Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
February 16, 2017 

 Young Women In Bio:



March is Women's History Month!

Women In Bio is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month (WHM) next month by hosting its fourth annual National WIB Conference. To honor and recognize the contributions generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters will hold events in cities across North America. These events will include keynote addresses and panel discussions from women leaders in the life sciences. Our WHM theme for this year is "Take Charge of Your Career." This theme reflects WIB’s unwavering commitment to enabling and empowering women to reach the highest levels of leadership, and - more importantly - to fulfill their own career aspirations. Look for more WHM information coming your way soon!

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.

Boardroom Ready Program Mentioned in Podcast

GEN, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News recently interviewed Jodie Morrison, CEO and President of Tokai Pharmaceuticals - one of nearly 200 biopharma leaders who signed an open letter endorsing a Top Ten of best practices for advancing gender diversity. WIB’s Boardroom Ready program was mentioned during the podcast as an initiative to train women executives for board positions. Listen to the podcast.

WIB-National Webinar: "Risky Business: Mitigating Risk in the Life Sciences"
All projects present risk; and successful project managers recognize that it is vital not to avoid risks, but to understand

them. Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, mitigating, and controlling known project risks to increase the probability of meeting your project objectives. By planning for unexpected events you can be ready to respond if they arise. Gretchen Stup will facilitate this April 12, 2017, webinar to illustrate the importance of Risk Management, and introduce methods and tools that can be implemented to ensure a successful risk management process during a project. The webinar will utilize a slide presentation, and review specific examples that help illustrate key concepts of Risk Management. This webinar will help you understand how to identify what can go wrong during a project, how to assess a risk event’s probability and impact, and what to do to lessen the probability or impact of a risk event occurring. Real-world examples and considerations from the speaker’s professional experience will be highlighted during the webinar. In addition, there will be time allotted for questions and answers at the conclusion.
PMP-certified project managers will gain up to one Professional Development Unit (PDU) for attending this webinar.
WIB Video Spotlight Series:

“Class II Medical Device Innovation and IP Strategy” Webinar is Available for Viewing

Did you miss our February 9, 2017, webinar? Fear not – you can view Debra Kurtz’s discussion of:

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

Check it out in our Members Only 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.
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Upcoming Events


About Our Chapter

Atlanta is the home of the Centers for Disease Control and a number of prominent academic research centers including Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse Medical School, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Georgia State University. The nearby University of Georgia and Georgia Regents University contribute to this research climate, along with our highly prized hospitals and the network of trained hospital staffers, nurses and doctors who conduct clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. Atlanta is the regional hub for hospital technology and medical device industries, and is the home of a burgeoning biotech industry that some have likened to a potential “Silicon Valley” of Biotechnology.

The Atlanta chapter of Women In Bio was founded in 2012 to cater to 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, educators, and other experts. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-Atlanta’s Chapter Leaders

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.

A Women’s History Month Event! – Screening of She Started It and ACC Bioscience Incubator Tour

Join WIB-Austin Area on March 7, 2017, for a screening of She Started It – The first documentary film showing the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman. The film aims to highlight successful role models for young women. Following the film showing, we will tour the ACC Bioscience Incubator, which has state-of-the-art labs designed specifically to provide skilled workforce training and address the regional shortage of commercial wet lab space. Attendees are also encouraged to contribute donations to Dress for Success Austin. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Support this wonderful community organization by donating new cosmetics, gently used handbags and lightly-used nearly-new professional attire. Monetary contributions are also accepted. Receipts will be available for your donation.



Save The Date for WIB-Chicago's "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Program on March 21, 2017!

Celebrate Women's History Month with WIB-Chicago! Our next program, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Discussion of Career Development in Executive Healthcare and Beyond," is scheduled for March 21, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at MATTER. Mark your calendars for this great event, and stay tuned for more details.

