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Dr. Younok Dumortier Shin


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I am passionate about developing treatments to help patients who are suffering from their illnesses. I have more than 20 years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and supplying medicines to treat cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases, macular degenerations, and rare genetic disorders for the patients around the world. I served several leadership roles at GSK, BMS, Janssen, Allergan, Dermelix, and Avalo Therapeutics. In 2018, I founded ALAIRED, a company that focuses on integrated drug development solutions to develop treatments for the patients.  The field of medicine has significant impact to our lives. Despite new technologies, there are so many people who still suffer from their illnesses. It is my commitment to contribute in bringing new medicines to help them. Finding my passion was not an easy task. I grew up in Korea in a family where girls were relegated to housework. I always knew a housewife was not the path for me, but I had no idea what my capabilities were. This gave me an enormous sense of urgency to explore what options there were.  At the age of 19, I left for Canada on a student visa to learn English.  From being an international student on a student visa to being a successful executive in Corporate America was hard. Luckily, I had many wonderful people who helped me along the way, and I am forever indebted to them. I mentor many women around the world, helping them find wisdom to convert inequitable circumstances into opportunities, courage to free themselves from the sense of inferiority, and perseverance to continue on until they reach their full potential. I serve on the board of directors at Sheltered Yoga and belongs to the National Association of Corporate Director -Certified Director. I love writing also. In addition to many scientific publications and book chapters, I have published a poetry book entitled “Four Seasons,” to share her life lessons.

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