Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
December 15, 2016 

 Young Women In Bio:


Women In Bio Announces 2016 Founders Scholarship Recipients

The Women In Bio Founders Scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women by encouraging and supporting education on all aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey, who wanted to provide a forum for women to come together, celebrate, and support each other's success; and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community.

This year we are pleased to announce WIB has offered $1,000 professional scholarships to five deserving women who work within the life sciences and are WIB members. The recipients can apply the scholarship money towards workshops, conferences, courses, seminars, and other educational programs.

The 2016 WIB Founders Scholarship recipients are:

  • Hien Anh Nguyen, WIB-Chicago: Hien plans to attend the BIO 2017 Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
  • Leslie Gailloud, WIB-Metro New York: Leslie plans to attend the MGM Resorts Women’s Leadership Conference.
  • Chelsea Zhou, WIB-DC/Baltimore: Chelsea plans to attend an Effective Communications and Human Relations skills workshop.
  • Susan Farabaugh, WIB-Pittsburgh: Susan plans to attend a week-long course focused on “Managing Science in the Biotech Industry.”
  • Daniela Grabs, WIB-Seattle Metro: Daniela plans to attend an Executive Seminar, “Strategic Communications and Negotiations.”

Individuals and organizations can donate money towards the WIB Scholarship Fund. We encourage companies to sponsor a full scholarship, and invite individuals to donate any amount. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of someone special to you.
National Communications Team Looking for Social Media Volunteers

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Holiday Enewsletter Schedule

Over the remainder of 2016 the WIB enewsletter will depart slightly from its normal biweekly publishing schedule. We will resume our normal biweekly publishing schedule with the January 5, 2017, issue.

Happy holidays!

WIB Video Spotlight Series:

“Discussion with the Expert” Series, Featuring Dr. Janet Woodcock

Check out Women In Bio’s first installment of the "Discussion with the Expert" series, with our Expert Guest Speaker Dr. Janet Woodcock 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!


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Upcoming Events


About Our Chapter

The Women In Bio-Atlanta chapter was founded in 2012 to cater to the women in the burgeoning life sciences sector here. WIB-Atlanta provides women a space to interact, and exchange information and ideas, through a wide range of social gatherings and educational workshops. Our membership base includes women researchers, sales, law professionals, business, technology transfer specialists, supportive staff, policy experts, doctors, medical/science communicators, and educators. Additionally, we are actively involved in community outreach. Our chapter’s Young Women In Bio committee has established relationships with local schools, and organizes programs that encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Through WIB-Atlanta, women can find opportunities to connect, learn, achieve, and give back to the community. To learn more about us, please see the gallery of our past events, video library (member benefit), and media coverage of our chapter.

Austin Area


About Our Chapter

The Women In Bio-Austin Area chapter provides easy reach to the home of some of the most prominent academic research centers in the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Texas A&M System, and the Baylor, Scott & White System of institutions. The many internationally recognized hospitals and medical research centers in Texas attract a highly skilled network of trained hospital staffers, nurses, and doctors, as well as clinical trial organizations. Our membership base includes academic and clinical researchers, sales professionals, venture capitalists, legal advisors, intellectual property advisors, technology transfer specialists, policy experts, clinical trials professionals, doctors, medical/science communicators, educators, students, and many other experts that support the health, pharmaceutical, and science industry. These and other characteristics have nurtured the creation of a burgeoning biotech industry in the state, Texas having recently being dubbed the “Third Coast” of Biotechnology. Learn more about our chapter!



Humanize Your Data through Storytelling

On October 24, 2016, WIB-Chicago hosted a hugely successful workshop with Executive Coach and Communications Trainer, Jennie Moreau. Jennie has utilized her extensive theater training and experience to create a process for developing and delivering powerful presentations. Her interactive workshop focused on engaging participants in a series of on-site exercises that helped them understand how to project themselves to their listeners - engaging and communicating with those listeners more effectively. Participants also learned about the tonal quality of their voices, and how they can make data heavy presentations more interesting by connecting with their audiences effectively through storytelling and voice modulation. The workshop had a large turnout, and participants left the workshop recognizing critical aspects of their presentation skills and how to improve upon them. WIB-Chicago would like to thank our sponsors for this event - Ohmx Corporation and Northwestern University.

Greater Boston


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


WIB-Greater Montreal Holiday Happy Hour and Networking Event, December 19, 2016

WIB-Greater Montreal invites you to celebrate the season at our Holiday Happy Hour and Networking event. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and share a drink with women and men from Quebec’s diverse bioscience sector. It may be cold outside, but we will be warm spreading holiday cheer in the inviting atmosphere of Bereskin & Parr in downtown Montreal. We look forward to celebrating the season with you! Eat, drink, and be merry! Canapés are included.

