July 17, 2014
Annalisa Jenkins and attendees at WIB’s annual celebration in sunny San Diego

BIO 2014: A Spectacular Setting for Celebration, Reunions, and New Connections

The BIO conference always provides WIB members and prospective members a great opportunity to reunite with old friends and to make new connections, and BIO 2014 in San Diego was no exception!

WIB kicked off BIO 2014 with the WIB Annual Celebration on Monday, June 23, 2014, where over 200 women and men enjoyed beautiful weather, delicious food and beverages (including the signature "Wonder Women in Bio" cocktail), and great conversation - all on a terrace with a spectacular view overlooking the San Diego Bay.

Great food, drink, and conversation in the California sunshine!

WIB President-Elect Dimitra Georganopolou begins the evening’s program in front of spectacular San Diego Bay

The highlight of the evening was a "fireside chat" with WIB President Simone Fishburn interviewing our incredibly accomplished guest speaker, Annalisa Jenkins. Annalisa regaled the crowd with stories of her pathway to becoming a leading figure in the biopharmaceutical industry (including how she used to hang from a helicopter while with the British Royal Navy!), and offered advice to women on how to succeed in that industry.

WIB President Simone Fishburn and Annalisa Jenkins field questions from the audience

Drawing winner Heather Linehan of BioQuest receives an iPad Mini from Sherri Oslick, WIB National Communications Committee Chair

WIB booth at BIO 2014

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the convention officially started and WIB volunteers manned Booth # 2403, greeting convention attendees and sharing information about our rapidly growing organization. Tuesday afternoon brought the first of two WIB meet-ups:

The Women In Bio-Southern California “Area Professionals and Executives in the Life Science Industry” Meet-Up, where over 50 women had the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow WIB members and prospective members.

The second meet-up, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," was held on the following afternoon, where over 100 women had an opportunity to meet and network with many other convention attendees in WIB's takeoff on speed dating.

Booth raffle winner Rohit Sharma of Applied Biosensors receives his prize from Dimitra Georganopolou

BIO 2015 will take place in Philadelphia, PA, from June 15 through June 18, 2014... We hope to see you there!

WIB Video Library is Now Live!

Ever wished you could view other chapters' events? Now you can! This new member-only benefit allows you to view previously recorded WIB events. Click here and log into your WIB account to access the videos in our WIB video library!

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!

Support Women In Bio While Shopping at Amazon.com

Did you know you can support us while shopping at AmazonSmile at no cost to you? The next time you visit Amazon, be sure to designate Women In Bio as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations. The link can be found here. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WIB. Thanks for your support!

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.

The Grants Procurement Committee needs 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.

Our Communications Committee, specifically for Social Media, needs volunteers to with finding and creating engaging relevant content for Facebook and/or Twitter. If interested, please contact Jamie Strachota.

Congratulations, Jamie!

Women In Bio is delighted to announce that Jamie Strachota, WIB’s Executive Manager and Board Secretary, gave birth to Theodore (Teddy) Andrew Strachota on July 7, 2014. Teddy weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs. and 21.5 inches long. We extend our very best wishes to Jamie and her family!


WIB-RTP YWIB Event – A Visit to Biogen Idec

Young Women In Bio (YWIB) events are dedicated to inspiring girls in their biotechnology education and career choices. We encourage girls’ curiosity in biotechnology while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. Our visit to Biogen Idec today will include exposure to many different female life science professionals, their careers and experiences, an in-depth look at a bioscience organization. We’ll also have a hands-on activity.

Join Us for Our Summer Book Club

Looking for some good summer reading? Then join us on August 7, 2014, for our Summer Book Club series! Our book club will meet at Koinonia Coffeehouse to discuss Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds, by Ping.

MAPs Program Coming to RTP Chapter

WIB-RTP is delighted to announce that it is organizing Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPS) Program groups and inviting interested women to participate! MAPs groups are informal meetings of six to 10 women who share an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. The MAPs program brings together women at different career stages, paths, and backgrounds in a professional yet social atmosphere. Learn more about this great program here! If you want to participate, please complete this online survey. Enrollment for our MAPs group runs through August 29, 2014. Feel free to send any questions you have to MapGroup@womeninbio.org.


WIB-Chicago Book Club Reviews The Confidence Code

Join us on June 29, 2014, for a lively discussion of our featured book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. Join the conversation about how confidence impacts our leadership, success, and fulfillment, and discuss what tools are necessary to achieve personal and professional goals. Bring a copy of the book--and your ideas--and we’ll provide questions to start the discussion.

