Tina Nova



(DIRECTOR’S NOTE: Nova, co-founder of Genoptix, sold the company in 2011 for more than $470 million dollars. She drove a top-down sports-car to the Salk, wore a yellow sport-coat, and had recently returned from a Britney Spears concert with her daughter. She is not–she tells the young women at our first “Women in Biotech at the Salk” event–what people think of when they think of a scientist. “Scientists are hot,” she adds, “the guys, too,” and the audience breaks into laughter with her. Press play, and see what else she has to say. Dr. Nova rocks. She probably changed a few career trajectories in the audience that day.)