BIO 2011 WIB Panel and Networking

WIB Welcomed Worldwide Attendees to BIO 2011

As one of the "hosting" organizations at the BIO 2011 International Convention in Washington, DC, Women In Bio kicked off the conference with a very well attended networking reception at Clyde's of Gallery Place on June 27. It provided a great opportunity for Women In Bio members and potential members to enjoy an evening of professional and social interactions. 

The Women In Bio booth at the convention's exhibit hall attracted a large amount of interest due to its perfect location near the BioMaryland Pavilion. Dynamic volunteers welcomed attendees with enthusiasm and provided information about WIB professional development, mentorship and educational programs, as well as opportunities to serve on different committees. The energy and interest generated in the booth's lounge seating area enabled in-depth discussions with WIB Chapter Chair Christine Warrington about national and international chapter formation. 

The WIB evening meets ups on June 28 and 29 also boasted strong attendance and enabled potential new members to connect with WIB members to learn more about the organization. 

Gov. O'Malley Moderates Pioneering WIB Panel at BIO

The Maryland Pavilion was the center of activity on Tuesday, June 28 at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)'s international convention where Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley moderated a special forum of pioneering women in the biotechnology industry. WIB was well represented with Debra Bowes, CEO of TDP Biotherapeutics and WIB President and Maura Kahn, Vice President of Business Development & Marketing for Noxilizer and WIB's Communications Committee Vice Chair as two leading women on the panel. Other participants included Dr. Judith Britz, Executive Director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, Dr. Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, MedImmune, and Dr. Claire Fraser-Liggett, Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The women spoke about their early interests in science and mentors and educators who had encouraged them. At one point, Gov. O'Malley asked, "What's left to do?"

Dr. Fraser-Liggett spoke enthusiastically about the support that Maryland has given the biotech industry, and that "we are now on the cusp of personalized medicine."  Debra Bowes also spoke about the role of genomic research allowing for the development of rare diseases. Many of the women talked about the need to encourage the next generation of female scientists and their personal commitment to this charge.

Many WIB members supported the panelists as audience members in the Maryland Pavilion and from the WIB booth, which was just across one of the exhibit floor hallways. All in all, it was an impressive panel for both the State of Maryland and Women In Bio.

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Photos courtesy of Perla Copernik

BIO 2011 provided enhanced visibility for WIB thanks to the outstanding volunteers whose passion and commitment to  our organization encouraged several new members to sign up and make the event a resounding success! We look forward to an even stronger showing next year in Boston!