February 27, 2014

Women's History Month Events Have Begun!

Women In Bio kicked off its celebration of Women's History Month this week with an RTP Chapter event on February 24, 2014. Over the next month, WIB chapter events across North America will be held as part of the first annual WIB North American Conference for Women’s Education and Entrepreneurship." To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters will hold events in cities across North America. These events will include keynote addresses and panel discussions from pioneer women in life sciences, covering topics such as science education for girls, career path choices, cultivating skills to move from bench to business, and breaking the life sciences “ceiling.” Click here for more information on our Women’s History Month events!

Save the Date:  WIB Welcome Reception at BIO 2014, Featuring Annalisa Jenkins,  Executive Vice President at Merck KGa

Annalisa Jenkins


Mark your calendars for June 23, 2014, at WIB’s Annual Welcome Reception at BIO 2014. This premier event will feature keynote speaker, Annalisa Jenkins, MBBS, MRCP, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Development and Medical, at Merck Serono. You will have the opportunity to network with influential women leaders from around the world, and listen first-hand to Dr. Jenkins’ personal story and rise to success. More information to come.

WIB's New Job Board is Up and Running!

Women In Bio has a job board!  Visit http://wibcareercenter.com to get started. The job board platform can link to your LinkedIn profile, enabling you to upload information directly to the platform from your profile. Additionally, you can see who in your network works at companies you are interested in. Whether you are a job seeker, or looking to fill a position, this is the resource for you!                

WIB's Social (Media) Butterflies




Help WIB grow our social media footprint! Remember to participate on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and post about events and news. Thanks for helping spread the word about WIB and your local WIB chapter.  



Pittsburgh Chapter Events

A Women’s History Month YWIB Event! – Breaking Barriers: Women Who Made History In Science

Our inaugural Young Women In Bio event will be at the Carnegie Science Center on April 5, 2014. This program will introduce young women to the many contributions women have made to the sciences over the millennia - and continue to make today. Participants will visit a variety of interactive stations dedicated to female scientists, and engage in hands-on activities that highlight those scientists’ discoveries. Click here to learn more!

Help Our Mission and Become Involved!

Become more involved with the Pittsburgh chapter by joining one of our committees. Contact pittsburgh@womeninbio.org to find out how you can play a role in our growing chapter. Committees include Communications/Marketing, Programming, Membership, and Sponsorship. Volunteer for one event, two events or events all year long! Whatever your schedule, we'd love to have you. Get involved, expand your network, and help our mission of encouraging women leadership in the life sciences industry.

Montréal Chapter Events        

Jeunes Femmes en bio du grand Montréal Etudiantes d’aujourd’hui et scientifiques de demain: Séminaire pour adolescents en secondaire III le 24 mars, 2014

Le séminaire, intitulé Etudiantes d’Aujourd’hui et Scientifiques de Demain et sous l’auspice de l’organisme Femmes en bio, accueille des jeunes filles dans le but de les conseiller et soutenir dans leurs choix de carrière en sciences de la santé, technologies, génie et mathématiques.

Cet événement propose des visites guidées de laboratoire et des discussions scientifiques au Centre de Recherche en Cancer Rosalinde et Morris Goodman de l’Université de McGill. Les étudiants en deuxième (Master) et troisième (doctorat) cycle d’études feront découvrir aux jeunes filles la magie des sciences de la santé à la paillasse. La participation est gratuite, mais uneinscription devra se faire au préalable.

WIB-Greater Montreal YWIB Women’s History Month Event! – Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists Workshop for Girls in Grade 9 March 24, 2014

Young Women In Bio presents the “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists Workshopdesigned to encourage young women to explore career opportunities and fields of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

This event will take place at McGill University’s Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, and provide participants with lab tours and discussions about the field of science. This workshop is exclusively for girls in ninth grade. It is free to attend! Numbers are limited – Register now!


