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March 31, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

WIB Women's History Month Membership Discount Ends Today!

If you've considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time to do so than now! In honor of Women’s History Month WIB will offer 20% off of our normal membership rates*. Take advantage of this discount and join us for only $76 (1-year general membership) or $40 (student/post-doc membership). There are also discounted multi-year membership options and discounted organizational membership options available. This offer for new members ends today! To become a WIB member, visit and use promo code: WHM201620%. * - this promotion applies to new memberships only.

BIO 2016 Comes to San Francisco in June!

The largest, most influential biotech Convention in the world is coming to San Francisco, June 6-9, 2016. Experience powerful business partnering, benefit from invaluable education sessions and network with 15,000+ of biotech's best and brightest. See how the everyday becomes extraordinary - at BIO 2016. Register now at

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Transitioning From Bench to Business

Hear from a panel of women leaders on how they transitioned into the business side of biotech and successfully moved up its ranks in this past event with WIB-Chicago - exclusively for our members in our video library!

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Presents a Women's Series Joint Event: “Personal Finances for Women of this World”

Our life situations are diverse and sometimes changing. On April 20, 2016, Meredith Moore will share financial and estate planning tools and advice for our different life styles, from single to married, with kids or not, and much more. This is the 10th Women's Series joint event done by WIB-Atlanta in partnership with the French, Netherlands, and German Chambers of Commerce of the Southeast US, and Conexx (America-Israel Business Connector). Learn more!

Looking to volunteer? Join our Communications Committee!

Looking to gain leadership experience through Women In Bio? Volunteer to serve on our Communications Committee! We seek enthusiastic WIB members wishing to help with exciting chapter projects over the upcoming year such as social media marketing. Don’t miss out on a chance to serve as a leader for the WIB-Atlanta chapter. Contact to learn more and to volunteer!

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

“Bio-Industry in Central Texas: Careers and Insights in Clinical Research and Development”

Join the WIB-Austin Area chapter on April 12, 2016, for an informative discussion moderated by Hilary Graham (INC Research) featuring speakers Alexandria Wise Rankovic (INC Research), Christine Jesser (Seton Healthcare Family), and Shannon Lewis Berlin (Aeglea BioTherapeutics). These panelists will discuss the importance of clinical research and development in biotech and medicine as well as share their unique perspectives for career development within the field. Please join us for an evening of valuable insights and networking!

Call for Speakers!

The year ahead has many opportunities for professional women to share their experience and exchange information at one of our events. Do you have special expertise? Tell us your story! Whether you're in Academia or Industry, we want to hear from you. Contact to sign up!


YWIB Partners with Citizen Schools

During the spring months of 2016 WIB-Chicago’s Young Women In Bio will partner with Citizen Schools in Illinois, a non-for-profit organization, to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities for public middle schools in low-income communities. The Citizen Schools’ goal is to help put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies. Our first project is to recruit WIB members as volunteers for the Six Degrees of Networking Series this spring. This program is a one-time volunteer opportunity. We seek WIB members to volunteer as guest speakers for one Tuesday afternoon (~90 minutes) in March, April, or May or this year. Guest speakers are asked to share with students their college and career trajectories, what they do as a career, and the education, training, networking, and key moves they made to get to where they are today. Volunteers will also work in collaboration with Citizen Schools staff to plan and implement a 20 to 30 minute hands-on activity related to their career, which students will complete during the session. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays at Chase Elementary, 2021 North Point St, Chicago, IL 60647, in Logan Square, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Interested volunteers should contact for further information.

“Biosimilars 2.0” Women’s History Month Event Honors Debra Kurtz

The WIB Chicago Chapter kicked off Women’s History Month by honoring Debra Kurtz, of Kurtz Consulting Inc., whose work on a portable breast pump was a revolution for women in the workplace. Debra shared the inspiring story of how the Medela breast pump came to be and provided insight into her career in the medical device arena. WIB-Chicago also established the “Volunteer of the Month” award, recognizing volunteers who have had a significant impact in making our chapter run smoothly. The first recipient of this award was Ana Mrejeru, our chapter’s Communications Co-Chair.  Ana has done a wonderful job in her position, helping with WIB-Chicago’s social media sites and programming publications. Read the entire article.

