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May 26, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

Regular Pricing for WIB’s BIO Plenary Event Ends Soon
Please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 6, 2016, at San Francisco's 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!
Our speakers include:

Nicole Fisher
 (Moderator) Founder and CEO of HHR Strategies

Firelli Alonso
, Senior Director, Biotherapeutics and Vaccines Outsourcing, Pfizer

Lisa Cohen
, Executive Director, Washington Global Health Alliance

Renee Compton Ryan
, Vice President, Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Frances Colón
, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State

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! Regular pricing ends next Thursday, June 2, 2016.


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 members get a discount on any BIO Convention registration when applying discount code CH50.

Today! - WIB-National Webinar: “Raising Capital for Rising Companies”

Regardless of whether one works in industry or academia, each of us plays a role in the financial health of ourorganizations. From grant writing to private equity funding, there are reasons behind the success of those who secure the funding. Join us today as Heather Smith, Managing Director, Head of Private Financing Solutions, Sagent Advisors, discusses healthcare and technology trends and forecasts, as well as provides insights into successful financing strategies. Heather will also discuss what makes a good solid business, and what we need to know about market trends that impacts all of us - from payer payments, adoption and approval processes, and reimbursements. Attendees will have the opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation to have their questions answered directly by Ms. Smith. Learn more.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

What Makes a Good Clinical Trial?

What makes a good clinical trial? Watch and learn from WIB-San Francisco Bay Area's educational panel event in our member-exclusive video library!

Women In Bio Partnership with SmartBrief
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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Presents a Career Workshop - Effective Strategies to Get the Best Job and Optimize Your Career

On June 8, 2016, the Executive Strategies Inc. and Career Synergies team will lead a discussion on the fundamentals of writing an impactful resume as well as answer questions on career management and the job search process. Learn more!

Young Women In Bio at the STEM Wars

STEM Wars was the first STEM exposition held by Atlanta Metropolitan State College on April 23, 2016. There were over3,000 kids in attendance from Atlanta and Southern Georgia. At a workshop held during this event, Jenniffer Stetler, the Chair of WIB-Atlanta Young Women In Bio (YWIB), spoke about the importance of vaccination and herd immunity. In another workshop, she described the process of isolating DNA from strawberries. In addition, Jenniffer presented a cell workshop at the career exposition.

Workshops introduced participants to STEM topics

Partner with Women In Bio-Atlanta

The Women In Bio-Atlanta sponsorship committee is looking for biotechnology company partnerships. Does your company have a sizable conference room or event space we can use for events? Wouldn’t it be great to have the next WIB event right at work and not have to go through Atlanta’s traffic? Contact us at, let us know that your company has event space, and we’ll work with your company’s leadership to bring the event to you.

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

Join Our WIB-Austin Leadership Team!!

Looking to gain leadership experience through Women In Bio? Volunteer to serve on our leadership team! We are seeking volunteers to enhance chapter Membership and Sponsorship. The Membership committee will work with the WIB-Austin chapter and National WIB to update and maintain a complete member database. Enthusiastic volunteers will coordinate membership drives and other activities to boost membership. The Sponsorship committee is active year-round to identify and secure sponsorship money. In addition to creating opportunities for fundraising, volunteers will be confident and comfortable asking for sponsorship money from companies and organizations. Contact for more information!


Tonight! - WIB-Chicago Presents: “Strategies for Female Entrepreneurs to Secure Funding and Protect their Company's IP”

Please join the Chicago Chapter of Women In Bio tonight for a roundtable event focused on two of the most important issues to female entrepreneurs: funding and IP protection. Our panelists include entrepreneurs, investors, and an IP attorney. We anticipate an engaging discussion with our panelists sharing their insights and experiences, while exploring these topics from a variety of vantage points.

WIB-Chicago MAPs Update

Thanks to all who filled out the WIB-Chicago MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) survey. Throughout May and June the MAPs Chair will personally reach out to those who filled out the survey to learn more about their interests, ideas, and personal goals. In addition, MAPs sign-up sheets will be at all upcoming Women In Bio events to encourage participants to join the MAPs Committee.

WIB-Chicago Leaders Honored by Inclusion in IP Stars List

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun partners Lily Rin-Laures, M.D., Pamela Cox, and Heather Kissling have been selected to the 2016 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP, which the publication describes as the definitive guide to the world’s leading female IP practitioners. The honorees are chosen based on an extensive four-month research process comprised of surveys and interviews. All three were also recognized in the 2nd edition of the list in 2014.

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 Presents: “A Cool Taste of Summer,” June 22, 2016

Join WIB-Greater Montreal as we usher in the summer season with a fun cocktail party. Escape the blistering heat and enjoy the cool, relaxing atmosphere of the downtown offices of Bereskin & Parr. Sample great wine and delectable fare while mingling with men and women from all areas of Greater Montreal’s Life Sciences sector. Discover the new innovations and recent trends, meet the decision makers, and become more visible.

