Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
January 19, 2017 

 Young Women In Bio:


2017 Boardroom Ready Program Accepting Applications

WIB is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2017 Boardroom Ready Program, a certification and board placement program aimed to help executive women achieve their goal of corporate board service.

To apply, candidates must submit the Boardroom Ready Application, a current biography, and CV to: boardroomready@womeninbio.org. Deadline: Applications will be received through March 15, 2017.

For more information, please visit http://womeninbio.org/executives/boardroom-ready.

BioSpace GenePool Covers Boardroom Ready Program

The BioSpace GenePool enewsletter has provided extensive coverage of Women In Bio’s Boardroom Ready program. BRR articles include:

WIB-National Webinar "Class II Medical Device Innovation and IP Strategy: Case Study in Women’s Health Products"
Combining motherhood with a career is a juggling act, and was even more so before the breast pump. Women didn’t
Debra Kurtz
always have access to pumps in the workplace; however nowadays many breastfeeding mothers rely on a breast pump when returning to work to help extend breastfeeding and the Work/Life Balance. Join us on February 9, 2017, as Debra Kurtz, President, Kurtz Consulting Inc, discusses:

  • The history of breast pump innovation.
  • How these class II medical devices assist with maternal employment.
  • Leveraging user insights to drive product requirements and IP strategy.
  • Opportunities we have to improve health products, advance employee benefits, and improve work/life balance  for future generations of women.
WIB Video Spotlight Series:

Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories

Watch and learn at this WIB-Atlanta event as entrepreneurs explain how they started their companies, describe their biggest successes and hardest challenges, and share what they would do differently if they had to do it all over again. This discussion is available now 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!
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http://wibcareercenter.com to get started. Whether you are a job seeker, or looking to fill a position, this is the resource for you!

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Upcoming Events


Create your 2017 Vision Board!

Join WIB-Atlanta on January 22, 2017, for our first event of the year and create your own vision board! Cut and paste pictures from magazines that represent your personal and professional goals, aspirations, and resolutions for the new year. Discuss your plans and ideas for 2017 with fellow WIB members while enjoying mimosas and snacks. Get inspired, strategize, and succeed in 2017! Attendees are encouraged to bring magazines to this event.

Austin Area


Call for Girl Day 2017 Volunteers

Women In Bio-Austin Area has joined with the University of Texas at Austin’s Women in Engineering Program to host an event at Girl Day 2017 on Saturday, February 25th 2017. Girl Day at UT Austin will again have two events this year: “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” supported by lead partner Halliburton; and the “Girl Day STEM Festival,” supported by lead partner Texas Instruments. We anticipate having over 2,000 elementary and middle school girls in STEM attend Girl Day 2017, and seek volunteers to help us coordinate activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please email austin@womeninbio.org.



WIB-Chicago Presents: "Repeal, Replace, Revise? What Healthcare Could Look Like Under the New White House Administration?"

The upcoming change in our federal government’s administration will likely bring drastic policy changes to the Affordable Care Act. Hospitals are concerned about the potential loss of patients, and payers are exploring operating models that improve quality and lower costs. Pharmaceutical companies are navigating the implications of regulatory changes that impact how they bring life-saving products to market. What will the future of health care hold? Join us on January 24, 2017, for a panel discussion with industry experts who will discuss possible near-term policy adjustments and implications for patients.

Our panel discussion will be moderated by Sonal Shah, Life Sciences Research Leader, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and feature panelists: Barbara Otto, Chief Executive Officer, Health and Disability Advocates; Marilyn Vetter, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Horizon Pharma; and Jill Wolowitz, Vice President, Government Relations and Community Affairs, BCBS of Illinois

YWIB Partners with Citizen Schools for Cooking Class

WIB-Chicago’s Young Women In Bio group partnered with Citizen Schools for the Apprenticeship in Action program at an elementary school in the Bronzeville neighborhood. A chef instructor from Common Threads led a weekly cooking apprenticeship, introducing students and volunteers to the cuisine and culture of countries around the world. WIB volunteers found the experience to be rewarding and a fun way to teach children about nutrition and healthy living. If you are interested in volunteering for future Young Women In Bio events, contact Chicago@WomenInBio.org.

Greater Boston


WIB-Greater Boston is in Full Planning Mode for 2017!

Welcome to New Members of the WIB-Greater Boston Team!

Membership Committee: We are happy to welcome Alisha Sternenberger, who will serve as Committee Chair. She is the Founder and Director of the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, which she established in 2009. Alisha also serves as Marketing Director at XAMonline. If you are interested in helping Alisha as Co-Chair for our Membership committee, please email Michelle Linn at: Boston@WomenInBio.org.

