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May 14, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:


BIO Convention Discount for WIB Members!

The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 15-18, 2015, offering super-charged ideas and opportunities that go far beyond professional development - sessions covering hottest science and cutting-edge topics, daily networking events, 1,700+ exhibitors, and BIO One-on-One Partnering (TM) meetings with thousands of companies. Join the global biotech community in Philadelphia and see how the everyday becomes extraordinary at BIO 2015. Register now at WIB members receive $100 off the Education & Exhibition Access pass for BIO 2015 by using discount code SU2015X.

Registration is open for WIB Plenary Event at BIO 2015

Registration is now open for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event at Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower, which offers breath-taking views of Philadelphia. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet new and familiar faces from across the industry and across the globe. Our Plenary featured speaker will be ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., Director, Office of Translational Sciences Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. This WIB event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking because it brings together people from all corners of the biotech industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities. If you would like to support the WIB Plenary Event, you can learn more here or contact

MAPs Seeks Volunteers for its 1:1 Mentoring Program!

Along with our current MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) groups, we are excited to announce that we are creating a 1:1 Mentoring Program. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this new program. Please contact Lisa Mueller at if you are interested.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

"Opening Doors, Expanding Horizons, Empowering Women to Reach Their Full Potential"

Check out last year's annual event at BIO 2014 and hear stories and advice from Annalisa Jenkins in our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Book Club Presents Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success

Come join WIB-Atlanta book club members on June 11, 2015, for an engaging and insightful discussion on Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive. Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, has personally shared her real-life experience and insights on how to truly thrive and redefine success by focusing on our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. Can’t wait to learn the secrets of how to create a life of well-being, wisdom, and wonder? Sign up today and join us to discuss some revolutionary ways to transform our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives through meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving.

Opportunity for Free Registration to WIB-Atlanta Events

Would you like the chance to attend WIB-Atlanta events for free? WIB-Atlanta is looking for volunteers to work the registration table at the beginning of chapter events. Benefits of this experience include the opportunity to meet and network with event attendees. If you are new to WIB, want to meet people, and want an easy way to initiate professional relationships, this is a great opportunity. Contact to discuss volunteer opportunities that can provide you with free entry into WIB-Atlanta events.

Austin Area

Students, Employers Connect at WIB-Austin April Event

On April 28, 2015, nearly three-dozen women attended WIB-Austin’s second event since launching in the spring to learn about job opportunities within the region’s life science industry. The event, titled “Pursuing A Life Science Career in Central Texas,” drew a diverse crowd that included legal professionals, researchers and senior level executives. The event also attracted women from nearby universities, such as University of Texas at Austin and St. Edwards University, which has helped the chapter grow its student body. Read more.


WIB-Chicago Presents: “Successful Mentorship Tools for Women In Academia, Start-Ups, and Entrepreneurs”

Join WIB-Chicago on May 20, 2015, as we explore successful mentor-mentee relationships. Although behind every successful entrepreneur is a great mentor, this time around come learn from highly established mentors how to be a great MENTEE! Our esteemed panel of mentors will share their experiences mentoring, as well as opine on qualities found in flourishing mentor-mentee relationships. In particular, they will share their advice on finding a mentor, being a good mentee, and building a mutually beneficial mentor-mentee partnership.

Women In Bio-Chicago Explores the Evolving Landscape of Biosimilars

The April 30, 2015, panel discussion on biosimilars was particularly timely as the sale of the first biosimilar approved in the United States struggles through legal issues on its way to market. The panel discussion was expertly moderated by Emily Winfield (Intellectual Property Associate at Duane Morris LLP) and the panel comprised of Sharon Ayd (Former Global Vice President, Innovation & Development, Fresenius Kabi), Kirsten Anderson (Senior Patent Counsel, Baxter Healthcare) and Kevin Nelson (Partner at Duane Morris LLP). The discussion spanned around the business, regulatory, and legal issues faced by the biosimilar industry. We thank our generous event sponsor Duane Morris for hosting this WIB event at their beautiful office in downtown Chicago.

