Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
April 27, 2017 

 Young Women In Bio:



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!

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Last Chance to Save $200! Early Bird rates for BIO 2017 end today! Register now and start planning for BIO 2017 in San Diego on June 19-22, 2017. Register for BIO One-on-One Partnering to gain access to the top biotech and pharma companies from around the world looking to do business in San Diego. Join us for a week of networking, education, business opportunities, and more. Early Bird Rates end today - register now and save.

“My Path to the Board Room”

Ever considered sitting on a board one day?

On June 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., Women In BIO will present a panel of Board Room Ready program graduates for a discussion of the career and personal paths each followed to achieve her goal of sitting on a corporate board.

Among the questions our panelists will discuss are: When did you consider being on a board? What advice would you give women in the early to middle stages of their careers who want to sit on a board? What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career? How did you become a leader in your field?

Please join us at the BPI Theatre, on the BIO convention Exhibit Floor, as WIB President and Panel Moderator, Dawn Hocevar, leads a panel of distinguished women including Theresa Matkovits, Senior Vice President, Head of Drug Development at ContraVir Pharmaceuticals; Jennifer Carver, Chief Operating Officer at La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company; and Susan Dexter, Managing Partner at the Latham BioPharm Group for a discussion of the paths each took to the board room.

Women In Bio Plenary Event at BIO 2017: “Pitch Perfect Challenge”

Carol Gallagher
Adjacent the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention, please join us for our signature annual WIB Plenary Event on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the beautiful Manchester Grand Hyatt. The evening will open with keynote speaker Carol Gallagher, Pharm.D., Partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with a presentation discussing the investment landscape and an overview of fund-raising challenges and trends.

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 by end of day tomorrow. 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.

WIB Video Spotlight Series:

Marketing Your Personal Brand and Articulating Your Achieved Goals

Learn how to market your personal brand and articulate your achieved goals from this WIB-San Francisco Bay Area panel discussion of negotiation skills - in our member-exclusive video library!

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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



Save The Date! - Movie Night with WIB-Chicago

Join WIB-Chicago members and friends to watch The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the evening of May 31, 2017, at mHUB (965 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago). Following the movie we'll discuss ethics in biomedical research, and explore the issues raised by Henrietta Lacks' story. Stay tuned for details and registration.

Save The Date! - WIB-Chicago Joins iBIO for the iBIO Institute Golf Benefit!

On June 16, 2017, connect with leaders in the local life science community at the iBIO Institute Golf Benefit at the Deerfield Golf Club. WIB-Chicago members enjoy a discount on the registration fee. Don't miss this great networking opportunity! Learn more.

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 a Spring Speed Networking Event

WIB-Greater Boston will host a fun speed networking forum for women in the biotech industry on Thursday, May 4, 2017. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. we will mingle, learn fast facts, and make new connections. Participants will engage in a series of brief conversations, each lasting approximately three minutes. During these quick conversations attendees introduce themselves and their business, and share professional goals and personal ambitions. After a fast few minutes are up, participants will move on to speak with their next new connection. Be sure to reserve your spot soon as this is one of our most popular events. Please remember to bring an ample supply of business cards!

Young Women In Bio Presents “Science Careers and Life in the Lab at Pfizer CTI”

On April 13, 2017, Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) in Boston hosted a Young Women In Bio event for a group of middle school girls. The event kicked off with a lab tour and hands-on lab experiment during which the girls learned how to make “slime.” The group also played a Drug Discovery Game, led by Sara Green and Janet Buhlmann, during which they learned how much time and money goes into taking a drug from first discovery in the lab to the market. After the game, the girls enjoyed some pizza while listening to some inspiring Pfizer CTI employees who shared stories about their individual career paths - both conventional and non-conventional!

Christine Huard helps the girls prep for their lab tour.

Aspiring future scientists!

