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October 29, 2015

 Young Women In Bio:

WIB Accepting Applications for Founders Professional Scholarship

WIB is accepting applications for the Women In Bio Founders Scholarship! The scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging and supporting education on the business aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey, who all wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community. We encourage companies to sponsor a full scholarship, and also invite individuals to donate any amount and can do so in honor or in memory of someone special to you. Learn more.

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

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Town Hall Meeting: A discussion on Programming, Leadership, and Benefits

Are you interested in learning more about Women In Bio? Would you like to be involved in helping the Atlanta Chapter grow? If so, have your opinions heard by attending our 2015 Annual Town Hall Meeting on November 9, 2015, presented by the WIB-Atlanta Chapter’s Steering Committee. During this meeting we will discuss 2015 program successes and improvements, membership benefits and retention, reinvigorating committee member and leader engagement, and developing an exciting slate of 2016 professional development programs.

Georgia Bio Leaders Breakfast with Kathy Lee-Sepsick, President and CEO of Femasys Inc.

On December 7, 2015, meet the President and CEO of Femasys – a company committed to advancing women's health with novel medical device solutions specifically developed for women. Learn how these solutions offer significant clinical impact in a profitable procedure for physicians at a cost savings for the healthcare system. From cancer diagnosis, to infertility solutions and permanent contraception, Femasys is developing novel solutions for women with significant clinical impact that are profitable for physicians at a cost savings for the healthcare system. Learn more!

Sign-Up for Our Mentoring Program!

Are you looking for more mentoring opportunities? WIB has three different ways members can participate in mentoring activities: Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) groups, which are informal groups of members who meet regularly to discuss career-related topics; MAPs-University groups, which are groups of young students at local universities that meet regularly and host speakers; and our new 1:1 Mentoring program, where WIB members are matched together for more individual mentoring. Tell us how you want to get involved by filling out this survey. For more information, email

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

About Our Chapter

The WIB-Austin Area chapter provides easy reach to the home of some of the most prominent academic research centers in the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Texas A&M System and the Baylor, Scott & White System of institutions. Our membership base includes academic and clinical researchers, sales professionals, venture capitalists, legal advisors, intellectual property advisors, technology transfer specialists, policy experts, clinical trials professionals, doctors, medical/science communicators, educators, students and many other experts that support the health, pharmaceutical and science industry. These and other characteristics have nurtured the creation of a burgeoning biotech industry in the state, Texas having recently being dubbed the “Third Coast” of Biotechnology. Learn more about our chapter.


Tonight! - WIB-Chicago Presents “Mentorship vs. Sponsorship: Career Development in Big Pharma”

Join WIB-Chicago this evening for our second of two panel discussions focusing on mentorship, sponsorship, and career development. Within larger companies there are often greater resources to access – but the key is to know how to navigate those opportunities. Our panelists will explore the idea of mentorship as compared to sponsorship, while also sharing career insights and experiences. Learn more!

Farming in the City: Touring and Volunteering at an Urban Farm with Young Women In Bio

On October 10, 2015, a group of middle school girls and WIB-Chicago members toured the Iron Street Farm in Chicago. Iron Street Farm is a 7-acre farm and warehouse located in an abandoned food hub on the south side of Chicago. This farm has seven hoop houses for year round crop production, vermicompost, mushroom production, an apiary, and urban pygmy goats. Iron Street Farm is also one of two composting facilities in Chicago, recycling over 450,000 lbs of “waste” each year. Iron Street Farm is one of several urban farming sites developed and run by Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.

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

About Our Chapter

The WIB-Greater Montreal Chapter seeks to bring together professionals from across Quebec with bio-related interests in diverse sectors. Business professionals, entrepreneurs and scientists from the private sector, government institutions, and academia are invited to join and benefit from WIB’s many resources which include networking, sharing insights and innovations, and learning about the latest developments, and opportunities within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices industries. The Greater Montreal region is recognized worldwide as a biotech and life sciences hub with state-of-the-art expertise. As a Canadian leader in life sciences and health related technologies, the region boasts more than 600 private companies with over 43,000 employees in life science industry. Montreal’s life sciences business cluster benefits from the presence of recognized experts in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, contractual research and medical technologies, as well as 150 university and public research organizations. These include McGill University, the Genome Québec Innovation Centre project, the Biotechnology Research Institute, the Centre Robert-Cedergren at Université de Montréal and the Québec Proteomics Centre. Learn more about our chapter.

Metro New York

Young Women In Bio “Pathways to Public Health Careers” Event a Success! 

The WIB-Metro New York Young Women In Bio group held its first public event of the 2015-2016 school year at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health on September 28, 2015. NYC- area middle and high school girls visited the University’s Washington Heights campus to learn about the wide array of career opportunities available through the pursuit of a graduate/post-graduate degree in public health. Read more!

WIB-Metro New York YWIB Vice-Chair, Jana Oberman, introduces the event’s main speaker, Dr. Michelle Odlum, of the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Heather Krasna, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services at the Mailman school, led a panel discussion with both current Mailman students and local alumni.


WIB-Pittsburgh Presents Its MAPs University 1:1 Mentoring Program Kick-Off!

Please join us on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Scaife Hall as we kick off our 1:1 Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) University Mentoring Program! This program is designed to help doctoral students, postdocs, and early-career faculty navigate their career paths. During this event we will pair prospective mentees with mentors. The pairs will then meet about once a month for a six-month period. Come to this kick-off event to meet and connect with your potential mentor or mentee! We will provide an overview of the program, with plenty of time for networking afterward.

