By Sy Mukherjee and Clifton Leaf
January 12, 2017

Greetings, readers. This is Sy once again taking over for Cliff. But don’t worry, he’ll be back tomorrow morning with some thoughts on the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, which is currently winding down in San Francisco.

Speaking of the conference – more than 100 biopharma executives signed a fascinating open letter released Wednesday imploring the industry to get its act together when it comes to gender diversity. What’s even more interesting is that it contains actual suggestions for how to do so, such as by setting up mentor programs that connect female employees and candidates with executives.

Of course, increasing the ranks of women in the life sciences has to begin with encouraging girls to get involved in STEM fields at an early age. But the breadth of the letter’s signatories suggests that plenty of major players got a bit of a wake-up call after an unfortunate incident at last year’s J.P. Morgan confab (more on that below).

Read on for the day’s news.

Sy Mukherjee
@the_sy_guy
sayak.mukherjee@fortune.com

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