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August 4, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

Women In Bio Announces Its Boardroom Ready Program

Women In Bio is pleased to launch our Boardroom Ready Program, aimed to help executive women achieve their goal of corporate board service. Inspired by Biogen's successful Raising the Bar Program, WIB’s Boardroom Ready Program seeks to prepare exceptionally qualified WIB members for board service by providing board certification training, and assistance seeking public and private corporate board opportunities. You have different opportunities to engage in this program: You could become a Boardroom Ready Candidate, a Financial Sponsor, or a Boardroom Coach. Learn more.

WIB Video Spotlight Series

Jill Milne Speaks at the BIO2013 Annual Celebration

Hear advice from Jill Milne, Ph.D., CEO of Catabasis Pharmaceuticals, at our BIO2013 annual celebration in our member-exclusive video library.

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Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta Presents "Current Developments in Women's Cognitive Health - Why Doesn't Mom Remember?"

Alzheimer's and Dementia awareness month is September, and with that in mind WIB-Atlanta is excited about raising awareness of these neurological diseases by hosting an informative panel discussion and networking session on September 12, 2016. Alzheimer's disease is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 and 2 out of 3 individuals suffering from this disease are women. Not only are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be the primary caregiver of a family member with dementia. Join us on September 12th to learn more about work being done to battle this devastating disease.

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!


“Choose Your Own Adventure - A Panel Discussion of Careers in the Life Sciences and Beyond”

Careers can take unexpected twists and turns. In the life sciences, there are many options to pursue. Each of our panelists started off in on a different path than the one she is on today: from bench chemists and engineers to pharmaceutical pricing gurus, compliance experts, and attorneys, none of them could have necessarily predicted her future at the outset. We hope you will join us on August 16, 2016, to take advantage of their perspective and experiences, in what promises to be an engaging discussion. Our panelists include Colleen Roberts, Chief Compliance & Legal Officer at Valence Health, Lee Tumminello, Partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, and Sanjida Chowdhury, Senior Director of Financial Government Compliance at Fresenius Kabi.

WIB-Chicago Presents "Start-up Challenge 2.0"

Join WIB-Chicago on September 27, 2016, for our Start-up 2.0 Challenge as finalists from women-led Illinois biotech companies give short pitches about their companies' technology and products. Local experts from the investment and start-up communities will provide feedback and select the winning pitch. The winner receives a cash award of $2500! The event will also feature a structured networking session with local entrepreneurs. The Start-up 2.0 Challenge application period is now open to all female entrepreneurs in the Life Sciences. Learn more!

Greater Boston

A Golf Social: Golf Workshop and Networking Event

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer, you will enjoy our Golf Social Event on August 14, 2016, with practice golf lessons, networking on the patio with appetizers and drinks, and an optional round of golf available until sundown (additional fee). Space is limited to 25 attendees so please sign up early! Open to both WIB members and non-members.

BioPharm America Returns to Boston in September

BioPharm America(TM) returns to Boston on September 13-15, 2016, for its ninth annual meeting place at the Marriott Copley Place with the WIB-Greater Boston chapter as a sponsor. BioPharm America is where biotech industry partnerships get started. It brings together hundreds of the world’s most innovative leaders across biotech, finance, and pharma for high-level networking, pre-scheduled partnering meetings, strategic panel discussions, and more. This three-day conference provides a proven and highly productive format for establishing new business relationships, bringing dealmakers from the life science ecosystem together to engage and de-risk the enormous task of drug development. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships. Equipped with partneringONE(R), the world’s leading web-based partnering system for the life science industry, BioPharm America is the only event in North America based on the same reputable formula as EBD Group’s acclaimed European events BIO-Europe(R) and BIO-Europe Spring(R). In 2015, BioPharm America attracted 850+ delegates from over 525 companies, who participated in 2,350+ scheduled one-to-one meetings. WIB members are eligible for a $100 registration discount. For information on the discount, or to volunteer at the WIB table, please contact us at For more information on BioPharm America visit

Greater Montréal

WIB–Greater Montreal’s Book Club Reviews Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? by Timothy Caulfield, September 14, 2016

Join WIB–Greater Montreal for a fun and fascinating discussion on the impact celebrity culture has on science and society as featured in Timothy Caulfield’s new book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

For Timothy Caulfield, lawyer and health science expert, it wasn’t enough to simply chronicle the amazing influence celebrity culture has on people’s lifestyle and healthcare decisions. In addition, he spends a year employing a hands-on approach trying every popular celebrity beauty routine and diet. He reads all the celebrity magazines, Twitter feeds, and gossip blogs. He even signs himself up with a modeling agency! In the end, Caulfield uses science to debunk the many myths and promises espoused by today’s celebrities; separating sense from nonsense…

Bring a copy of the book, and we will ask questions to kick-start the discussion. Drinks and light fare will be provided.

