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April 14, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:


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

Women In Bio Plenary Event at BIO Convention: “The Influential Paths of Great Visionary Leaders”

In conjunction with the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 6, 2016, at the beautiful Clift Hotel. Our panel of esteemed speakers will discuss critical, and often controversial, issues affecting women in the life sciences industry, identify important industry trends and how to act on them, and how they created their career paths. This panel is sure to inspire and motivate both women and men to work together to support the career development of women! As with all WIB events, our Plenary Event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking as it brings together people from all corners of the life sciences industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities. This event is not to be missed so register today!

Founder’s Professional Development Scholarship Winner, Shahila Christie, Describes Conference Experience

The well renowned Gordon Conference on New Antibacterial Discovery and Development was held in March, 2016, in the beautiful city of Barga, Italy. I had heard great things about the conference, and it was my utmost desire to attend it. Women In Bio made attendance at this conference possible for me by awarding me The Founder’s Professional Development Scholarship that allowed me to pay towards the cost of attending the conference. I am truly honored and very thankful to have received the scholarship from Women In Bio. Read more about Shahila’s conference experience.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Career Opportunities Across the Life Sciences

Learn about the many career opportunities that make life sciences companies work, including manufacturing, regulatory affairs, medical sciences, and more! Watch this event from WIB-San Francisco Bay Area in our member-exclusive 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!

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

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.

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!

WIB-Chicago “Volunteer of the Month” Profile: Ana Mrejeru

WIB-Chicago has established the “Volunteer of the Month” award, recognizing volunteers who have had a significantimpact in making our chapter successful in achieving our goal in supporting women through all stages of career development. The first recipient of this award is Ana Mrejeru, our chapter’s Communications Co-Chair. Ana’s dedication and hard work have played a signification role in promoting WIB-Chicago’s programming publications and social media initiatives. Ana is a Neuroscientist with experience in academic hospitals such as Columbia/NY Presbyterian, UCSF Medical Center, and University of Chicago Hospitals. Her preclinical research is aimed at finding cures for the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Ana earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from The University of Chicago, and has authored 13 research articles on brain diseases from epilepsy to substance abuse. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the National Institutes of Health, and completed an internship at the F.D.A.

Greater Boston

Meet the WIB-Greater Boston Chapter Leadership!

  • Kelly Kral, Chapter Chair
  • K. Nicole Clouse, Ph.D., J.D., Chapter Vice-Chair
  • Michelle Linn, Communications Chair
  • Danielle Silva, Program Chair
  • Anna Bernhardt, Program Vice Chair
  • Jane Kepros, Funding Chair
  • Fariba Shaffiey, Funding Vice Chair
  • Jay DeYoung, Membership Chair
  • Megha Kapur, Membership Vice Chair
  • Melissa Gebhardt, Membership Co-Vice Chair

Learn more about us and our chapter!

Greater Montréal
WIB-Greater Montreal YWIB 3rd Annual "Planting the Seeds of Science" Workshop,” March 22, 2016

YWIB and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University celebrated Women’s History Month with their 3rd Annual Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Grade 9 girls.  The wonderful students at the GCRC created interactive workshops, games, and a look to the future that inspired and motivated future scientists from Villa Maria High School. We started with a description of GCRC’s research then jumped to quick quiz on great female scientists. It was entertaining and educational. The students were divided into small groups and toured the lab. Workshops included four stations: bright field and fluorescent microscopy of cells and tissue, DNA extraction, its visualization on gel, and protein concentration measurements.  The activities ended with a discussion on possible career paths for the students. The students at GCRC then kindly answered the many questions the students had over a pizza lunch.

YWIB et le Centre de Recherche sur le Cancer Rosalind et Morris Goodman (GCRC) à l'Université McGill ont célébré le Mois de l'histoire des femmes avec la 3ème édition de leur atelier intitulé «Étudiantes d’aujourd’hui et Scientifiques de demain» destiné aux filles de grade 9. Les étudiants talentueux du GCRC ont créé des ateliers interactifs, des jeux et un regard vers l'avenir qui ont inspiré et motivé les futurs scientifiques du collège Villa Maria. Nous avons débuté le programme avec une description de la recherche qui se déroule au GCRC, suivi d’un petit questionnaire sur les célèbres femmes scientifiques. C’était divertissant et éducatif. Les élèves ont été divisés en petits groupes afin de visiter les laboratoires. Les ateliers comprenaient quatre stations: l’observation de cellules et tissus par microscopie à champ lumineux et à fluorescence, l’extraction de l'ADN, sa visualisation sur gel, et la mesure de concentration en protéines. Les activités se sont terminées par une discussion sur les cheminements possibles de carrière pour les élèves. Les étudiants du GCRC ont ensuite généreusement répondu aux nombreuses questions des élèves autour d'un déjeuner.

Metro New York

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!

Biosecurity Threat Awareness Briefing

On April 27, 2016, the New York Field Office Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) squad will present a biosecurity threat awareness briefing. This briefing will explore historical and current biological threats spanning industry, government, and academia. It will provide an understanding of WMD threats, information on the FBI WMD Coordinator program, and how the FBI investigates, prevents, and mitigates all WMD threats. Two female Special Agents will lead the briefing. Following the briefing there will be a panel discussion in which Maranda Fritz will moderate with members of the New York Field Office FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, including Special Agent Smith, Special Agent Wood, and Assistant WMD Coordinator FBI NY Special Agent Rawson.


