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June 11, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:


Online Registration Ends Tomorrow for the Women In Bio Plenary Event at BIO 2015!

Online registration ends tomorrow for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event. Join us this coming Monday 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. WIB wishes to thank Ewing Cole, GlaxoSmithKline, and Paragon Bioservices for their generous sponsorship of this event. If you would like to support the WIB Plenary Event, there is still time to do so! You can learn more here or contact

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 members receive $100 off the Education & Exhibition Access pass for BIO 2015 by using discount code SU2015X.

Join Us in Philadelphia at BIO 2015!

This year WIB has a stellar line-up of events

  • Monday, June 15: Women In Bio’s First Executive Roundtable, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16: Meet-Up session, "Women In Bio—Tri-State Area Professionals & Executives in Life Sciences Meetup" from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Booth #149. While this informal gathering is open to all BIO attendees, it should be particularly valuable for attendees based in the Philadelphia Tri-State area, providing a low-key setting for attendees to meet industry peers and discuss professional interests, and discuss a potential chapter in Philadelphia. Interested in attending? RSVP here.
  • Wednesday, June 17: Meet-Up session, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Booth #149. 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. RSVP here.
  • Thursday, June 18: WIB Panel titled, “Women Moving Forward and Up: Boldly Taking That Next Step,” from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the BPI Theatre on the exhibit floor. We will discuss how to take the next step of your career, how sometimes it requires getting out of the comfort zone, and that the next step may not be as scary as it seems.

Women In Bio will be at booth #949, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and learn more about our rapidly growing organization!

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

A Look Back at WIB’s 2013 Annual Event

Looking forward to our BIO2015 festivities? Check out our annual event back in BIO2013 with Jill Milne, CEO of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, in our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


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

Come join WIB-Atlanta book club members tonight 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.

Sushi Class Draws More WIB Members

Perfect for a warm May evening, a sushi-making class at popular Steel restaurant in Midtown Atlanta. The May 13, 2015, WIB event drew 19 ladies – members, new members, and guests. The all-inclusive menu included wine, which set a festive tone for networking. We then divided into two groups – each group got step-by-step instruction in sushi-making, then “rolled their own” with eel, tuna, and salmon, plus lots of avocado. For the last step, Eric, our “chef/mentor,” skillfully sliced and plated each lady’s nigiri creation – creating a beautiful presentation of our less-than-artistic rolls. Each dish tasted scrumptious, and for several of us made for yummy leftovers. WIB-Atlanta is seeking a ravioli-making class as follow-up. Not sure if that will pan out (pardon the pun; can’t resist).

WIB-Atlanta members look on as Chef Eric prepares to put the finishing touches on their creations.

Sushi = Fun!

Austin Area

WIB-Austin Area Happy Hour

Join us on June 24, 2015, for WIB-Austin Area's first Happy Hour since our chapter launch earlier this spring. At this event, expect to:

  • Expand your network in the Austin Life Science Community
  • Meet influential women biotechnology leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Learn more about the benefits of the Women in Bio organization.

The happy hour is open to members and non-members. While there is no formal program, WIB-Austin Area board members will be available to answer questions about the organization.

Director of Inventor Education and 10-Year-Old CEO Inspire WIB-Austin Area Members

WIB-Austin members were fortunate to meet several VIPs in the entrepreneur world. A breakfast roundtable included special visitors from Washington DC, including Elizabeth Dougherty, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Dougherty shared insights with the group about services and ongoing initiatives offered by the USPTO to entrepreneurs, including free inventor assistance services such as preparing and prosecuting patent applications. Mikaila Ulmer, a 10-year old Austin business celebrity, attended as Dougherty’s special guest. Ulmer, Chief Executive Officer of BeeSweet Lemonade, shared her experience as a young entrepreneur and contestant on the television show, Shark Tank, where she successfully landed a “deal.” Today BeeSweet lemonade is on the shelves of Whole Foods Market and several convenience stores. Ulmer and her successful business endeavors inspired the audience, demonstrating that one is never too young to be a successful entrepreneur.


Successful Mentorship Tools for Women In Academia, Start-Ups, and Entrepreneurs

On May 20, 2015, Women In Bio-Chicago had a great evening at HTI, Chicago, hearing insights on ways to explore successful mentor-mentee relationships. Distinguished panelists with backgrounds in corporate law, entrepreneurship, and start-ups discussed the different aspects of developing meaningful mentorship relationships such as how to find the perfect mentor, logistics to consider, and ways to exploit and gain maximum advantage from a mentor/mentee relationship. Perhaps the most interesting part of the discussion focused on the “best practices” for mentees as well as the things that should be avoided to become a good mentee. The enlightening discussion was sandwiched between two networking receptions which allowed attendees to meet others in the community and look for new mentorship opportunities.

Greater Boston

Welcome to WIB-Greater Boston!

