Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
March 2, 2017 

 Young Women In Bio:


Deadline Reminder: Boardroom Ready Accepting Applications Only Until March 15, 2017

LAST CHANCE: The deadline to apply for the 2017 Boardroom Ready Program, WIB's certification and board placement program, is quickly approaching. To apply, candidates must submit the Boardroom Ready Application, a current biography, and CV to: boardroomready@womeninbio.org. Applications must be received by March 15, 2017. For more information, please visit http://womeninbio.org/executives/boardroom-ready.


Women’s History Month Is Here!

Women In Bio’s celebration of Women’s History Month goes into full swing this week and next with events in Austin, Durham, San Diego, and San Francisco! These and other WIB chapter events across North America are part of the fourth annual “National Women In Bio Conference.” To honor and recognize the contributions that 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 pioneer women in life sciences, covering topics such as science education for girls, career path choices, cultivating skills to move from bench to business, and breaking the life sciences “ceiling.” Learn more about our Women’s History Month events!

WIB Offers a Membership Discount During Women’s History Month

Interested in joining Women In Bio? Know someone who is? WIB offers a 20% membership discount during March in honor of Women’s History Month. The discount is valid on new memberships and will run through April 7, 2017. The discount code is: WHM201720%.

Volunteers Needed for National Webinar Program

Interested in helping Women In Bio's Webinar program? Our National webinar program needs volunteers interested in helping us brainstorm discussion topics and spearheading the relationship management with webinar presenters. Familiarity with the GoToWebinar online events software is preferred. If you are interested in learning more about the webinar program, and about how you can help, please contact info@womeninbio.org  for more information.

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
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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.

Nature Medicine Article Highlights Boardroom Ready Program

The Nature Medicine online journal reviewed the Boardroom Ready program and its mission of accelerating women’s inclusion at the corporate board level. Note: To read the entire article one must either be a Nature Medicine subscriber or purchase a copy of the article.

WIB Video Spotlight Series:

The Challenges and Rewards of Entrepreneurship

What are the challenges of entrepreneurship – and the rewards? Learn from a panel of three women on the entrepreneurial path to success in this WIB-Pittsburgh past event from 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.
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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!

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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


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.



Call for STEM Event Volunteers!

WIB-Chicago’s Young Women In Bio Committee is in need of volunteer mentors on April 1, 2017, at the Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago. YWIB and the American Heart Association are partnering to host a mentoring and speed networking event for high school girls. There will be two event sessions: 10:00 a.m.–Noon and 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. We are in need of women having careers in the life sciences to act as mentors for this event. The volunteers will share the story of their education and career path with the girls. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at chicagoywib@womeninbio.org.

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 Member Spotlight - Lori Moreno, Hub International

Lori Moreno is a Senior Vice President and Life Sciences Practice Leader for Hub International’s Commercial Risk
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group. She has more than 30 years of experience, with a particular focus on life sciences underwriting and brokerage including pharma, clinical trials, drug development, medical devices, and health IT. Lori focuses on bringing a superior level of service and insurance knowledge to her clients. In her current role, Lori provides technical expertise and education to help her clients identify and manage risk whether they are just starting out or are well established in the industry.

"Women In Bio-Chicago is a truly strong and welcoming organization. I have been a member since 2013, and find that the number of members and the quality of the programming continues to grow and diversify every year. I always walk away from a WIB event feeling good about being part of an organization where people work together, share their knowledge, and truly want to see everyone around them succeed. John F Kennedy once said 'The rising tide lifts all boats.' This is the spirit that exists within WIB–Chicago. I love being part of the organization and doing my part to help people on their journey to success."  - Lori Moreno

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 Presents: "Learn the Lab Design and Building Essentials for New and Renovated Labs"

On March 9, 2017, WIB-Greater Boston will present an event for companies moving into their first lab, expanding, or renovating. Join us and learn how to avoid pitfalls in lab planning and design, and achieve success with timelines, budget, and compliance. Our speakers will provide a case study and cover issues critical for a comprehensive lab move, renovation, and opening. Whether you are a scientist, an operations specialist, a facilities specialist, or management leader at your company this session will be a valuable primer in lab preparation. Moderated by Tandee Newman, Manager of Portfolio Operations, Atlas Venture, our panel features Jane Kepros, Lab Planner, TRIA, Inc.; Stacy Gilroy, Director of Operations, Oncorus; and Kate Harrington, Sr. Planner, The Richmond Group. Learn more!