WIB-Pittsburgh Presents “MAPs 1:1 Mentoring Presents: Take Control of Your Career Path”

WIB-Pittsburgh’s MAPs 1:1 mentoring program is excited to announce that on May 5, 2016, we will wrap up our first six-month 1:1 mentoring cycle and kick off our next round! To celebrate, please join us as we welcome Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff at the University of Pittsburgh, to speak to our group about taking control of your career path. Dr. Humphrey overcame many significant challenges on her way to her current position, and now she is not only a leader at Pitt, but also a strong advocate for others pursuing their goals. This free event will be open exclusively to WIB members.

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.

Panel Discusses Trending Industry Jobs in Pittsburgh

On March 30, 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh welcomed a panel of guest speakers to discuss the biotech job space in our region. Our fantastic panel included Dottie Clower, Ph.D. (Cohera Medical), Monica Glomb (Aerotek Scientific), Christian Manders (Promethean), N. Nicole Stakleff, J.D. (Pepper Hamilton), Alethea Wieland (Scope International), and Elizabeth Woo, Ph.D. (Thermo Fisher Scientific). Each speaker discussed their background, career path, and insights into their respective fields. While speakers had unique individual insights, some themes were apparent throughout the discussions, including the importance of mentorship and networking and the need to be curious, confident, and open to risk. In the small but vibrant biotech sphere Pittsburgh has developed, the panelists agree it is important to become involved in the community through networking and volunteering, as many jobs are obtained through connections and are often not publicly posted. Thank you to our panelists and everyone who attended!

Elizabeth Woo, Ph.D., gives an animated introduction during the panelist session.

Audience members asking the tough questions during Q&A!

Young Women In Bio Awards Presenters at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair

For the second straight year, the WIB-Pittsburgh Young Women In Bio group sponsored two awards at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF), held April 1-2, 2016. PRSEF is an open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering open to students in grades 6-12 from 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland. The YWIB awardees were selected from the Intermediate Level (7th-8th grade) in the Biology category, and will each receive $500. These winners were chosen with the help of five volunteer judges including Anthea Bouwer, Aparna Nemlekar, Joie Marhefka, April Dukes, and Curtis Wadsworth. This year’s winners were Sarah Watson, an 8th grader at Saint Mary of the Assumption, for her project “Honey I Shrunk the Cancer! Can Manuka Honey Kill Cancer Cells?” and Erika Cook, an 8th grader at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, for her project “What Color Are Birds Attracted To?”

Award winner Sarah Watson stands with WIB-Pittsburgh volunteer judge, Anthea Bouwer

Award winner Erika Cook (second from left) stands with volunteer judges (from left to right) Anthea Bouwer, Aparna Nemlekar, and Joie Marhefka


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

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.

San Francisco Bay Area

Women in Leadership: Seizing Opportunities

On March 17th 2016, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area, jointly with UCSF Women in Life Sciences, celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a panel discussion at Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco on “Women in Leadership: Seizing Opportunities.” Food, wine, and networking was followed by lively, fun-filled, and inspiring discussion on challenges to women in leadership, risk taking, seizing opportunities, work life balance, and many interesting and relevant topics. Special thanks to Nektar for hosting a great experience!

A panelist fields audience questions at the “Women in Leadership: Seizing Opportunities” event

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

Meet the WIB-Seattle Metro Chapter Leadership!

  • Andrea Knapp, Chapter Chair
  • Shannon Dennis, Chapter Vice-Chair
  • Sandra Merrick, Communications Chair
  • Katie Smolnycki, Communications Co-Vice Chair
  • Yang Wu, Communications Co-Vice Chair
  • Sameena Habib, Membership Chair
  • Franziska Seeger, Program Chair
  • Tracy Arakaki, Program Co-Vice Chair
  • Sue Kraemer, Program Co-Vice Chair
  • Kristen Helton, Funding Chair
  • Brooke Anderson-White, Funding Vice Chair
  • Stephanie Braitsch, Young Women In Bio Chair
  • Jennifer Lill, Pharm.D., MAPs Chair
  • Parastu Shubin, MAPs Vice Chair

Learn more about us and our chapter!

Southern California

“The Power of Networking - Creating Your Own Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry”

On April 28, 2016, Ashley Van Zeeland, Head of Pediatrics, Human Longevity Inc., an accomplished neuroscientist, will share her experiences as a female leader, knocking on doors and creating opportunities that led to her co-founding Cypher Genomics, and leading it to its recent successful acquisition by Human Longevity Inc. Lauren Mages, successful recruiter and business developer at Real Life Sciences, will share her experiences building relationships that have led their success. Both have valuable lessons about the power of networking and face-to-face interactions. Learn more!

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!

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.

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!

“Women Investing In Women” Event

On March 17, 2016, WIB-DC/Baltimore celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship in the biotech industry. The speakers were Amita Shukla, M.B.A., founder and CEO of Vitamita, Amy Millman, CEO of SpringBoard, and Carol Nacy, Ph.D., co-founder of Sequella. Read the entire article!

Event panelists shared their personal entrepreneurship experiences

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