GO RED STEM Speed Networking and Mentoring with YWIB and American Heart Association

High school girls are invited to attend a speed networking and mentoring event on April 1, 2017, hosted by WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio and the American Heart Association. At this event students will be introduced to a panel of women enjoying careers related to the life sciences. Following the introductions and a short panel discussion on careers in STEM, the panelists and attendees will break out into small groups, allowing each girl to meet multiple women. This event provides an opportunity for the girls to be introduced to many different career paths in the life sciences. In addition, it is never too early to build networking skills! There are two sessions for this event; please register for either the morning or afternoon session:

Young Women In Bio Tour of Abbott Labs

The Chicago Chapter of Women In Bio invites middle school girls and a chaperone to join us for a YWIB tour of Abbott Molecular on April 13, 2017. The facility tour will include a presentation of the laboratories, introduction to R&D scientists, rotations to work stations, and lunch. During and after the tour, attendees will have an opportunity to ask Abbott scientists and Women In Bio members questions, as well as time to network with girls interested in careers in science. WIB membership is not required - all middle school-aged girls are welcome! WIB-Chicago YWIB thanks Abbott Molecular Diagnostics for sponsoring this event. Learn more!

WIB-Chicago Celebrates Heart Month with "Why the Culture Of A Woman's Heart Matters" Event

WIB-Chicago hosted a "Why the Culture of a Woman's Heart Matters" event on February 6, 2017, in connection with American Heart Month. The program included a discussion led by a panel of experts from the Rush Heart Center for Women, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The panel of female cardiologists addressed several important issues, including how heart disease differs between women and men. Event attendees had the opportunity to ask questions which led to a rich discussion. Read the entire article.

Event panelists field audience questions: (left to right) Marie-France Poulin, M.D.; Ewa Dembowski, M.D.; Melissa Tracy, M.D.; Event Moderator Lynne Braun, Ph.D.; WIB-Chicago Chapter Chair, Dima Elissa, M.B.A.; Rupa Sanghani, M.D.; Tochi Okwuosa, D.O.; and Sonal Chandra, M.D.

Membership Discount for MATTER Members

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

Greater Boston


WIB-Greater Boston Kicks Off the New Year with Lots of Chapter Activity

Our Chapter is pleased to report a strong increase in new members and volunteers in recent months, as well as the addition of new Membership Committee Co-Chairs, Alisha Sternenberger and Laura Warwick. We are looking forward to continuing this growth through 2017! We’ve also welcomed several new sponsors, including JLabs, Agenus, The Richmond Group, and Safety Partners.

Don’t Miss Out On These Upcoming Events!

With four events already scheduled for the March/April timeframe, and a six-month event calendar in development, we are poised to have an exciting and active year. Mark your calendars!

Save The Date! - March 21, 2017, is the date of our 3rd Annual “Lobster Pot” event - a shark-tank style event in partnership with JLabs that features women-led startups and leading female investors. Keep an eye out for the invitation as this has been a sellout event!

Ongoing Chapter Surveys

We are always looking for ways to improve our events and the value of your membership. If you’d like to provide your suggestions to us, please take our online event survey and chapter survey. We would appreciate your input.

Another Successful Business of Life Sciences Career Series Event – Roles in Research and Development!

On February 1, 2017, WIB-Greater Boston held the third installment of our “Business of Life Sciences Series” at the Cambridge Innovation Center. This installment focused on careers in Research and Development. Attendees began the evening by mixing and mingling over drinks and appetizers, after which inspiring speakers shared insights gained throughout their careers. Panelists included Heather Hirsch, Jounce Therapeutics; Rachel Meyers, Senior R&D Advisor to biotechs and venture capital firms; Michelle Palmer, ImmunoGen, Inc.; and Emily Walsh, CRISPR Therapeutics. Read the entire article.

Learning more about WIB-Greater Boston at our welcome table.

Amy Speak, WIB-Greater Boston Vice Chair, moderates the speaker panel: (left to right) Speak, Michelle Palmer, Rachel Meyers, Emily Walsh, Heather Hirsch.

Greater Montréal


WIB-Greater Montreal YWIB Presents "From Sherlock Holmes to Modern Forensics: Reveal the Mysteries of Ink," February 20, 2017

WIB-Greater Montreal YWIB and Concordia University present a two hour, hands-on lecture that shows there is more to the ink with which a letter or a note is written, than meets the eye… and that ink analysis can discover it.

Specialized investigative processes developed from Sherlock Holmes’ time to modern-day can characterize the properties of ink in a number of ways. Using destructive techniques, such as paper chromatography you will see that ink isn’t as simple as it seems. Using modern-day, exquisitely sophisticated molecular spectroscopy methods you will be able to differentiate various inks non-destructively. These same methods are in routine use in forensics labs worldwide. You will also have a chance to put what you have learned into practice by examining the ink of a note left at an imaginary crime scene and link potential suspects to this evidence.