WIB-Greater Boston and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS Present 3rd Annual “Lobster Pot" Event

What better way to honor Women’s History Month than to celebrate powerful women in the life sciences? In this "shark tank style" event, two groups of influential biotech women will come together in the Lobster Pot: six female executives raising startup funds, and four senior-level women at investment firms. Come check out companies from across the life science spectrum and take advantage of an invaluable networking opportunity. Each executive will pitch to investors, who will provide feedback on the pitch and ideas presented. The audience will also be able rate the pitches. Join us on March 21, 2017, to learn how to pitch to investors more effectively and to check out some exciting life sciences NewCos. Whether you are starting your own company, raising money, or just want to celebrate powerful women this is one event you can’t afford to miss.

WIB-Greater Boston YWIB Presents: “Science Careers and Life in the Lab at Pfizer CTI”

Curious about careers in science? WIB-Greater Boston invites middle school girls to an April 13, 2017, Young Women In Bio event at Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI), a biomedical research facility in Boston investigating new patient therapies. Attendees will tour the labs at CTI, conduct mini hands-on lab experiments, and engage in a Drug Discovery Game. There will also be a panel of host employees who will share stories about their career paths, followed by a Q&A session. Pizza and other refreshments will be served!

Greater Montréal


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


"Biotech Innovation in NYC: New Initiatives to Address Space Challenges"

Please join us on March 8, 2017, for drinks and hors d'oeuvres as we listen to and interact with a panel of experts who are driving initiatives aimed to support biotechnology growth in the NY-Metro area. They are accomplishing this by specifically addressing the unmet need of “space” to support research and development activities. Our speakers include Nicole McKnight, Ph.D., Director, BioLabs New York; Jenna Foger, Director Life Science & Strategic Projects, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.; Lesley Stolz, Head of JLABS California; and Kathleen Otto, Executive Director, BioBAT Inc. Learn more about our speakers.

What Can the Biopharma Industry Expect Under the New Administration?

Medicines are part of the solution, not the problems, facing global healthcare systems today. That was Dina Brachman’s focused message to WIB-Metro New York members on January 30, 2017. The program, held at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, attested to the timely topic as the biopharma industry’s value proposition is questioned in the face of political uncertainty. Increasing stakeholder education on R&D, and how the industry establishes pricing, will help biopharma’s case.

Dina Brachman, Pfizer's senior director of global policy, addresses attendees at the January 30, 2017, WIB-Metro New York event.

Philadelphia Metro


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 Discusses the Book Grit with Author Angela Duckworth

On February 16, 2017, WIB-Philadelphia-Metro was honored to discuss the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance with the book’s author, Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. During the event, Dr. Duckworth, a Psychology professor and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, discussed highlights of her book to a packed house at the law offices of event sponsor DLA Piper LLP. One topic discussed was the fact that grit, a common characteristic of high achievers, can be learned and increased throughout life by the act of deliberate practice. After a short presentation, Dr. Duckworth opened the floor for an engaging Q&A session. Some of the questions revolved around risk taking and competitive nature, and how they correlated (if at all) with grit. Following the presentation and Q&A, attendees enjoyed networking, food, and drinks. Thanks to DLA Piper for hosting and sponsoring and all of the attendees who read the book, watched Dr. Duckworth’s TED Talk, and participated in a lively conversation.

Angela Duckworth discusses her book Grit in front of a packed house at DLA Piper.

