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September 17, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:

Include WIB Membership on Your Back-To-School Shopping List

If you've considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time to do so than now! From September 1, 2015, through October 15, 2015, WIB will offer a Back to School special of 25% off normal membership rates. This discounted rate applies to single-year memberships as well as the already discounted multi-year memberships. With a WIB membership, you’ll receive discounted fees to attend WIB programming and many other WIB membership benefits. This is a limited-time offer for new members, so don’t miss this opportunity! To become a WIB member, visit and use promo code BTS201525%.

WIB-Philadelphia is in the Works

Women In Bio is excited to announce that we are planning the establishment of a WIB-Philadelphia chapter, which will increase our footprint to 13 chapter locations. Over the remaining months of 2015 work will proceed for getting this chapter up and running, with WIB-Philadelphia’s launch slated for early 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help, learning more about WIB-Philadelphia’s formation, and future WIB-Philadelphia events, please create a free account. We will publish updates on WIB-Philadelphia’s progress as they occur. We are excited about the creation of another sister WIB chapter, and look forward to working with Philadelphia chapter members as they create another WIB success!

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Panel Discussion on Entrepreneurship

Why is entrepreneurship a viable path for women to take in their careers? What are the challenges of entrepreneurship – and the rewards? Learn from this expert panel with WIB-Pittsburgh in our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Presents: “Negotiating – The Key to Getting More at Work and Beyond”

We all know that you don’t get what you deserve – you get what you ask for. In this September 22, 2015, workshop, Dr. Liz Boyd will show you how to ask for--and get--more. She will discuss the incredible power inherent in simply being willing to sit down at the negotiation table, the simplicity involved in understanding some of the basic negotiation tactics used by most good negotiators, and how you can easily navigate them. You will also learn the most important concept in negotiation--the BATNA--and why you need to know what it is and how to use it in every negotiation situation.

Emory MAPs-U Group Needs Volunteers

Mentors Advisors Peers (MAP)s-University groups have regular monthly meetings on the Emory campus that involve invited speakers and discussions on various career-related topics. The Emory MAPs-U group is looking for a graduate student and a post-doc to volunteer as group leaders. With help from the MAPs Chair, the group leader(s) will be responsible for organizing regular meetings and inviting speakers. The group leader(s) will also report to the MAPs Chair. Being group leader allows you a great opportunity to network and will better prepare you for your future career. Email and tell us you are interested!

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

WIB-Austin Area Presents: Quality Systems for Life Sciences

A necessary component of the life sciences is quality and related regulatory systems. How do you create a culture of quality and compliance? On September 30, 2015, hear from local experts, Amber Hilfiger, Consultant and Operations Manager QA Consulting, Inc., and Sulatha Dwarakanath, Ph.D., Associate Professor Austin Community College, at the next WIB-Austin meeting.


Pitch Perfect: Shark Tank Start-Up Challenge

Join WIB-Chicago on September 30, 2015, for their first-ever Shark Tank event as finalists from women-led biotech companies from Illinois will give a short pitch about their technology and products. Local experts in the investment and startup incubators arena will provide feedback and select the winning pitch for a Start-up Cash Award. This event will also showcase featured entrepreneurs for a booth exhibit as a break-out session, during a structured networking session. Stay tuned, finalists will be announced soon!

Please Participate in the WIB-Chicago MAPs Survey

WIB-Chicago would like to start a MAPS (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) program. Please participate in our survey to let us know more about you and your interest in such a program. Take the survey here. Thanks in advance for your help!

Greater Boston

Help Us Get to Know You Better!

Help our Women In Bio-Greater Boston chapter get to know you better! Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to help us understand what you are looking to gain from WIB programming. Information collected through this survey will aid us in designing more exciting and useful events to better assist you in your journey as a woman in science. Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Greater Montréal

Meet the WIB-Greater Montreal Chapter Leadership!

  • Pamela Shaver-Walker, Chapter Co-Chair
  • Mary Perri, Chapter Co-Chair
  • Marie-Eve Clavet, Chapter Vice Chair
  • Robin Thornton, Communications Vice Chair
  • Catherine Argyriou, M.Sc., Program Chair
  • Deborah Blake, Program Vice Chair
  • Soraya Khouadri, M.Sc., M.B.A., Funding Chair
  • Amy Dam, Funding Vice Chair
  • Andrea Petschner, B.Sc., Young Women In Bio Chair
  • Marie Di Maso, Membership Chair
  • Andrea Gilpin, Ph.D., M.B.A., Mentors, Advisors, Peers Chair
  • Vicky Sgouroudis, Secretary
  • Constantina Spanos, B.Sc., C.P.A., C.A., Treasurer

Learn more about us and our chapter!