The event began by honoring Debra Kurtz

Ana Mrejeru (left) receives WIB-Chicago’s “Volunteer of the Month” award from Chapter Chair, Alis Gjeci

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!

iBIO IndEx 2016 Coming to Chicago in April

Women In Bio-Chicago is pleased to sponsor iBIO IndEx 2016 with support of Hub International Midwest Limited. iBIO IndEx is the signature conference for the Illinois Biosciences and Medtech community, and the theme of this year's conference, to be held April 19-20, 2016, is “Converge to Emerge.” iBIO IndEx 2016 will be a place for attendees to converge and connect with key thought leaders and peers from diverse backgrounds – emerging with new insights to help drive industry-wide growth and transformation. Christophe Weber, President and CEO of Takeda, and Kyle Bryant, Founder and Director of Ride Ataxia, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, will be the Keynote speakers on April 20th. Learn more!

Greater Boston

WIB/J&J Innovation Lobster Pot Event Draws Large Crowd

The room was full on March 16, 2016, when WIB-Greater Boston held a repeat “Shark Tank”-style event to celebrate Women’s History month. The “Lobster Pot” featured two groups of influential women in the biotech space - investment firms and fundraising companies. Read the full article.

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

WIB-Greater Montreal Presents a Trivia Night Party and Networking: “Countdown of the Top Life-Science Discoveries of 2015,” April 13, 2016

Gather your friends and colleagues and join Women In Bio–Greater Montreal as we present a fun-filled, fast-paced evening of trivia, and test your knowledge of the most important life-science discoveries of the past year. Our 2nd annual trivia party will be hosted by Emily Shore, Public Affairs and Communications Director of McGill University’s Office for Science & Society. Emily will test your science IQ with multiple-choice questions and an electronic polling system. So have fun and mingle with professionals just like yourself. Canapés will be provided, while drinks can be purchased at the bar.

So get in touch with your inner science geek and get your buzzer thumb ready. It is going to be a great time!

Soirée Quiz et réseautage : “Compte à rebours des Top  Découvertes en Sciences de la Vie en 2015” 13 avril 2016

Réunissez vos amis et collègues et rejoignez Femmes En Bio-Montréal, pour une soirée quiz, rythmée et riche en divertissements: venez tester vos connaissances sur les découvertes en sciences de la vie, les plus importantes de l'année passée.

Notre seconde soirée quiz de l’année sera animée par Emily Shore, Directrice des Affaires Publiques et Communications du Bureau des Sciences et de la Société, de l’Université McGill. Emily testera votre QI en science avec des questions à choix multiple et un système de vote électronique. Amusez-vous et mêlez-vous à d’autres professionnels, tout comme vous. Des canapés seront servis tandis que les boissons pourront être achetées au bar.

Alors préparez le ou la passionné(e) de sciences qui est en vous et soyez prêt(e) à jouer du pouce sur le buzzer. Cela promet d’être génial!

Metro New York

Save The Date! - Presentation on Columbia University’s Precision Medicine Initiative

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, world-renowned scientists/entrepreneurs Tom Maniatis and David Goldstein will speak about the broad-ranging, multi-disciplinary Precision Medicine Initiative at Columbia University, the related new Institute for Genomic Medicine and its impact on patient care, and their own role in the burgeoning NYC life sciences ecosystem. WIB-Metro New York members are invited to attend this event at a 20% discount by its organizer, the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (CBSACNY). For more information, please visit this website.

WIB-Metro New York Young Women In Bio Presents “Law and Science” Event

WIB-Metro New York’s Young Women In Bio group is excited to announce its “Law and Science” event to be held at the law firm of Skadden, at its New York City office, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event aims to introduce students to various fields of law that might be of interest to those with an educational background or interest in STEM. Panelists will include in-house attorneys from Pfizer and Estee Lauder and law firm attorneys. Snacks and beverages will be served. The event is open to up to 40 female New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut high school and middle school students. Registration is open to the public on a first-come, first served basis. Learn more!

WIB-Metro New York Celebrates Women’s History Month with Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel

On March 24, 2016, WIB Metro New York celebrated Women’s History month and the “50/50 Challenge” initiative with an Entrepreneurship and Innovation panel discussion hosted by the New York University (NYU) Entrepreneurial Institute. The four-woman panel was made up of incredibly accomplished and articulate entrepreneurs: Sonia Ben Yehuda (MedCPU, co-founder and President), Nina Tandon (EpiBone, co-founder and CEO), Misti Ushio (TARA Biosystems, CEO), and Louise Tiranoff (GeneticaLens, President and Executive Producer). Moderator Dee Dao (NYU Entrepreneurial Institute and NYU Innovation Venture Fund) kicked off the night by explaining the Institute’s mission: to foster a New York University-wide startup ecosystem that encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration, accelerates innovation, and cultivates the next generation of startup leaders. Read more!