Attendees enjoying some post-discussion networking at DLA Piper: (left to right) Lenore Tichnell, Eileen Batten, Andrea Ong, Rachel Kane, Sue Behrens, and Karen LaRochelle.



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-Pittsburgh Presents “To Boldly Go”

On February 23, 2017, the WIB-Pittsburgh MAPs 1:1 Program and Alethea Wieland, Managing Director and President, U.S. Office and North American Operations of Scope International, U.S.A., Inc., came together to present an engaging and informative presentation on the topic of how to pursue your career confidently, and be most effective and convincing during the interview process. Ms. Wieland welcomed attendees to the offices of SCOPE international, where she gave an hour-long presentation reviewing different steps of the interview process and contract negotiation. Specifically, she focused her talk on pursuing a career after graduate school, postdoc, or academic career, and highlighted the differences between industry and academia. She approached these topics from both an employee and an employer’s perspective, giving tips based on wisdom gained from her own experience, outlining the importance of networking, and sharing some personal stories. She also gave pertinent advice on how to handle uncertainties, and stressed the role of self-esteem and general confidence in these moments. Read more!

Alethea Wieland highlights the WIB Mentoring Program.

Emily Bossart and Amanda Clark network over appetizers.

WIB-Pittsburgh Chapter Sponsors Host Regulatory Training

On February 22, 2017, WIB-Pittsburgh sponsor and Pittsburgh-headquartered Regulatory and Quality Solutions (R&Q), in conjunction with WIB-Pittsburgh partner Life Sciences Pennsylvania (LSPA), conducted a sold-out training session on regulatory and quality principles for medical device companies. The event, “MedTech Primer: Getting Your Product to Market While Avoiding Pitfalls in 2017 and Beyond,” targeted regulatory and quality staff (particularly those employed at early stage companies); and was held at the Helomics Corporation, an integrated clinical contract research organization. Several WIB members from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Metro chapters met during the Helomics networking happy hour post-session. Read the entire article.

Attendees of the R&Q training session learn more about regulatory and quality affairs.

WIB members networking after the event: (left to right) Susan Farabaugh, Becky Brown, Yevgeniya Monisova, and Julie Cramer.



"How to Ace Your Informational Interview for Career Success"

In this March 14, 2017, workshop, career coach Tracy Jenkins will help you learn how to use informational interviewing

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to explore career options and develop a definitive career path. Discover how to identify a career that is aligned with who you are and what you want, and turn an informational interview into a job offer. In this workshop you will uncover the purpose and benefits of informational interviewing, and discover how this process helps you find a career that is a good fit.

WIB-RTP Kicks Off Its 2017 Season with a Networking event

On January 31, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP hosted a networking event that focused on effective network strategies. The event started off with Chapter Head Aga Truax giving attendees an overview of what to expect from WIB-RTP over the coming year. Lauren Lohmer, YWIB Committee Co-Chair, followed with a brief outline about Young Women In Bio’s activity in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area and a call out for volunteers and companies to host events. The networking portion of the night was kicked off with Michael Davies, Founder of “Life Sciences Networking,” describing his career path from being a Ph.D. on the bench in academia to a career in industry. He provided advice and key insights into getting the most out of your networking. Attendees heard that the most important thing about networking is “to focus on the relationship first. Nothing can be accomplished without that.” Afterwards, everyone was split into tables of eight to practice those networking skills. Practice makes perfect.

Women In Bio-RTP kicks off 2017!

San Francisco Bay Area


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

How are medicines developed? Later today, Young Women In Bio will experience 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.

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

On December 6, 2016, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area raised a pint to give a warm welcome to new Women In Bio members and a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all the WIB volunteers who have been critical for every great panel, seminar, webinar, youth, and networking event in 2016. That evening, Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos, California, hosted almost 50 WIB members! While mingling over frosty libations and reminiscing over the past year, members snacked on delicious Mexican food served piping hot from local food truck Tacos El Gondo. Maya Benbarak, our 2016 Chapter Chair, reviewed the past year’s accomplishments and gave away our fantastic door prize for one month of free classes from Balanced Tread in San Carlos. Here’s what one happy WIB member had to say about the end of the year festivities: “Thank you for organizing a great event! Loved the food, beer, and company!” Thank you to all our wonderful members, sponsors, and volunteers for making 2016 a memorable year!