Greater Montréal


About Our Chapter

The WIB-Greater Montreal Chapter seeks to bring together professionals from across Quebec with bio-related interests in diverse sectors. Business professionals, entrepreneurs and scientists from the private sector, government institutions, and academia are invited to join and benefit from WIB’s many resources which include networking, sharing insights and innovations, and learning about the latest developments, and opportunities within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices industries. Learn more about our chapter!

A propos de notre chapitre

Le bureau montréalais de Femmes en bio souhaite rassembler les professionnelles de tout le Québec œuvrant dans divers secteurs liés aux biotechnologies. Les professionnelles des entreprises, les entrepreneures et les chercheures des secteurs privé, public et universitaire ainsi que les étudiantes sont invitées à devenir membres de Femmes en bio et à profiter des ressources offertes par l’organisme : réseautage, partage de connaissances et d’expertise, échange d’information sur les toutes dernières innovations et perspectives dans les domaines pharmaceutiques, biotechnologiques et des équipements médicaux. En savoir plus sur notre chapitre!

Meet WIB-Greater Montreal’s Chapter Leaders

Metro New York


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 newyorkywib@womeninbio.org for more information!

Philadelphia Metro


WIB-Philadelphia Metro to Exhibit at Life Science Pennsylvania's Spring Social!

On May 4, 2017, WIB-Philadelphia Metro will exhibit our chapter at Life Science Pennsylvania’s Annual Spring Social. This event is an annual gathering of local area life science professionals, and attracts attendees from a broad range of professions and industries - from CEOs of large pharma companies to accountants at small marketing firms. This much-anticipated event is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with your life sciences colleagues before heading off to enjoy summer vacation. WIB members can attend this event at the LSPA member rate by using the code “WIB2017”; and LSPA members can save $10 by using the code “WIB10”! Learn more and register.

Save The Date! – Young Women In Bio Career Panel discussion

On May 5, 2017, WIB-Philadelphia Metro’s Young Women In Bio group will host a panel session with Sophomore, Junior, and Senior girls at Downingtown STEM Academy to discuss the career options one has after obtaining a Biology degree. Students will hear from Kamala Maddali, VP, Biopharm Market Development, Collaborations and Companion Diagnostics for Cancer Genetics; Melissa Dowd, Account Manager for Aerotek Scientific; and Priya Narahari, Associate with DLA Piper - three amazing women leaders who represent a range of professional roles and careers. They will discuss what inspired them to choose careers in science, and the educational experiences, career paths, and successes that got them to where they are today. The panel will close with a question and answer session.

WIB-Philadelphia Metro Hosts a Women’s History Month Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders

On March 29, 2017, the WIB-Philadelphia Metro chapter celebrated Women’s History Month with a jam-packed event focused on obstacles women face in their daily lives. Attendees enjoyed food and cocktails from the Bonefish Grill and had a chance to network and mingle with each other. We had several guests and brand new members join us in this nearly sold out event! Chapter President Dunni Odumosu welcomed all of us to get our event started! Once Melissa Dowd, of the chapter Programming Committee, introduced our Moderator and panelists, the rest of the session flew by with laughter, emotions, and great advice. Read the entire article!

Panelists (left to right) Laura Conour, Pamela Nichols, Moderator Michelle Grant (DeNigris), Megan Weisheipl, Dr. Ruth Ann Subach, and Denise D'Andrea gave attendees plenty of takeaways from the evening’s discussion.

Featured Chapter Leader - Lisa Fry, Programming Chair

Lisa Burgese Fry is the Director of Professional Services at Azzur, which provides consulting and direct placement to
Lisa Burgese Fry
life science companies from Discovery to Delivery. Lisa works directly with life science decision makers to implement key strategic initiatives through consulting, direct placement, and training tools to improve business performance and achieve business goals. She has over 20 years of project management and business development experience, and holds a B.S from Philadelphia University and an M.B.A. from Eastern University. Lisa volunteers her time not only to her children’s school organizations and JRA of Southern New Jersey, to deliver food to those in need, but also serves as WIB-Philadelphia Metro’s Program Chair. Since our chapter’s launch, Lisa has been committed to helping women define their professional and personal development by hosting programs that all of us share the appetite for - from meeting the author of GRIT, Angela Duckworth, to honoring a panel of women in science for Women's History month. WIB Programming has been very exciting over the past months, and Lisa cannot wait for the upcoming events this year.