WIB- Grand Montréal Célébration des fêtes et réseautage, 19 décembre 2016

L’Association des Femmes en bio du Grand Montréal vous invite à vous joindre à nous pour notre prochaine soirée de réseautage pour célébrer le temps des fêtes. Ne manquez pas cette occasion de rencontrer et prendre un verre avec des collègues provenant de divers secteurs des sciences au Québec. Il fera sûrement frisquet dehors, alors profitez de cette occasion pour venir vous réchauffer dans l'ambiance chaleureuse de Bereskin & Parr. Au plaisir de passer la soirée en votre compagnie! Joyeuses Fêtes! Les canapés sont inclus

Metro New York


Vermillion CEO, Valerie Barber Palmieri, Speaks On Ovarian Cancer

At WIB-Metro New York’s October 20, 2016, networking meeting held at PRIDE Global Event Space, Valerie Barber Palmieri, CEO of Vermillion, urged all in attendance to pay close attention to changes in our bodies: persistent, unexplained changes may indicate a serious condition. To illustrate Valerie’s point, patient advocate and ovarian cancer “thriver” Sherry Pollex, who has teamed up with the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance, joined Palmieri on stage and recounted her frightening diagnosis after a harrowing six months of seeking answers to her symptoms. Read the entire article.

Sherry Pollex (left) and Valerie Barber Palmieri field audience questions.

Attendees had networking opportunities before and after the event.

Discovering Science Careers in Pharma – High School Session

On Monday September 26, 2016, about 30 high school students from 6 schools across the Tri-State area visited Pfizer's Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the spectacular Alexandria Center, and met with women scientists and executives at Pfizer to discuss the broad range of career options open to women in the pharmaceutical industry. The Pfizer team had remarkably diverse backgrounds, ranging from the event organizer, Kristy Johnson, a senior principle scientist who initially trained to be a ballet dancer and never considered science as a career until a college professor changed her life, to Vanessa Gelman, a communications executive from Brazil who wanted to make a difference in global health, and Ming Zhu a physician in China who became a researcher specializing in oncology in the US because it is so impactful. Read the entire article.

Women scientists and executives from Pfizer shared their success stories with the students.

Discovering Science Careers in Pharma – Middle School Session

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, twenty-eight intelligent and inquisitive middle school female students from New York City’s La Scuola d’Italia, Horace Mann School, Fieldston and Anderson Schools visited the Centers for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) at Pfizer in the Alexandria Center. We, at Young Women In Bio, worked with Dr. Kristen Johnson, a senior scientist at the CTI to plan and organize the event, “Discovering Careers in Pharma.” Students engaged in a discussion about the perception of what it means to be a scientist, interacted with a panel of female employees at the CTI who described their career paths and current roles, learned about the CTI and its role in drug development, and were guided on a tour of the laboratory. Read the entire article.

Discussing what it means to be a scientist.

Philadelphia Metro


WIB-Philadelphia Metro Rings in the Holidays during 1st Holiday Party

WIB-Philadelphia-Metro welcomed the holiday season on December 9, 2016, during its Holiday Party at Pepper Hamilton LLP. The ladies of Pepper Hamilton hosted WIB at their festively decorated offices for food, drink, networking, and holiday music. WIB-Philadelphia Metro was thrilled to have Kristi Sarno, WIB National President, travel to Philadelphia just for the event. Attendees submitted event ideas and suggestions to the WIB mailbox to be sent to the North Pole. WIB-Philadelphia Metro elves took a sneak peek inside and found lots of fantastic suggestions to be implemented in 2017. Thanks to all attendees who braved the cold to celebrate the holidays with Women In Bio.

Some attendees celebrate the new chapter and great things to come in 2017! (Left to right) Stacey Treichler, Joanna Hightower, Melissa George, Michelle Prendergast, Lisa Fry, Johanna Simosky, Kristi Sarno, Nina Skuban, Jessica Rickabaugh, Olga Blyweiss, Lindsay Breedlove, Sima Kulkarni, Dunni Odumosu, Robyn Sussman, and Reese McDermott.

Enjoying some food drink and networking. (Left to right) Nicole Myer, Kate Glaser, Lili Belcastro, and Donna Eash.


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.



