Betina J. Lew, PhD, DABT, ERT, has been elected to serve on the SOT Council for the 2022–2025 term. Dr. Lew is a board-certified (DABT) and European Registered (ERT) Toxicologist with broad experience in medical devices and the consumer goods industry. She is currently an Associate Director of Toxicology and Biocompatibility at Johnson & Johnson (J&J), where she manages the Ethicon Inc (Somerville/Raritan, New Jersey) team and oversees the safety of a diverse portfolio, including the Wound Closure and Healing, Biosurgery, and Mentor Breast Implants Businesses. Before this role, she served as a toxicologist and Safety Manager for companies such as Procter and Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser.
Dr. Lew has been an active member of SOT since 2007 and has served on several Committees, currently chairing the Membership Committee. She is a Past President of the Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists Special Interest Group and the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group, which awarded her the Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group Smith and Hook Distinguished Service Award in 2021. She previously served on the Council of the Risk Assessment Specialty Section and has chaired the Awards Committee and the Education Committee. In addition to these positions, Dr. Lew is a strong supporter of the future toxicologists and trainees at SOT, co-chairing numerous sessions focused on career development of younger toxicologists and mentoring several students and postdocs.
Of her goals for SOT, Dr. Lew says: “I have two main ambitious goals as a Councilor of the Society: (1) being a strong supporter of the career development of the younger generation, with a special interest in and passion for the growth of women and underrepresented scientists. I will focus on carefully identifying and supporting the increase of training and visibility opportunities for this population. (2) As a multicultural scientist, I understand the needs of non-US-based and new immigrant toxicologists. I will focus on working to include a more diverse array of Scientific Sessions that may be of interest to a larger population (in the US and beyond). I aim to increase the global outreach of our Society and attract more non-US-based toxicologists to become SOT members.”#Communique:SOTNews