WIB Pittsburgh Holds Entrepreneurship Workshop #1: “Intellectual Property”

On April 6, 2017, WIB-Pittsburgh and Pepper Hamilton LLP came together to organize an intellectual property panel discussion and workshop at the Pepper Hamilton location in Downtown Pittsburgh. The panelists included Pepper Hamilton attorneys N. Nicole Stakleff, Aparna Nemlekar, Pierre E. Queiroz de Oliveira, and Melissa A Mares, who covered the basics about intellectual property, business formation, and founder contributions for any start-up. In addition, Ketaki Desai, the Executive Director at eCenter@LindenPointe, talked about her experiences of starting her own companies and gave the attendees tips about what to do and what not to do. At the end of the session, attendees had the chance to network with the panelists while enjoying great food and drinks, allowing them to learn more about the legal aspects of starting their own companies. A great thank you to Pepper Hamilton LLP and Jennifer Kuban, their Director of Marketing, for organizing and hosting the event.

Aparna Nemlekar (standing) explains different types of companies that can be formed while Nicole Stakleff (third from left) facilitates the discussion.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion at the Carnegie Museum of Art

During this April 20, 2017, pop-up social event, WIB-Pittsburgh members and guests joined a tour of the innovative fashion exhibit, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Attendees marveled at the use of 3D printing and creative polymers that fashion designer Iris van Herpen uses to engineer striking futuristic clothing designs. Her work is inspired by neuroscience and microbes, science fiction, and the environment. This exhibit is appropriate for the city of Pittsburgh. We are a city of creative makers and fabricators, a growing center of technology and robotics, and a supportive place for artists. A combination of Pittsburgh’s growing tech sector and its industrial past uniquely positions the city to appreciate van Herpen’s designs. She pushes the limits of traditional materials and leans on new materials when that is not enough. She employs new techniques to wring seemingly impossible forms out of traditional fabrics and common objects. Women in STEM fields can learn from van Herpen’s innovative mindset to push beyond known limits and think far outside the box.

WIB-Pittsburgh members pose in front of Iris van Herpen's Refinery Smoke dress, made from untreated woven metal gauze and cow leather. In the background are fashion collections from van Herpen's early career, including Synesthesia, Mummification, and Radiation Invasion.



Tonight! - WIB-RTP Presents: "How to Make the Most of the New Version of LinkedIn"

Heidi Scott Giusto
With nearly 500 million members, LinkedIn is the online network for business professionals looking for jobs, scouting new talent, and searching for business development opportunities. However, individuals are underutilizing LinkedIn in numerous regards and many are still reeling from the platform's recent changes. In tonight’s 2017, workshop, Heidi Scott Giusto will discuss key tips for using the new version of LinkedIn to maximize its value for professional development, networking, and job searching. Learn more.

Women In Bio - RTP Presents “How to Ace Your Informational Interview for Career Success” Event

On March 14, 2017, as part of Women’s History Month, the Women In Bio-RTP chapter held an engaging workshop on “How to Ace Your Informational Interview for Career Success.” The workshop was lead by career coach Tracy Jenkins, Ph.D., ACC. With an extensive background in academics and coaching, Tracy has served in various roles as an advisor, professional mentor, professor, and academic coach. All of the skills required for these roles were definitely seen by the attendees. Dr. Jenkins provided steps on how to explore the types of work that interest you, decide whom to interview, how to request an informational interview, how to prepare, and what to do after that interview. There were also insightful questions and real world scenarios given by different members and attendees, describing their experiences with informational interviewing. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Jenkins wanted the attendees to realize that "Informational interviewing, when used deliberatively and strategically, provides the means to explore roles of interest that can lead to a job offer."