The WIB-Greater Boston chapter leverages the strength of the region's biotechnology supercluster to promote leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences. WIB-Greater Boston aims to foster the community of biotechnology professionals in New England while providing mentorship and professional development opportunities across the career continuum - from those just beginning their careers to industry veterans. We provide educational and networking opportunities to industry members in all disciplines including: research, operations, legal, marketing and beyond. In addition we organize, via our Young Women In Bio (YWIB) program, various educational programs for middle and high school-aged girls to promote interest in life science and the breadth of career opportunities in the field. Learn more about us!

Greater Montréal

WIB-du Grand Montréal présente un atelier sur «Comment engager un public», 21 mai, 2015

WIB - Grand Montréal est heureux d'avoir présenté un atelier sur l'art oratoire chez Algorithme Pharma à Laval. Membre de WIB et présentatrice Elizabeth Cooper a fourni une recette pour créer et présenter une présentation efficace. Elle a expliqué comment sélectionner la police et les couleurs, et l'importance de la correspondance entre la composante visuelle et ce qui est dit. Elle nous a également rappelé que même les présentateurs les plus chevronnés font du pratique! Enfin, la Dre Cooper a démontré comment présenter du matériel scientifique d’une manière accessible à tous, soulignant l'importance de la répétition. L'atelier a conclu avec des questions et de discussion, ainsi que du réseautage. Nous tenons à remercier notre conférenciere pour sa présentation dynamique, Algorithme Pharma pour accueillir l'événement, et Cool & Simple pour les canapés et desserts délicieux.

WIB-Greater Montreal presents a workshop on “How to engage an audience,” May 21, 2015

WIB-Greater Montreal is pleased to have hosted a workshop on public speaking at Algorithme Pharma in Laval. WIB member and presenter Elizabeth Cooper provided a step-by -step recipe for creating and presenting an effective talk. Topics covered included how to select font, slide layout, and colours, and the importance of the visual component matching the vocal. She also reminded us that even the most experienced presenters PRACTICE! Finally, Dr. Cooper demonstrated how to present scientific content to a non-scientist audience, stressing the importance of repetition. The workshop ended with group questions and group discussion, as well as networking over wine and hors d'oeuvres. We would like to thank our speaker for her dynamic presentation, Algorithme Pharma for graciously hosting the event, and Cool & Simple for generously providing the delicious food.

Metro New York

WIB-Metro New York presents: “Does the Fountain of Youth Reside Within Our Own Bodies?”

On June 24, 2015, Dr. Robin Smith, author of The Healing Cell will talk about building a biotech company in New York City, and describe advances in medicine that use our body’s cells to cure diseases such as cancer through vaccines, rebuilding cartilage and breast tissue using fat and adult stem cells, and reprogramming the immune systems to treat multiple sclerosis, lupus, and type 1 diabetes. Attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Smith’s book, and our event will include light fare, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Bring friends, colleagues, and as always, men are welcome too.


WIB-Pittsburgh at BIO 2015!

Whether you will be in attendance or not, follow all of the excitement of BIO 2015 in Philadelphia from June 15th through June 18th. For those in attendance, find WIB at booth #949 and meet fellow members (#WIBmeet). Also, walk-in registrations are welcome for the WIB-National Plenary event on June 15th! Look for WIB-Pittsburgh members, including chapter leaders Babs Carryer and Ria David! If you can’t be there, follow all of the action online: #BIO2015, @BioConvention, @IAmBiotech, @WIBPittsburgh and @WomenInBio.

WIB-Pittsburgh presents a Summer Skyscraper Social - meet Us on the Roof and bring out your Pink!

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.  Wear, bring, or accessorize with your favorite pink items to "Bring Out Your Pink!" At the end of the evening we’ll take a vote on who has “The Best Pink.” It can be pink anything so feel free to get as creative as you want. Sandals, hats, shirts… you name it! We’ll also have a fun craft-decorating contest so please bring any craft supplies you want to use or donate to the cause. We have some exciting prizes for both contests that you won't want to miss. Remember you can bring a guest along at member pricing, and walk-ins are welcome. Come one, come all, and we will see you on the roof!

2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominations are Open!

Nominations are open for the Greater Pittsburgh 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Award. Women In Bio–Pittsburgh would love to see some of our wonderful ladies represented in the nominations!

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes emerging female leaders age 35 or younger. Nominees should demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life for others in the community; and serve as personal and professional role models for young women. Nominations are due on June 30, 2015. You can get more information and access nomination submissions here!

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!


RTP-WIB Summer Book Club Series - Part I

On June 25, 2015, we will review The Confidence Code, the first book of our summer book club series. The book’s authors, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, discuss an unspoken problem among women at all levels of achievement - nagging self-doubt. Confidence - we know it when we see it, or think we do. And we all want it for ourselves; but how to become more confident is a challenging question that this book tries to answer. The authors of this New York Times bestseller deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint to bring more of it into our lives. Inspiring, insightful, and persuasive, The Confidence Code shows that by acting on our best instincts, and by daring to be authentic, women can feel the transformative power of a life conducted with confidence.