Seattle Metro


WIB-Seattle Women's History Month Event: "Be Your Own Driving Force"

Inside each of us is a fierce, loving, real woman that is capable of such "badassery." A woman who has everything she

Sarah Schneider 
needs to build a life and career the way she wants. And yet, we often cap our own potential by listening to the pesky beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes that run freely through our minds (and frankly, through the world). Well... enough of that malarkey. Join us for a fun and enriching talk with Sarah Schneider, a leadership and personal development coach, speaker, and CEO of The Badassery Project, where you will learn tips to advance your career and life goals, uncover where you are getting in your own way, and gain a sense of humor around what it means to be human. Learn more!

Southern California


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

Do you want to enhance your skills on a professional or social level? Would you like to take on a leadership role that allows you to personally give back, as well as benefit from the exposure to others within the life sciences industry who share common goals and interests? If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” there is a no more fitting time than Women's History Month to gather together and discuss ways by which you can influence your future career path and that of others with similar passions. Please join us on March 15, 2017, to learn more about Women In Bio and the opportunities it provides for career development, the building of meaningful relationships, engagement with life science companies, and meeting inspiring women leaders. Come learn about our organization and how to get involved in 2017! You'll hear firsthand how individuals have benefited from their WIB involvement.

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.

“Hot Trends in Bio: A Unique Perspective in Precision Medicine”

WIB-Southern California’s inaugural 2017 program took place on January 24, 2017, at Genea Biocells in the Torrey Pines area. After time for socializing, networking, and eating hors d’oeuvres, our Chapter Chair, Gabriella Velasquez, began the evening with an overview of our WIB-Southern California chapter and its goals in helping develop women’s careers in the Life Sciences. Gabriella next gave the mic to the evening’s moderator, Dr. Linda Strause, member of WIB-Southern California’s Program’s Committee and Co-Founder at G. Randall and Sons, Inc., Strategic Clinical Consultants. Our special guest answering Linda’s as well as the audience’s questions was Jessica Corson, Senior Director of Business Development at Mirati Therapeutics. Jessica is a recognized leader in her field, and shared her perspective and experience in drug development at a small biotechnology company. She discussed precision/personalized medicine in oncology as well as the challenges faced with the conduction of clinical trials, patient enrollment, and pricing. Jessica also shared some new and innovative business development strategies.

Attendees enjoyed networking before and after the evening’s program.

Jessica Corson fields audience questions.

Washington DC/Baltimore


"Beliefs, Habits, and Boundaries - Tools for Creating the Life You Want"

During this March 22, 2017, interactive session facilitated by Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC, you’ll explore the role your beliefs and habits play in generating and relieving stress. We’ll look at how to clarify values, identify strengths, change habits, and set priorities and boundaries rooted in what you want, not what you think you should want. Learn more!

WIB-DC/Baltimore’s "From Bench to Market" Event a Great Success!

On February 23, 2017, the WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter presented an interactive panel titled “From Bench to Market.” The event, held at Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery Campus, kicked off with networking followed by an engaging discussion from DC/Baltimore-area biotech leaders regarding the drug development pathway in industry. This expert panel included Neta Nelson, Associate Director, Clinical Operations and Projects, Technical Resources International, Inc.; Maura Kahn, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Noxilizer, Inc.; and Kathy Webb, Senior Director GMP Operations, Paragon Bioservices, Inc. The discussion was moderated by Lynn Johnson Langer, Program Director, Sr. Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, and President Emeritus/Board Director for Women In Bio. Read the entire article.

Attendees heard the panelists discuss a wide range of topics.

Lynn Johnson Langer introduces the evening’s panelists.


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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