History of WIB

Women In Bio was established in 2002 to help women entrepreneurs and executives in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia area build successful bioscience-related businesses.

Robbie Melton
Robbie Melton, Co-Founder of WIB

The founders of WIB, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community.  

The mission of WIB expanded several years later, with a vision to grow it to an organization with a national footprint that would impact the careers of women in all sectors of the life sciences industry. 

That vision has now become a reality, as we have 12 chapters throughout North America, led by more than 150 volunteers and a membership base of over 1400. Thousands of women attend WIB events each year, and continue to grow the organization through their ideas, activities and donations.

Thanks to its founders and past presidents, WIB has become a community that represents one of the fastest growing and most influential organizations for women in life sciences.

PAST PRESIDENTS:

First President  Cynthia W. Hu
Second President Robbie Melton, MA
President 2009 - 2010    Gianna Arnold, MA, MSc, JD
President 2010 - 2011 Lynn Johnson Langer, PhD, MBA
President 2011 - 2012 Debra Bowes, BS, MBEE
President 2012 - 2013 Phyllis Dillinger, MBA
President 2014 - 2015 Simone Fishburn, PhD
President 2015 - 2016 Dimtra Georganopoulou
President 2016 - 2017 Kristi Sarno