(Left to right) Elese Hanson, WIB-Chicago Program Committee Chair, Emily Winfield, Kirsten Anderson, Sharon Ayd, and Kevin Nelson

The evening provided attendees plenty of opportunities for networking.

Greater Boston
Greater Montréal

La section régionale du Grand Montréal de Femmes en Bio Cocktail de réseautage et de développement professionnel à Ottawa, 4 Juin 2015

La section régionale du Grand Montréal de Femmes en Bio rend visite à Ottawa! Rejoignez-nous pour une soirée de réseautage avec des professionnels du secteur des sciences de la vie d’Ottawa et de Montréal, que ce soit de l'industrie, du gouvernement, du milieu universitaire ou de prestataires de services professionnels. Des membres exécutifs de WIB-Montréal présenteront brièvement les possibilités offertes par cette organisation à Montréal et celles prévues pour Ottawa, comme la sensibilisation de l'industrie, le développement professionnel, le réseautage et le mentorat pour les personnes à tous les stades de leur carrière. En outre, la soirée comprendra une présentation par le coach de communication et de présentation en public d'Ottawa Sylvia Larass, qui discutera de stratégies pour la vulgarisation scientifique à un public non-scientifique dans un contexte professionnel. Boissons (alcoolisées et non alcoolisées) et hors d’œuvre sont inclus.

WIB-Greater Montreal Life Sciences Networking and Professional Development Cocktail in Ottawa, June 4, 2015

The Women in Bio Greater Montreal Chapter is coming to Ottawa! Join us for an evening of networking with professionals from across the Ottawa and Montreal life-sciences sector, be it industry, government, academia or professional service providers. WIB-Greater Montreal Executive members will briefly introduce the opportunities provided by this organization in Montreal and planned for Ottawa, such as industry awareness, professional development, networking, and mentorship for individuals at all career stages. In addition, the evening will feature a presentation by Ottawa-based public speaking and presentation coach Sylvia Larass, who will discuss strategies for communicating science to non-scientist audiences in a professional context. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and canapés are included.


Femmes en Bio-Grand Montréal présentent une conférence sur le remboursement des médicaments

La section régionale de Femmes en Bio du Grand Montréal ainsi que Technoparc Montréal sont heureux d'avoir organisé une conférence d'une demi - journée sur le remboursement des médicaments et sur les ententes relatives à l’inscription de produits au Québec le 16 Avril, 2015 dernier à l'Institut NÉOMED. Plus de 70 participants étaient présents pour écouter un groupe d'expertes provenant du gouvernement, de l’industrie  biopharmaceutique, d’associations de groupes de patients et de l’industrie de l’assurance de personne se prononcer sur les implications du projet de loi  28 sur les ententes relatives à l’inscription de produits ainsi que leur impact sur l'accès et le prix de nouveaux médicaments. Les présentations ainsi que discussions dynamiques entre les conférencières et le public lors de la table ronde ont été suivies par du résautage pendant les pauses café et le déjeuner. WIB-Grand Montréal tient à remercier les conférencières fantastiques (Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Michelle Savoie, Ranya El-Masri, Gail Ouellette, Claude Di Stasio, Kaitlyn Proulx, Nancy Roc Paul et Carole Marcotte), ainsi que nos commanditaires (Technoparc Montréal, Institut NÉOMED, Bereskin & Parr et Merck) pour nous avoir aidé à faire de cet événement un tel succès!

WIB-Greater Montreal Hosts a Half-Day Conference on Drug Reimbursement

The Women in Bio Greater Montreal Chapter and Technoparc Montréal are pleased to have hosted a half-day conference on drug reimbursement and on product listing agreements (PLAs) in Québec on April 16, 2015 at the NEOMED Institute. Over 70 men and women from across the industry came out to hear an expert panel of female speakers representing stakeholders in law, biopharma, market access, patient advocacy, and the insurance industry discuss the implications of the Quebec Bill 28 on product listing agreements, and their impact on access and pricing of new drugs on the market. Engaging discussions between the speakers and audience were followed by networking during coffee breaks and lunch. WIB-Greater Montreal would like to thank our fantastic group of speakers (Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Michelle Savoie, Ranya El-Masri, Gail Ouellette, Claude Di Stasio, Kaitlyn Proulx, Nancy Paul Roc and Carole Marcotte), as well as our sponsors (Technoparc Montréal, NEOMED Institute, Bereskin & Parr and Merck) for helping to make this event such a huge success!

