BioWorld is welcoming back Cynthia Robbins-Roth as a columnist. Founding editor-in-chief in 1989 of BioWorld Publications, the company that launched BioWorld Today, she now is a biotechnology consultant and speaker on industry issues.

"I have known her since we first began looking to acquire BioWorld back in 1994," said Thomson BioWorld Vice President and Group Publisher Donald R. Johnston. "She always has been a thoughtful leader, often challenging the industry in her uniquely colorful way."

With a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas, she has served as a research scientist at Genentech Inc. and in the business development group at California Biotechnology Inc. She is author of "From Alchemy to IPO: The Business of Biotechnology" and "Alternative Careers in Science."

Her column will appear in BioWorld Today, beginning next week.