What are you waiting for?! Get connected, and start building valuable, lasting relationships. It’s so easy. Register on-line now as spots will go fast.

WIB-Grand Montréal présente “Un Rafraichissant Gout d'Été” 22 juin 2016

Joignez-nous à WIB - Grand Montréal en ce début de saison estivale pour un cocktail de plaisir. Échapper la chaleur torride et profiter de l'atmosphère fraiche et détendue des bureaux du centre-ville de Bereskin & Parr. Savourer des bons vins et des plats délicieux, tout en discutant avec des hommes et des femmes de tous les domaines du secteur des Sciences de la vie du Grand Montréal. Découvrez les nouvelles innovations et les tendances récentes, rencontrez les décideurs, et devenez plus visible.

Qu’attendez-vous?! Soyez connectés, et commencez à construire des relations précieuses et durables. C'est très facile. Inscrivez-vous en ligne dès maintenant car les places partiront vite.

Metro New York

FBI Taskforce Special Agents Hold a Biosecurity Briefing

The WIB-Metro New York chapter networking event on April 27, 2016, presented a briefing on biosecurity threat awareness by FBI Taskforce Special Agents Bryan Rawson, Jaqueline Smith, and Sara Wood. WIB-Metro New York member Maranda E. Fritz, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP, moderated the panel.

The panel described the FBI security steps currently underway, and said key to their work is prevention, investigation and response. Stating that - although the organization is keen on keeping a vigilant watch regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) - they advised the bigger terrorist threat is actually at lower profile locations such as laboratories and critical data systems. Each educated in the sciences, the Special Agents discussed how they use their education and experience to stay ahead of the curve on technology to keep citizens safe. They provided data and anecdotal examples of key threats and trends, which was followed by a panel discussion. Read more.

Sara Wood discusses biosecurity threat awareness

WIB-Metro New York had another big event turnout


Save The Date! - P.O.W.E.R. 2016: Empowering Women to Protect Women

Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R) is an annual celebration of the contribution local women make to life sciences and healthcare. P.O.W.E.R. 2016 will focus on how women use science and technology to help protect women from harm. During P.O.W.E.R. 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh will showcase public and private sector crusaders who forge new ways to prevent and prosecute violent victimization through innovative science, technology, and legislation. This year P.O.W.E.R. will again 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. 2016 even better than last year, and look forward to seeing you there! Save the date in your calendar or register today!

WIB-Pittsburgh Welcome-to-Summer Potluck Picnic

On June 23, 2016, Women In Bio-Pittsburgh will welcome all as we kick off summer with a potluck picnic at Anderson Shelter in Schenley Park. Family, friends, and non-members are welcome! Come join us as we celebrate summer in a delightful outdoor setting. There will be games, activities, and a delicious summertime barbecue. Kids can also enjoy the adjacent “Dinosaur” playground. Main dishes and beverages will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or dessert to share as well as a blanket or chairs, if families wish to sit in the grass around the pavilion. If you would like to see what others are bringing and sign-up your own dish, please visit our pot-luck page:

WIB-Pittsburgh Visits “The Lion” at City Theater

On May 12, 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh members and family took advantage of our City Theater partnership with special discounted tickets to the exclusive premiere performance of “The Lion.” Little did they know that they were in for a night more emotional and more touching than they imagined. The theater and stage made a very intimate setting; the stage consisting of nothing but a few rudimentary props and six guitars – some electric, but most acoustic. Our attention and emotion were glued to the stage as Benjamin Scheuer began to sing his life story, starting as a little boy of 10 whose dad built him a cookie-tin-banjo. Benjamin showed off his mad guitar skills as he rotated through the six different guitars, each having a purpose in relation to the story of events occurring in through his life. The story weaved from a young boy’s strong musical bond with his father to a boy filled with conflict and over the battles with his father, his father’s death, and his journey through cancer. The standing ovation started before the musical was over. Benjamin had to calm the crowd back into their seats to finish the last piece. When the lights came back on and we were all still a bit speechless, one WIB significant other commented, “It was my favorite theater function of all time.” Read more!

WIB-Pittsburgh friends and family enjoy the pre-performance happy hour.

WIB-Pittsburgh Attends Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series

On May 9, 2016, Dr. Janet Stout, Director of the Special Pathogens Laboratory, discussed her career journey, beginning with her profound impact on understanding Legionnaires’ disease. WIB-Pittsburgh members joined the event as promotional sponsors. Dr. Stout unexpectedly became an entrepreneur when her training laboratory was suddenly closed due to administrative differences, and uncountable Legionnaires’ samples were destroyed. What do you do when your life’s work is destroyed? “Take it private? Like a company?” Thus, began Dr. Stout’s journey as an entrepreneur. Read the full article.

