Dr Sandra Dunn — Awareness, A Keystone of entrepreneurship
Dr Sandra Dunn — Awareness, A Keystone of entrepreneurship

In this month’s blog on entrepreneurism, we turn to wise words from Jack Ma, who is often listed as one of the world’s most powerful individuals by Forbes:

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, retired earlier this month after nearly 20 years at the top of the entrepreneurship world. A couple of years ago, someone asked Ma for his secret to Alibaba’s success. He answered, ‘Women.’”

One may ask, how do women cause companies to perform better? I believe what women bring to the table is a sense of awareness. Being able to pick up on rapidly changing business trends, challenges and then being able to quickly put solutions into action are talents that women often bring to organizations. …


Dr. Sandra Dunn — Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Dr. Sandra Dunn — Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Sandra Dunn co-authored this blog with Dr. Mary Rose Pambid, Clinical Research Manager at Phoenix Molecular Designs.

Every October since 1985, communities have united for one common cause: to raise awareness about breast cancer. This month, as communities, organizations, and commercial goods “go pink,” we will spend another 31 days celebrating the successes of those who have beat the disease, and remember those we have lost. …


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As we get busier and busier, the key to success is to ask for help in moving our agendas forward, whether they be at work or at home. Specifically, as female entrepreneurs, we find ourselves caught in the conundrum of trying to do it all. Relinquishing control and delegating what needs to be done is a core value of a successful entrepreneur. These are the reasons you should practice delegation in entrepreneurship.

Time Equals Money

It’s an age-old adage, but it’s truer than ever — time is money. In any business or organization, there are plenty of menial but necessary tasks that must be accomplished. Leaders of an entrepreneurial adventure may be reluctant to outsource these tasks, but doing so is vital to the success of the business and yourself. If you have clearly and passionately emphasized your venture’s vision, you should have no trouble communicating tasks and goals to other employees. The time you spend fretting over tasks that others could help you accomplish translates to money wasted. Don’t be afraid to focus on the big picture while encouraging your employees and team members to take on some of those small but vital tasks. …


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Dr. Sandra Dunn co-authored this blog with Dr. Mary Rose Pambid, Clinical Research Manager at Phoenix Molecular Designs.

A lot of excitement has been generated around the potential for immunotherapy (I/O) for the treatment of breast cancer. The idea behind I/O is to harness immune cells to seek and destroy tumor cells that disguise themselves by displaying PD-L1 (programmed death ligand). PD-L1 signals T cells that the tumor cells are normal. The other part of I/O that makes it so interesting is that tumors can be stained for PD-L1, thus organizing patients into groups that will benefit from I/O. The cutoff is extremely low at 1% or more. …


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This content was co-authored by Mackenzie Sharp, an intern working with Dr. Sandra Dunn at Phoenix Molecular Designs.

Breast cancer is not limited to any class, age, race, religion, or geographical location. It is found internationally, indicating the disease poses a shared risk for all women across the globe. Breast cancer has become a global health crisis, and this article explores the barriers to treating women with breast cancer.

An Overview

While many western nations push for further developments in breast cancer studies and improvement of drug therapies, many nations within our global community have yet to begin the necessary work in order to curb fatalities. This is often due to a lack of preventative effort, public education and awareness, and access to modern medicine. As a result, breast cancer has become one of the leading causes of death for women worldwide, with almost half of all fatalities occurring overseas in third-world nations. …


Dr. Sandra Dunn — 4 Traits That Hinder Entrepreneurs
Dr. Sandra Dunn — 4 Traits That Hinder Entrepreneurs

In my previous blog post, I discussed four traits that every entrepreneur needs. On the flip side, there are several traits that can hinder even the most enthusiastic tycoons. This list covers the four detrimental traits that can impact entrepreneurial success.

Inflexibility

The most successful entrepreneurs know that flexibility is a key trait, no matter what industry you’re in. In an interview with Forbes, Dawn Dickson, the creator of Flat Out of Heels, describes the importance of pivoting in any entrepreneurial venture. Dickson said a failed $12,000 investment inspired her to keep going rather than give up. Her pivot in the wake of the loss involved adjusting every element of the business model, from distribution channel to customer acquisition. …


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Successful entrepreneurs, much like Rome, can’t be built in a day. It takes a lifetime of dedication and hard work to make mistakes, learn, and grow. The four traits on this list are vital for any entrepreneur, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just finding your footing.

Creativity

What makes your idea different from all the others? Creativity is a skill that’s easy to inherit but hard to teach. Anyone can say they are (or want to be) an entrepreneur, but not everyone has the creative capacity to fill those shoes well. A creative individual needs plenty of time for introspection, but also the ability and resources to act on ideas. …


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Whether you’ve donned an all-pink outfit for an October sporting event or walked all night at your local community’s Relay for Life, you’ve likely had some first-hand experience with cancer research fundraising. While fighting cancer is almost a community pastime by now, mystery and misconception still shroud cancer research. Even breast cancer, with its national awareness month in October and trademark pink ribbon, can be easily misunderstood. Can you separate fact from fiction when it comes to these three breast cancer myths?

Myth: Most breast cancers are inherited

While it’s widely believed that most breast cancers stem from genetics, that’s actually far from the truth. According to the American Cancer Society, only 5–10% of breast cancer cases are believed to come from hereditary mutations. Factors such as breast tissue density, race and ethnicity, and age are more common in breast cancer cases than hereditary causes. …

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Dr. Sandra Dunn

Dr. Sandra Dunn is the CEO of Phoenix Molecular Designs, developing breast cancer therapies. https://surprisinglyfree.com/dr-sandra-dunn/

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