is senior director of clinical affairs at the molecular diagnostics company focused on infectious disease, where she leads the clinical trial strategy and execution for its products. With more than 20 years of experience in the in vitro diagnostics industry, Chance is a successful leader with a proven track record of guiding product development from a conceptual stage to commercialization. She has extensive experience navigating U.S. Food & Drug Administration clearance procedures, having guided the clearance of 22 products through the regulatory process.

As an experienced scientist and healthcare professional, she is helping expand the availability of rapid and accurate molecular diagnostic tests, as the company introduces new products and reaches new markets. Her contribution toward the development of Great Basin’s product pipeline has a tangible impact on the company’s success, and her scientific contributions are enabling the commercialization of diagnostic products used by healthcare workers to promptly detect and diagnose infectious diseases.

In the words of Dr. Suzette Chance:

How can the world increase diversity in STEM fields?
“Driving diversity across all STEM industries will prove beneficial in bringing to light differentiated perspectives and approaches. This message is one that needs to be heard, acknowledged and accepted. The contributions of diverse people in STEM has, and will continue to have an immense and immeasurable impact on innovation and advancement. As businesses across the world see the results first-hand, positive change will be created across labs, hospitals, research institutions, companies and board rooms, where decisions about both strategic hiring and diversity are made. We also need to continue educating our youth about the benefits of pursuing careers in STEM.”

Where do you see women in STEM in five years?
“I see a positive momentum, and think more women will enter the industry and continue to rise through the ranks to take on strategic and leadership roles in STEM fields. Women currently working in the industry will also help educate and encourage other women to enter the workforce. Many schools are also making progress in better informing female students about STEM-related career choices and piquing their interest. These factors should lead to an improvement in the gender parity issue within STEM.”

Words I live by:
“If you want to know what you will be like in the future, just look at the choices you are making today.”