(Clockwise from top) Chapter Chair Aga Truax begins the evening with chapter announcements; Tracy Jenkins provides valuable tips for information interviewing; workshop participants during the lively Q&A session.

San Francisco Bay Area


Tonight! - "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 tonight 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.

"Breakthrough Discoveries in Aging Research"

Can scientists slow down aging? On May 2, 2017, come learn about the latest discoveries and research in aging from expert academia and industry scientists. Our illustrious panel features Rochelle (Shelley) Buffenstein, Staff Scientist, Calico; Dena Dubal, Assistant Professor, UCSF; Rachel Brem, Associate Professor, Buck Institute; and Danica Chen, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley. These 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 as well as future intervention and therapeutic strategies for age-related disorders. Learn more!

"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 sanfranciscomaps@womeninbio.org 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:

Leveraging Partnerships in the Growing Immuno-Oncology Space

On March 16, 2017, women and men from industry and academia gathered at JLABS to learn from experts about the value and challenges of partnerships in immuno-oncology (I-O). Panel Moderator, Stacy Feld, Vice President of Consumer Venture Investments and External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation-JJDC, began the evening with an introduction to the growing field: I-O-focused drugs are rapidly becoming the standard of treatment for many cancers, and hundreds of I-O treatments are being evaluated in clinical trials. The opportunities for partnership are myriad, with I-O accounting for more than half of the deals involving private companies. Read the entire article.

Before and after the panel discussion, panelists and attendees gathered for informal discussions of partnerships and their own career strategies.

Moderator Stacy Feld addresses the audience while panelists (left to right) Julie Hambleton, Jane Grogan, and Sylvaine Cases look on.

Seattle Metro


"Personal Branding for Life Science Professionals"

Linda Lander 
Branding is the complex, ongoing process of establishing an image in the mind of others. Your personal brand is the sum of your talent, skill, and passion multiplied by your community and career engagement. A strong personal brand will help you become regarded as a trusted expert, and a great personal brand is a key ingredient in any successful professional career. Join WIB-Seattle on May 16, 2017, at UW-PCE in Bellevue, to learn from a branding leader in the life sciences industry how to build an impactful and influential personal brand. The keynote speaker is Linda Lander, President of Inside Out Coaching and Consultancy, and Market Access Director at Taro Pharmaceuticals. Linda brings over 20 years of experience as a cross functional marketer, negotiator, and strategist in the pharmaceutical industry. Reserve your spot today for what is sure to be an engaging and actionable workshop.

“Be Your Own Driving Force”

In honor of Women’s History Month, on March 30, 2017, WIB-Seattle hosted a talk by Sarah Schneider, creator, and CEO of The Badassery Project. Over 80 women were in attendance for this deeply thought-provoking event at the gorgeous space of the Women’s University Club. Sarah explained that, whether consciously or unconsciously, most of us live by sets of rules or mindsets that can often be harmful to our success. She shared that one such “rule” she had was “money will make you happy”; other audience members shared that they were taught to “be nice,” or “not stand out.” Sarah encouraged us to challenge these mindsets, and asked us to think about how we might live differently by not following these so-called rules. Read the entire article.

Sarah Schneider encouraged attendees to challenge mindsets that hold them back.

Over 80 women attended WIB-Seattle’s Women’s History Month event.

Southern California


"When Both Value and Novelty are Required: The Transformation of R&D in the Orphan Disease Space"


Join us on May 18, 2017,

for a presentation by Dr. deMauri Mackie, Fellow in Clinical Research Methodology, and Michael F. Murphy, M.D., Ph.D., with Worldwide Clinical Trials. During the presentation our speakers will discuss historical precedents for how orphan disease research is conducted, who the key stakeholders can be in the process, and the need to consider multiple perspectives (patient, family, pharma/biotech company, and payer). They also will discuss how to adjudicate

Michael F. Murphy  

conflicting interests when both value and novelty must be demonstrated, and how to “step outside the box” while remaining pragmatic in the design of clinical trials and post-approval research activities. Learn more about our speakers.

Washington DC/Baltimore


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.

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

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