|Women In Bio E-Newsletter|
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Join Women In Bio at the 2017 BIO International Convention
Join Women In Bio and the entire biotechnology industry at the 2017 BIO International Convention in San Diego, California this coming June 19-22. BIO 2017 provides unparalleled networking opportunities with BIO One-on-One Partnering, two networking parties on Monday and Wednesday, and countless other events including a Women In Bio meetup in San Diego. Don’t miss out on four days of networking, education, and business opportunities - register today!
The Women In Bio annual event and meetups during the BIO International Convention attract hundreds of WIB members as well as community and business leaders (women and men) from across the United States and beyond. Find out more below and join us there!
BIO 2017 One-on-One Partnering is Open!
Start making connections with BIO 2017 attendees today - BIO One-on-One Partnering is now open! Set up your profile, browse other partnering companies, and start making connections today. Join us in sunny San Diego, California on June 19-22, 2017 for four days of networking, education, and business opportunities. Register by April 27, 2017, and Save $200.
Women In Bio Plenary Event at BIO 2017: “Pitch Perfect Challenge”Adjacent the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our signature
We will then move into our Pitch Challenge where women leaders in the life sciences will deliver pitches and receive valuable feedback from top female investors on presentation and delivery. If you are up for the Challenge, please apply here by Friday, April 28, 2017. Please complete the application and attach your slide deck in an email to Pitch@womeninbio.org. Participation Eligibility Criteria and Official Rules are listed in the application. Please note that we only review non-confidential materials.
The Pitch Challenge will be moderated by Simone Fishburn, BioCentury Innovations, and our prestigious panel of judges includes:
As with all Women In Bio events, our Plenary Event encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking as it brings together people from all corners of the life sciences industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities.
This event is not to be missed so register today!
BIO Talent Connect
BIO Talent Connect (formerly the BIO Career Fair) breaks dated career fair boundaries with an open, inviting, and efficient new format. It is co-located with the BIO International Convention, taking place June 22, 2017, at the San Diego Convention Center. BIO Talent Connect is a unique opportunity for those seeking career advancement opportunities, professional development resources, and access to hiring managers at the hottest global biopharma companies. A minimum of a 4-year life science degree OR a community college biotech degree is recommended. Military veterans and academics are encouraged to apply. All Life Sciences professionals are invited to attend, including Ph.D. and Postdoc candidates as well as professionals with Life Sciences experience in any discipline. Your resume is required to register.
BIO 2017 Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective Women In Bio Members
Join current and prospective Women In Bio members at BIO on June 21, 2017, to have the opportunity to speed network with industry peers and discuss professional interests. This Meet-Up is open to all BIO attendees.
“Spring into STEM" is Here!
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.” Learn more about the “Spring into STEM” events being offered in April.
|WIB Video Spotlight Series:
Career Paths Video Highlights
Trying to figure out your career path in the life sciences, whether in R&D, business, on or off the bench? Many of our chapters have recorded their events on this topic and provided them as a member-only benefit for all of our chapters. Log into your WIB account to view the selection of our videos below, and peruse the rest of our library for more!
|CHAPTER NEWS & 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
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
Today! - Young Women In Bio Tour of Abbott Labs
The WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio committee has organized a tour of Abbott Molecular today. 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).
Meet up with WIB-Chicago at iBIO Index!
WIB-Chicago is thrilled to participate in iBIO’s Industry Expo (IndEx), the premier life sciences event in the Midwest, on April 24, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare (9300 W Bryn Mawr, Rosemont). Meet and network with fellow women in the life sciences industry during the event, and learn more about upcoming WIB-Chicago programming events. We look forward to seeing you!
Mark your calendars for the next WIB program featuring Mike Moyer, author of Pitch Ninja: Persuasive Pitching and Presenting, and Sara Myers of Veeva Systems. Join us on May 16, 2017, at the University of Chicago's Polsky Center, when our presenters will share their tips for turning any presentation into an exciting, engaging, and persuasive experience. Registration details coming soon!
Shattering the Glass Ceiling during Women's History Month
WIB-Chicago celebrated Women's History Month on March 21, 2017, with a fantastic program focusing on increasing diversity on corporate boards. Our esteemed panel of executive women shared their path to board positions, discussed strategies for positioning yourself for board service, and highlighted resources available for women interested in corporate boards, including WIB’s Boardroom Ready Program. The program included a lively discussion from the audience and opportunities to network in a comfortable and inspiring setting. WIB-Chicago also thanks MATTER and Brinks Gilson & Lione for sponsoring this terrific event, and Neimen Marcus and ULLO for donating giveaways and raffle prizes for our attendees. ULLO is pleased to offer WIB members a 10% discount on a future purchase using the code "WomenInBio10" at https://ullowine.com/.