Metro New York

Large Turnout for Spring Networking Event!

More than 50 WIB members and nonmembers--women and men industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers--packed the networking scene at NYC’s Lounge 48 on April 16, 2015. Longtime acquaintances and new friends alike shared mutual interests and the latest industry buzz.

A large crowd of industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and researchers attended WIB-Metro New York’s spring mixer.

Lounge 48 provided a great venue for networking.


A Summer Skyscraper Social - Meet Us on the roof!!!

We hope everyone can join us on June 23, 2015, for summer sunshine and socializing on the rooftop beer garden of Sienna Mercato! Located right in the cultural district, we'll be surrounded be some of Pittsburgh's most famous skyscrapers. Light Italian fare will be provided and there will be beverages available for purchase. We are planning a fun contest with prizes so stay tuned for more information. For now- mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!

Volunteer Roll Call!

We are always looking for volunteers to help on the WIB-Pittsburgh Communications/Marketing, Events/Programming, Membership, and Sponsorship committees! It is a great way to become more involved in the Pittsburgh chapter for all those who are interested. Please send an email to for more information or to start volunteering!


WIB-RTP Presents a YWIB Event at Biogen

Young Women In Bio events are dedicated to inspiring girls in biotechnology education and career choices. We encourage girls’ curiosity in biotechnology while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. This May 20, 2015, event will include exposure to many different female life science professionals, their careers and experiences, an in-depth look at a bioscience organization; and a tour of the facility with four different hands-on activities. The event will end with a pizza party where the girls and life science professionals can chat in an informal setting. This event is open to girls in 6th and 7th grades.

WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits NCCU’s BRITE Program

On April 28, 2015, a group of 10th through 12th graders from the Triangle area enjoyed a visit to North Carolina Central University’s BRITE program. Betty Brown coordinated, and Linda Love hosted the tour, which included a lecture on the biochemistry of inherited disease, a gel electrophoresis experiment to determine genetic markers for Sickle Cell Anemia, and laboratory tours from resident researchers.

The day’s activities gave participants valuable research experience.

The group participated in an experiment that allowed for plenty of collaboration.

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents “Reimbursements: Successful Solutions to Challenges in Biotech”

Entrepreneurs know demonstrating value to payers is key, yet fewer than 50 percent of startups polled by Forbes have team members, board members, or advisors with expertise in the science of ensuring reimbursement of that value. Join Women In Bio on May 19, 2015, in South San Francisco as panelists share their wisdom and present proven solutions to reimbursement challenges in biotechnology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Through example case studies, the panelists will suggest best practices and timelines for attendees to turn strong science into revenue.

SAVE THE DATE! – “Prioritizing Gender Equity: What Does It Take to Reach and Succeed at the “C” and Board Level?" June 11, 2015

Data shows that women and men in the life sciences are equally ambitious when it comes to gaining a seat at the executive or board table – and there are a large number of highly qualified and skilled women actively seeking leadership positions… So why do over 50% of all biotech companies in the US have exclusively male boards? On June 11, 2015, join Women In Bio and growBOLD, an organization of HR professionals in the life sciences, to discuss "Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the “C” and Board level?". We'll hear from veteran life science executives and board members who will share their experience and lessons learned. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST in South San Francisco. Stay tuned for more details, coming soon!

WIB–San Francisco Bay Area Mentors, Advisors and Peers Program Needs Mentors!

Are you an experienced and successful woman in the world of Bio? Are you interested in mentoring? WIB-San Francisco Bay Area offers a MAPs program that provides 1:1 mentoring for young women who are recent graduates or in early to middle stages of their careers. Mentors and Mentees are paired based on common interests, and then meet at mutually convenient times. Mentees typically look for advice in either career development, transitioning to an alternative career, work/family balance, promoting women at work, managing a team, or the entrepreneurial process. Interested in being a Mentor? Get in touch with Vidula Dixit, Chair, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area MAPs Program to obtain more information. You can contact Vidula by emailing her at You can also read this flyer to learn more about our MAPs program’s offerings – please feel free to share it with friends and colleagues!

