Women In Bio E-Newsletter 

Inviting. Supporting. Succeeding. 
May 25, 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!


WIB Thanks Its BIO 2017 Sponsors!

Women In Bio’s Plenary Event and other events during BIO 2017 would not be possible without our generous BIO 2017 sponsors, who with their support demonstrate their commitment to Women In Bio’s mission of promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship for women in life sciences. We give a heartfelt thanks to BDO United States; Cytovance Biologics; EY; Fish & Richardson; Latham Biopharm Group; MaxCyte; Stephanie Seidman, Ph.D., J.D.; and ThermoFisher Scientific. We look forward to working with you all as WIB continues to grow!

Interested in Being a BIO 2017 Sponsor?

Women In Bio invites companies to support us at BIO 2017. Numerous WIB events have been lined up for BIO 2017 – each giving quality exposure to our sponsoring companies. These events include:

  • Our Pitch Perfect Plenary Event, featuring a discussion of the investment landscape, and highlighting early stage companies as they present their company information to an elite panel of investors for industry feedback.
  • An Executive Luncheon focused on being a Change Agent.
  • A Networking MeetUp on the exhibit floor.
  • A panel session at the BPI Theatre focused on the paths panelists have taken to board positions.
  • A Women In Bio booth on the BIO exhibit floor.

As a sponsor, your company would have exposure at each of these events. Make an impact, build your brand, support our mission, and network with the 16,000 biotech professionals expected to attend BIO 2017.

WIB sponsorship benefits can include speaking opportunities at our events, sponsor recognition on the Women In Bio website, onsite signage and marketing materials, complimentary passes to WIB events, complimentary annual memberships, and more.

With BIO fast approaching, please contact us at info@womeninbio.org to determine which sponsorship level best caters to your company’s goals.

BIO and BioSpace to Host BIO Talent Connect at BIO 2017

BIO and BioSpace are proud to announce BIO Talent Connect, a career-focused networking event, alongside the BIO International Convention in San Diego on June 22, 2017. BIO Talent Connect takes event recruitment to a new level. Nothing like a traditional career fair, Talent Connect is refreshingly modern, engaging and results-oriented. What makes Talent Connect different?

  • Roundtables instead of booths = no barriers to great conversations
  • Branding opportunities = positive company perception
  • Networking atmosphere = draw passive + active candidates
  • BIO + BioSpace members = highest quality audience

Company roundtables, branding opportunities, and resume database access are available now at a limited quantity. Contact us to learn more.


“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.

Dawn Hocevar

Theresa Matkovits

Jennifer Carver 

Susan Dexter


Carol Gallagher

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 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. The Pitch Challenge will be moderated by Simone Fishburn, BioCentury Innovations, and our prestigious panel of judges includes:

 Simone Fishburn

Nina Kjellson

 Margarita Chavez

 Kristina Burow

 Heather Behanna

 Marianne De Backer

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:            

Learn the Principles of Clinical Study Design

Safety, efficacy, regulatory… Oh, my! What are principles of good clinical study design? How do you best execute and monitor a clinical trial? Watch this WIB-San Francisco Bay Area past event recording in our member-exclusive video library to gain insight into the essentials of clinical study eligibility criteria and study design, appropriate and efficient clinical trial monitoring practices, and regulatory requirements of clinical trials submission.


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.
Learn more about WIB SmartBrief and to sign up for this free enewsletter!


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!

Support WIB While Shopping at Amazon.com

Did you know you can support us while shopping at AmazonSmile at no cost to you? Designate Women In Bio as the recipient organization of AmazonSmile's donations here. By doing so, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to WIB. Thanks for your support!


 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            

Central Texas 


WIB-Central Texas Reboot Webinar

Women In Bio is excited to announce a re-launch of the Austin Area Chapter; expanding to Central Texas to include Austin, Houston, and Dallas. With this new effort WIB looks for a few talented and passionate women interested in helping lead the WIB-Central Texas Chapter. Join us on May 31, 2017, for this informational webinar about how YOU can help expand WIB in Central Texas and help women in the life sciences achieve the highest levels of leadership, influence, and decision-making that they desire.



Movie night with WIB-Chicago - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks started a national discussion about the importance of women’s contributions in biology and ethics surrounding biomedical research. WIB-Chicago members and friends are invited to gather and watch the movie on May 31, 2017. Following the show’s conclusion, we will discuss Henrietta’s unique case, and how many similar discoveries lead to medical breakthroughs. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with others in the local life science community and join the conversation. Admission is being charged to help offset the cost of refreshments.

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.

WIB-Chicago Invites You To Become A PITCH NINJA!

There is much more to a good business presentation than a slick PowerPoint deck. On July 19, 2017, join our speakers, Sara Myers and Mike Moyer, as they introduce the Super-Awesome Presentation Zone Program, which teaches how to properly “choreograph” your presentation for incredible impact. Attendees will learn a simple yet powerful framework that consists of three distinct “zones” for turning any presentation into a compelling, persuasive event. Even experienced presenters will leave with a new way of thinking about how they address an audience to make more meaningful connections. Post-seminar coaching will be available to interested WIB members and companies participating in WIB-Chicago’s Start-up Challenge!               

