|Women In Bio E-Newsletter|
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Women’s History Month is in Full Swing
Women In Bio’s celebration of Women’s History Month is in full swing with WHM events held by our San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Boston, Chicago, DC/Baltimore, Greater Montreal, Atlanta, Philadelphia Metro, Pittsburgh, and Seattle chapters. To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters have been holding events in cities across North America. These events have included 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.
Young Women In Bio Presents “Spring into STEM" During April
Young Women In Bio is making a national effort to highlight STEM for young women through a series of events across North America during the month of April, under the banner of “Spring into STEM”. Upcoming “Spring into STEM” events include:
|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 firstname.lastname@example.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 them. Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, mitigating, and controlling known project risks to
PMP-certified project managers will gain up to one Professional Development Unit (PDU) for attending this webinar.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series:
Taking Control of Your Work/Life Stress
Learn practical and applicable tools to take control over your work/life stress from this WIB-Chicago event in our member-exclusive video archive!
|CHAPTER NEWS & EVENTS|
"Take Charge of Your Career – Leadership and Professional Development Tips from the Top"
Do you want to take the next step in your career? Are you looking for professional development and leadership training opportunities, but not finding suitable options? This March 28, 2017, Women's History Month event features professional women from leading organizations in Atlanta, who will describe the leadership and professional development programs that helped them climb to the top. Learn how to develop a master plan for moving up in your career, by improving your skills and obtaining credentials that confirm you are a valuable asset, worthy of promotion.
About Our Chapter
The Women In Bio – Austin Area chapter provides easy reach to the home of some of the most prominent academic research centers in the country, including the University of Texas at Austin, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The Texas Heart Institute, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the Texas A&M System, and the Baylor, Scott & White System of institutions. The many internationally recognized hospitals and medical research centers in Texas attract a highly skilled network of trained hospital staffers, nurses and doctors, as well as clinical trial organizations.
Our membership base includes academic and clinical researchers, sales professionals, venture capitalists, legal advisors, intellectual property advisors, technology transfer specialists, policy experts, clinical trials professionals, doctors, medical/science communicators, educators, students, and many other experts who support the health, pharmaceutical, and science industries. These and other qualities have nurtured the creation of a burgeoning biotech industry in the state, Texas having recently being dubbed the “Third Coast” of Biotechnology. Learn more about our chapter.
Meet WIB-Austin Area’s Chapter Leaders
"Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Navigating to and through the Boardroom"
Achieving diversity in the boardroom remains a challenge, particularly in the life sciences. Organizations are increasingly looking to take advantage of the large, untapped pool of qualified female board candidates. How do executive women achieve their goal of corporate board service? On March 21, 2017, our distinguished panelists will discuss the skills and experiences sought by boards, career path considerations for positioning yourself for board service, potential challenges preventing advancement, and resources available for women interested in corporate boards, including WIB’s Boardroom Ready Program. Celebrate Women's History Month with WIB-Chicago at this great event, which will also include a raffle for a prize from ULLO and Neiman Marcus.
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 email@example.com.
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 WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio committee has organized a 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-Chicago YWIB thanks Abbott Molecular Diagnostics for sponsoring this event. (This event has reached capacity and is closed).
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.
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!
“Learn Lab Design and Building Essentials”
At one of its best attended events of the past year, WIB-Greater Boston hosted an insightful speaker panel that discussed how to achieve success with lab planning. The event was held on March 9, 2017, at the Creative Office Pavilion in Boston’s Innovation District. The evening began with a networking session during which attendees enjoyed food and drink while making connections. During the informative speaker panel which followed, attendees learned more about the stages of lab planning, how to build the right team (e.g., architects, engineers, construction managers), and lab asset management. In addition, the panel discussed the importance of Environmental Health and Safety, IT and Facilities when setting up or renovating a new lab; and how to make a business case of lab set-up to C-suite personnel. WIB Greater Boston also gained a number of new chapter members at this event! Many thanks to our sponsors, Creative Office Pavilion, Safety Partners, and The Richmond Group.
Attendees are welcomed to the event at Boston’s Creative Office Pavilion.
|WIB-Greater Montreal YWIB Chair Interviewed for Television Program
Andrea Petschner, B.Sc., Chair of WIB-Greater Montreal's Young Women In Bio Committee, discussed YWIB’s mission and initiatives with Montreal Billboard TV! View Andrea’s interview. (Note: the interview occurs in the program recording from 1:20 to 7:00.)
|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
"Taking Charge of Your Career: A Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders"
On March 29, 2017, join Women In Bio–Philadelphia Metro for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate Women’s History Month with an event focused on the issues women face in their daily lives - balance, leadership, and seizing opportunity. We have an amazing panel of speakers lined up to share their in-depth experience in clinical research, insights on work life balance, and tips for helping us discover different career paths and leadership roles within our industry. Moderated by Michelle Grant (DeNigris),Senior Manager at Navigate Corporation, our panel includes Megan Weisheiple, Pamela Elaine Nichols, Laura A. Conour, Denise D'Andrea, and Dr. Ruth Ann Subach. We are thrilled to host this event in King of Prussia which is central to the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical companies in our region. We hope to grow our chapter by hosting events around the region and broaden our reach of women in the Delaware Valley! In honor of Women’s History Month, we are giving each WIB member the opportunity to bring a friend. WIB-Philadelphia Metro looks forward to seeing everyone at the Bonefish Grill in King of Prussia! Register today!