Metro New York

WIB-Metro New York YWIB Presents: “Pathways to Public Health Careers”

Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health will host an event for Young Women In Bio on the evening of September 28, 2015. A panel discussion including current students and local alumni from the Mailman School will provide a great opportunity to gain insight into the varied career opportunities available through pursuit of a graduate or post-graduate degree in public health. Come mingle with panelists and other students interested in careers in STEM sciences and related fields. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

The Global Fight Against HPV and Cervical Cancer – Unique Challenges and Opportunities

On August 18, 2015, board certified primary care physician and gynecologist Dr. Shobha Krishnan, Founder and President of the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, presented on the progress and issues still facing women when it comes to this deadly disease. Dr. Krishnan is author of the award-winning book, The HPV Vaccine Controversy: Sex, Cancer, God and Politics (, which received the 2009 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, and is the winner of two 2010 International Book Awards. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of women’s health, with extensive experience both nationally and internationally, particularly with regards to HPV and its related diseases such as cervical cancer. Read more.

Attendees listen as Dr. Shobha Krishnan discusses the global battle against cervical cancer.

Young Women In Bio and Weill Cornell Medical College Announce Mentorship Program

Weill Cornell Medical College and the Metro New York Area Chapter of Young Women In Bio are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting mentoring program for female high school seniors who have a serious interest in pursuing medicine as a career and strong academic credentials. Read the full announcement.


WIB-Pittsburgh Presents: “P.O.W.E.R. 2015 - Women Revolutionizing Healthcare”

This year's Pittsburgh's Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R.) on September 21, 2015, will celebrate women's contributions to the healthcare revolution! As this is our signature event, you can expect incredible speakers and fantastic networking opportunities. We will hear from several local and truly outstanding women in life sciences as well as our keynote speaker, Jill Hagenkord, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer for 23 and Me. This year P.O.W.E.R. will be a part of Thrill Mill's Thrival Festival - an innovation and music festival put on by one of Pittsburgh's newest accelerators. We are excited to make P.O.W.E.R. 2015 even better than last year. The response to this year’s P.O.W.E.R. event has been fantastic, and we have reached venue capacity; but we encourage you to have your name placed on our waitlist so we can let you know when we have an opening.

WIB-Pittsburgh P.O.W.E.R. Award

On September 21, 2015, WIB-Pittsburgh will be thrilled to recognize a local woman who, during the past year, contributed to the healthcare revolution currently sweeping the globe. Individualized diagnostic tools, innovative medical devices, and self-monitoring tools are disrupting healthcare in ways never before imagined; scientists making these advances reside right here in Pittsburgh. The 2015 P.O.W.E.R. (Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally) will focus on the women who are revolutionizing healthcare. Please join us to applaud this P.O.W.E.R.-ful member of our community! Register today.

MAPs-University Happy Hour

On October 7, 2015, come learn about our new MAPs one-on-one mentoring program! The Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPs) University Program is excited to host a happy hour where graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and junior faculty will have the opportunity to network with one another and meet Women In Bio (WIB) members. Learn more about WIB, MAPs, and our new one-on-one mentoring program. This is a great opportunity to meet with potential mentors from a variety of different professions.

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!

Wake the Sleeping Giant: Babs Carryer and Pittsburgh’s Biomedical Breakfast

WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Chair, Babs Carryer, Director of Education and Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute, was the VIP speaker for Pittsburgh’s September 21, 2015, Biomedical Breakfast, hosted at Marty’s Market in the Strip District. With established business owners, new entrepreneurs, trainees, and WIB members scattered throughout the crowd, Babs discussed the challenges of being a life sciences startup in Pittsburgh. She noted the great programs, talented students, and start-ups spilling out of our local universities and declared that “technology is not our problem.” Contact with companies to conduct startup pilot projects is the problem. According to Babs, we here in Pittsburgh need to “wake the sleeping giant.” How do we do this? “As startups we need to band together and become a large power of startups in order to open the doors of the big companies.” Babs concluded her talk with this advice: “Entrepreneurship is less about thinking about it and more about doing it. The best path is to start.” A lively discussion on how to attract more attention to Pittsburgh’s growing potential concluded the productive breakfast gathering.

WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Chair, Babs Carryer, discusses opportunities for life sciences startups.


WIB-RTP’s First Networking Picnic Event

WIB-RTP invites ALL for a picnic at Pineywood Park on September 27, 2015, in Durham, North Carolina. Children and spouses/partners are invited too! Come and join us with your friends and family members as we celebrate the beginning of fall in a casual outdoor setting. There will be games and activities for adults and kids of all ages. Friendly dogs are also welcome! Barbecue and drinks will be provided at the venue by WIB. Attendees are encouraged to bring sides or desserts to share with others. Non-members are also welcome and encouraged to join us!

San Francisco Bay Area

About Our Chapter

We are committed to promoting careers, leadership and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences industry. We are dedicated to providing education, mentoring and professional development assistance to women and young women who are working in life sciences companies or in professional services firms that support the life sciences sector. We also provide programs to support young women and girls who are interested in careers in science. Learn more!

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro Presents: “Stories from Working Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs”

Join us on September 23, 2015, for a panel discussion from inspiring women who have been there and done it, or are in the process of doing it. This event is Part 1 of a 3 Part Career Development Series

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Member Profile: Ching Ding

Ching Ding, Ph.D., is a scientist at heart, having become interested in immunology research at a young age as she had juvenile psoriasis, for which there was no cure. She pursued a B.S. and M.S. in microbiology and immunology at the University of California, San Diego, where Ching followed her curiosity for discovery. For her Ph.D., Ching attended Stanford where there was more interaction between various departments and schools than there had been at UCSD. This experience opened her eyes to a bigger picture of science, and expanded her view beyond research into business, law, and other life science areas that benefit the general public. Learn more about Ching.

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

Tonight! - WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents an Entrepreneur Event: “Business of Biotech - It Takes a Village!”

Are you an entrepreneur and thinking of starting your own company? Are you a small start-up looking for local resources that will help your company succeed? Are you a small company looking to expand and enter the next stage of commercial success? If you said “Yes” to any of these questions, then tonight’s event is for you! Our panel of industry experts will provide you with invaluable information about resources their organizations provide to the local business community, including idea/product development, early and late stage funding, and business accelerator programs.

WIB-DC/Baltimore Announces Its 1:1 Mentoring Program

The WIB-DC/Baltimore Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) Committee is thrilled to announce the initiation of our 1:1 Mentoring Program. This program is designed to match mentees in the early stages of their careers to mentors who can help guide them based on different areas of interest. We are looking for volunteers interested in being part of this new program. Interested? Learn more and take our interest survey!

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!

Attend Events for Free: WIB-DC/Baltimore Communications Committee Seeking Post-Event Writers!

Have you been wondering who the talented writers are behind our chapter’s post-event reports? Have you ever shied away from our events because of the admission price? WIB-DC/Baltimore is seeking volunteer post-event writers for our subcommittee under the chapter’s Communications Committee! Once recruited to this subcommittee you will enjoy the benefit of attending any events hosted by our chapter FOR FREE. In addition, to gain information for your write-ups you will have opportunities to meet key contacts behind the events. You will also attend our monthly Program Committee calls to get involved in chapter events planning! Sound tempting? Contact us at to learn more about this opportunity!

WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter End of Summer Potluck and Networking Event

The WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter hosted its End of Summer Potluck and Networking event on August 26, 2015, at the Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, and Fox law firm in Washington, DC. The evening began with heavy networking among our members and supporters who had the opportunity to meet and connect with women in the biotech industry--professionals, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and researchers--while enjoying drinks and various foods. We then did introductions so that all attendees could get familiar with our organization. In addition, the ladies were eager to learn more about the law firm so Ms. Judith Kim, Director of the Biotechnology Group, gave them a warm welcome and an overview of the firm and its business interests. It was an extremely successful event with attendees from as far away as Richmond, Virginia and Queens, New York. We would like to thank our event sponsor for their steadfast support of WIB, and we also want to thank our members, supporters, and sponsors for their continued support.

Attendees networking at the start of the potluck

Chapter introduction by WIB-DC Baltimore YWIB Committee Chair, Elise Harley


BioOhio Conference to be Held in December

BioOhio is very excited to host our inaugural Women in Bioscience Conference, featuring predominantly women speakers covering topics such as career paths, mentoring, networking, communication strategies, success stories, and featuring an enlightening lunch speaker. Learn more!

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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