Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
December 1, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:


“Bringing Women into Biotech Boardrooms” Podcast is Available

Dawn Hocevar

The Bio Report recently spoke with Dawn Hocevar, President-Elect of Women In Bio, and Michael Rice, Founding Partner of LifeSci Advisors, about their organizations' efforts to place more women on the boards of biotech companies. Listen to their podcast.

National Communications Team Looking for Social Media Volunteers

Interested in expanding social media reach and engagement for Women In Bio? If so, contact info@womeninbio.org and let us know your experience and interests in helping us build our network.

Holiday Enewsletter Schedule

Over the remainder of 2016 the WIB enewsletter will depart slightly from its normal biweekly publishing schedule. Remaining 2016 WIB enewsletter publishing days are:

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016

We will resume our normal biweekly publishing schedule with the January 5, 2017, issue.

Happy holidays!

WIB Video Spotlight Series:

Regulating Medical Device Software

How does the FDA regulate medical device software, including mobile medical apps? Learn from this WIB-Chicago event panel in our member-exclusive video library:

Women In Bio Partnership with SmartBrief
WIB has partnered with SmartBrief to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter, WIB SmartBrief, which brings the most important and timely news stories about women in all areas of the life sciences.
Learn more about WIB SmartBrief and to sign up for this free enewsletter!


Check Out WIB's Job Board!
Women In Bio has a job board! Visit 
http://wibcareercenter.com to get started. Whether you are a job seeker, or looking to fill a position, this is the resource for you!

Support WIB While Shopping at Amazon.com

Did you know you can support us while shopping at AmazonSmile at no cost to you? Designate Women In Bio as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations here. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WIB. Thanks for your support!


Upcoming Events


WIB-Atlanta's Holiday Potluck

It is that time again when WIB-Atlanta celebrates the end of the year with friends old and new. Join us on December 11, 2016, for a casual holiday gathering at the beautiful home of one of our colleagues. Bring your friends so we can all continue to meet new people. Be sure to bring your business cards to enter our holiday prize drawing. Festive attire is suggested!

Austin Area


WIB-Austin Area Holiday Happy Hour

In celebration of the holiday season, WIB-Austin Area will host a holiday happy hour on December 14, 2016, at Gusto Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar. Please join us in merriment as we toast a successful year of events and new connections made. Members and non-members are welcome to join us for snacks and networking as we close out the year!



WIB-Chicago Attends Victory Garden Theater's Presentation of Roz + Ray

On December 3, 2016, join WIB-Chicago for a night at the theater. Women In Bio members are invited to attend a performance of Karen Hartman’s medical drama Roz + Ray - A Unique Love Story in Uncertain Times. The play focuses on the story of one doctor’s struggle at the onset of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s. Learn more.

WIB-Chicago Annual Holiday Party

Join WIB-Chicago’s December 6, 2016, Annual Holiday Party for an evening of celebration over appetizers, dessert, and drinks! Members, non-members, and friends are all invited to celebrate the extraordinary year we leave behind, and plan for the exciting year ahead. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with your WIB friends, network, and learn more about what WIB-Chicago has planned for 2017.

Greater Boston


WIB-Greater Boston YWIB Presents "A Look into Biotech Careers: Cancer Research at Agenus"

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work as a cancer biologist? WIB-Greater Boston invites middle school girls to a December 12, 2016, Young Women In Bio event at Agenus, a biotechnology company researching new treatments for cancer. This event, taking place at Agenus headquarters in Lexington, aims to ignite girls’ curiosity in the life sciences. The event will include a brief overview of Agenus, lab tours, and a science demonstration. In addition, there will be a career panel where host employees will speak about their educational backgrounds and paths to STEM-related careers. The event will conclude with a Q&A and pizza networking session!

Wine and Chocolate Holiday Networking Event

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with WIB friends and colleagues, grow your network of connections with professional women in life sciences, and learn more about what WIB-Greater Boston has planned for 2017. The event will take place at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s Venture Café on December 13, 2016. Arrive early to participate in our raffle for two free memberships. Our celebration will include beverages (including wine!), hors d'oeuvres, and assorted gourmet chocolates!