WIB-Grand Montréal Book Club accueille Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? - Par Timothy Caulfield, 14 septembre 2016.

Rejoignez WIB-Grand Montréal pour une amusante et fascinante discussion sur l'impact de “la culture de célébrité” sur la science et la société, mettant en vedette le nouveau livre de Timothy Caulfield.

Pour Timothy Caulfield, avocat et expert en sciences de la santé, il ne lui suffit pas juste de faire la chronique de l'incroyable influence de la culture célébrité sur le mode de vie des gens et les prises de décisions sur leur santé, il passe une année en utilisant une approche pratique essayant les routines de beauté et régimes alimentaires populaires de chaque célèbre. Il lit tous les magazines de célébrités, les Tweets et les blogs de potins - il signe même avec une agence de mannequins ! En fin de compte, il utilise la science pour démystifier la plupart des mythes et les promesses défendues par les célébrités d’aujourd’hui, la séparation du sens et l’absurdité...

Apportez une copie du livre, nous poserons des questions pour lancer la discussion. Des boissons et des plats légers seront fournis.

Metro New York

Learn More about Our Chapter

The Metro New York Area Women In Bio chapter, WIB-Metro New York, invites you to join a dynamic organization committed to developing and promoting leadership and entrepreneurship by women in a region which boasts the highest concentration of women with advanced degrees in the nation. Our goal is to build a community of biotechnology professionals that provides mentorship and development opportunities for women at all stages of their careers – from those just starting out to well established, industry veterans. WIB-Metro New York capitalizes on the area's unique combination of innovation and cultural treasures which make the region a magnet for highly qualified, creative talent. Centered among the region’s global life sciences leaders in New York City, New Jersey, Hudson Valley, Connecticut, and eastern Pennsylvania, the Metro New York region provides fertile ground for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to launch and grow their careers. Learn more about our chapter.

Philadelphia Metro

WIB-Philadelphia Metro Serves Professionals in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware

The WIB-Philadelphia Metro chapter is an organization of professionals actively committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences in the Philadelphia, Delaware, NJ area. We aim to foster the community of life science professionals while providing mentorship and professional development opportunities across the career continuum - from those just beginning their careers to industry veterans. The WIB-Philadelphia Metro chapter is seeking volunteers to serve on our leadership team and enhance chapter Programs, Communications, Membership, and Sponsorship. We currently have six chapter chairs who are working on promoting the organization, and setting up a launch event in early October. We would love for you to join us, whether as a member, a sponsor, or to attend our launch event to find out more about us. Learn more by visiting our Chapter Website or emailing us at You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn. Participate in our survey, and let us know how WIB-Philadelphia Metro can best serve you!


WIB-Pittsburgh Presents: “P.O.W.E.R. Tweeting” Workshop - #WIBPOWER2016

#TwitterNewbie...#HaventGotAClue…#TwitterProfessional…#HowToMarketMyself…#WantToLearnMore… Want to finally understand the “#” and “@” lingo? Join members @WIBPittsburgh on August 25, 2016, as we learn how to #BeCool. Live Twitter interaction will play a large role in our P.O.W.E.R. 2016 celebration in September. Learn now so you can participate at the event! Our WIB-Pittsburgh social media team (Susan Farabaugh, Mary Florio, and Tara Chowdhury) will lead the program with Knopp Biosciences co-founder and experienced Tweeter, Tom Petzinger (@TomPetz). Twitter newbies will experience hands-on instruction. Twitter professionals will gain experience in strategic tweeting and marketing to increase effectiveness and branding. All will #HaveGreatFun learning how to participate in live question and answer sessions. Bring your favorite device so you can #JoinInTheFun!

P.O.W.E.R. 2016 - Empowering Women to Protect Women

The annual Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R.) is a celebration of the contribution local women are making to life sciences and healthcare. P.O.W.E.R. 2016 will showcase the use of science and technology in championing new methods for protecting women.