Panelists (left to right) Sonia Ben Yehuda, Nina Tandon, Louise Tiranoff, and Misti Ushio

Moderator Dee Dao poses a question to the panel


YWIB Seeks Volunteers for PRSEF Judging!

Young Women In Bio seeks volunteer judges for the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair, on Friday, April 1, 2016, at Heinz Field. Judges will evaluate science projects conducted by 6th-8th graders. Additionally, YWIB judges will select two projects they feel are particularly outstanding, and the winning students will be given a YWIB award and invited to a luncheon that is part of the Women In Bio P.O.W.E.R. event later in the year. If you have questions and/or are interested in volunteering as a judge for this event, please contact Christi Kolarcik or Erika Fanselow through our email:

Call for Mentors: Join our Pittsburgh MAPS Mentoring Team

Our Pittsburgh MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) 1:1 Mentoring Program is in full swing 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: For more information about MAPS and 1:1 mentoring, please visit:

Membership Stats of the WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter

To plan for the future, we must first acknowledge who we are. Who are the members of WIB-Pittsburgh? The majority of us have advanced degrees, from M.S/M.A./M.B.A. (20%) to J.D. & M.D. (7%) and Ph.D. (41%). We have higher percentage of doctorate degree members as compared to the WIB national average. As is the case with WIB’s national membership distribution, WIB-Pittsburgh is composed of academics with a mix of biotech and pharma, legal, and non-profit. Interestingly, WIB-Pittsburgh has a significant number of individuals who do not fall into the commonly listed sectors. This undefined segment, along with the larger academic segment, reflects the Pittsburgh biotechnology space. This undefined portion of members may reflect the significant start-up culture, or it may reflect the unique jobs that we carve out for ourselves to offset the still-growing life science area in the city of Pittsburgh.


WIB-RTP Presents: Lu McLeod on Entrepreneurship within an Organization

Have you ever wondered how to move a new idea forward within your company but weren’t sure how exactly to take on this risk? This concept is also known as entrepreneurship within an organization and the key note speaker of our April 6, 2016, event, Lu McLeod, will provide valuable insights into what it takes to find these opportunities for yourself and the key quality attributes needed for success in this area. If you are looking to expand your role within your organization, or are wondering how to further challenge yourself to achieve success, this event is for you! Lu is recognized as a leader who articulates a clear, compelling vision and brings together the optimum mix of people process and technology to turn vision into reality. Throughout her career, she has been consistently successful in innovating and leading complex projects from strategic phase to flawless execution. Learn more!

WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Presents: "Unleashing the Power of Biotech at NCCU," April 19, 2016

The WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio is excited to announce our second event with North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE)! We are fortunate to have one of the newest and most innovative biotechnology educational initiatives in the country, right here in Durham! North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is the only university in North Carolina offering a formal biotech degree. NCCU’s highly credentialed faculty creates future leaders in a state-of-the-art learning environment, with a curriculum developed in conjunction with premiere biotech companies. Interested in learning how to excel in the quickly growing fields of biotechnology and biomanufacturing? Then this April 19, 2016, event is one you will not want to miss! The afternoon will include a tour of the BRITE facility, a hands-on activity, and direct engagement with the facility’s scientists and researchers.

Influence in the Workplace

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, Carol Perriccio, founder of Influence Forward and a Cialdini Method Certified Trainer (CMCT), facilitated a WIB-RTP workshop entitled, “Influence Matters.” This event enabled attendees to learn the six principles of persuasion and how they influence professional, community and personal sectors of life. These skills are critical to building relationships with customers, employees and co-workers. More importantly, everyone can and should practice these proven principles in their daily lives. Read more!

Carol Perriccio discusses the six principles of persuasion

San Francisco Bay Area

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits Stanford Biodesign

Stanford Biodesign in Palo Alto, CA, invites San Francisco Bay Area middle and high school girls (6-12th grade) to an exciting afternoon learning about the process of invention and implementation of novel technologies in biomedicine. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 4:15 7:00 p.m. PST. Immediately following check-in, girls will meet with current fellows in small groups to learn about the biodesign projects they are working on (Women's Health - Gynecology/Obstetrics and Urology), followed by lab tour and a networking pizza dinner while having career discussions. The event will end with hands-on activities at the da-Vinci robotic surgical system simulation lab.

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Call for Volunteers!

Build a network without even trying - come volunteer with Women In Bio! Our committees are staffed and run by amazing women who you should get to know! Plus, make connections at local companies as part of our chapter’s Sponsorship committee, meet amazing speakers with the Programming committee, hone your speaking and writing skills with the Communications team, and more. Email for more information!

