Julia Levy published her memoir, In Sight: My Life in Science and Biotech (UTP $34.95) about how a love of science and discovery drove her through gender bias in order to achieve recognition.

This UBC professor emeritus and biotech CEO's story traces the unconventional invention of a breakthrough drug treatment from its development from laboratory research to its application as a medical treatment for vision loss. Told from a female perspective, In Sight covers Levy's early years as a refugee, her university training in the U.K. and her appointment as professor at the University of British Columbia. Years spent as an academic led the author to unexpected exposure to the biotechnology industry and a chance meeting with colleagues that led to the formation of a lucrative biotechnology company, known today as QLT Inc. The bulk of the book covers the years spent building the company and Levy's surprising transition from chief scientific officer to CEO.

In Sight is an honest description of the trials of drug development, the tensions inherent in the commercialization of health innovations and the hurdles faced by women in the scientific community.

In Sight: My Life in Science and Biotech (UTP 2020) $34.95 cloth cover 978-1-4785-0831-9

[BCBW 2020]