The Business of Life Sciences Career Series: “General and Administrative”

WIB-Greater Boston held its second “Business of Life Sciences Career Series” event, a panel discussion focused on General and Administrative careers, on November 16, 2016, at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). By all measures the event was a success, with great networking, insightful discussions, and delicious food and drink. The evening kicked off with networking time during which attendees made new connections and caught up with old ones. The main event was a panel discussion moderated by Jen Nwankwo, Ph.D., Consultant, Bain & Company, and included a lineup of highly experienced women: Kim Drapkin, CFO, Jounce Therapeutics; Erin Schellhammer, Head of HR, Intellia Therapeutics, Inc.; and Karen Valentine, JD, Chief Legal Counsel & General Counsel, Agenus, Inc. Each of the panelists described her unique career path and expertise in Finance, Human Resources and Biotechnology Law, respectively. We’ll cover R&D careers as the next installment in this series in January, so keep an eye out for the event announcement.

Attendees at the networking session in the CIC’s Havana Room.

“Take chances…but be true to yourself.” 
Panelists (left to right) Jen Nwankwo, Ph.D., Kim Drapkin, Karen Valentine, JD, and Erin Schellhammer.

Please Give Us Your Feedback

If you attended our November 16th or any other WIB event, we’d love your feedback. Please take a few minutes to provide input and suggestions through our online event survey. Help us shape the future of our chapter. We are always looking to improve our events and the value of membership. If you would like to provide your suggestions, please take our chapter survey. We appreciate your input.

Greater Montréal


About Our Chapter

The WIB-Greater Montreal Chapter seeks to bring together professionals from across Quebec with bio-related interests in diverse sectors. Business professionals, entrepreneurs and scientists from the private sector, government institutions, and academia are invited to join and benefit from WIB’s many resources which include networking, sharing insights and innovations, and learning about the latest developments, and opportunities within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices industries. Learn more about our chapter!

A propos de notre chapitre

Le bureau montréalais de Femmes en bio souhaite rassembler les professionnelles de tout le Québec œuvrant dans divers secteurs liés aux biotechnologies. Les professionnelles des entreprises, les entrepreneures et les chercheures des secteurs privé, public et universitaire ainsi que les étudiantes sont invitées à devenir membres de Femmes en bio et à profiter des ressources offertes par l’organisme : réseautage, partage de connaissances et d’expertise, échange d’information sur les toutes dernières innovations et perspectives dans les domaines pharmaceutiques, biotechnologiques et des équipements médicaux. En savoir plus sur notre chapitre!

Metro New York


WIB-Metro New York Holiday Party

Please join us on December 14, 2016, for this festive networking event where we will celebrate the holiday season with food, drink, and a raffle. Prizes include free WIB memberships, gift certificates to great restaurants, and more. Registration must be in advance. – be sure to register early.

Philadelphia Metro


WIB-Philadelphia Metro Holiday Party

It’s that time of year! WIB-Philadelphia Metro is delighted to throw our first annual Holiday Party on December 8, 2016. Please join us for appetizers, cocktails, dessert, casual networking, and tunes to celebrate the season. We will also have a suggestion mailbox, to send to the North Pole for next year's programming recommendations. Members, non-members, and friends are invited to attend.

WIB Philadelphia Metro Sees Great Turnout at Launch Event

WIB-Philadelphia-Metro kicked off Women In Bio’s newest chapter during a highly anticipated launch event on November 2, 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania Pennovation Center in Philadelphia. The Pennovation Center hosted Women In Bio for delicious food and drink, and tours of their state-of-the-art facility. An event highlight was the keynote speech by Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, Ph.D., The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who shared her personal success story. The WIB-Philadelphia Metro chapter is the 13th WIB chapter, and we think that 13 will be our lucky number. Thanks to all of the ladies who came out to the event. We look forward to growing membership of this new chapter.

Launch event attendees pose for a photo while touring the Pennovation facility.

Thanks to the WIB-Philadelphia Metro leadership team for putting together a fantastic event. (Left to right) Karen DeLone, Stacey Treichler, Melissa Dowd, Sima Kulkarni, Lisa Fry, Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston (Keynote Speaker), Dunni Odumosu, Karen Krumeich, Sue Behrens, Jenn Wampler, and Reese McDermott.


WIB-Pittsburgh Attends “Feeding the Dragon”

On election night, November 8, 2016, the Pittsburgh Women In Bio chapter delighted in a moment of respite and reflection: "Feeding the Dragon" is a play written and performed by Sharon Washington, who grew up in an apartment located within the New York Carnegie library, which her father maintained. Washington’s powerful one-woman show recalls her experiences living in an unusual environment with parents who kept the library furnace fires stoked and who battled private dragons. Her story of personal discovery and steadfastness complemented our election-day mood. After the show, the playwright joined our group to discuss her journey from young introverted bookworm to an expressive and animated actress. Many thanks to the Pittsburgh City Theatre for providing Women In Bio with an opportunity to meet with Sharon; she is inspiring!