Young Women In Bio Hosts GO RED STEM Speed Networking
WIB-Chicago kicked off the YWIB First Annual Spring into STEM Festival on April 1, 2017, by partnering with the American Heart Association and the Rush Heart Center for Woman to host the GO RED STEM speed networking and mentoring event. Over 25 high school girls had the opportunity to meet and network with 11 woman having diverse careers related to the life sciences. The girls were introduced to various career choices including research scientist, technology licensing manager, assistant professor, engineers in product development, and a nurse practitioner. The girls also had an opportunity to speak with an undergraduate student and a medical student who provided advice on the college application process. WIB-Chicago thanks our sponsor for this great event, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.
Participants networking with event volunteer, Jodi Soriano (left).
Learning from women professionals about life science careers.
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.
Today! - 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 a Young Women In Bio event today 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!
|Meet WIB-Greater Montreal’s Chapter Leaders
|Metro New York
Monetization Funding: Alternative Sources of Capital for Life Sciences Initiatives”
Over the last two decades, funding for life sciences assets and initiatives has become increasingly complex and challenging. Life sciences monetization transactions, which come in a variety of structures, offer creative solutions for many of these funding challenges. Our April 20, 2017, presentation will give a general overview of the traditional royalty monetization model. We will also provide a more in-depth description and analysis of innovative new transactional structures that have expanded access to the benefits of monetization financing to a broader cohort of stakeholders in the life sciences industry. Learn more.
YWIB Accepting Applications for Women in Medicine program
The WIB-Metro New York Young Women In Bio group is accepting applications for its Women In Medicine mentoring program. Participating girls will gain exposure to the medical field as well as academic/career guidance for pursuing a career in medicine. The girls will be placed in mentoring groups with female medical students, and have the opportunity to participate in events on a variety of topics about medicine. Please email Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
About Our Chapter
The WIB-Philadelphia Metro chapter is an organization of professionals committed to promoting the careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women working in the Philadelphia tri-state area life sciences industry. Our chapter fosters a community of life science professionals while providing mentorship and professional development opportunities across the career continuum - from those just beginning their careers to industry veterans.
We are dedicated to providing education, mentorship, and professional development assistance to women working in a variety of life science disciplines including research, operations, legal, and marketing. Philadelphia is the birthplace of American medicine and home to many United States “firsts”: medical school, children’s hospital, college of pharmacy, medical library, and hospital. The tri-state area is home to a host of medical, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, higher education, research, engineering, and venture capital entities which provide access to a deep pool of experience and talent. Learn more about our chapter.
Meet WIB-Philadelphia Metro’s Chapter Leaders
Join WIB-Pittsburgh for our Thursday, April 20, 2017, Pop-Up Social at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Enjoy a relaxing evening of socializing and networking while exploring the exhibits. Of interest to life science lovers is the “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” exhibit. Fashion designer Iris van Herpen is inspired by neuroscience and microbes, science fiction, and the environment. She utilizes inventive technological solutions such as 3D printing and creative polymers to engineer striking futuristic clothing designs. We will join the Iris Van Herpen exhibit tour at 6:30 p.m., meeting at the Art Store. Admission: Discounted (50% off regular price) admission tickets ($10 for adults, free for students/postdocs with Pitt/Carnegie ID) will be available at the door from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To stay for the Third Thursday celebration, starting at 8:00 p.m., ask for a Third Thursday admission band for an additional $5 fee. No WIB-registration is required – all are welcome. Connect and organize with WIB attendees on our Facebook events page.
“Create & Cultivate a Startup” Program Ignites and Energizes WIB-Pittsburgh
Moderated by Dr. Ria David, President of Cybergenetics, a panel of four distinguished entrepreneurs spoke about their experience trailblazing the region as principals of women-owned and women-designed startups. Barbara VanKirk, President and Founder of IQ Inc.; Dessie Dobbins, Director of Clinical Research and Development at Cohera Medical, Inc.; Morgan Fedorchak, Founder of SoliDrop; and Virginia “Ginny” Pribanic, President and CEO of MedRespond, LLC, presented an inspiring discussion of the challenges and successes they faced in developing the region’s finest businesses. Following the presentation, the panelists spoke individually with event attendees to answer questions and share their insights from the trenches. To learn more about the panelists’ personal experiences, please read more.
