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September 1, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:

WIB Offers a Back to School Discount!

If you have considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time than this September to do so!

Our “Back To School” promotion for new memberships starts today! Get 25% off of our normal membership rates. Take advantage of this discount and join us for only $71.25 (for a 1-year general membership) or $37.50 (for a student/post-doc membership). Discounted multi-year membership options and organizational membership options are also available. Interested? This is a limited-time offer so take advantage of it today!

To become a WIB member, visit and use promo code BTS201625%.

WIB-National Webinar: "Effective Project Management in the Life Sciences"

Effective project management is critical to the successful execution of life sciences projects. During this September 8, 2016, webinar Gretchen Stup will provide an introduction to the Project Management Life Cycle, and present an overview of proven project management tools and methodologies that can be implemented in your organization. You will walk away with real life examples from a biologic development program and an understanding of many tools that can be used to help ensure successful project execution. This course will result in up to one hour of PMI-approvable Professional Development Units (PDUs) for the project management field. Learn more!

Theresa McNeely Joins WIB Board of Directors

WIB is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Theresa McNeely to its Board of Directors: "There is always more that we can be doing to support one another in our careers and our lives, and I think WIB is unique in the way that the organization seeks to do both. As the newest member of the Board, I look forward to helping WIB expand the opportunities available to women, as well as promoting greater awareness of our collective contributions to the continued growth and success of our industry."

Lily Wound Named as Incoming National YWIB Chair

Outgoing Young Women In Bio National Chair, Ashley Bowman, has announced that Lily Wound will replace her as YWIB National Chair. Ms. Wound is Counsel at Wiggin and Dana LLP in the Corporate Department and Life Sciences Practice Group. She has counseled clients in a variety of industries, including life sciences, media, Internet, software, and healthcare information and technology. Her practice focuses on the representation of clients in connection with a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Ms. Wound also has significant experience in structuring and negotiating intellectual property licenses and other complex business relationships.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Ms. Wound was Counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP where she worked extensively with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, vaccine, and other life sciences clients. She also served as In-House Counsel for Hearst Corporation where she advised on all aspects of Hearst's businesses relating to traditional media, new media, digital media, and healthcare information and technology. Her responsibilities at Hearst included leading all complex transactions in the newspapers division and serving as general counsel for an evidence-based medical information and technology company. Ms. Wound began her career at the international law firm of Coudert Brothers LLP. She received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, her Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health, and her B.A., Cum Laude, in the Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, where she completed her senior honors thesis in genetics.

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:

Solve the Challenges that Stress You Out!

Learn practical and applicable tools for solving the challenges that stress you out by viewing this WIB-Chicago webinar from our member-exclusive video library!

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Upcoming Events


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

WIB-Austin Area Presents "Get to know WIB-Austin Area!"

We invite you to join us on September 23, 2016, for a networking happy hour at BlackFinn AmeriPub in Austin. This will be a great opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals and researchers. Come meet the Women In Bio-Austin Area board and active members to learn more about the benefits of the organization. Men are also welcome to attend! Complimentary snacks will be provided. This event is open to members and non-members.


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. Learn more!

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

On August 16, 2016, with a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline, WIB-Chicago enjoyed a stellar turnout for our career panel event, “Choose Your Own Adventure - A Panel Discussion of Careers in Life Sciences & Beyond,” hosted and sponsored by the Chicago law firm, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. The event panel was moderated by the firm’s partner, Lee Tumminello, and consisted of panelists Colleen Roberts, Chief Compliance & Legal Officer at Valence Health, and Sanjida Chowdhury, Senior Director of Financial Government Compliance at Fresenius Kabi. Read the entire article.

The event had a stellar turn out.

Panelists (left to right): Sanjida Chowdhury, Lee Tumminello (Moderator), and Colleen Roberts.

Greater Boston

WIB-Greater Boston is Pleased to Report a Number of Exciting Developments

New Leadership: Michelle Linn and Amy Speak have taken over responsibilities as Chapter Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. Both Michelle and Amy have dedicated their careers to our industry, holding senior positions within small to large life sciences companies. We are confident that under their leadership our chapter will quickly grow to its next level of success. In addition to Michelle and Amy, the chapter has rounded out its team to include talented folks who will lead its Membership, Fundraising, Young Women In Bio, Communications, and Programming committees. We invite you check out our chapter page to learn more about us- our leadership, upcoming events, and how to become a member and volunteer!

