Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
The International Institute of New England is presenting this year’s Golden Door Award to Dr. Reshma Kewalramani. It is fitting that in the middle of a global pandemic we are honoring a scientist and global leader of a company devoted to helping patients fighting rare diseases.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Golden Door Award has been an IINE tradition for more than 40 years. The honoree is an immigrant to the United States who has made outstanding contributions to American society. It is an occasion that calls us to stand together in celebration of the achievements of new Americans who have played an integral role in our community, economy, and society.
The Award takes its name from Emma Lazarus’s words, which are inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “From her beacon hand glows world-wide welcome…I lift my lamp beside the golden door”.
2021 GOLDEN DOOR AWARD HONOREE
Reshma Kewalramani, M.D.
Dr. Reshma Kewalramani is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. Vertex has multiple approved medicines that treat the underlying causes of Cystic Fibrosis and other rare diseases.
Dr. Kewalramani is an accomplished leader and physician with a track record of building strong teams, putting patients first, leading change and delivering results.
As an immigrant and alumna of two Massachusetts universities, Dr. Kewalramani’s life and contributions to science exemplify the ingenuity and global leadership that benefits the United States in remaining open to brilliant minds from around the world. As the first female CEO of a top five biotech firm, she is inspiring people across generations and industries
For her successful efforts to provide life-saving medicines to people with rare diseases and for her leadership of one of the world’s premier biotechnology companies, the International Institute of New England proudly presents the 39th Golden Door Award to Dr. Reshma Kewalramani.
2021 GOLDEN DOOR AWARD HOST
Amaka Ubaka is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She anchors 7NEWS Today in New England and 7NEWS at Noon.
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