March 13, 2014                                                                                                        
 Women's History Month Is In Full Swing!

Women In Bio’s celebration of Women’s History Month goes into full swing this week with events in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Boston! These and other WIB chapter events across North America are 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 11 chapters are holding 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!

WIB Membership Discount During March! Join Now!!

If you've considered joining WIB, there is no better time to do so than now! In honor of Women’s History Month, throughout March WIB will offer 20% off of our normal membership rates. Take advantage of this discount and join us for only $76 (general membership) or $40 (student/post-doc membership). Interested? To join, visit and use promo code: March20%off.

 Women In Bio Partners With BioTalent Canada! New Canadian Chapters Being Planned!

Women In Bio proudly announces a new partnership with BioTalent Canada that will expand WIB activities in Canada to help women advance their careers in the life sciences. WIB currently has an active chapter in Greater Montreal, and plans to add new chapters in additional Canadian cities to be announced. Stay tuned for news on upcoming developments!

Chemical Heritage Foundation's Stories from the Field

For Women’s History Month, Chemical Heritage Foundation converted the Stories from the Field podcast to an audio library, categorized into: “Inspiring Messages,” “Overcoming the Odds,” and “Family and Career.” Many of our WIB members are participants! Check them out at:

Registration Opening Next Week:  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 the Hilton San Diego Bayfront 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. Registration will open next week!

WIB's New Job Board is Up and Running!

Women In Bio has a job board!  Visit 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.  



 Meet Regina (Wedge) Cheung, WIB National Chair, Grants Procurement

Wedge is responsible for identifying funding agencies and leading the submissions of proposals that leverage the initiatives and WIB's mission. She has been supporting the grants committee over the past year and recently accepted the Chair position – and we are thrilled! Wedge is an associate at CardioVascular Resource Group, where she serves pharma/biotech clients with a wealth of problem solving methods acquired from her PhD training (Immunology) at Stanford, from the data-driven technical approach of her undergraduate training in mechanical engineering at Caltech, and from her master’s degree studies at MIT (also in mechanical engineering).

2014 BIO International Convention Comes to San Diego in June!
The world’s most influential biotech meeting is coming to San Diego during June 23 – 26, 2014, offering four days of career-boosting opportunities you won’t find anywhere else:

  • Face-to-face partnering meetings with thousands of companies
  • Hundreds of company presentations from up-and-coming innovators
  • World-renowned speakers leading keynote luncheons and super sessions
  • Specialty forums, offering in-depth analysis of hot topics
  • Session tracks covering timely issues in research and development, intellectual property, market access, and commercialization - and more!
  • Over 1,700 exhibitors offering a competitive edge in all fields—from digital health to bioprocess
  • Exciting networking events - including Monday’s welcome reception on the USS Midway

Join the global biotech community in San Diego to discover where BIO 2014 can take you! Click here to register!

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. This event is closed; however, a small number of full conference tickets may become available. If you are interested in one of these tickets, please send an email to before 8 a.m. PST on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Chicago Chapter Events

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!

New Connections Made at WIB-Chicago’s First Speed Networking Event

On February 19, 2014, WIB-Chicago hosted its first annual speed networking event. A vibrant and diverse group of women braved the cold to gather in River North for an evening of speed networking, cocktails, and appetizers in Castle Chicago’s beautiful Cabaret Room. Through a series of sequential six minute interactions, participants rotated through the event space and had the opportunity to network with each of the other participants. Many new connections were made and a great time was had by all!

Looking to get involved in WIB-Chicago? 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

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

Women in Bio-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!

Greater Boston Chapter Events

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!

WIB-Greater Boston Kicks Off the Year with Dress for Success Event

On January 30, 2014, WIB-Greater Boston kicked off 2014 in style by partnering with Dress for Success to offer suits, shoes, and other professional attire to women in need of something to wear for their next job interview. The event started with introductions by all chapter leaders and a review of upcoming planned activities for WIB-Greater Boston. The group also learned more about the Dress for Success organization and had an opportunity to network.

WIB-Greater Boston kick-off event, January 30, 2014.

Collecting professional attire for the Dress for Success program.

 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.                                    

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
Entrepreneur Roundtable Discussion Sparks Stimulating Conversation
Johns Hopkins University - Shady Grove hosted local entrepreneurs on February 25, 2014, for a discussion of current hurdles they face in starting companies. Topics that the entrepreneurs explored included funding, regulatory issues, and local support for startups. Discussion also included ideas for creating an entrepreneur mentoring network in the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter. Many thanks to Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, ReedSmith, and TEDCO for sponsoring this event!
Seattle Chapter Events

WIB-Seattle Metro Women’s History Month Event! – How Are We Doing, Madame Curie? A Look at the State of Women in Life Sciences

In honor of Women’s History month, WIB Seattle Metro will take a look at the state of women in the life sciences. What would Marie Curie think if she were alive today? Have women made sufficient strides? Is the glass ceiling harder to break in the life sciences than in other sectors? How do industry, government, and academia differ in this regard? Come join on March 20, 2014, us for roundtable discussions as we talk about where women have made progress and where we have yet to go in the State of Women in Life Sciences. Click here to learn more!