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:
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 Leader Spotlight! - Meet the Philadelphia Metro Chapter PresidentDunni Odumosu is passionate about women empowerment and increasing the number of women and minorities in
Dunni is an Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, at Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. in Cranbury, NJ. Amicus is a biotechnology company focused on developing therapies for rare diseases. In this role, Dunni serves as the Global Regulatory Lead for the Fabry program, and focuses on regulatory submission strategy and project management. Dunni holds a M.S. in Quality Assurance/ Regulatory Affairs from Temple University School of Pharmacy and a B.S. in Chemistry from Temple University College of Science & Technology. Dunni's previous experience includes pharmaceutical consulting with a focus on Phase 1-3 development strategy and cosmetic formulation. Outside of work and WIB, Dunni enjoys serving in her church and traveling.
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!
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.
SelectUSA European Healthcare Investment Mission Comes to Pittsburgh
On March 7, 2016, the SelectUSA European Healthcare Investment Mission visited Pittsburgh. 15-20 European-based healthcare companies looking to expand to the U.S. were a part of this trade mission and came to Pittsburgh in the hopes of establishing here. The owners met with various members of the life sciences community to determine how their ventures would fit into the Pittsburgh landscape. WIB-Pittsburgh members caught up with the group at the Bio Breakfast where European owners each discussed his or her technology and how it was currently being implemented in Europe. There was an outpouring of appreciation for the warm Pittsburgh welcome and surprise at the passion and lifestyle contained in this city. Numerous owners expressed a newfound interest in Pittsburgh as a place to expand their companies.
Julie Walters, Founder of London-based Raremark, discusses how her company connects families affected by rare diseases with up-to-date scientific information, community insights, and clinical trials.
Co-Founder of WIB-Pittsburgh Releases Her First Novel – HD66: Search for a Cure or a Killer
With decades of experience in the frenetic world of start-ups and innovation, WIB-Pittsburgh Co-Founder Babs Carryer is an experienced entrepreneur, writer, mentor, teacher, and sailor. In her first novel HD66, she ties all of her experiences into an exciting new subgenre: what galley readers dub "a startup mystery." Readers intuitively trust the story as so much of Babs’ experience rings true. Set against the swirling Allegheny River in a town of start-ups and academic off-shoots, HD66 weaves together sober themes in the hands of strong characters who transform tough paradoxes into the mysteries of hope and love and, eventually, what every science seeks … Read more!
WIB-Pittsburgh Co-Founder Babs Carryer holds a copy of her first novel, HD66.
About Our Chapter
Research Triangle Park (RTP) is one of the oldest and largest high-tech research and development centers in North America. It is part of North Carolina's overall biotechnology initiative, and a primary economic driver for the region. Its 7,000 acres house more than 170 companies employing over 52,000 employees. RTP businesses range from Fortune 100 multinational research and development companies, to U.S. federal agencies, to university spin-outs and start-ups.
RTP is home to numerous winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Presidential Awards, and it is where the National Science Foundation Awards carry out their efforts. It has served as a model for innovation, education, and economic development worldwide. Many women's careers in life science have been launched in RTP. The Women In Bio-RTP chapter benefits from, and contributes to the rich life sciences industry here. Learn more about our chapter.
Meet WIB-RTP’s Chapter Leaders
|San Francisco Bay Area
Tonight! - A Women's History Month Event: “Leveraging Partnerships in the Growing Immuno-Oncology Space”
Tonight, 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.
4th Annual Business of Personalized Medicine Summit: Strategies for Partnering and Collaboration
This unique forum on March 28, 2017, will address business challenges and solutions for entities already engaged in personalized medicine as well as those seeking to enter that field. Attendees of last year’s Summit reported that they “Very much appreciated (the Summit) and will attend again,” and “(I was) impressed by the quality of the speakers.” New this year, the Summit will host First Pitch: Personalized Medicine demo day, presented by the California Technology Council and featuring presentations by Seed to Series A stage startups.
WIB members can register for the Summit at 40% off regular registration rates using the following online discount code: WIBVIP17. You can register from the Summit home page by clicking on the Register Now button or by going directly to the registration page at www.cvent.com/d/wfqkmb/4W. Once on the registration page, select the appropriate registration type, complete the required fields, and enter the discount code when prompted on the payment page.
The Business of Personalized Medicine is also pleased to extend complimentary passes to several WIB Board members via this alternate discount code: WIBCOMP17. This code is set up to allow for a maximum of three free registrations, but we can certainly increase that number should interest be greater.
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 needs to build a life and career the way she wants. And yet, we often cap our own potential by listening to the pesky
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.
First Chapter Social of 2017 Brings Big Crowd
On January 28, 2017, WIB-Southern California welcomed the New Year with the warmth of the California sun and salty air of the Pacific Ocean with its “Yoga on the Beach” event. 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. This sold out event was the first of many social events aimed at self-reflection and growing membership. After yoga, attendees partook in light refreshments and got to meet members of the WIB-Southern California chapter.
"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 will 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-Washington DC/Baltimore YWIB Presents “Spring into STEM – a High School Career Conference"
Young Women In Bio is making a national effort to highlight STEM for young women through a series of events across the nation during the month of April, under the banner of “Spring into STEM”. The WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore YWIB is pleased to present the keynote event on April 28, 2017. Our panel will consist of female leaders in science, who will speak on preparing for science-based careers. Join our industry experts as they discuss lessons they have learned along the way to establishing their own successful high-profile careers. Our speakers will offer varied perspectives on the subject, ranging from medical, to regulatory, to policy and more. Following the panel session there will be a breakout session on strategies for college admissions. Space is limited, be sure to register early. Registration enters you in a raffle for some great prizes – must be present to win.
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