Sharon Washington on her inspired set of "Feeding the Dragon" (photo courtesy Pittsburgh City Theatre).

WIB-Pittsburgh Participates in Chatham University Event

WIB-Pittsburgh members participated in an event hosted by Chatham University on Thursday, November 10, 2016: We met with MBA Healthcare Management Alumni to discuss leadership in the healthcare industry, and how an MBA could impact career trajectory. Chatham gathered an impressive panel of speakers including Dr. Freddie Fu, Professor and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences. Conversation included the state of the healthcare industry in Western Pennsylvania, the impact our new President-Elect could have on the industry, and how we can improve our individual paths to success. WIB-Pittsburgh was very pleased to co-promote this networking event; we look forward to additional opportunities to introduce our organization to Chatham’s MBA Healthcare Management program!

Interesting in Getting More Involved?

Join the P.O.W.E.R.ful women of WIB-Pittsburgh! Volunteers are needed for the Communications, Programming, Membership, and Sponsorship committees. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the Pittsburgh MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, Peers) and YWIB (Young Women In Bio) groups. Volunteering is a tangible way to support the WIB mission. Please send an email to pittsburgh@womeninbio.org for more information.



WIB-RTP Young Women In Bio Presents a College Prep Workshop

Our December 10, 2016, College Prep workshop is for high school girls interested in pursuing STEM majors. The workshop will feature three panels focusing on applying to college, opportunities for a STEM major in college, and career options after college. The panels will consist of current students, recent graduates, professors, and career counselors from local universities.

WIB-RTP Annual Holiday Party

WIB-RTP is excited to celebrate a successful 2016 with our annual Holiday Party! It’s that time of year to unwind and celebrate with fellow WIB-RTP members at our Headquarters in the Research Triangle Park. This location will provide a great environment for an evening of laid back fun, socializing, and networking. In addition, we will have a retrospective of 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the holiday party on December 15, 2016, and appreciate your participation in WIB-RTP. Thanks for making it another successful year!

Interested in Getting More Involved and Joining a Group of Amazing Board Members at WIB-RTP?

Join our group of amazing women on the WIB-RTP Chapter Board! Volunteers are needed for the Programming and Sponsorship committees. The Programming Committee helps plan and run various chapter programs. The Sponsorship Committee identifies and builds relationships with potential sponsors, and seeks out local grant opportunities. It tailors the benefits of sponsorship to the wishes and needs of each sponsor. Women In Bio is a growing organization with many opportunities for a diverse range of sponsors from all sectors of the industry. There are also opportunities to volunteer with the RTP MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) group and help with our always-growing mentoring program. Volunteering is a tangible way to support the WIB mission. Learn more by contacting us at RTP@WomenInBio.org.

Support Women In Bio-RTP with Your Sponsorship!

Women In Bio (WIB)-RTP offers a multitude of sponsorship options, including event and chapter sponsorship. We are an organization of professionals committed to promoting the careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. In fact, we represent a network of over 1,000 participating women professionals in the RTP area alone, and are growing. Through its WIB chapter sponsorship, your company will have great opportunities to interact with hundreds of life science professionals during our educational and networking events. Additionally, sponsorship enables you to take advantage of corporate-rate WIB annual memberships for your employees, and enhance your company’s exposure to the WIB community via our monthly events. Your company’s brand and commitment will reach within and beyond our community to extended networks throughout the RTP area. Most importantly, by sponsoring our monthly educational and networking events, you will bring true value and influence through your support of our mission to enhance our members’ professional growth in career development, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Please let us know if you are interested in supporting the Women In Bio-RTP Chapter! If your organization thrives to impact and facilitate professional growth for women in the life sciences, please consider becoming a WIB chapter sponsor. For more details, feel free to contact our sponsorship committee chair, Cerdi Beltre, at RTP@WomenInBio.org.

San Francisco Bay Area


WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Party at Devil's Canyon

On December 6, 2016, come join WIB-San Francisco Bay Area chapter members at Devil's Canyon Brewing Company to celebrate another phenomenally successful year. None of this would have been possible without the tireless support of our amazing volunteers. Let us say, "Thank You," to them and wish WIB continued success!

2017 Biotech Showcase (TM) Comes to San Francisco in January

The 2017 edition of this event (January 9-11, 2017) will bring together an estimated 3,000+ attendees, representing the life science industry's most enterprising and pioneering biotech companies, and major players in the drug development arena. Teams from public, private, and strategic investors, along with cutting edge public and private biotechnology and life science companies, will attend to forge drug development partnerships that will be tomorrow’s breakthrough cures and therapies. Two exciting two-day programs will take place during the event - Medtech Showcase and Digital Health Showcase - to bring innovative medtech companies and digital medicine companies together with investors.