WIB-RTP Presents Its Summer Book Club Series - Part II, July 16, 2015

Join us on July 16, 2015, as we review our book club’s second selection, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make to Sabotage Their Careers. In it, author Dr. Lois P. Frankel provides examples of serious mistakes that women have made that hold them back in their careers. In her book, Dr. Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others’ careers stagnate: She has spotted a unique set of behaviors that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this The New York Times bestseller, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back - and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills.

WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits Biogen

On May 20, 2015 twenty-five 6th and 7th graders from around the Research Triangle area enjoyed a tour of Biogen. This event was coordinated by Amanda Marvelle, Biogen’s community lab coordinator, and Carrie Lloyd, a manufacturing associate at Biogen. The visit included an introduction to the facility, a tour around the community laboratory and chemistry labs, and a viewing of the manufacturing area. At each station, hands-on activities were provided for the girls, allowing them to engage in a variety of scientific experiments.

The event closed with a pizza party that allowed attendees to mingle with Biogen’s staff.

The event’s volunteers helped provide a wonderful experience for the 6th and 7th grade attendees.

San Francisco Bay Area

TONIGHT! - WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents “Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the “C” and Board level?”

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? And how can aspiring women be more effective at reaching and succeeding on Life Science Boards and Executive Teams? Women In Bio and growBOLD have partnered to explore this topic in a facilitated panel discussion where veteran life science executives and board members will share their experiences and lessons learned. Participants will hear the latest research on gender diversity at the Board and Executive level in the life sciences, listen to industry leaders share their lessons learned, better understand gender the diversity issues and landscape in the life sciences, and learn practical steps for moving toward more inclusion within companies at all levels of maturity.

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!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits Illumina

On May 7, 2015, Illumina hosted an event for 24 girls from local Bay Area middle and high schools. With pop music in the background, the event started with lots of energy, a warm welcome, and introductions by the leader of this event, Elaine Cheung. Illumina is the industry leader of DNA sequencing technologies, and the goal and theme of YWIB’s visit was to showcase a series of applications and fields where next-generation sequencing (NGS) is being utilized, giving the girls a flavor for how genomics will touch all of our lives in the future. Read the full recap of this phenomenal event!

Budding scientists hard at work

Event leaders checking experiment results

Seattle Metro

Upcoming WIB-Seattle Metro Events

Check out WIB-Seattle Metro events currently in the planning stages!

  • June, 2015 – “Being More Opportunistic in Your Career”
  • August, 2015 - Summer Social
  • September, 2015 – “Stories from Working Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs”
  • October, 2015 – “Career transitions and LinkedIn Profile”
  • November, 2015 – “Pitching Yourself: Developing and Delivering Your Message”

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 and read an interview with Dr. Strause.

Join Us at Our First Meet Up Luncheon!

Membership is an important aspect of WIB.  It’s a great way to be a part of a community of women who are all in a similar field and who have similar interests. But, since there are still women out there who don’t know about WIB and what we are about, our So Cal membership team is out to resolve that problem by inaugurating a series of meet up luncheons. Our first luncheon will be on Thursday, June 25, 2015. Learn more!

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-Southern California Reviews On Becoming Fearless…in Love, Work, and Life by Arianna Huffington

We all have fear because it is necessary for survival, but it is misplaced fear that negatively impacts the quality of our lives. Let’s take the opportunity on July 21, 2015, to identify where and why we hold ourselves back, and discuss the ways by which we can shift our focus to the experiences and happiness gained from being bold. In stories drawn from her own experiences and from the lives of other women, Arianna Huffington points toward the moments of extraordinary strength, courage, and resilience that result from confronting and overcoming fear. Her book shows us how to become bold from the inside out - from feeling comfortable in our own skin to getting what we want in love and at work to changing the world. If you purchase the book through AmazonSmile as a hardcopy, Kindle edition, or on Audible, a percentage of the purchase price will be donated to Women in Bio! The book is also available on iTunes.

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.

Washington DC/Baltimore

WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB Attends ATLAS Event

On May 9, 2015, members of the WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio committee attended the ATLAS (Advancing Tomorrow’s Leaders + STEM) event, hosted by the MdBio Foundation at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. The event was designed to encourage high school juniors, seniors, and college undergraduates to learn more about careers in science, technology, and engineering. We had a well-positioned table, and many students stopped by to learn more about YWIB and WIB. We all had a great time meeting the students, talking with them about the variety of careers available with a STEM degree, and YWIB and WIB activities that may be of interest to them. This event was a huge success, and our participation in such event was a great way to spread the word about YWIB and WIB to students and their parents!

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!


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.

 WIB is funded in part by our National Sponsors


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