WIB-Chicago Invites You to Its Third Annual “Metro Meet & Mingle!”

Please join us on August 14, 2014, for our third annual “Metro Meet & Mingle,” a summer networking event held concurrently Downtown and on the Northshore. Pick the location most convenient for you! We welcome WIB-Chicago members and friends, as well as those new to WIB, to meet and mingle over cocktails and light appetizers, and enjoy the company of other professionals in the life sciences. We look forward to seeing you!

Women In Bio Partners with AdvaMed 2014

The AdvaMed 2014 MedTech Conference provides the optimal forum for U.S. and international life science associations to showcase their medical technology sector. PARTNER, NETWORK, and EXPAND your opportunities at AdvaMed 2014 by attending such events as CEOs Unplugged sessions, company presentations, plenary sessions, and receptions! Even more opportunities are available through participation in Sector MeetUps, MedTech partnering, and the Women’s Executive Forum! Women In Bio members receive a 20% discount when they use code “WIB20” during early bird registration for this event! The deadline for registering at this special rate is July 31, 2014.

Join us at AdvaMed 2014!

Call for Volunteers for MAPS program

WIB-Chicago seeks volunteers interested in participating in 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.

Precision Medicine Event Featured on Groks Science Radio Show

How much can our own genetics determine the diagnosis of our illness, or determine the course of treatment? On May 29, 2014, WIB-Chicago hosted a panel discussion on the topic of precision medicine strategies - what precision medicine is, how it came about, what challenges we face, and what the future holds. Chenan Zhang from the Groks Science Show attended the event, and spoke with organizers, attendees, and panelists about precision medicine and the role of women in this rapidly developing field. Zhang’s interviews and a summary of the event were featured on the Groks Science Show radio broadcast on July 2, 2014.

The Groks Science Show is heard on radio stations around the country and is also available as a Podcast.

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents: South Bay Speed Networking Event

Join women from around the Bay Area on August 13, 2014, for a fun evening of Speed Networking! We have had great success with our Speed Networking events around the Bay Area and are excited to put on the latest event in the South Bay! So grab your business cards and polish up your 30-second introduction and join us for a fun, fast-paced evening to meet other women in the Pharma/Biotech Industry. In two hours you’ll mingle, learn fast facts and make new connections. Space is limited, so please register early. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and social time before and after.

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Creates a MAPs Program

Our chapter offers a Mentors, Advisors and Peers (MAPs) program – a unique initiative available free of cost to members living in the Bay Area. During a MAPs meeting, six to ten women meet informally to discuss topics of common professional interest, or individuals are matched with mentors. This is a great opportunity to meet, connect, and learn from women with experience in the Biotech world! Discussion topics include career planning, transitioning careers, work/family balance, managing a team or department, leading or running a company, entrepreneurship, raising capital, and promoting women at work. Interested? To become a WIB member, learn more about the MAPs program, or enroll in the SF-chapter MAPs program, contact us!

Metro New York

WIB-Metro New York Stress-Buster Networking Event at SoulCycle

Join us on July 23, 2014, for an evening where fitness and networking go perfectly together! Climb, jog, sprint, dance, and break exercise boundaries. Forty-five minutes is all it takes to transform the way you look and feel. Get ready for fat-burning cardio, a full-body workout, and choreography to work your core. With inspirational instructors, candlelight, epic spaces, and rocking music, riders can let loose, clear their heads, and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro Event – Networking with Ease

Ever wonder how to end a conversation with someone, or how to carry a plate of food and a drink at a networking event? Does the prospect of walking into a room full of strangers send shivers up your spine? You’re not alone. Networking is vital to our professional success, yet most people struggle with how to do it. Come join us on July 30, 2014, for a presentation by business etiquette consultant, columnist, and President of Clise Etiquette, Arden Clise, on key techniques to help your comfort, confidence, and conversation skills.

Washington DC/Baltimore

WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents a Summer Happy Hour

Meet old friends and make new ones at an informal social on July 31, 2014! Women In Bio will provide the light fare and your first beverage of choice. Stick around for the raffle drawing! Numbers are limited, but walk-ins will accepted until our capacity is reached.

Save The Date! Join Us for An End of Summer Rooftop Potluck

Please join WIB-DC/Baltimore for an evening of fun during our annual rooftop potluck! This event is a great time to network with WIB members and other life science professionals. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 24 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Finnegan's rooftop deck, located at 901 New York Avenue, NW. This event will be generously hosted by Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, an intellectual property law firm with headquarters in Washington DC.