WIB du Grand Montréal YWIB "De Sherlock Holmes à la médecine légale moderne: révélation du mystère tournant autour de l’encre," 20 février 2017

YWIB et l’Université de Concordia offrent un atelier pratique de 2 heures qui démontrera que l’encre avec laquelle une lettre ou une note peut être écrite peut révéler beaucoup plus que ce que l’œil peut percevoir…et que l’analyse de celle-ci peut aider dans ce sens.

Les processus d’investigation spécialisés développés au temps de Sherlock Holmes jusqu’aux temps modernes, peut permettre la caractérisation des propriétés des encres de plusieurs façons. L’utilisation de techniques destructives, telles que la chromatographie sur papier vous permettra de voir que l’encre n’est pas aussi simple qu’on le pense. L’utilisation des méthodes de spectroscopie moléculaire sophistiquée moderne, peut également permettre de distinguer différentes encres de façon non-destructive.

Ces mêmes méthodes sont utilisées de façon routinière dans les laboratoires de médecine légale à travers le monde. Vous aurez l’opportunité de mettre en pratique ce que vous aurez appris lors de cette séance par l’analyse de l’encre d’une note laissée dans une scène de crime fictive et votre mission sera de relier cette preuve à des suspects potentiels.


WIB-Greater Montreal Women's History Month Event: "Funding Innovation in the Life Sciences"

It is no secret that the entrepreneurial landscape of the life sciences sector has experienced a seismic shift in recent years. Understanding your company’s needs, the funding opportunities available, and specifics on what investors look for are all critical elements entrepreneurs need to know to find the right fit for their company’s technology sector and stage of development.

On March 22, 2017, at the NEOMED Institute, the Greater Montreal chapter of Women In Bio will host a half-day conference. This event will bring together seasoned life science entrepreneurs and investors to discuss the challenges, as well as the opportunities, in funding innovation in the life sciences. A panel of investors will discuss the broad range of funding options and platforms that are available and share tips on effectively interacting with potential investors. In addition, an entrepreneur showcase session will highlight Québec success stories, with CEOs sharing their experiences and offering advice.

Speakers will include: Rebecca Yu (Head of JLABS @ Toronto); Clarissa Desjardins (CEO & Founder, Clementia Pharmaceuticals); Margaret Magdesian (CEO & Founder, ANANDA Devices); Cynthia Lavoie (General Partner, TVM Capital Life Science Venture); Geneviève Guertin (Portfolio Manager, FSTQ); Inès Holzbaur (General Partner, Amorchem); Maha Katabi (Partner, Sectoral Asset Management); Tara Nickerson (Chief Business Officer, Prothena Biosciences); Louise Proulx (Chief Development Officer, Therillia Development Company); and Michèle Houpert (Director, Life Sciences Branch, Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation). Early Bird pricing is available.

WIB du Grand Montréal Financement de l’innovation dans les sciences de la vie. 22 mars 2017

Il est bien connu que le paysage entrepreneurial dans le secteur des sciences de la vie a connu des bouleversements au cours des dernières années. Comprendre les besoins d’une entreprise, les possibilités de financement disponibles et ce que recherchent les investisseurs sont des éléments clés que tout entrepreneur doit connaître afin de trouver un financement approprié pour le secteur technologique de l’entreprise et son stade de développement.

Le 22 mars 2017, à l’Institut NÉOMED, la section régionale du Grand Montréal de Femmes en Bio tiendra une conférence d’une demi-journée réunissant des entrepreneures et investisseurs chevronnés dans les sciences de la vie pour discuter des défis et des possibilités liés au financement de l’innovation dans les sciences de la vie. Un panel d’investisseurs discutera de la vaste gamme d’options de financement et de plates-formes disponibles et partagera des conseils sur comment interagir efficacement avec les investisseurs potentiels. Ensuite, une séance de présentation d’entrepreneures soulignera des réussites québécoises et les entrepreneures partageront leurs expériences et offriront des conseils.