Programming: We are excited to have Sylvia Beaulieu join us as a Programming volunteer. Sylvia works at The Richmond Group as Vice President of Business Development.

Young Women In Bio: Thanks to all who expressed interest in joining our YWIB team! We look forward to your help, as we have a growing list of interested companies and sponsors to drive what will be a robust calendar of YWIB events in Q1 2017.

Interested in Volunteering? We Could Use Your Help in the Following Areas

We are Planning a Great Lineup of Events for Early 2017 (Save The Date!)


Join us at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, for the third installment of our WIB-Greater Boston series, “The Business of Life Sciences,” as we continue to explore various functions in biotech through the experience of local women life science leaders. Our February event will focus on career paths in Pre-clinical Research and Development. The series has provided stimulating discussion and is an excellent networking opportunity. Food and drinks will be served.


The "Challenges and Best Practices in Laboratory Design" event will be held on March 2, 2017. It will feature a panel discussion on the challenges and best practices involved with designing, building, and operating laboratory facilities. Experts in these fields will share their knowledge and an audience Q&A will be held.

To celebrate Women’s History month, WIB will again partner with J&J Innovation to hold a “Shark Tank”-style event in March 2017 (Date TBA).

Help Us Shape the Future of Our Chapter

We are always looking to improve our events and the value of membership. If you’d like to provide your suggestions, please take our online event survey and 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 Presents: "What Can the Biopharmaceutical Industry Expect Under the New Administration?"

On January 30, 2017, celebrate WIB-Metro New York’s 3rd Anniversary! Join us for an engaging evening with Dina Brachman, Senior Director of Global Policy at Pfizer. Mrs. Brachman will lead a discussion on the new presidential administration's potential healthcare policies, and what those policies could mean to patients and the biopharmaceutical industry in the near future. Please be sure to register in advance as no walk-ins will be permitted. Drinks and light food will be served.

Philadelphia Metro


About Our Chapter

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 tri-state area. WIB-Philadelphia Metro aims 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. We are dedicated to providing education, mentoring, and professional development assistance to women who work in all disciplines including: life sciences, research, operations, legal, marketing, and beyond.  Philadelphia is the birthplace of American medicine and home to many of the nations “firsts”: medical school, children’s hospital, college of pharmacy, medical library, and hospital. The area is home to a host of medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and higher education, research, engineering, and venture capital entities which provide access to a deep pool of experience and talent. Learn more about our chapter!



Tonight! - WIB-Pittsburgh Hosts Winter Wine and Cheese Book Swap

Wind down after the holidays with your favorite books, wine, snacks, and company! Join us tonight in Squirrel Hill for a cozy book swap to see what other Women In Bio members are reading! As we kick-off a new year, we encourage you to share what books inspired you in 2016, and what’s on your must-read list for 2017. Bring a book to share and pick up a new one that someone else loved. Any and all selections around science, business, motivation, and balancing career and family are welcome. While we strongly encourage you to bring books that have been collecting dust on your shelves, it is not required! The event will include appetizers, wine, networking, and informal book discussions. Registration for this event is required.

WIB-Pittsburgh MAPs 1:1 Program Presents “To Boldly Go”

What are employers looking for when they hire, review resumes, and conduct interviews? How should you deal with moments of uncertainty such as leaving academia for industry or losing a job? What do you need to know when negotiating your salary? Join us on February 23, 2017, as Alethea Wieland, Managing Director/President, US Office and North American Operations, of SCOPE International, presents tips on how to pursue your career confidently! From both an employee and employer perspective, she has a wealth of experiences to share with us. Alethea is one of the biggest supporters of our MAPs 1:1 program, consistently mentoring the next generation of women working in the life sciences. Please join us for this engaging and informative presentation!

Interested in becoming involved in our 1:1 program? Want to learn more about becoming a mentor or looking to be mentored? Don't miss this opportunity to check us out!



Kick-Start 2017 with a Networking Event

Kick off 2017 by joining others from around the RTP area on January 31, 2017, for a fun evening of networking. You will

Michael Davies 
have the opportunity to learn about effective networking strategies from Michael Davies, founder of Life Sciences Networking. You can then practice those new skills while networking in a semi-structured fashion. So grab your business cards, polish up your 30-second introduction, and register early to reserve your spot. We hope to see you all there! Please note that for this event regular pricing will go through Friday, January 27, 2017. Late registration pricing will begin Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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.

WIB-RTP Celebrates the Season with Our Annual Holiday Party!

Women In Bio-RTP celebrated a successful 2016 on December 15, 2016, during its Annual Holiday Party at RTP Headquarters. It was a fun evening of socializing, networking, and entertaining for all those who attended. Aga Truax, WIB-RTP Chapter Chair, kicked off the evening’s events with a summary of our chapter’s great accomplishments over the past year, including hosting 12 events and Young Women In Bio offering 10 free events to girls of various ages of our community. Read the entire article.