Moderator Dr. Ria David (far left) led a dynamic panel discussion with Pittsburgh bioscience leaders (left to right), Dessie Dobbins, Morgan Fedorchak, Virginia Pribanic, and Barbara VanKirk.
Young Women In Bio Attendees Gain Startup Expertise
WIB-Pittsburgh’s Young Women In Bio committee invited a group of young women from Pittsburgh’s Shadyside Academy to attend our chapter’s “Create & Cultivate a Startup” career panel program on March 28, 2017. The students who attended ranged in age from high school freshmen to seniors, and were either considering careers in the biosciences or were interested in learning about the range of careers that exist in that field and what they entail. These students first sat in on the career panel along with the rest of the attendees, and then WIB members Ali Nagle, Julie Cramer, and Erika Fanselow spoke with them for an hour afterward. We discussed a range of topics, including types of career paths; getting started in the biosciences in college; the range of biosciences jobs available; and, most importantly, we encouraged the students to ask us questions about the things they had heard during the career panel. Read more!
Young Women In Bio Presents Awards at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair
For the third straight year, the WIB-Pittsburgh Young Women In Bio (YWIB) group sponsored two awards at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF), held March 31 – April 1, 2017. PRSEF is an open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering available to students in grades 6-12 from 23 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland. The YWIB awardees were selected from the Junior (6th grade) and Intermediate Levels (7th-8th grade) in the Biology category, and will each receive $50. These winners were chosen with the help of three volunteer judges: Ali Nagle, Julie Cramer, and Kritika Ramani. This year’s winners were Amulya Garimella, an 8th grader at Dorseyville Middle School, for her project, “Pensieve: Analyze the Genes that Affect Memory”; and Alaina Beal, a 6th grader at St. Agnes, for her project, “So Tell Me-What’s in Your Soil?” YWIB wants to congratulate all who participated in PRSEF this year for their outstanding work.
Award winner Alaina Beal (left) stands with volunteer judge Ali Nagle.
Award winner Amulya Garimella (center) stands with volunteer judges, Julie Cramer (left) and Kritika Ramani (right).
WIB-RTP Presents: "How to Make the Most of the New Version of LinkedIn"With nearly 500 million members, LinkedIn is the online network for business professionals looking for jobs, scouting new
|San Francisco Bay Area
"Spring into STEM - Drug Development from Concept to Clinic"
The WIB-San Francisco YWIB is pleased to work with Pfizer Center for Therapeutic Innovation and Pfizer Oncology to host a Spring Into STEM event for girls in grades 9-12. On April 25, 2017, students will participate in a panel discussion led by volunteers from Pfizer, who will share their experience of bringing a drug from idea through early development and clinical trials. The panel will be followed by breakout discussion groups and hands-on science demonstrations and activities. Participants should wear close-toed shoes. Click here to learn more about this event!
"Hot Trends in Personalized Medicine"
Rapid advances in sequencing and genomics have resulted in greater access to genomic data collection and analysis. With costs decreasing and speed of sequencing increasing, genomic data can be efficiently interpreted and applied to treat and prevent disease in a practical setting. Removing the barriers between benchtop and bedside enables researchers and physicians to capitalize on these technological advances and deliver high quality personalized health care. Join us on April 27, 2017, for an insightful panel discussion that will touch on several facets of personalized medicine, including targeted therapeutics, immunology, liquid biopsy, and genetic testing. The panel will be moderated by Amy Swanson, Illumina; and feature panelists Jackie Benson, J&J Innovations; Tara Maddala, Grail; Kristin McDonald Gibson, Invitae; and Pam Garzone, Pfizer.
Save The Date! – Breakthrough Discoveries in Aging Research at Calico, SSF, May 2, 2017
Can scientists slow down aging? Come learn about the latest discoveries and research in aging from expert scientists in academia and industry. Our illustrious event panel features Rochelle Buffenstein, Staff Scientist, Calico; Dena Dubal, Assistant Professor, UCSF; and Rachel Brem (Associate Professor, Buck Institute). The panelists will discuss cutting edge research being conducted in the field of aging, identify important research trends and technologies used in this rapidly growing field, and speak to current and future intervention and therapeutic strategies for age-related disorders. Keep an eye out for upcoming information about registering for this event!
"Biotech Entrepreneurship with YWIB and J&J Innovation"
Have you ever wondered what a biotechnology company startup pitch sounds like? How do brand-new companies tell their stories, communicate their science, and raise capital? Please join Young Women In Bio on May 9, 2017, for a special event hosted with Johnson & Johnson Innovation at JLABS. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in the investor’s seat and listen to pitches from five phenomenal female biotech startup company CEOs. Industry mentors will work with you in small groups to discuss and evaluate each pitch presentation, and YOU will get to decide which companies you would invest in. A panel discussion about science entrepreneurship will follow and dinner will be provided. Learn more!