Parmi les conférencières figureront: Rebecca Yu (Directrice de JLABS @ Toronto); Clarissa Desjardins (PDG et fondatrice, Clementia Pharmaceuticals); Margaret Magdesian (PDG et fondatrice, ANANDA Devices); Cynthia Lavoie (Associée générale, TVM Capital Life Science Venture); Geneviève Guertin (Gestionnaire de portefeuille, FSTQ); Inès Holzbaur (Associée générale, Amorchem); Maha Katabi (Associée, Sectoral Asset Management); Tara Nickerson (Directrice des affaires, Prothena Biosciences); Louise Proulx (Directrice du développement, Therillia Development Company); et Michèle Houpert (Directrice, Direction des sciences de la vie, Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation). L’inscription hâtive est disponible.

Metro New York


About Our Chapter

The Metro New York Area Women In Bio chapter invites you to join a dynamic organization committed to developing and promoting leadership and entrepreneurship by women in a region which boasts the highest concentration of women with advanced degrees in the nation. Our goal is to build a community of biotechnology professionals that provides mentorship and development opportunities for women at all stages of their careers – from those just starting out to well established, industry veterans.

Our members come from all walks of life sciences - from start-up entrepreneurs to global pharmaceutical officers, researchers to lawyers, editors to marketing and communications professionals. Together we share the passion of science, and ultimately, its role in transforming our daily lives. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-Metro New York’s Chapter Leaders

Philadelphia Metro


Tonight! - Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - a Discussion with Angela Duckworth

Please join us tonight, for drinks and hors d'oeurves as we discuss the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with the author herself, Angela Duckworth. Following the discussion, attendees will enjoy an opportunity
Angela Duckworth
to network with fellow readers. Check out this TED talk by Dr. Duckworth.

WIB-Philadelphia: Call for Volunteers!

The Women In Bio-Philadelphia Metro chapter is off to a great start, and we seek volunteers to continue helping us grow and shape our chapter. Volunteering with WIB is a great way to meet new people, get involved with your local community, and develop new skills. Whether you prefer to get involved with an individual project such as running a local event, or to help build our chapter at a local level, we have opportunities for you.

Chapter committees with open volunteer positions include:

  • Communications
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Sponsorship
  • Young Women In Bio

Interested in volunteering or learning more? Please contact us at Philadelphiametro@womeninbio.org.

We Welcome Your Ideas!

WIB-Philadelphia Metro invites all members to share their ideas with any of our chapter’s committee members as we look to shape our programming and chapter in 2017!

WIB-Philadelphia Metro Plans Programming in Support of World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is a global event that takes place every year on February 4th to unite the world in the fight against cancer. Its aim is to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. WIB-Philadelphia Metro supports #WorldCancerDay, and plans to provide awareness programs in 2017 related to cancer and other important women’s health issues.



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!

WIB-Pittsburgh Presents: “Create and Cultivate a Start-up”

Oprah Winfrey once said, "Passion is energy; feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." Science comes in many shapes and sizes and WIB-Pittsburgh is here to help you explore the possibilities. If you are thinking of getting into your first entrepreneurial venture, or just want to hear what it’s like to work for a start-up, seek no more! We are kick-starting the new year with a trailblazing panel event, “Create and Cultivate a Start-up,” on March 28, 2017, at Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse located in South Side. Join us for networking over a light dinner and drinks, and gain inspiration while listening to the stories of exceptional female entrepreneurs. They will share what inspired them to pursue entrepreneurship, the ups-and-downs, and their valuable experiences in leading successful businesses. In the later part of the event you will have the opportunity to ask the panelists questions and network with other like-minded women. Come and learn how to develop your ideas into successful businesses. Registration closes on March 21, 2017, so please ensure you register early!

WIB-Pittsburgh’s Entrepreneurship Workshop #1: “Intellectual Property”

You have an idea for a company or maybe you are a full-fledged startup. You are getting ready to take the plunge or ready to grow even further. But how do you ensure a successful next step? What are the most common rookie mistakes and their legal ramifications? And what can you be doing now to prepare for the next phase of your business? On April 6, 2017, please join WIB-Pittsburgh and members of Pepper Hamilton LLP's Corporate and Securities and Intellectual Property practice groups, for a discussion covering startup basics and intellectual property must-knows. During this interactive session, panelists will share their thoughts and answer questions regarding what your company should be doing as well as how to avoid common pitfalls. Moderated by Nicole Stakleff, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, our panel includes: Aparna Nemlekar, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Melissa Mares, Project Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP; and Pierre Queiroz de Oliveira, Associate, Pepper Hamilton LLP.