Sexual assault and physical violence against women are as old as time itself. In today's technological world, sexual assault and female trafficking are more pervasive and organized. P.O.W.E.R. 2016 will link scientific innovation, law, and economic growth in a cross-sectional forum of experts, entrepreneurs, and researchers who have developed key tools for fighting violators. Five successful Pittsburgh innovators will highlight cutting-edge technologies used to combat, prevent and prosecute sexual brutality in Pittsburgh and across the globe:

WIB-Pittsburgh is proud that P.O.W.E.R. 2016 will furnish a platform for these inspiring women – women who live and work in our region – to showcase the science and technology they have developed to protect women and to change the landscape of violence in our world. 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. Seating is limited – Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Meet P.O.W.E.R. 2016 Speaker 2 of 5: Jennifer Elliott

WIB-Pittsburgh invites you to meet the second of five successful Pittsburgh innovators speaking at “P.O.W.E.R. 2016 – Empowering Women to Protect Women” on September 20, 2016: Jennifer Elliot. Jennifer is a forensic scientist who has served the forensic DNA community since 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2003, and began her career at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory shortly after. Through her years at the crime laboratory, as a DNA analyst and supervisor, Jennifer worked on hundreds of DNA cases, processed crime scenes, and provided expert witness testimony. Learn more about Jennifer.

Volunteer for “STEAM-abration” with Citizen Science Lab & YWIB

Interested in getting our youth excited about science? The Citizen Science Lab is a community science lab involved in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) outreach in the Pittsburgh area. They are hosting a community event to educate kids (and their adults!) about STEAM. Young Women In Bio will provide volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Come join us at STEAM-abration on Sunday, August 20, 2016, at the Energy Innovation Center in downtown Pittsburgh. More information can be found here. We welcome all WIB members to join us! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, or future events, please contact us at

Empower the Next Generation with Mentors, Advisors, Peers

MAPs is empowering women to help other women through mentoring. If you are interested in becoming a MAPs mentor or mentee, pick up a copy of our program flyer at P.O.W.E.R. 2016 and come introduce yourself to the MAPs leadership team: Beth Shaaban, Kelly Picchione, and Megan Kiedrowski. Join in empowering the next generation of women in the sciences! Email us at or visit: for more information.


Today! - Summer Book Club, Part 2: “Unleashing Your Inner Leader with the Author Herself, Vickie Bevenour”

There is a powerful leader inside each of us, but how do you release it? Unleashing Your Inner Leader: An ExecutiveCoach Tells All provides leaders (and those aspiring to leadership roles) a blueprint for enhancing their overall leadership performance, becoming an authentic leader, and ultimately leaving a stellar professional legacy. On August 4, 2016, international leadership strategist and author, Vickie Bevenour (Coach Vickie), will lead the discussion on her own book, and provide additional insight into how to unleash the powerful leader inside you by identifying the elements that are key to success, practicing them regularly, and making them habits. This book is an essential resource for any professional, and you will have the added bonus of speaking with Coach Vickie. Breakfast and coffee/tea will be provided.

WIB-RTP Presents a MAPs Social

Ever wonder who your fellow MAPs members are, or want to learn more about MAPs? Then come on out on August 16, 2016, to our first MAPs Social to network across the MAPs (mentors, advisors, and peers) groups and learn more about the different groups within WIB. This event is being held in appreciation of the efforts of our members who have made our MAPs program such a success. We will hold a small painting workshop during the event. If you are new to WIB, and would like to learn more about the MAPs program, this is a great opportunity to meet with current MAPs members.

San Francisco Bay Area

“Breakthrough Discoveries in Aging Research” Event

Can scientists slow down aging? On August 10, 2016, come learn about the latest discoveries and research in aging from expert scientists in academia and industry. Our illustrious panel features Cynthia Kenyon (VP of Aging Research, Calico), Kimberly Scearce-Levie (Director of Preclinical Translational Biology, Denali Therapeutics), Irina Conboy (Professor, UC Berkeley), and Judith Campisi (Professor, Buck Institute). These panelists will discuss cutting edge research being conducted in the field of aging, identify important research trends and technologies used in this rapidly growing field, and speak to current and future intervention and therapeutic strategies for age-related disorders.

Seattle Metro

“Come Mix and Mingle with WIB”

Join us for our annual summer social on August 9, 2016, and put those networking skills to work. This event will be a great opportunity for members and non-members to mingle and enjoy our beautiful PNW summer on the rooftop of Fluke Hall at the University of Washington. We will celebrate and support each other while sharing ideas, aspirations, and experiences. Refreshing drinks and tasty nibbles will be served.