Greater Boston Chapter Events

A Women’s History Month Event! - Nonprofit Advocacy in the Biotech Industry

Join WIB-Greater Boston on March 6, 2014 for an evening focused on nonprofit advocacy in the biotech industry! A panel of esteemed female leaders will discuss the many aspects of working in the nonprofit research sector. The panel will be moderated by Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene. Register now!

Join Us to Explore the Harvard Museum of Natural History! - A YWIB Event on March 15, 2014

This YWIB event will give middle school girls an opportunity to learn more about natural history and careers in science. Once at the museum, we will examine museum specimens, and explore the evolutionary concepts of variation, inheritance, natural selection, and artificial selection that explain the biodiversity of life on Earth. The students will also go on a museum tour and participate in a discussion about careers in biology with WIB members and Harvard scientists. Numbers are limited – register now!

Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter Events            


A Women’s History Month Event! - Women Trailblazers in Life Sciences

Join WIB-DC/Baltimore on March 18, 2014 for the Trailblazer Award Reception at the University of Maryland BioPark. Our Trailblazer Awardees will make brief presentations followed by a reception. This is a great opportunity to make new connections with women in the biotechnology community. Click here to register.
*FULL*  A WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore YWIB Vaccine Research Center Tour

The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institutes of Health will open its doors on March 4, 2014 to middle and high school aged girls to promote their understanding of the VRC, and increase their exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) related fields. This tour will give girls the opportunity to tour the VRC’s manufacturing facility and see its production areas, testing laboratories, equipment, and what's behind the walls to support the VRC’s operations.  This event is full.

MAPs-University to Host a Career Development Day for Graduate Students

This month, the WIB Mentors, Advisors, and Peers - University (MAPs-U) group at the University of Maryland will collaborate with the school’s Graduate Student Association to host a career development day for graduate students. Speakers will describe the paths they followed to their current careers, and answer questions about private sector opportunities. If you are interested in participating in this program as a mentor or mentee please contact DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org

MAPs-University Hosts a Discussion on “Integration of Science and Patent Law: Alternative Paths for Your PhD”

The WIB Mentors, Advisors, and Peers - University (MAPs-U) Program held their first meeting of the spring semester at the University of Maryland in College Park on January 22, 2014. Dr. Sylvia Yip, a patent technical specialist from Alchemy-Partners, discussed her journey as a scientist, the challenges she experienced relocating from one continent to another, and her transition to a position in patent law.

DC/Baltimore MAPs (Mentors, Advisors and Peers) Group Expands to New Locations!

The DC/Baltimore MAPs group recently expanded to two new locations - Northern Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria) and Silver Spring. If you wish to join a DC/Baltimore-area MAPs group, sign up now!

DC/Baltimore MAPS group locations.

Washington DC/Baltimore YWIB Program Receives Write-Up in Maryland Community News Online

Our Washington DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio program recently partnered with Medimmune, the biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca, where YWIB attendees toured laboratories and asked questions at a panel discussion with several of the company’s female employees.  This fantastic event was featured in Maryland Community News Online.  Click here to read the article.

Southern California Chapter Events

WIB-Southern California Women’s History Month Event! – Women in Education and Entrepreneurship

Join WIB-Southern California on March 12, 2014 for an evening of great food, networking, and celebration of women in leadership positions in education and entrepreneurship! Our event features two speakers - Gabriele Wienhausen, Associate Dean for Education in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and Gaylene Xanthopoulos, Founder and President of The Leadership Edge, Inc. Register now!

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Events

A Women’s History Month Event! – “Finding the Path To Your Own Career History”

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area wants to help women in the life sciences consider various career choices through a very special, two‑part event on March 13, 2014. The afternoon program is a mini-conference with 3 sessions that focus on career opportunities and job environments. The evening program will include a sit-down dinner and feature a keynote address by Karen Antman, M.D., Dean of Boston University Medical School. Attendees can register for the conference only, or for the full program (conference and dinner).