WIB-RTP Hosts a Wellness Event: Bringing Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Meditation into Your Life

Dr. Karen Bluth
Boosting mental wellness is important for every aspect of our lives – including our careers! Learning about ways to manage your stress, decompress after a busy day, and appreciate yourself can help to improve mental health. On February 22, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP will bring in two wonderful speakers – Dr. Karen Bluth and Erin Kaltenbrun, Ph.D. - to teach us about mindfulness, self-compassion, and meditation by combining discussion on the background and research of these techniques with interactive sessions. Join us for an educational and interactive evening, and take the first step towards improving your mental well-being!
Erin Kaltenbrun, Ph.D.

San Francisco Bay Area


Tonight! - "Speed Networking at BD Biosciences"

Interested in meeting other WIB members? Would you like to mingle and chat with other women in the Biotech and Biopharma industries? Join WIB-San Francisco Bay Area tonight for a speed-dating style networking event in the South Bay! This event will be an informal way to practice your elevator pitch and get to know other members of the WIB community.

“Inside a Biotech Company” - A Drug Development Workshop for Middle and High School Girls

How are medicines developed? Join Young Women In Bio on March 2, 2017, for a hands-on drug development workshop intended to answer the question, “What does it take to make a medicine?” We will explore the topic of benefit / risk in medicine and discuss careers involved in the biotech industry. Attendees will also learn about biotech employees and their educational backgrounds. This event is exclusively for girls attending Citizen School of East San Jose. Learn more!

A Women's History Month Event: Leveraging Partnerships in the Growing Immuno-Oncology Space

On March 16, 2017, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area will host an event featuring a panel of women leading innovation, development, and growth through partnerships at life science companies. As biopharmaceutical companies seek to add novel candidates to their pipeline, immuno-oncology (pharmaceuticals that target the immune system to help fight cancer) has been an active area of focus for venture capital investment, partnerships, and collaborations in the life science sector. Moderated by Stacy Feld, VP, Consumer Venture Investments & External Innovation, J&J Innovation - JJDC, our panel discussion will feature the following veteran scientists and business leaders in the life sciences: Julie Hambleton, M.D., VP and Head of US Medical, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Sylvaine Cases, Ph.D., VP of Oncology Scientific Innovation, Janssen R&D and J&J Innovation; and Jane Grogan, Ph.D., Head of Adaptive Tumor Immunity and Principal Scientist, Genentech. These panelists will share their perspectives, experience, and lessons learned in evaluating and implementing immuno-oncology partnerships. Walk-ins will not be accepted at the door.

Navigating the Intellectual Property Process for Future Entrepreneurs

On January 26, 2017, WIB- San Francisco Bay Area hosted a panel discussion at Morrison Forester in Palo Alto featuring four panelists and a moderator from industry and academia - all legal experts in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) and patent prosecution. The event began as attendees chatted with each other in a networking session, enjoying the savory refreshments. Michelle Zeman, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Chair, gave a brief introduction to Women In Bio and this chapter event. She then gave the floor to Shannon Reaney, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Moderator for the evening’s panel discussion, who kick-started the event with panel member introductions. Mei Hong, IP Manager, Eureka Therapeutics; Joyce Liou, Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Shirley Recipon, Principal Consultant, Patent Agent, Recipon Consulting; and Mona Wan, Associate Director, Technology Licensing at Stanford University provided an exciting discussion of a broad spectrum of topics. Read the entire article.

Attendees enjoyed networking before and after the evening’s panel discussion.

Panel Moderator Shannon Reaney introduces a topic for discussion by the evening’s panel: (left to right) Mei Hong, Shirley Recipon, Reaney, Joyce Liou, and Mona Wan.

Seattle Metro


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.

Be Bold. Make Your Message Memorable

On January 24, 2017, Nancy Jensen, Founder of the Seattle branch of ReBoot Career Accelerator for Women, led a workshop on crafting memorable messages. Over 40 attendees broke out into small groups to learn about the power of a strong positioning statement and elevator pitch. The highlight of the event was the opportunity to practice with peers and then receive constructive feedback from mentors. Our mentors included Hien DeYoung, Jennifer Youngblood, Sarah Duenwald, Bridget Quigg, and Beth Etscheid.

