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Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Names 2018 Woman of the Year


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Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association

Taunia Markvicka, with a doctor of pharmacy and MBA, has spent more than two decades in leadership roles with pharmaceutical companies throughout New Jersey. Similar to the 2018 Woman of the Year, Taunia Markvicka belongs to professional organizations such as the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA), supporting public advocacy, and working on medicines for the most common gynecologic infection. Dr. Markvicka, actively participates and support organizations that provide leadership development for women in healthcare.

Formed more than 40 years ago in the northeastern United States, the HBA has evolved into one of the most prominent global nonprofit organizations devoted to the support and professional development of women in the healthcare field. The organization currently serves more than 9,000 individual members through a combination of networking events, educational opportunities, and advocacy for gender equality in the healthcare professions.

To recognize distinguished members of the organization, the HBA maintains an annual awards program that honors outstanding mentors, rising stars in the field, and other accomplished women. The group’s most prestigious honor is its Woman of the Year award, given each year to a woman in the health care professions who consistently serves as an inspiration to her peers.

In 2018, the Woman of the Year award went to Dr. Julie Gerberding, an executive for Merck & Co., Inc. Dr. Gerberding was recognized for her longtime leadership in the public health community, including her guiding role in modernizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and her global reputation as one of the foremost experts on infectious disease and public health.


Bacterial Vaginosis – A Serious Health Concern for Women


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Bacterial Vaginosis

With over 30 years’ experience in pharmaceuticals, Taunia Markvicka serves as the chief commercial officer of Symbiomix Therapeutics in Newark, New Jersey. Taunia Markvicka has taken the lead in launching the company’s new product, Solosec.

Solosec has been approved for treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV), a condition that affects some 21 million women ages 14-49. It is the most common gynecologic infection in that age group, and strikes women of color disproportionately.

The disease impairs the natural balance of lactobacilli (“good” bacteria) and anaerobic (“bad” bacteria) in the vagina, by producing too many of the anaerobic variety. Symptoms include a thin (gray, white, or green) discharge, a foul, fishy odor, itching, and burning while urinating.

BV has significant health consequences, such as an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (trichomoniasis, herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea), and untreated BV can lead to infertility. BV also increases the risk of premature birth. It can also lead to complications after gynecologic surgery. This diversity of risks, warrants greater education and research to improve health outcomes.

Risk factors for BV include multiple or new sex partners, same-sex relations among women, douching, and the absence of lactobacilli (“good”) bacteria.