Chicago Chapter Events

WIB-Chicago partners with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium

WIB-Chicago is proud to partner with The Chicago Council on Global Affairs for the upcoming International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium on March 6, 2014. The symposium will explore how women are effecting change in the health field -- locally and globally -- and examine the economic, political, geographic, and cultural factors involved in addressing global women’s health. Click here to learn more about the Health Symposium.

WIB-Chicago Women’s History Month Event! – Perspectives in Bridging the Gender Gap in the Life Sciences

Celebrate Women’s History Month on March 13, 2014, by attending an exciting WIB-Chicago event that focuses on bridging the gender gap in the life sciences. Our illustrious panel of women will discuss the underrepresentation of women in science and what can be done to fix it. Our panel will discuss ways to attract more women to careers in science and to help them succeed in those careers once they get there!  Click here to register!

WIB-Chicago’s “Best Practices for Sharing IP Rights” Event A Great Success!

WIB-Chicago’s first educational program for 2014, “Best Practices for Sharing IP Rights,” was held on January 24, 2014, and was a great success! Over 50 women braved freezing Chicago temperatures to hear an esteemed panel discuss best practices and potential pitfalls associated with sharing intellectual property rights. Along with the insights and experiences provided by the panel, there were opportunities for WIB members and guests to network before and after the event with lovely hors devours, desserts, and drinks. WIB-Chicago thanks the panelists and Brinks Gilson & Lione – the sponsor and host for this fantastic event who helped us get the new year off to a great start!

“Best Practices for Sharing IP Rights” event, January 24, 2014.

Looking to get involved in WIB-Chicago in 2014? The Membership Committee wants you!

Our Membership Committee is looking for motivated volunteers to help register attendees at WIB programs, expand our reach in the Chicagoland Bio community, and grow our membership. If you are interested in becoming part of the WIB-Chicago Membership Committee, please contact chicago@womeninbio.org.

Metro New York Chapter Events

WIB-Metro New York Women’s History Month Event! – Lessons From Women In The C-Suite

Join WIB-Metro New York on Thursday, March 13, 2014, for an evening of networking and inspiration from a stellar panel of biopharma women entrepreneurs and C-suite level executives, moderated by Steering Committee member Marisa Tricarico. The panelists will discuss their paths to business success, provide poignant first-hand accounts of how they did it, and make recommendations to women who also want to reach their professional goals. Click here for details and to register.

Coming In April! - Scents and Mind Manipulation

Our April WIB-Metro New York event will feature a reading by author M.J. Rose from her latest book, The Collector of Dying Breaths. As Ms. Rose reveals in her novel—which has qualities of both the modern thriller and the historical mystery--scents can lead to powerful manipulations of those around us. This theme relates to studies of the olfactory nerve and its proximity to the amygdale, the area of the brain associated with emotion and memory. Learn from this illustrious speaker about how she uses this exquisite trigger in her storytelling. Along with networking, savory hors d’oeurvres and paired wines, each attendee will get a free copy of Ms. Rose’s newest book.

Coming in May! – SoulCycle Spin Class

WIB-Metro New York plans to promote cardio fitness, have fun, AND network at NYC’s hottest workout center, SoulCycle. Details to follow shortly, so please stay tuned!

Atlanta Chapter Events

WIB-Atlanta YWIB Women’s History Month Event! – History and Science at the Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta’s WIB and YWIB groups have teamed up for Women’s History Month to do an exploration expo at the Atlanta Science Festival! Our members will conduct fun science labs for girls, including candy chromatography, food cross-contamination, a brain demonstration, strawberry DNA extraction, and a lily dissection. To honor Women’s History Month, we will introduce the girls to a famous woman in history who is relevant to each activity. Come to the Atlanta Science Festival and join us at our expo - “Kids just want to have fun… in Science!”

Reschedule of Wine Tasting Event planned for March

Unfortunately we had to cancel the Valentine's Wine & Sweets Tasting event  this month due to uncooperative weather.  We plan to reschedule the wine tasting at The Warren City Club for a night in March. More details to come!