A Golf Social: Golf Workshop and Networking Event

On Sunday August 14, 2016, WIB members from the Greater Boston Chapter and non-members enjoyed a sunny afternoon of practice golf lessons at The Range at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course in Salem, New Hampshire. With help from experienced instructors, the group learned key golf techniques and practiced on the putting green, chipping, and driving ranges. After the golf lesson, attendees enjoyed a networking session along with some appetizers and drinks.

Attendees learning to chip golf balls out of the rough spots.

Going for a hole-in-one on the putting green.

WIB-Greater Boston Chapter is Active on Social Media

WIB Greater Boston is active on social media! To stay abreast of our chapter developments and upcoming events, join our LinkedIn group, follow our new Twitter account (@WIB_Boston), and see our chapter page (

WIB Members Receive a $100 Registration Discount for BioPharm America

BioPharm America 2016 (September 13-15, 2016) 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. Since Women In Bio is a BioPharm America sponsor, WIB members are eligible for a $100 registration discount. For information on the discount, or to volunteer at the event’s WIB table, please contact us at Register at Enter “WOMENINBIO100” as the registration code for the discount. We’ll also be holding a meetup on the evening of September 14, 2016, in conjunction with the BioPharm America event. Details will follow in the next newsletter and on our Twitter page.

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

Ovarian Cancer: Changing the Early Detection Paradigm and Controlling Your Destiny

Join us on September 26, 2016, as Valerie Barber Palmieri, CEO of Vermillion, describes the Who, What, Why, and How of the United State’s most deadly gynecologic malignancy. She will discuss the incidence of the disease, its diffuse symptoms, and the need for women to listen to their bodies and take charge of their care. We will discuss how utilization of modern diagnostics helps to identify this cancer early, when it is still highly treatable. We will also review diary entries of a few survivor journeys to highlight how awareness can "truly" make a difference!

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!


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. On September 20, 2016, 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 4 of 5: Cara Jones

Cara Jones is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Marinus Analytics, a company which provides technology to combat human trafficking in the United States and Canada. Ms. Jones has 15 years of industry experience with high technology implementations. Early in her career, she worked as an engineer with the local robotics company, Aethon Inc. More recently, she served as Technology Consultant at Deloitte. Prior to launching Marinus Analytics, Ms. Jones worked as research staff at the Auton Lab within The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Jones holds a B.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Lally School of Management at RPI where she was a Herman Family Fellowship recipient.

“P.O.W.E.R. Tweeting” Workshop - #WIBPOWER2016

On August 25, 2016, WIB-Pittsburgh members received hands-on Twitter training. The event was a #Blast and a #GreatSuccess! Amongst a spread of Italian hors d’oevres and wine, Knopp Biosciences founder, Tom Petzinger, explained how Twitter demands great writing to deliver a short but powerful statement, describing tweeting as “almost like writing a haiku.” Tom also demonstrated the importance of zoomed-in photos, as close-ups of specific items are much more eye-catching to those scrolling past. Members enjoyed live-tweeting each other while learning how to push posts out to the greatest number of followers. Now that the @ and # lingo are more fully understood, and we are #Cool. WIB-Pittsburgh will launch a twittering #attack over the next few weeks to advertise #WIBPower2016. Please help us and retweet our messages: We are #POWERful with #StrengthInNumbers!

Tom Petzinger gives WIB-Pittsburgh members tips on how to best use Twitter.

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.


Find Your Fiscal Fortitude to Manage Your Finances and Forge Your Future

On July 21, 2016, WIB-RTP members took advantage of their lunch hour by attending our chapter’s first financial planning workshop. Financial advisors, Amy Johnson and Elizabeth Pritchett from The Orchid Group at Morgan Stanley, led the discussion on how women should understand the basics of personal finance and saving for retirement. It was a very informative session with an overview of important topics to consider for future financial wellness.

WIB-RTP members used their lunch hour to learn more about financial planning.