Southern California

WIB-Southern California Reviews Let Them Lead: How to Command Less and Accomplish More by Michaela Hart

Michaela Hart, currently the Vice President of Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs at Roche Sequencing Solutions (RSS), once called “a combination of Katrina ‘Kat’ Cole and Danica Patrick,” has been a corporate executive for more than 25 years. She has leveraged her management experience to become a recognized leader, career coach, speaker, and the author of Let Them Lead – How to Command Less and Accomplish More. Michaela is excited to join in our book club and answer any questions you may have. On August 8, 2016, take advantage of this unique opportunity to get insights into Michaela’s rich career as a dynamic leader, her view of authentic leadership, and receive a free copy of her book. Michaela's "M-power" will help teach you how to lead yourself first on your journey to understanding how to lead others.

Beyond Rare Disease R&D: Accelerating Therapeutic Access for Patients with Rare Diseases

Join Moderator Dr. Christina Waters, CEO and Founder of RARE Science, and a panel of experts on September 8, 2016, as they discuss the importance of early accurate disease diagnosis, as a misdiagnosis not only leads to progression of disease, but also to unneeded financial costs for the patient and health system. They will also focus on therapeutic access to existing drugs, the cost of drug development and therapeutic pricing, and reimbursement. Learn more!

Golf Clinic and Networking Event

How to best enjoy July in Southern California? How about reconnecting with or making new connections, taking a golfing lesson, sipping wine, eating appetizers, and shop… That’s how our WIB ladies decided to spend July 21, 2016. After a golfing lesson at the Oaks North Golf Course, thanks to two wonderful (and patient…) teachers at Back Swing Golf, The Farrell – Pomeroy Group provided the ladies with appetizers and wine. Reenergized, they could take a closer look at the sophisticated Vivacity sportswear proudly made in Southern California (contact us for a special discount for WIB members); so, really, our ladies encouraged local businesses while having fun. Is that the WIB-Southern California recipe for a summer event? You bet. Last touch from Patty Penn - an original way to enjoy flowers longer: one of the beautiful centerpieces was given to one lucky lady who… happened to have a note under her chair reading “Enjoy!!” Enough with outdoors, ladies - now get on reading Let Them Lead, and we will see you at the August 8, 2016, event before we talk about Rare Diseases in September.


After the golfing lesson attendees enjoyed networking over appetizers and wine.

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.

BioNetwork West – Partnering Made Easy

BioNetwork West is the essential platform for business development executives across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space to come together. While there you will develop relationships with true decision makers that lead to strategic partnerships, all done in a beautiful intimate setting. We make it easy for you to make lasting connections…and enjoy yourself while doing so! Pharma/Big Biotechs – register now with code BNW16WIB and receive $600 off your ticket. Book online at or call us at 1-646-200-7530. Discounted rates are also available for Small Biotechs, Academics, and Universities. Join us at The Ritz-Carlton, in beautiful Laguna Niguel, California, October 5-7, 2016.

Washington DC/Baltimore

About Our Chapter

Originally the national headquarters for Women In Bio, the "Washington DC/Baltimore" chapter officially became its own chapter in October, 2011. Located along the I-270 Corridor in Maryland, and also covering DC, Northern Virginia, and the greater Baltimore area, this setting is central to what Governor Martin O’Malley called, "one of the largest bioscience clusters in the nation, perhaps in the world." The WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter community is dedicated to creating opportunities and careers for women in the life science industry, and to encouraging women in our region to translate novel discoveries into products. Our chapter symbolizes the significance of promoting the dynamic women in the biotechnology and life sciences industry in this area and globally. Our membership consists of professionals at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device and diagnostics companies, non-profits, academic institutions, and support service companies, including law firms, consultants, and financial service firms. To learn more about us, please see the gallery of our past events, video library (member benefit), and media coverage of our chapter.


Precision Medicine Leaders Summit Comes to San Diego in August

Join leaders in Precision Medicine at the inaugural Precision Medicine Leaders Summit, a first-of-its-kind gathering held August 10-12, 2016, in San Diego. Designed to bring diverse perspectives together, the summit will feature open and candid discussions with the goal of sparking new ideas and finding innovative solutions to the current hurdles facing precision medicine. World-renown speakers will be featured from biotech, academia, government, clinics, research institutions, plus many more. We welcome WIB members to register at with the code “WIB” for a 10% discount! Follow us @WomenInBio @JournPrecMed #PMLS16 #PrecisionMedicine.

The Top Women in Biopharma for 2016: A Call For Nominations

The online periodical, FierceBiotech, has issued a call for nominations for the Top Women in Biopharma. Nominations are due by mid-August. Read the entire article.

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