WIB-Pittsburgh members mingle over breakfast

Dr. Stout explains her journey

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:


WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Visits Medicago

Young Women In Bio and Medicago invite you to learn about vaccine development using plants! On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Medicago will host young women in grades 9 - 12 to meet their amazing team, see their innovative technology, and participate in a fun, hands-on activity: We will learn about Medicago’s development from research lab to state-of-the-art process, tour Medicago’s automated Greenhouse to learn how they turn plants into vaccines, and perform an experiment related to this process.

WIB-RTP Presents Its 2016 First Summer Book Club Series

In What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, Joan C. Williams (Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law), and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey (a student at Yale Law School who blogs for The Huffington Post on women’s issues), describe four patterns that shape gender bias in the workplace. In their book, Williams and Dempsey reveal how each pattern affects working women. They offer concrete strategies to mitigate the effects of gender bias, to overcome these daily obstacles. The strategies presented in this book are practical tools for women from the cubicle to the corner office, be they shy or assertive, juggling a family or single. This book is an essential resource for any working woman. Hence, women of all ages and professions can benefit from reading it. Breakfast and coffee/tea will be provided during this June 23, 2016, event.

Kayo Roundtable: Women in Healthcare Investing

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST, join leading CEOs, investors, and M&A and finance professionals for an afternoon investor roundtable and cocktail reception on the topic of “Healthcare Investment Trends: What RTP Companies Need to Know.” WIB members can take advantage of a 10% registration discount by using promo code WIB10. Learn more.

San Francisco Bay Area

Making the Transition from Academia to Industry

On April 27, 2016, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area hosted a panel discussion at Stanford University that featured four panelists and a moderator representing a range of "non-traditional" life science fields including scientific communications, regulatory affairs, project management, business development, and clinical pharmacology. The panelists provided insight into their personal academic experiences, career trajectories, and key decision points as examples of the types of transitions that individuals can make between academic and industry positions. The attendees complimented the “good range of panelists” who gave “pertinent advice,” and called the event “informative and insightful," making for an enlightening evening for all involved. Thanks to everyone who participated!

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area’s “Making the Transition from Academia to Industry” event

Fielding audience questions

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 “The Diversity Advantage”

Diverse teams have been shown to be beneficial to both the team members and the organization at large: team members benefit from increased creativity and productivity as well as improved communication skills. On the organizational level, diverse teams attract and retain talent, and increase the market share and economic output of the company. Why is it then that diversity is still lacking in most biotech and tech companies? We would like to invite you to a panel discussion on June 14, 2016, featuring our moderator, Ruchika Tulshyan - author of The Diversity Advantage, as well as Juan Cotto - Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Princess Ayers - Chief of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The primary goal of this panel is to address the challenges that women as well as ethnic minorities are facing in the workplace, and come up with strategies that can help alleviate the situation both for the minorities as well as the employers.

Southern California

Application Deadline is Today for the “Women In Bio Start-Up Pitch Challenge”

Women In Bio-Southern California invites women in the life sciences to enter the “Start-up Pitch Challenge” to be held June 14, 2016, at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS. Finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges and a winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced at the event and will receive various prizes. All contestants will have the opportunity to display their business at our reception prior to the pitch event. We are excited to offer this opportunity, and welcome you to apply by the end of today by filling out our Executive Summary. Once you have completed the Executive Summary, send it and your attached slideshow deck to, attention Debra Bressaw. Please note that we only review non-confidential materials.

Come Participate in Startup Week’s Biotech Track

San Diego Startup Week is the region’s premier catalyst for innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurialism. Over 120 events, speakers, demos, educational panels, and revelry in the heart of San Diego, Startup Week showcases leading tech innovations. Thousands of San Diego’s brightest entrepreneurs, developers, designers, top-tier investors, strategic advisors, community leaders, civic supporters, students and talent - all of whom contribute to San Diego’s thriving startup ecosystem. This year Startup Week has expanded into biotechnology and digital health. There are many reasons why you should attend biotech track events, primarily because there are numerous resources in San Diego. To say San Diego is strategically positioned with regard to the biotechnology industry is an understatement - this is the city to be in if you’re even slightly interested in biotech. Not only are there huge companies in the market space, there are also huge opportunities for entrepreneurs to get involved. The Bio/Med Tech Track is aimed at assisting professors, researchers and graduate students who might be looking for opportunities outside of academia or big pharma. If you have considered starting a biotech company then this is a great week to get involved and meet people who can help guide you to join a biotech startup company or create one of your own. 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.

Washington DC/Baltimore

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!

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!

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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