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


"Navigating the Intellectual Property Process for Future Entrepreneurs"

For life sciences companies, intellectual property (IP) is the lifeblood of a strong business model. Having a solid patent portfolio at the outset can ultimately make or break a company as it faces future bidding, trading, or litigation. Join us on January 26, 2017, for a panel discussion on patents and entrepreneurship, and how they come together to shape the life sciences industry. What are the opportunities and challenges for the unwary in IP? What is the difference between a patent and a trade secret? How is IP shaping entrepreneurship and research? Moderated by Janet Xiao, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, our panel includes the following industry, academia, and legal experts: Mei Hong, IP Manager, Eureka Therapeutics; Shannon Reaney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Shirley Recipon, Principal Consultant, Patent Agent, Recipon Consulting; and Mona Wan, Associate Director, Technology Licensing, Stanford University. This event will provide a great opportunity to connect with speakers and frontrunners in the field of IP.

Chocolate, Wine, and Networking!

One of the tastiest social events of the year occurred on October 24, 2016, as this networking event centered on a chocolate pairing experience. Foley & Lardner LLP hosted around 30 WIB members and friends for a casual networking event in South Palo Alto. The event began as attendees chatted with each other and prepared their palates for an assortment of delicious savory refreshments. Kathleen Molnar, one of the event organizers and a WIB member, gave a brief introduction to WIB and the event. She then handed it over to the talented folks of the Chocolate Garage to get the chocolate tasting and pairing underway. Read the entire article!

Attendees enjoyed networking while tasting and pairing chocolates.

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

Biotech Showcase 2017 is where innovation meets money. San Francisco’s exclusive investor and networking event takes place during healthcare’s busiest week of the year, January 9–11, 2017. It is considered to be a critical strategic benchmark for the industry’s most innovative biotech companies to connect with global life science decision makers and investors from across the drug development landscape. Learn more and register.

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!

Make It Your New Year's Resolution to Come Volunteer with Women In Bio!

Build a network without even trying - come volunteer with Women In Bio! Our committees are run and staffed by amazing women who you should get to know! Plus, make connections at local companies as part of the Sponsorship Committee, meet amazing speakers with the Programming Committee, hone your speaking and writing skills with the Communications team, and more. Email SanFrancisco@womeninbio.org for more information!

Seattle Metro


WIB-Seattle Metro Holiday Party

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.

Southern California


WIB-Southern California Presents a Film Screening of She Started It

96% of venture capitalists are men. Women still account for less than 10% of founders for high growth firms, and earn only 12.9% of computer science degrees. She Started It gives a new face to the image of the tech entrepreneur - a female face. Join Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS, Women In Bio, and Hera Hub on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (PST) for a film screening of She Started It, a new documentary film that follows five trailblazing young female entrepreneurs through their journeys of entrepreneurship. View the film trailer.

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


Young Women In Bio Visits Nanotechnology Company Pixelligent LLC

Baltimore area middle school girls (6th through 8th grade) attended an excellent event on December 6, 2016, to learn about nanotechnology at the Baltimore based company 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. Students learned about nanotechnology, toured the labs and production facility, and had a round table discussion with the women scientists. They learned about career paths of women scientists, and the major subjects those scientists took in college to be successful in their roles in the nanotechnology industry.

Learning about the nanotechnology industry and the academic preparation needed for a scientific career.

Future scientists pause during their lab tour for a group shot.

WIB-DC/Baltimore Wraps Up a Great Year at Annual Holiday Gala

On December 7, 2016, WIB DC/Baltimore capped off a fantastic year with lots of familiar faces in addition to new members at the annual Holiday Gala. We thanked sponsors Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., Paragon Bioservices, and TEDCO, and had some words of encouragement from Judy Costello of Maryland's Department of Commerce and TEDCO's Arti Santhanam. We also heard some words from our WIB Scholarship award winner, Chelsea Zhou. Past chapter Presidents Debra Bowes and Lynn Langer reminded us of WIB's origins and history: Started as an organization to connect women entrepreneurs in biology, Women In Bio has grown to much more. Debra and Lynn imparted some wisdom in their prepared words, but we also had fantastic discussion. Read more!

Arti Santhanam (left) and WIB Scholarship recipient, Chelsea Zhou.

Former Chapter President, Lynn Langer, reflected upon WIB’s origins and shared career advice.

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!


STEM Career Conference: Discover your SuperHEROINE Roadmap to Success

We are recruiting students and STEM enthusiasts to participate in a one-day event for high school and college level young women on February 4, 2016, at San Diego State University. This conference-style event will inspire, connect, and guide those interested in STEM careers through speed mentoring with local women in STEM fields, workshops on STEM careers, and tips to navigating a successful pathway, as well as a poster session showcasing current research. Learn more and register!

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