Careers in the Life Sciences and Transitioning to Industry with Toby Freedman

On April 23, 2015, Women In Bio – San Francisco Bay Area organized a seminar by Toby Freedman, author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development. 70 enthusiastic women took part in the event organized at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus in conjunction with UCSF Women in Life Sciences (WiLS). Amanda Mason, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Program Committee member and UCSF student, made opening remarks in support of the benefits of WIB membership and introduced Toby Freedman. Toby gave a very interesting seminar which included an overview of the many career options in life sciences, and how different careers compare in terms of work/life balance and other factors. Additionally, Toby spoke about practical steps to take while in academia to assist in the transition to a rewarding career in life sciences industry.

Toby Freedman discusses career options in the life sciences

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro Presents a Panel Discussion on Personalized Medicine

Join a panel of speakers on May 28, 2015, to discuss current topics in personalized medicine including pharmacogenomics, personal oncology diagnostics, direct to consumer health apps, and wearables.

Becoming a Better Influencer: Persuading with Ease and Getting Results with Shari Storm

On April 21, 2015, WIB-Seattle presented “Becoming a Better Influencer: Persuading with Ease and Getting Results” with Shari Storm, author of Motherhood is the New MBA, and owner of Category 6 Consulting. Every workplace can be stressful, and in times of change and uncertainty, the stress levels can go into overdrive. Shari showed how tips and techniques that are successful in families can also be successful in the office. How do you get your kids to do their homework, or clean up after themselves? Turn the activity into a game, and then reward the outcome. How do you get co-workers to adopt a new process or procedure? Present it as a challenge- describe the thought process that is behind the new procedure so they understand the motivation of the changes, and then make small changes and gauge the reaction. Change is a process, so orchestrate small changes to let everyone get used to new ideas. When the goal is achieved, don’t forget to Celebrate! Ring the cowbell!

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Presents “Rare Diseases: Obstacles of Rare Disease Healthcare & Promise of the Precision Medicine Initiative”

WIB is putting “The Patient First” on June 25, 2015. We have assembled a panel moderated, by Linda Strause, Ph.D., an expert on clinical research and passionate advocate of rare disease research, to speak to the scientific, economic, political, and emotional realities of rare disease knowledge, funding, and advocacy. The expert panel, including a patient, physician, clinical research expert, and experienced patient advocate, promises to stimulate discussion and bring awareness to the need for solutions. Learn more about our panelists.

U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference Coming to San Diego in June

WIB-Southern California is happy to promote the fourth annual U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference which will take place from June 29 – July 1, 2015, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. WIB members are eligible for a $100 conference registration discount. Learn more in the “Other Interests” section below!

WIB Membership Leads to Networking, Leadership, and Long Lasting Relationships!

Women In Bio is an organization of professionals who are committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences. If you are already a member, enrich your WIB experience and help us achieve our mission by participating in chapter events and by volunteering for various leadership opportunities that our chapter provides! We encourage you to attend the WIB events that our chapter provides, and support our chapter’s future events by spreading the word to members and non-members. You can inspire others by taking leadership roles in our chapter’s steering committee. Your goals in joining WIB can be best realized by becoming more involved, so get involved in any way you can! If you have questions about how to become more involved in our chapter, please contact our leadership team at

Membership Discount for Biocom Members!

Biocom members can save 25% on WIB membership costs! If you are a Biocom member, contact to learn more and receive the discount code.

“Speed Networking and Slow Drinking” Event is Fun, Beneficial

WIB’s Southern California Chapter held our fun and beneficial “Speed Networking and Slow Drinking” event in Knobbe Martens’ beautiful conference room. The networking and socializing officially began after Rose Thiessen, with Knobbe Martens, welcomed everyone to their impressive venue and even joined in on the fun with all of our participants. Every four minutes the timer would sound off and participants would meet with a different individual. Individuals were introduced, business cards were exchanged, companies were described, and tasty snacks and beverages were enjoyed by all. It was a great time for everyone who attended!