Jun Wen Zhong of Fred Hutch, Stephanie Tatem-Murphy of SEngine Precision Medicine, and Janet Jennings of SCORR Marketing greeted WIB members and guests.

Working in small groups.

Southern California


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

Join us tonight 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.

WIB-Southern California Town Hall Event – Take Charge of Your Career

Want to know more about Women In Bio? Are you already a member, but wanting to take your involvement to the next level? 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 March 15, 2017, come learn about our volunteer-based organization and how to get involved in 2017!

WIB-Southern California Presents: "Rare Disease Part 3: Balancing Genetics and Ethics in the Management of Rare Diseases"

Advances in precision and personalized medicine hold promise for the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases. However, with these advances come the challenges of balancing personal information and protecting individuals using these technologies and participating in clinical research. Attendees to this April 20, 2017, event will learn about changes in regulatory oversight; new ways and new models to accelerate moving new therapies forward with smaller populations; how to empower families to drive health, wellness, and knowledge; and what ethical hurdles exist pertaining to information provided to the patient and family. We will also hear from a young high school student, living with a rare disease, on how she views the option of genetic testing. Learn more about our speakers.

Washington DC/Baltimore


Volunteers Needed for February 23, 2017, “Bench to Market” Event

We need two volunteers to help with at-the-door registration for this event – they will need to arrive at the venue by 5:45 p.m. to help sign in guests and walk-in registrants. It's a great, easy way to get more involved with WIB's Programs Committee and meet our leadership! If you are interested, please email us at wib.dcbaltimore@gmail.com.

WIB-DC/Baltimore Presents: "From Bench to Market"

On February 23, 2017, WIB-DC/Baltimore will present a program that explores how bioscience discoveries move from the bench to the market. The route from discovery to market is not linear. Our panelists will relay their experiences with clinical trials, manufacturing, and marketing. They will also discuss how each of these aspects interacts along the way. Whether you are looking to enter the world of bench to market, or are just curious about the process, this will be an informative and fun event. Moderated by Lynn Johnson Langer, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, our panel includes Neta Nelson, Associate Director, Clinical Operations & Project Management, Technical Resources International, Inc.; Maura Kahn, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Noxilizer, Inc.; and Kathy Webb, Senior Director, GMP Operations, Paragon Bioservices, Inc.

Upcoming WIB-DC/Baltimore Events for Spring 2017

WIB-DC/Baltimore is excited to announce our planned events for this spring! Keep an eye out for more information coming your way soon - we hope to see you there!

  • On March 22, 2017, we will hold this year’s Women’s History Month event: “Taking charge of your career.” Save the Date for this highly interactive workshop. During it we will explore four ways by which you can create your life and your career to maximize joy and satisfaction while minimizing stress. Learn how “busy” becomes a habit, how to make self-care a priority, and how to know what you want (hint: it’s not what you think you should want). Stay tuned - early bird registration will go live soon!
  • In April, 2017, we will hold a Mentors, Advisors and Peers (MAPs) Networking Event and Spring Kick-off.
  • In May, 2017, we will hold a resume workshop, co-hosted with the Association for Women In Science (AWIS).


Intellectual Property Workshop for Entrepreneurs: Simple Principles for Navigating a Complex Field

Intellectual property (IP) is essential for the success and growth of startups - whether through funding, partnerships, mergers, or product sales. Navigating through the intricacies of IP to avoid pitfalls and gain a working knowledge is critical for startup executives. Join San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) on February 23, 2017, for an engaging and informative workshop where a panel of experts will provide practical advice and insight on several topics related to IP. Learn more!

Inaugural MSL Society Women’s Summit Comes to San Diego in March

Join us in San Diego on March 9, 2017, for the first ever Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Society Women’s Summit. Over 20 female MSL Leaders will present at the summit, and share how they positioned themselves for management and executive leadership positions. MSL Directors from Astellas Pharma, Fresenius Medical Care, Teva, Alcon, Sanofi-Genzyme, Merck, Bayer, and GSK will also lead soft skill workshops in the afternoon of the summit. These workshops offer an opportunity to sharpen your networking, presentation, and communication skills. They also offer a unique opportunity to discuss key challenges facing female MSLs, such as balancing family and the MSL role.

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