Growing up with a father who taught biology, Dr. Jane Owens developed a fascination with the human body early on. “My dad’s interest rubbed off on me,” she says about her decision to pursue research. Additionally, Dr. Owens spent several years of her childhood in Africa. Seeing the huge unmet needs of malaria and HIV victims instilled a desire to develop medicines for “people that have no option to treat their disease.”
After obtaining an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, Dr. Owens studied osteoporosis as part of her Ph.D. work at the University of London. Eventually, this led to a role at Pfizer researching treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease for which there currently are limited treatment options. Today, Dr. Owens is a senior director who manages rare muscle disease research projects in Pfizer’s Rare Disease Research Unit.