Rose Thiessen welcomes the networking event’s participants

The scene at Knobbe Martens on May 7, 2015

Washington DC/Baltimore

WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents “A Fresh Start Part 2: Continuing your Career Development”

Join us on May 20, 2015, for the next phase of our January 2015 career webinar for more in-person learning!  Our January panelists--Rosemary Sisco, Laura Woermer, and Alison Cardy--will join us at the Germantown Innovation Center to provide feedback on elevator pitches. We will provide individualized time for each participant to practice her pitch, followed by whole-group feedback from all three coaches/recruiters, as well as time to network over light refreshments.

WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB Presents: “Exploring Nanotechnology! A look inside Pixelligent Technologies LLC”

Young Women In Bio invites middle school students to Pixelligent Technologies for an afternoon of nanotechnology exploration! On May 21, 2015, discover the science behind products made at one of our local nano companies here in Baltimore. This event is open to girls in grades 6 through 8, and these students will have the opportunity to meet with female scientists, tour the facility, and perform an experiment! Come join us for this fun and informative science event!

WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB Visits IMET to Learn about Marine and Environmental Research

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) & Marine Biology is an institution designed to foster protection and restoration of coastal marine systems, their watersheds and human health. On May 28, 2015, please join a gathering of 8 college level women on a path to discover the technologies in the world of marine biology.

Become a Sponsor for the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Help us meet our goals!

Support the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Being a sponsor gives your company the opportunity to interact with members, a WIB annual membership, and a great chance to display your company logo for WIB events! Does your organization want to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences? Then consider becoming our WIB chapter sponsor! Since our chapter represents a network of more than 230 members, your brand name will spread easily within and beyond our community. Furthermore, by sponsoring our monthly education and networking events, you will bring true values that promote our members’ professional growth in careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship. For more details, feel free to contact our sponsorship committee chair, Bianca Farias at

Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications, Membership, Sponsorship, and Program committees!

Looking for opportunities to improve your leadership and communication skills through WIB? Consider volunteering with our communications, membership, program, or sponsorship committees! All these diverse committees are seeking amazing WIB volunteers to help with exciting projects such as social media marketing, membership driving as well as events planning for the upcoming year. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as future leaders for the DC/Baltimore chapter. Contact to learn more and to volunteer!

WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB Attends Naval STEM Exposition

On April 12, 2015, the WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio attended the “Naval Stem Exposition” as a way to get the word out about our program. In the process of setting up a booth, we also taught children about DNA by having them make stands of DNA by using gummies candies and licorice. According to the exposition organizers, more than 1000 attendees had been expected. Our table generated a huge crowd alongside other exposition vendors as “Science Brothers,” “Virtual Flight Academy,” and numerous Robotic displays. The event ended with a talk given by former Astronaut Frank Culbertson, and we generated numerous leads for future YWIB members. Overall the event was fun and educational, and thanks to Northrop Grumman and the Navel League who were the major sponsors of the event.

Setting up the WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio booth


U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference Offers Discount to WIB Members

WIB-Southern California is happy to promote the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference which will take place from June 29 – July 1, 2015, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. This highly-regarded national conference assembles the best minds in business, education, and government to work toward a self-sustaining STEM pipeline that ensures opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender, race, socio-economic, or cultural background. During this conference the entire STEM community will have the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and share with experts and advocates who are proactively working to advance the STEM agenda for national change. WIB members receive a $100 registration fee discount when using code WIB100. Learn more and register.

2015 Health Innovation Hub

Springboard’s Health Innovation Hub is a collaboration platform advancing the growth of women-led digital health and life science companies with access to sources of funding, partnerships, and advisors. Learn more on their website, download the 1-pager, or apply here.

To take advantage of a free subscription to WIB-Smartbrief, a weekly newsletter that will keep you updated about women making a difference in biotech and life sciences, please sign up here.

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