Volunteers Needed for the WIB-DC/Baltimore Programs Committee

Are you interested in planning events, organizing, and networking? Consider volunteering with our Programs committee and working with amazing Women In Bio members! We are gearing up for an exciting fall schedule of educational, networking, and professional development events. Please email dc.baltimore@womeninbio.com if you are interested.

Welcome to the New Vice Chairs of Our MAPs Program!

Leslie Sands

Sarah Ahlbrand

We're pleased to announce that Sarah Ahlbrand and Leslie Sands have joined our Mentors, Advisors and Peers (MAPs) program leadership as the Vice-Chairs! Sarah will assist with the MAPs-University, and Leslie will run MAPs-Groups. We're very excited to have them on board!

Sarah is a PhD student at the University of Maryland, College Park, studying molecular and cellular biology, and has served as a group leader for MAPs-U there. Leslie is a certified Regulatory Affairs professional with over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She earned an MS in Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy from the Massachusetts College Of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Pernix Therapeutics.

If you are interested in joining Sarah, Leslie, and other professional and motivated WIB-DC/Baltimore volunteers, please email us at

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Presents: “The Do’s and Don’ts of IP Strategies”

A well thought-out intellectual property (IP) strategy is crucial for any company driven by technological innovation. On August 13, 2014, two of the nation’s best lawyers, Kate H. Murashige, Ph.D. and Lisa Haile, Ph.D., will share their thoughts on how to maximize return on your invention, protect your niche market from potential competition, optimize an IP strategy for your particular organization, and minimize litigation risks. This event is generously sponsored and hosted by Morrison & Foerster LLP.


YWIB-Event at Tritt Elementary School Needs WIB Volunteers!

WIB-Atlanta is looking for WIB volunteers to join us at Tritt Elementary School on August 18, 2014, as women scientists lead hands-on interactive activities with K through 5 students! This event will include interactive demonstrations on how to make ice cream, a fun color book exercise that explores how scientists look, and a demonstration of what causes allergies. If you are interested in helping to run this fun-filled event please email Jenniffer Stetler at jennifferstetler@gmail.com!

Enjoy the Night Networking with WIB-Atlanta!

August is here! And it’s the perfect time for a warm and lively night of networking at one of our favorite local restaurants on August 19, 2014. If you are new to WIB, come introduce yourself and make sure to bring your business cards - you will meet plenty of biotech professionals. WIB-Atlanta and friends: do join us this night for some fun, sangria, and spirited conversation!

WIB-Atlanta YWIB-Event! - STEM Fair

Join us at the Saint Philip AME Church STEM Fair on August 23, 2014, as women scientists lead hands-on interactive activities with middle-school students! This event will include interactive demonstrations on how to make ice cream, a fun color book exercise that explores how scientists look, and a demonstration of what causes allergies.

Interested in Joining a MAPs Group? Complete Our Questionnaire!

WIB-Atlanta is launching MAPs and MAPs-University Groups! MAPs (Mentors, Advisors and Peers) Groups are informal meetings of six to ten women who share an interest in discussing topics of common professional interest. WIB-Atlanta is also bringing MAPs to local colleges and universities: MAPs-U Groups will be established in various campuses across Metro-Atlanta, serving the students and post-docs and helping them in their career decisions. Interested in joining a MAPs Group? Complete this questionnaire. Interested in joining a MAPs-University group instead? Then complete this questionnaire.

WIB-Atlanta’s Fun Fall Events

Everyone enjoys a happy hour!  Please join us at Eclipse di Luna this August! September will feature a “Dress for Success” workshop and suit drive. And that’s not all! We have been working with Georgia Bio to create the workshop “Paths to Success: Lean In Stories from Female Leaders in Bio.” This event will feature a number of prominent women from different career paths as they discuss their individual journeys. Look for more information on these high caliber events over the coming weeks!

WIB-Atlanta Programs to Watch for in 2014!

Visit the Planned Events tab on the WIB-Atlanta website to see the slate of events our chapter has planned for this year and mark your calendars! Hopefully, early notice will help you plan your schedule so you can attend our offerings over the coming months!


WIB-Pittsburgh P.O.W.E.R. Event!

WIB-Pittsburgh is proud to announce P.O.W.E.R. (Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally) which is a “first-ever” event for the region! The rally on the evening of Monday, September 22, 2014, will feature prominent women-led funding sources and will showcase local women entrepreneurs. We invite you to rally with this outstanding group of women in September. This event is open to everyone -- register today!

 WIB is funded in part by our National Sponsors


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