Women In Bio-RTP celebrates an outstandingly successful year.

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.

WIB-San Francisco Bay Area 2017 Volunteer Information Session

Want to know more about Women In Bio? Are you already a member but wanting to take your involvement to the next level? Then come volunteer with us! By volunteering you will build meaningful relationships with committee chairs and fellow volunteers, engage with life science companies, and meet inspiring women leaders. On February 7, 2017, learn about our volunteer-based organization and how to get involved in 2017!

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 Presents: "Be Bold. Make Your Message Memorable"

A top communication challenge for women is the lack of confidence to speak up. Women must take ownership of their
Nancy Jensen
message and create value - whether they deliver an elevator pitch, find the right words for an entrepreneurial endeavor, or ask for a salary increase or promotion. On January 24, 2017, bring an elevator pitch, idea, or other message to this workshop. We will practice our messages in peer groups led by discussion facilitators. You will receive constructive feedback, and leave our event with a well-crafted message and confidence in your delivery. We welcome Nancy Jensen, Seattle Program Director, ReBoot Accelerator, who will discuss the elements of a memorable message, finding champions for your ideas, and building rapport with your audience. Learn more about our speaker and facilitators.

WIB-Seattle Metro Book Club Reviews Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

On February 22, 2017, join us for our first book club of 2017. This event will be a free-form discussion of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth, over beer and happy hour bites at Queen Anne Beerhall. WIB-Seattle Metro members are welcome to attend! This discussion will focus on our takeaways, likes, and dislikes of the book. We will be limiting this event to 20 attendees - reserve your spot now! Check out this TED talk by the author.

Southern California


A WIB-Southern California Event: "Hot Trends in Bio: A Unique Perspective in Precision Medicine in Oncology"

Please join us on January 24, 2017, for a special program featuring Jessica Corson, Senior Director of Business Development, Mirati Therapeutics. Jessica is a recognized leader in her field, and will share her perspective and experience in drug development at a small biotechnology company. She will discuss precision/personalized medicine in oncology, as well as the challenges faced with the conduction of clinical trials, patient enrollment, and pricing. Jessica will also be sharing some new and innovative business development strategies. The evening will be moderated by Linda Strause, Ph.D., who will invite questions from the audience during the Q&A session.

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.

"Taking Time for Yourself – Join Fellow Members for Yoga on the Beach"

So often, we prioritize responsibilities to our families, our careers, relationships, and our community before all else. But “having it all” can leave us with increased stress and no time or strength left for ourselves. On January 28, 2017, start the new year right by taking some much deserved “ME” time with your fellow WIB members in a beach yoga class. This fun and friendly event will be a great first step to de-stress, unwind, and rejuvenate. After yoga, partake in light refreshments at the WIB tent and get to know members of the Southern California chapter. Learn about the many volunteering opportunities in WIB for 2017! Register soon as spaces are limited and will fill up quickly!

"Women in Leadership - Cross-Functional Views on Medical Devices”

Join us February 16, 2017, for an enlightening and inspiring event focused on medical devices. Our panel discussion will include topics such as career development and growth, work life balance, and departmental challenges. Our panel features leaders from all different disciplines in the medical device industry. Moderated by Jeanine Kestler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, DJO, our panelists include Elisa Hebb, Global Head of Clinical Affairs, IGT Devices – Philips Volcano; Shiva Sharareh, Executive Consultant, Medical Device Product Development and Manufacturing; Neeta Sharma, Senior Director of Global Regulatory Affairs – DJO Global; Tara Vandenberg, Marketing Product Director – DJO Global; and Nikki Wyll, Asst. General Counsel, Litigation & Risk Management – DJO Global.

Volunteers Needed for Young Women In Bio Event

The WIB-Southern California YWIB group will hold a Junior Mentoring Event on Saturday, February 11, 2017, through the BE WISE program. For this event we invite volunteers from the Women In Bio community who are bench scientist, regulatory professionals, clinicians, IP attorneys, marketing and business development professionals, and others in the bioscience industry to participate in this mentoring opportunity. We need 8 to 10 volunteers, on a first come/first serve basis, who will briefly share their educational background, work experience, current responsibilities, and daily work routine with young women (grades 8 to 12). The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Fleet Science Center located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. For further details and to sign up, please e-mail Southerncalifornia@womeninbio.org.

Washington DC/Baltimore


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!

To take advantage of a free subscription to WIB-Smartbrief, a weekly newsletter that will keep you updated about women making a difference in biotech and life sciences, please sign up here.

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