Save The Date! – “Changing Tides: Forecasting the Outlook for Biotech in 2017 and Beyond” Event at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

On the morning of January 12, 2017, join Women In Bio and Bloomberg for a half-day event at the conclusion of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. The event will include a national WIB members breakfast, and a panel discussion with leaders in the biotech and investment industries on how federal policy changes in 2017 will shape biotech funding over the next few years. This event will be a great chance to reflect on the 2017 JP Morgan conference, mingle with leaders in the biotech funding space, and interact with WIB members from across the country. Additional details and registration information coming soon!

Seattle Metro


WIB-Seattle Metro Holiday Party, December 16, 2016

Join us on December 16, 2016, to celebrate the past year while enjoying tasty treats from Fran’s Chocolate, Seattle Cider, and Two Beers Brewing. Come network and socialize with the WIB–Seattle Metro community and speakers from our monthly events. The first 20 attendees to register will be entered in a raffle for a Fran’s chocolate gift box. Bring your business card to enter a second raffle for a box of Fran’s Chocolates. Festive attire is suggested.

“Personalized Medicine: Advances and Challenges” Panel Discussion

On October 27, 2016, WIB-Seattle Metro hosted a panel discussion on the advances and challenges facing personalized medicine today. Panelists included Houda Hachad, the Chief Scientific Officer of Translational Software; Tera Newman-Eerkes, the Director of Clinical Operations of Adaptive Biotechnologies; and Sarah Warren, a Senior Scientist at NanoString Technologies. The panel was moderated by Lucy Sannes, President of Sanness & Associates Inc. Read the entire article.

Event attendees (from left) Michelle Baglia, Sr. Fellow, Fred Hutch; and Kaitie Hensal, Quality Control Associate, Fred Hutch.

 (From left) Chelsea Mullins, Research Technician 3, Fred Hutch; and Janet Jennings, Program Manager, Eurofins.

Southern California


Tonight! - WIB-Southern California Holiday Party

It’s that time of year again! WIB-Southern California would be delighted to have you join us tonight for appetizers, dessert, drinks, some laughs, and tunes to celebrate the holiday season. Members, non-members, and friends are invited to our holiday celebration. Join us as we celebrate a year of great connections and speaking engagements. Adding to all the good things we’ve experienced and accomplished this year, we will provide the opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Please remember your check book as you’ll have the chance to bid on some very cool prizes including tickets, gift certificates to local venues, and gifts that will come very handy during the holiday season!

Membership Discount for Biocom Members!

Biocom members can save 25% on WIB membership costs! If you are a Biocom member, contact SouthernCalifornia@womeninbio.org to learn more and receive the discount code.

Washington DC/Baltimore


WIB-DC/Baltimore YWIB to Visit Nanotechnology Company - Pixelligent LLC

The WIB-DC/Baltimore Young Women In Bio group is excited to provide twenty middle school girls (6th - 8th grade) an excellent opportunity to learn about nanotechnology at Baltimore based Pixelligent Technologies, LLC. Pixelligent is an advanced materials company that delivers next generation optical materials for demanding applications in solid-state lighting, flat panel displays, and optical components. During this December 6, 2016, event, students will tour the labs, production facility, and have a round table discussion with the women scientists and Pixelligent’s CEO. Food and refreshments will be provided during the discussion time. Learn more.

WIB-DC/Baltimore Holiday Gala

Please join WIB-DC/Baltimore on December 7, 2016, as we celebrate the conclusion of an amazing year on December 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar in Rockville. We are happy to present our event speakers Debra Bowes and Lynn Johnson Langer. Debra and Lynn are past WIB Chapter Presidents who will share their leadership experience with us and present the WIB scholarship award. We look forward to hearing from these marvelous women and seeing you all at the Holiday Gala! We would like to take this opportunity to thank our members, volunteers, and especially our sponsors. Learn more about our speakers.

Send Us Your Suggestions for 2017 Chapter Events

We hope that you enjoyed attending the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter events this year. The Programs Committee is dedicated to providing you with events and opportunities to expand your professional network and help take your career to the next level. As we line up programs for 2017, we would love to hear your suggestions. What topics are important to you? Who would you like to see featured? Would you recommend any new or different formats? Do you have a special idea for an event? Please contact program chairs Lindsay D'Ambrosio and Shruti Rao at DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to discuss how we can take it from idea to reality via the Programs Committee.

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 DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org.

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 DC.Baltimore@WomenInBio.org to learn more!

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