WIB-RTP Book Club Discusses Unleashing your Inner Leader with Author Vickie Bevenour

Bright and early on Thursday, August 4, 2016, members of WIB-RTP rolled out of bed and met at NC Biotechnology Center to discuss our second book of the summer, Unleashing Your Inner Leader: An Executive Coach Tells All. These participants had the extra special bonus of interacting and discussing the book with its amazing author, Vickie Bevenour. Her book is a great read and informative guide to anyone who is or trying to be a leader. The addition of Coach Vickie’s insight into real world problems plus her encouragement provided a stimulating environment for discussion about finding that inner leader.

Author Vickie Bevenour discusses key ideas from her book with WIB-RTP book club members.

San Francisco Bay Area

YWIB Biotechnology Career Leadership for Girls at Amgen

Have you ever wondered what it takes to invent new medicines? At Amgen, scientists work hard to develop new cures for serious illnesses. Join Young Women In Bio on September 29, 2016, for a special afternoon at Amgen to meet female scientists and hear about their work and career trajectories. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, chat in small groups, and work together completing hands-on science activities. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes. Pizza will be provided!

Breakthrough Discoveries in Aging Research

On August 10th, 2016, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area hosted a panel discussion at Calico in South San Francisco, featuring three panelists and a moderator from academia and industry - all leaders in the field of aging and age-related diseases research. 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) talked about their own research, discussed the importance of studying aging as the largest risk factor for developing a host of diseases, the complexity of networks affected in aging and age-related defects, the importance of adapted methods and models to measure these defects, and data showing that aging can be slowed down in different research models using for example genetics, drugs, or parabiosis. The panel provided an exciting discussion about the hope and need for more aging research to uncover, maybe one day, cocktails to slow down aging and prevent age-related diseases like cancer and neurodegeneration. Thank you to all participants, and a special thanks to Danielle Chiaro and Calico for hosting the event!

Attendees enjoyed networking both before and after the panel discussion.

Seattle Metro

Save The Date! – Personalized Medicine Panel Discussion, October 26, 2016

A panel of experts will discuss the state of personalized medicine, focusing on promising technologies and remaining challenges in pharmacogenomics, oncology diagnostics, and immune-oncology therapeutics. Confirmed panelists include: Dr. Houda Hachad, CSO, Translational Software, Dr. Sean Feree, VP, Diagnostic Product Development, NonoString Technologies, Inc., and Dr. Tera Eerkes, VP, Clinical Operations and Strategy, Resolution Biosciences. Details about the event and registration will be posted in the near future so stayed for more information.

Southern California

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!

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

WIB-DC/Baltimore Seeks Mentors, Advisors, and Peers Co-Chairs

Our chapter is seeking 2-3 volunteers to become the next Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) co-chairs. The co-chairs will share the responsibilities of maintaining the MAPs University and Peer Mentoring groups and pilot a new 1:1 mentoring program. If you're interested, please contain Kayla Valdes (

Become a WIB-DC/Baltimore Sponsor! Help Us Meet Our Common Goals!

Support the WIB-DC/Baltimore Chapter! Being a chapter sponsor gives your company great opportunities to interact with more than 2,000 women professionals in life sciences, take advantage of corporate-rated WIB annual memberships for your employees, and enhance the exposure of your company to the WIB community via our monthly events. If your organization thrives to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences, please consider becoming a WIB chapter sponsor. We represent a network of more than 230 dues-paying members and over 1,800 participating women professionals. Your company’s brand will reach within and beyond our community to extended networks throughout the DC/Baltimore area. Furthermore, by sponsoring our monthly education and networking events, you will bring true value and influence in promoting our members’ professional growth in careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship. For more details, feel free to contact our sponsorship committee chair, Jenny Zhang at

Want to get involved? Volunteer at our Membership, Sponsorship, MAPs and/or YWIB committees!

Looking for opportunities to build your leadership and professional network in our local chapter? Consider volunteering for our Membership, Sponsorship, MAPs, and YWIB committees! All these committees are seeking amazing volunteers to help with exciting projects such as membership driving and events planning for the upcoming year. Join us, and don’t miss out the opportunity to become the future leaders of the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter. Contact to learn more!

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