Call for Mentors: Join our Pittsburgh MAPS Mentoring Team

Our Pittsburgh MAPs team (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) is gearing up to pilot a 1:1 mentoring program at Pitt this fall, and we need more mentors! Each mentor will meet with a mentee about once a month for six months. Please share with anyone you think may be interested in giving back to the next generation of women in the sciences. Interested in our Pittsburgh mentoring team? Email: Learn more about MAPS and 1:1 mentoring.

Save The Date! - WIB-Pittsburgh Planning Meeting 2016

Love WIB-Pittsburgh events? Have an idea to share or just want to help execute? Come help the WIB-Pittsburgh leadership team develop the 2016 programming calendar! Meet us Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at Knopp Biosciences on the South Side. Watch upcoming enewsletters for more details.


WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visit to Baebies

YWIB (Young Women In Bio) and Baebies invite you to experience STEM education in a new way. On November 5, 2015, Baebies will host young women, ages 10 - 11, to meet its amazing team of female STEM members, and participate in an exercise to highlight the fun and intrigue of a career in science, technology, engineering, and math. All disciplines will be represented in this fun and educational afternoon. After a hands-on activity, conducting a mock protocol for newborn screening using dried blood spots on our platform, we will enjoy pizza and analyze the results!

San Francisco Bay Area

Tech and Talent Showcase - 4 Amazing Women, 4 Disruptive Technologies

On November 5, 2015, come hear the stories of 4 innovative products and 4 creative women who push forward the frontiers of biotech. These women will provide case studies of each technology, as well as their strategies, challenges and successes in managing its development. They'll speak from the perspectives of 4 different job titles inside their companies.

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Presents A Volunteer Meet-and-Greet

Have you loved the 2015 line-up of Women In Bio-San Francisco Bay Area events? Want to get even more out of your membership by taking on an active role in the chapter? On November 19, 2015, join the WIB-SF steering committee for a free in-person meet-and-greet in San Francisco to learn more about how you can get involved! Hear directly from the committee chairs and current volunteers about what activities they participated in, their time commitment, and the great benefits they received in return!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Party at Devil's Canyon

Come join WIB-San Francisco Bay Area chapter members at Devil's Canyon Brewing Company on December 8, 2015, to celebrate another phenomenally successful year. None of this would have been possible without the untiring support of our amazing volunteers. Let us say, "Thank You," to them and wish WIB continued success.

Seattle Metro

Upcoming WIB-Seattle Metro Events

  • November, 2015: “Pitching Yourself and Your Ideas: Developing and Delivering Your Message” - Part 2 of a 3 Part Career Development Series
  • December, 2015: “Dress for Success” Fundraiser and Networking event

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Young Women In Bio Presents: “Biotech Career Pathways”

Join WIB-Southern California’s Young Women In Bio at Mirati Therapeutics on November 17, 2015, for “Biotech Career Pathways,” an exciting opportunity for high school students and parents to explore internship opportunities and learn more about that myriad of exciting careers available at local biotech companies. This event will include an inspiring career panel with representatives from both large and small biotech companies eager to engage in conversation about career pathways within the industry here in Southern California. This event is free to the community, please join us.

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 Presents “A Fresh Start Part II: Continuing your Career Development”

Are you planning your career path or currently transitioning between careers? If you attended last January’s webinar on “Career Development,” and would like to have in-person insights from career coaches and recruiters perspective, join us on November 12, 2015, when a panel of professionals provides career advice on such skills as elevator pitches and making successful presentations. They will also present tips, methods, and resources for conducting a job search. Each event participant will have individual time to practice his or her pitch, followed by collective feedback from the coaches and recruiters. In addition, we will close our evening with networking over light refreshments. To provide a more personalized experience, this event will be limited to the first 40 participants – therefore, why hesitate? Come join us and register before the slots are taken!

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 November 12, 2015, join a friendly group of 15 high school and college level women on a path to discover technologies in the world of marine biology. Our speaker Sook Chung, Ph. D., Associate Professor at IMET, will touch on various topics, broadening our understanding and introducing us to new frontiers of research. Dr. Chung will offer various perspectives on topics ranging from Molecular Biology and drug development to sustainable agriculture and more.

Young Women In Bio to Tour Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Center of Innovative Biomedical Research

On November 18, 2015, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center will open its doors of the Center of Innovative Biomedical Research to ambitious young women interested in careers in science. Come learn how to isolate DNA from cultured cancer cells and tour the Center for Innovative Biomedical Research. The event will include a panel discussion with professional women in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, research, speech pathology, and more. 10th through 12th grade ladies who may be interested in a medical career are welcome to register.

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, Jenny Zhang 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 YWIB to Attend MdBio Foundation’s ATLAS Event

The WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio chapter committee will attend MdBio Foundation’s ATLAS Career expo on November 7, 2015, hosted by Prince George’s Community College. This event is designed to encourage high school juniors, seniors, and college undergrads to learn more about careers in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). ATLAS offers students a unique opportunity to better understand rewarding career paths available in STEM. By meeting peers with similar interests, making connections with local STEM professionals, and learning how to pursue employment and career advancement, students get valuable experience as they prepare for the future. YWIB committee volunteers will provide list of DC/Baltimore chapter’s future events to students.


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!

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