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!

Femmes en Bio Grand Montréal: Les 4 Force vitales pour établir des relations fructueuses par Frema Engel le 25 mars, 2014

Dans la base de toutes connections humaines, les relations avec autrui font partie de nos plus grand atout dans l’élaboration d’une stratégie lors du développement de notre réussite professionnelle. Entant que thérapeute familial et de couple et à travers ses années d’expérience en milieu professionnel, Frema Engel possède une riche connaissance sur les relations professionnelles qui permettent d’améliorer l'efficacité organisationnelle. Lors de son séminaire interactif le 25 Mars prochain de 17:30-20:00, Frema partagera son expertise sur la façon dont vous pouvez utiliser l'établissement de relations comme une stratégie d'entreprise ce qui vous aidera à devenir plus efficaces dans votre carrière ou dans votre entreprise. En prime, vous serez en mesure d'appliquer ces mêmes stratégies pour favoriser des relations saines et épanouissantes dans votre vie personnelle. Une partie de la présentation sera donné en Français. La soirée comprendra également du réseautage au cours d'une réception vin et fromage. Nous nous réjouissons d’avance de vous y rencontrer!.

WIB Greater Montreal Presents “The 4 Cornerstones to Build Successful Relationships” on March 25, 2014

As the basis of every human transaction, relationships are our biggest asset and strategy for building our professional success. Frema Engel, a personal, couple and family therapist, will discuss her knowledge of organizational effectiveness by sharing her framework on how to use relationship-building as a business strategy to help become more successful in your career or business, as well as foster healthy and fulfilling relationships in your personal life. Parts of the presentation will be in French.The evening will include networking during a wine and cheese reception. We look forward to seeing you there!

RTP Chapter Events

WIB-RTP Invites You to Our Spring Networking Event! March 24, 2014

Mingle with life science professionals in an informal setting right in the heart of Research Triangle Park! Our event will include WIB's signature structured networking, as well as open networking activities designed to promote interactions – ensuring you leave with new meaningful connections. Additionally, this month we are supporting Dress for Success Triangle NC, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women succeed in work and in life. We will collect gently worn shoes and handbags for this organization to donate to women in the RTP community. Food and drink will be provided. Interested? Click here!

WIB-RTP Learns “How to Dare to be Yourself”

WIB-RTP held its Women's History Month event on February 24, 2014, at Biogen Idec in Research Triangle Park. Titled, “How to Dare to be Yourself? Innovate and Stay Standing!” the event brought in more than 170 attendees! An inspiring keynote address by Anne Whitaker from Sanofi, was followed by a panel discussion on authentic leadership and women’s roles in modern day organizations.

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. Click here to learn more... Come to the Atlanta Science Festival and join us at our expo - “Kids just want to have fun… in Science!”

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 if you have further questions regarding this or other events.

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

Volunteers Needed to Share Their Stories!

During the fall of 2014, the YWIB-Atlanta Chapter will partner with Career Girls Organization to interview and film career path stories of women from the Healthcare and Life sciences Industries. We are looking for dynamic women volunteers to share their success stories and motivate the next generation of young women scientists and professionals! Do you have a story to share? Email!

Volunteer! Support the WIB Mission!

Women In Bio-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 and express your interests in leading the sponsorship committee.

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!

Scientific Presentation Skills Workshop on February 26, 2014

Judy Cameron, Ph.D., shared techniques for engaging an audience and effectively communicating the message to them. Even some of our more experienced public speakers walked away from the event with new ideas! During the event, participants nibbled on delicious treats from Big Burrito Catering while practicing Judy’s tips, real-time. Please continue the robust discussion from this workshop by sharing your ideas for effective presentations on the Women In Bio - Pittsburgh Facebook page! Looking forward to seeing you at the next event! Many thanks to Cognition Therapeutics for sponsoring our event, and to Revv Oakland for donating the space in which we met.

WIB-Pittsburgh scientific presentation skills workshop.

Help Our Mission and Become Involved!

Become more involved with the Pittsburgh chapter by joining one of our committees. Contact 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.


Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit Comes to New York in April!

On April 2, 2014, over 400 venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, and CEOs of early stage and emerging growth life sciences, med-tech, healthcare and healthcare IT companies will be at the Digital Sandbox in New York City. Interested in attending? WIB members can receive 10% off the early bird rate by entering “wibvip” during registration. For more information, click here!

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. Participants gain unique exposure to Springboard’s nationwide network of VCs, angels, corporate investors, seasoned entrepreneurs, and strategic partners through a variety of virtual and in-person events, and presentation assessment opportunities. 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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