Join One of Our Growing MAPs Programs!
The WIB-San Francisco Bay Area’s MAPs program is growing, and new opportunities to join peer groups or become a mentor for students, postdoctoral fellows, and career professionals are now available. Contribute positively towards someone’s future! Please contact email@example.com for more information on the programs described below.
MAPs peer groups are getting a facelift! Join our peer groups to meet and build meaningful relationships with professional women in monthly meetings that will be structured around a specific theme. We offer small group sizes, focused networking opportunities, and so much more! Sign up for MAPs peer groups.
If you have ever considered becoming a mentor, or would like to make a difference in the lives of aspiring scientists by helping them choose their next steps, we encourage you to mentor for MAPs in one of our two programs:
Changing Tides: Forecasting the Outlook for Biotech in 2017 at the JP Morgan Conference
On January 12, 2017, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area kicked off 2017 with a bang by hosting a half-day event with Bloomberg Intelligence at the close of the JP Morgan Conference. The day started with a breakfast that allowed Women In Bio members from across the country to meet and mingle over delicious food. The remainder of the event featured two panels: the first, on early-stage investing and fundraising in biotech, was hosted by Caroline Chen (Bloomberg News), and featured panelists Melinda Richter (Head of JLABS, Johnson & Johnson Innovation), Racquel Bracken (VP, Venrock), Christina Tsai (CSO, EpiBiome), and Gail Gannon (Managing Director, Mavericks Capital). The second panel, which focused on the outlook for market trends in biotech and pharma for 2017, was hosted by Asthika Goonewardene (Bloomberg Intelligence) and included insights from Katja Lange (VP, JP Morgan), Yi Larson (VP, Goldman Sachs), Christiana Bardon (Portfolio Manager, Burrage Capital), Carol Gallagher (Partner, New Enterprise Associates), and Gisela Schwab (CMO, Exelixis). Between the panels, Robin Washington (CFO, Gilead Sciences) held a fireside chat to discuss her career, and highlight the importance of seizing opportunities and stepping outside of your comfort zone. The event wrapped up with a luncheon and lively discussion among the attendees. WIB-San Francisco Bay Area received glowing reviews about this gathering from speakers and attendees alike, who found it to be a great opportunity to network and discuss the forces that will shape biotech and pharma in 2017.
The event’s first panel discussed early-stage investing and fundraising in biotech.
Robin Washington emphasized the importance to one’s career of seizing opportunities and stepping outside of her comfort zone.
“Inside a Biotech Company” - A Drug Development Workshop for Middle and High School Girls
On March 2, 2017, the WIB-San Francisco Bay Area YWIB group took a drug development workshop, specially designed for middle and high school students, to a Citizen School of California after school campus in East San Jose. This was the first time Young Women In Bio took the workshop to a school or after school campus. Young Women In Bio thanks all the workshop volunteers - 25 of them who committed their time and worked with so much energy and enthusiasm to make this unique event happen. We were fortunate to have two “advocate” sponsors for the event, GRAIL Bio and Global Blood Therapeutics. Both of their financial and GRAIL’s volunteer support was critical in making this event such a success. Read more!
Girls learned the road map of drug development from start-up to product launch.
The girls worked with WIB volunteers to evaluate hypothetical cancer drugs.
Save The Date! – Personal Branding and Positioning Discussion
Join WIB-Seattle for our next event on May 18, 2017, in Bellevue. We will be joined by experts for a discussion on personal branding and positioning. More details about the event will be posted soon so stayed tuned for more information and registration.
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.
"When Both Value and Novelty are Required: The Transformation of R&D in the Orphan Disease Space"
MAPs Networking and Best Practices Sharing
Mentors, Advisors, and Peers (MAPs) programs offer opportunity for WIB members to meet other women who are in various stages of their career, are on different paths, and have a range of backgrounds, in a professional yet social atmosphere. Through MAPs, members share experiences and give advice on everything from personal challenges to professional topics. With this April 25, 2017, MAPs networking event, we are bringing these circles together to network and share best practices. What tactics work for running a successful mentoring group? How do you get the most out of your MAPs group? How do groups grow and change, and do they need to? We look forward to seeing everyone there! (Note: This is a members-only event focused on existing MAPs groups and WIB members who are interested in learning more about MAPs groups.)
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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