Our mission is to accelerate patient access to evidence-based innovation in mental health. Women have historically played key roles in medical science, whether as scientists, in business and as research participants. At COMPASS, we’re doing our part to continue supporting diversity and equity to help to improve mental health care.
One third of our board and executive team are female, and we want to increase this as we grow. According to a recent company survey, women make up 58% of our team, and 61% of our scientists. We are pleased that we are building a more diverse generation of scientists in the STEM area where we often see a gender disparity.
We have a flexible working policy so that team members can contribute in a way that best suits their individual circumstances. We offer enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave, and our policies are based on compassion, equality, and recognition. As a global member of the ENEI (Employers’ Network for Equality and Inclusion), we work with leading organisations from around the world to ensure we foster respectful, inclusive work environments in our organisation.
We also believe it is our responsibility to effect change in how science serves women. According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, women experience depression more often than men. We ensure that women are equally represented in our research; in our recent phase IIb clinical trial, 52% of participants were female, and future studies will continue to maintain balance.
When more varied points of view come to the table, better work happens. And when women are properly represented in research, we improve our understanding of diseases and treatments. Improving clinical research, medical science, business, and life for women is vital for all of us, and COMPASS Pathways will continue to do everything we can to #BreakTheBias. We support International Women’s Day, and women’s progress every day.
Ekaterina Malievskaia MD, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder