April 24, 2014

A Fond Look Back On Women’s History Month – And a Look Ahead to BIO 2014!

Women In Bio’s WHM events have all been held, and this enewsletter issue concludes our coverage of Women’s History Month 2014 with event recaps and photos from our Greater Montreal, Pittsburgh, DC/Baltimore, and Greater Boston chapters. Additionally, the commemorative brochure, containing expanded coverage of all WIB and YWIB Women’s History Month events, will come out soon to look back upon our celebration of the contributions that generations of women have made. With this issue, the enewsletter bids farewell to WHM 2014 and turns its attention another—upcoming—celebration: BIO 2014!

Limited Space Available for the WIB Annual Celebration – Reserve Your Spot!

Annalisa Jenkins

Join us for an exciting evening at the Women In Bio Annual Celebration Reception on June 23, 2014 at BIO 2014! At this event you will have the opportunity to network with influential women leaders from around the world. Additionally, our event will feature keynote speaker, Annalisa Jenkins MD, a leading figure in the biopharmaceutical industry. Reserve your spot at our Annual Celebration and listen first-hand to Dr. Jenkins’ personal story and rise to success.

Join Us in San Diego at BIO 2014!

This year WIB has a stellar line-up of events at BIO 2014!

  • We start off with our first planned Meet-Up session, "Women In Bio-Southern California Area Professionals and Executives in the Life Science Industry," on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. While this informal gathering is open to all BIO attendees, it should be particularly valuable for attendees based in Southern California - providing a low-key setting for current and prospective WIB-Southern California chapter members to meet industry peers and discuss professional interests.
  • Next, we have a second Meet-Up session, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. At this gathering, current and prospective WIB members will have the opportunity to speed network with industry peers and discuss professional interests. This Meet-Up is open to all BIO attendees.

A Women In Bio booth will be located in the BIO 2014 Exhibit Hall (Booth #2403). Stop by, say hello, and learn more about our rapidly growing organization!

Planning to register for BIO 2014? WIB members can save $50 off the cost of Exhibition Access! When registering, usecoupon code SA50This offer ends on May 1, 2014.

Women In Bio Partners with SmartBrief

WIB has partnered with SmartBrief to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter, WIB SmartBrief, which brings the most important and timely news stories about women in all areas of the life sciences. WIB President Simone Fishburn states, “Women In Bio is delighted to partner with SmartBrief and to bring this valuable informative resource to industry professionals and scientists across the life sciences. We are thrilled about the opportunity to shine a light on the contributions made by women in the field and the issues important to them. Advancing gender equity in the life sciences is an important part of our mission.” Learn more about WIB SmartBrief and to sign up for this free enewsletter!

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Check Out WIB's Job Board!

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. You can also 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!  



 Volunteers needed for National Committees!

The National Mentors, Advisors, and Peers program is expanding, and we need volunteers to help on the committee. Volunteer roles will include: helping to expand MAPs or MAPs-University to more chapters, establishing a virtual MAPs program, and setting up a database of topics and articles to be used during MAPs meetings. You don’t need a current MAPs group affiliation to help! If you are interested in joining the MAPs committee, please send an email to the National MAPs Program Chair.

We also need volunteers to help us identify and/or apply for grants applicable to WIB. As our organization grows and expands its reach, we will become eligible for more grant opportunities – and we need your help! If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Jamie Strachota for more information.

WIB National Seeking Social Media Volunteers!

Assist National Communications with finding and creating engaging relevant content for Facebook and/or Twitter. If interested, please contact Jamie Strachota at info@womeninbio.org.

Seattle Chapter Events

Women Who Have Changed the Game - Now it’s Your Turn!

To honor Women’s History Month in March, we explored the state of women in the life sciences. The vibrant discussions from this event called out the many important issues that we as women face in this sector. During our April 30, 2014, event, women executives of influence from our local life sciences industry will lead roundtable discussions on how they’ve “changed the game” to succeed. Join us at this critical discussion to hear these leaders’ experiences and how they can help YOU take your career to the next level!

Boston Chapter Events

Women in the Beer Industry and the Science of Brewing

Join Women In Bio - Greater Boston on May 6, 2014, for an evening that celebrates women in the beer industry, and the science of brewing! Kristen Sykes, former Executive Director of Massachusetts Brewers Guild, will moderate a panel discussion of brewers who will speak about the biology and chemistry of the brewing process, conduct a guided tasting, and discuss the history of women in the brewing industry.

WIB-Greater Boston’s Women’s History Month Event! - Nonprofit Advocacy in the Biotech Industry 

Our WHM event focused on nonprofit advocacy in the biotech industry. The event included a panel of four female nonprofit leaders, and was moderated by Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene. During the session, our panel discussed many aspects of working within the nonprofit research sector, including: how they became involved in nonprofit work; their passion for connecting the right resources to create value; and how they raise funding. The panelist discussion was followed by a question and answer session that explored such topics as difficulties navigating a leadership role as a woman, and work/life balance for women in the nonprofit world. The evening’s activities closed after some networking with more than 40 people still in attendance! Thanks to the Broad Institute for sponsoring our event!

Joanne Kamens introduces the evening’s panel (from left to right): Jessica Goodman, Corrie Painter, Magali Haas, and Gayathri Srinivasan.

Networking at The Broad Institute, March 6, 2014

RTP Chapter Events

Learn How to Raise Capital

Gain insight into how Wall Street works from our featured speaker, Heather Smith, the Managing Director, Head of Private Financing Solutions, at Sagent Advisors! During this invaluable session on May 19, 2014, you will learn from her how to customize your capital through private market funding solutions.

Metro New York Chapter Events

Coming in May! – Cocktail Party for New York Bio’s 2014 Conference

WIB-Metro New York is throwing a party to mark the NYBio Conference! Come to our party and get a leg up on fostering relationships to help grow your career and business. More details to follow soon!

Coming in June! - 5K Walk/Run with JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Run with the best of ‘em at this high-profile NYC run/walk… and have fun too! The race will be held over two evenings: June 4 and 5, 2014. More details to follow!

SoulCycle Spin Class is Forthcoming

Women in Bio-Metro New York plans to promote cardio fitness, have fun, AND network at NYC’s hottest workout center, SoulCycle. Please stay tuned for more details.

Chicago Chapter Events

Save The Date - Precision Medicine Program Coming in May

The adoption of precision medicine is one of the most significant changes in healthcare because it provides dramatically improved diagnosis, prognosis, and patient treatment procedures. Yet, tailored healthcare delivery based on individual-specific molecular data has many obstacles to overcome. Join us in downtown Chicago on May 29th for networking and a panel discussion to learn more about the implications, challenges, and strategies shaping the evolving field of precision medicine. This event will be made possible through the generous sponsorship of Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Pharma Start.

Call for Volunteers for MAPS program

WIB-Chicago seeks volunteers to help organize MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, Peers) groups in the Chicagoland area. MAPs groups have informal meetings of six to ten women who have an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. The program strives to bring together people of different career stages, paths, and backgrounds in a professional yet social atmosphere – group mentoring at its best! This is a great way to get involved in WIB-Chicago and meet other dynamic women in the local life sciences community. Interested? Contact Chicago@womeninbio.org for more information.

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 chicago@womeninbio.org.

DC/Baltimore Chapter Events

Networking Happy Hour will Ring In the Warm Weather!

Spring is here! Rejoice with other WIB members! Network! Make new friends! Join us on May 1, 2014, at our happy hour event to celebrate the arrival of May and (hopefully) May flowers from our ample April showers. This is a great opportunity for you to welcome the warm weather and share summer plans.

Charity Walk to Support the National Kidney Foundation

Support a great cause on May 17, 2014, by joining friends and colleagues for the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk! Catch up on your exercise, and network with others over the course of this three mile long, easy-paced walk! All walking levels are welcome! Interested in participating? Registration is free!

Women’s History Month Celebration Honors Trailblazers in the Life Sciences!

On March 18, 2014, WIB-DC/Baltimore celebrated WHM by honoring two local trailblazers for women in the life sciences: Dr. Judith Britz, Executive Director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, and Gianna Arnold, Esq., Partner in Intellectual Property & Technology practice, and Vice Chair of the Life Science practice at Saul Ewing, LLP. A reception was followed by reflections from Judy and Gianna on their career paths, trials endured by the previous generation of women in science, and advice they've given to their daughters. The audience asked questions ranging from how tough decisions were made to what practical steps can be taken to get women into board rooms. The evening was both intimate in the personal experiences shared by Judy and Gianna, and inspiring in the many accomplishments of both of these women.

WIB-DC/Baltimore Gives Career Panel Discussion at Johns Hopkins University

The meeting room was filled beyond capacity as women of Johns Hopkins turned out in large numbers to attend this event on March 26, 2014. The panel--comprised of WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter members—described the paths that their careers have taken outside academia, and candidly discussed their lives as women in the biosciences. A wide range of topics were covered, including advice for graduate students' professional development, networking tips, experiences at start-up companies, the challenge of balancing work with family life, and much more. Wish you were there? The entire event was recorded, and is available for viewing!

Come One, Come All to the Next Baltimore Meetup Discussion!

The Baltimore Meetup is a group of WIB and non-WIB professionals who meet on the second Thursday of every month for networking and facilitated discussion of a selected topic. Join us at the University of Maryland BioPark, Institute for Genome Science, on May 8, 2014, as we meet with Dr. Linda Yaswin-Corkery, Cheron Jones, and Dr. Linda Saffer, to discuss this month’s topic: “Finding Your Inner Voice: Learning How to Speak Up in Scientific and Business Settings.” This event is free and open to all!

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Events

YWIB Visit to Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Biodesign will host San Francisco Bay Area middle and high school girls (6-12th grade) for an exciting afternoon on April 28, 2014! The girls will learn how novel biomedicine technologies are invented and implemented. After check-in we’ll have a tour of Biodesign, followed by activities with Biodesign fellows. Next, we’ll have a Pizza Party, question-and-answer session with Biodesign fellows, and collect your feedback on our visit. UPDATE: This event is currently closed, but late registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

Discussion of the Product Path to Market

You have a product idea, you have secured funding, and you have built your executive team… so what's next? Join our distinguished panel on May 20, 2014, for a discussion of the key areas involved in bringing your product to market. Our event will examine this critical time frame in the lifecycle of a product. Learn about issues you need to identify and address at this stage in the product development process to ensure a smoother path to market!

YWIB Visit to Stanford University’s CHARM Laboratory!

Stanford University’s Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab invites San Francisco Bay Area middle school girls for an afternoon discovering the fun and challenge of science careers! We’ll meet Professor Allison Okamura, director of the CHARM Lab, and Dr. Ilana Nisky. We will also have small group demonstrations of current research and chat with Lab researchers about their work. Our visit to the CHARM Lab will wrap up with a pizza dinner. Check it out!

Pittsburgh Chapter Events

Take Your Career to the Next Level with Social Media!

Today’s social media platform provides us with a powerful resource for communicating with a wide range of people and promoting our careers. Nonetheless, many of us miss the opportunity to take full advantage of this platform as we navigate through our careers. Join us on May 21, 2014, for a discussion featuring an impressive panel of women who will share their insights, strategies, and expertise in the art of using social media to take your career to the next level.

SAVE THE DATE: YWIB to Host an “Expand Your Horizons” Event

On June 14, 2014, YWIB-Pittsburgh will host this event for young women at Robert Morris University. Please stay tuned for more details.

WIB-Pittsburgh Celebrates Women’s History Month with Its Inaugural YWIB Event!

We are excited to announce that YWIB-Pittsburgh officially launched on Saturday, April 5, 2014, with an event for local Girl Scouts—grades 4 through 7--at the Carnegie Science Center! General reaction to this event is summed up by one Scout who exclaimed, “This is cool!” The event began with program coordinators, Julie Breckenridge and Melanie Peffer, sharing personal stories of how women break barriers to professional success. Over the next two hours, the girls visited stations that highlighted women scientists and their accomplishments throughout history and today. Each station also offered an opportunity for the girls to explore STEM through hands-on activities. At the event’s end, each girl had the opportunity to continue her exploration of science by visiting the Carnegie Science Center and its interactive exhibits.

Experiencing the work of Nobel Laureate, Linda Buck, via a hands-on activity

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.

WIB-Pittsburgh Member Spotlight: Meet Maria Fagan

Maria Fagan brings extensive experience and insight to our local chapter. Maria combined her experience with medical devices, personnel management, and her entrepreneurial spirit to co-found Regulatory and Quality Solutions LLC (“R&Q”). She says that WIB provides a unique venue for mentorship: “Females definitely need good mentors, especially after having children – peopletend to discount them after that.” To read the entire summary, click here.

Atlanta Chapter Events

WIB-Atlanta March of Dimes Walk For Babies!

We're getting ready to walk for the March of Dimes on April 26, 2014! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. Interested in learning more? Click here for more information on this important event!

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 Atlanta@womeninbio.org!