Seattle Metro

WIB-Seattle Metro Presents “Your Relationship with Money: How it Impacts Your Career, Income & Beyond”

Join us on April 13, 2016, as Mary Billerbeck, a certified money, life, and personal development coach, discusses ways to ensure our financial health alongside our career planning. Transforming our relationship with money can help us gain clarity and confidence that flows into every area of our lives, including our life purpose and career. This event will include time for networking, Mary’s presentation, and time for questions. Please watch for a survey that will be sent to registrants before the event and allow registrants to share questions anonymously.

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Presents: “Building Effective Presentations for Investors/Partners”

You have been successful in getting the attention of a potential investor and have been invited to present to their investment team - now the hard work begins. Creating a presentation that will engage your audience, communicate your message, and highlights your capabilities is a critical part of successful fundraising. Please join us on May 17, 2016, for a round-table discussion about developing successful and effective presentations.

American Biomanufacturing Summit Coming to San Diego in May

The American Biomanufacturing Summit is a senior-level program designed to provide biomanufacturing executives with current trends, strategic insights, and best-practices on internal manufacturing, external manufacturing, operational excellence, quality management, and compliance. During the Summit, held May 10 and 11, 2016, network with over 150 of your peers as we explore strategies to maximize efficiency while remaining compliant in an ever evolving environment. Learn more.

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.

WIB-Southern California Chapter Membership Breadth

When attending an event hosted by WIB-Southern California, you will have the opportunity to meet with a wide range of women and men of different backgrounds. In terms of education, our members' highest degree earned is well distributed between Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D., and other professional degrees. Learn more about our chapter members!

“Women in Stem: Media & Communications”

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, in partnership with Young Women In Bio on International Women's Day, was indeed an exciting opportunity for high-school and college age women to explore the myriad of exciting careers available at local biotech companies and media organizations. The event was held in the magisterial Illumina Theatre at the Alexandria, and after the talk a special dessert reception took place. Read more!

Moderator Kristen Cusato introduces the event’s panelists to a packed auditorium

Each panelist was asked to provide “Your career advice in 3 words”

Washington DC/Baltimore

April will Feature WIB-DC/Baltimore’s Exhibition at the ISPE Showcase

WIB-DC/Baltimore’s Young Women In Bio group has a unique opportunity as an exhibitor at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host the nation’s largest science festival over April 15-17, 2016. Designed to celebrate the most recent scientific advances and inspire a new generation of problem-solvers, the USA Science and Engineering Festival attracts more than 350,000 visitors. As an exhibitor, we anticipate having approximately 10,000-12,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, allowing us to reach new demographics and spread our mission to support and inspire the next generation of female scientists. Specifically, we will be demonstrating the phenomenon of fluorescence through three hands-on experiments. YWIB asks for the support of our Women In Bio members to attend and help volunteer at the festival. Whether you can come for just a few hours, or a full day, please consider joining us at our booth or assisting with event promotion. Volunteers will help with hands-on experiments and with a raffle where students can win monogrammed lab-coats and donations to their schools’ science departments. Any interested members should contact our chapter’s YWIB Chair, Elise Hartley (, for full details.

Young Women In Bio and WRAIR Celebrate Women’s History Month Through Hands-On Science

On March 11, 2016, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) opened its doors to WIB-DC/Baltimore’s Young Women In Bio and area middle-school girls for a thrilling afternoon of biology. The day started with a tour of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where everyone had an opportunity to hold plastinated human organs, observing up-close human anatomy and pathology. Next, participants donned their lab coats and met with dedicated near-peer educators. These recent college graduates work in the Army Educational Outreach Program, helping to teach the scientific method and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Our peer educators and group lead Dr. Margery Anderson, walked participants through their own sheep heart dissection and helped them take closer look at protist dissection in termites. It was truly an immersive experience. We are so thankful to WRAIR, our gracious hosts, for making this afternoon both highly educational and entertaining for all participants.

Students observing dissected tissues under microscopes

Students gained hands-on experiences with microscopy technique

Want an Network Online? Join WIB DC/Baltimore on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter!

Tired of too much effort spent traveling and showing up in person for every chapter event? Then join our online social media groups, and start conversation and networking from anywhere! WIB-DC/Baltimore has launched and robustly runs our LinkedIn group (, Facebook Page (, and Twitter handle ( Follow us and you’ll be informed of upcoming events, recaps of past events, resources, recent articles in Bio-related fields, and job postings!

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!

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