WIB-Atlanta March of Dimes Walk For Babies Team Formed!

We just formed a team for the 4.3-mile walk/run that starts at the Georgia World Congress Center. The walk will take place on April 26, 2014. Interested in joining our team? Click here! If you cannot attend the walk, you are more than welcome to help fundraise or donate. Email Atlanta@womeninbio.org if you have further questions regarding this or other events.

Volunteer! Support the WIB Mission!

WIB-Atlanta wants to help women meet the right people and excel in their careers. We do this by providing community, awarding scholarships, mentoring young professionals, and inspiring girls to pursue STEM careers. The Atlanta chapter has accomplished a lot in its first year, but can do so much more with a larger budget. Sponsorship committee members should expect to contribute part of their time networking to secure funding for events. Email Atlanta@womeninbio.org and express your interests in leading the sponsorship committee.

New Program: Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPs) Starting Up Now in Georgia!

Do you want to meet with other women colleagues in a casual setting and talk about issues regarding your career? Are you looking for suggestions from peers on how to better manage your business, your career, your family, your life? Are you a student looking for similar advice? Our MAPs program is here to help you do just that! We’ll help you connect with nearby colleagues, form a local group, and plan activities. For more information and/or sign up, email Jomy Samuel at Atlanta@womeninbio.org.

RTP Chapter Events


On February 1, 2014, Duke Chemistry Outreach partnered with the Young Women In Bio (YWIB) and WIB-RTP for a CSI: Chemical Forensics Educational Event: “The Case of the Missing Bunny!” This event recruited 3rd and 4th grade girls to conduct experiments to find Maddy, the missing bunny. Using chemical forensic activities, the girls analyzed evidence found at the scene of the crime and identified the likely perpetrator. It was obvious from the high level of engagement and “sounds of science” that the participants, parents, and presenters were having a blast!



Crime scene investigators hard at work on… THE CASE OF THE MISSING BUNNY!

Seattle Metro Chapter Events

Members in the Driver’s Seat – Where are you taking us?

The new Seattle Metro Board of Directors asked for feedback… and you provided it! On February 20, 2014, our chapter held a Town Hall style event to discuss what current and prospective Women In Bio members value--or would value--from WIB. We received a wealth of new and unique ideas, including many that focused on networking and mentoring opportunities; and we integrated this feedback to tailor WIB-Seattle Metro’s 2014 strategy and activities to meet and exceed member expectations. We are excited to put the ideas we discussed into action! It’s not too late to provide input - if you couldn’t make it to this event and have ideas for the coming year, please contact a Board Member today!

Patients as Partners Event Will Be Held in Philadelphia, PA, on March 3-4, 2014

The Conference Forum is proud to present Patients as Partners with CISCRP’s founder Ken Getz as conference chair, along with an exciting speaking faculty representing industry, advocacy, academia, patients and the FDA. Together, they address the latest strategies, technologies and policies to vastly improve the patient experience in clinical trials. WIB members are eligible for a 50% discount when registering! Use code “WIB” when registering to receive the discount. Click here to register.

Applications Now Open for Springboard's Life Science Accelerator

Springboard is recruiting for Springboard: Life Science 2014 - a community-driven accelerator designed to promote and support women-led, life-science companies seeking equity investments or strategic partnerships. Companies that apply will undergo a rigorous screening process before being selected to participate in the program which includes a targeted, hands-on coaching process with industry experts and a two-day intensive Bootcamp workshop in Boston this coming May. Click here to learn more!

2014 BioProcess International Awards

The 2014 BioProcess International Awards celebrate and recognize the outstanding people, organizations and technologies that have significantly changed, impacted, and advanced the efficiency of biotherapeutic development and manufacturing process ultimately allowing the industry to deliver better, more effective treatments to a global patient base. Accepting nominations now! For more information, click here.

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