Vice Chair Needed for the Mentors, Advisors, Peers Program

The Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPs) program was developed to allow WIB members to meet other women in an informal, intimate setting to exchange career information and provide career/personal advice. Different mentoring styles (peer-to-peer, early-in-career, and advanced pairings) are available for students and professionals. Our Chapter is looking for a volunteer who is passionate about helping other women establish themselves in their careers and find a work-life balance. This person would serve as a MAPs program Vice-Chair, helping develop all aspects of the MAPs program across the Metro Atlanta area, and working closely with the WIB-Atlanta MAPs Chair. Contact Atlanta@womeninbio.org to get involved!

Support the WIB-Atlanta Mission by Volunteering!

Women In Bio-Atlanta wants to help our women build their networks and excel in their careers! We do this by providing community and informational seminars, awarding scholarships, mentoring, and organizing community outreach. Opportunities to help us achieve our mission are available in the Programming, Communications, Sponsorship, YWIB, MAPs and Membership committees. Email Atlanta@womeninbio.org and get involved today!

Montréal Chapter Events

Femmes en Bio-Grand Montréal vous invite à une soirée printanière 30 avril, 2014

Avec l'arrivée du beau temps venez déguster du bon vin, de la bière, et un assortiment de délicieux hors-d'œuvre lors de la soirée printanière de la section régionale de Montréal de Femmes en Bio. Le réseautage sera entrecoupé de courts séminaires donnés par des femmes influentes dans le secteur des sciences la vie sur des sujets qui seront pertinents aux professionnels ainsi qu’aux cadres. Nous vous invitons chaleureusement à cette soirée qui promet d'être des plus animées!

WIB-Greater Montreal Invites You to a Spring Soirée April 30, 2014

Welcome the onset of warm weather by enjoying wine, beer, and an assortment of delectable hors d’oeuvres among fellow professionals at WIB-Greater Montreal’s spring soirée. Networking will be interspersed with spotlights given by influential women in Montreal’s life sciences sector on topics relevant to rising professionals and senior executives alike. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an evening of lively discussion!

Mini Programme de mentorat aux étudiants mai, 2014

Vous êtes dans les débuts de votre carrière et intéressés à acquérir les compétences nécessaires pour assurer une bonne transition du milieu universitaire à l'industrie? Le chapitre du Grand Montréal des femmes en bio offre un atelier interactif pour vous aider à y parvenir!

WIB-Greater Montreal – Student Mentorship Mini Program May, 2014

Are you in the early stages of your career, and interested in developing the skills necessary to transition from academia to industry? If so, WIB-Greater Montreal offers a 3-part interactive workshop to help you develop those skills!

YWIB-Greater Montreal Women’s History Month Event: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists!

La deuxième activité des Jeunes femmes en bio du Grand Montréal, qui était tenue au centre de recherche sur le cancer Morris Goodman de l'Université McGill, a été un grand succès. Dix-sept filles de 9e année étaient complètement captivées par les présentations sur l'histoire des femmes dans les sciences données par des étudiants des cycles supérieurs. Au laboratoire, les jeunes femmes étaient intriguées pendant des démonstrations de 4 différentes techniques d'identification. Après le déjeuner, les filles ont partagé leurs réflexions et ont posé de nombreuses questions pertinentes pendant des présentations portant sur les différents cheminements de carrière qu'elles pourraient entreprendre après une formation universitaire en sciences de la vie. Cet événement atteint notre objectif de stimuler l'intérêt des élèves de 9e aux sciences de la vie et de leur présenter les nombreuses possibilités de carrières enrichissantes possibles dans ce domaine. Nous sommes ravies par les commentaires positifs que nous avons reçus des participantes et leur professeur!

YWIB-Greater Montreal’s second activity, held at McGill University’s Morris Goodman Cancer Centre, was a great success. The seventeen grade 9 girls were thoroughly captivated as graduate students presented talks on the history of women in science. The young women were intrigued as they participated in laboratory demonstrations of 4 different identification techniques. Following lunch the girls shared their thoughts and asked many pertinent questions as they were presented with the different career paths they could pursue after academic training in the life sciences. This event met our objective of stimulating the 9th graders’ interest in the life sciences and introducing them to the many opportunities for enriching careers in this area. We are thrilled by the outstanding feedback received from the participants and their teacher!

Welcomes and introductions at McGill University

YWIB-Montreal event participants break for lunch


Nominations Are Open for 2014 BioProcess International Awards!

The 2014 BioProcess International Awards recognize the People, Organizations, and Technology Applications that have significantly changed, impacted, and advanced the efficiency of biotherapeutic development and manufacturing processes. Award nominations are Now Open! The nomination deadline is June, 2014. The awards ceremony will be held in October, 2014. 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. 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. 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!

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