Sara Myers 

Mike Moyer

Diversity, Inclusion & Life Sciences Symposium - Discount for WIB-Chicago Members

The June 15, 2017, Diversity, Inclusion, & Life Sciences Symposium is an annual, collaborative symposium for health sector professionals and executives, physicians, HR professionals, clinical trial professionals, patients, entrepreneurs, patient groups, researchers, academics, and diversity & inclusion advocates to discuss diversity and inclusion in the life sciences and health sector. The symposium focuses specifically on the latest trends, challenges, opportunities, and best practices related to implementing strategies and tactics to make these industries more diverse and inclusive. Additionally, the symposium serves to increase understanding of how to better serve different patient groups. WIB-members enjoy a 10% DISCOUNT on registration using the code "PARTNER." Learn more and register.

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

Spring Speed Networking Event a Success!

On May 4, 2017, over 30 women gathered in Cooley Law Firm's offices on the 14th floor of its downtown Boston office to learn from each other, share stories, and build new relationships. In "speed dating" fashion, the women took turns meeting one-on-one for around five minutes and then switched partners. By the end of the night almost all participants had the opportunity to meet. Participant feedback on this event was overwhelming positive and our Chapter even identified its next sponsor/event host! Thanks to Cooley for the wonderful accommodations and attention!

Greater Montréal


Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop

YWIB and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University celebrated Women’s History Month with their 4th Annual Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Grade 9 girls. The GCRC volunteers introduced grade 9 students to biology through quizzes, workshops, and an interesting presentation of timeline and careers paths young students can take to achieve careers in STEM fields.

The event began with a brief history of women in the sciences displaying the dramatic difference of Marie Curie’s graduating class and what it looks like now. After a quick snack the girls split up into small groups touring the labs. Discussing proteins, DNA, and checking out cells through a microscope. The activities ended with a discussion of what the future holds for the young students. The volunteers at GCRC then kindly answered the many questions the students had over a pizza lunch.

Élèves d’aujourd’hui, scientifiques de demain

YWIB et le Centre de recherche sur le cancer Rosalind et Morris Goodman (CRCG) de l'Université McGill ont célébré le mois de l'histoire des femmes avec la 4ème édition de leur atelier intitulé «Élèves d’aujourd’hui, scientifiques de demain» destiné aux filles de 3ème secondaire. Les bénévoles du CRCG ont introduit les élèves à la biologie à travers des jeux-questionnaires, des ateliers et une présentation intéressante sur les parcours professionnels que les jeunes élèves peuvent entreprendre pour poursuivre une carrière dans le domaine des STIM.

L'événement a débuté avec un bref historique sur les femmes en sciences mettant en évidence l’impressionnante différence entre la promotion de Marie Curie et une classe de diplômés d’aujourd’hui. Après une collation rapide, les filles se sont divisées en petits groupes et ont visité les laboratoires, discutant de protéines, d’ADN et observant des cellules sous microscope. Les activités se sont terminées par une discussion sur ce que l'avenir réservait aux jeunes élèves. Les bénévoles du CRCG ont ensuite gracieusement répondu aux nombreuses questions des élèves autour d'un dîner-pizza.

GCRC volunteers introduced grade 9 students to biology via a variety of fun activities.

Metro New York


WIB-Metro New York Presents: "Female Leadership in Science"

Join us on May 30, 2017, to learn from Dr. Leslie B Vosshall and Shruti Naik, two accomplished women leaders, about what led them to science, the particular areas of research they work in, and an overview of their current work. They will also discuss the specific challenges they have faced as women in science and how they’ve overcome these challenges. Topics discussed will include: obtaining funding, career progression, mentorship, gaining visibility through publications, and their views on the outlook for women in science. Light food and beverages will be served.

   Leslie B. Vosshall 

    Shruti Naik

Philadelphia Metro



WIB-Philadelphia Metro Presents "Childhood ADHD: The Past, Present, and Innovative Future"

On June 27, 2017, come along with us on a journey to explore the evolution of treatment for childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Nicole Myer and Dr. Sari Goldman will discuss past trends, how the disease is currently treated and managed, and how scientific advances in the field of genetics will soon change the current state of treatment. Dr. Betsy Bove will lead Genomind Laboratory tours throughout the event. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. 

        Nicole Myer

     Betsy Bove

 “What can a Woman do with a Biology Degree?” YWIB Event

15 high school students from Downingtown Stem Academy attended a career panel and interactive session on May 9, 2017. As the first event provided by WIB-Philadelphia Metro’s Young Women In Bio (YWIB) committee, the event was special and showcased YWIB’s interest in expanding STEM career exposure to middle and high school students. The program began with three panelists talking about their career choices, educational experience, and their paths to where they are today. Read the entire article!


Dr. Kamala Maddali engaged the girls by discussing opportunities and areas of unmet need in cancer research.

 Priya Narahari facilitated a thought experiment with the girls to simulate what it would be like for them to work in a lab.


Sue Behrens 

Leadership Highlight: Sue Behrens - Sponsorship Chair

Sue Behrens
, WIB-Philadelphia Metro’s Sponsorship Chair, supports global engineering projects for the production of vaccine and biopharmaceutical products at Integrated Project Services, LLC (IPS). As principal of SB Executive Consulting, LLC, she focuses on providing clients with process development, regulatory, and technology transfer expertise. Sue earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Michigan and Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and travelling to visit friends and family.

WIB-Philadelphia Metro attends STEM Night at New Hope-Solebury High School

WIB-Philadelphia Metro was thrilled to be invited to a S.Y.S.T.E.M.S. program event at New Hope-Solebury High School in New Hope, PA. During the event, four highly accomplished speakers talked about their careers in science and how they got to where they are in their careers. The event was attended by middle and high school students in the New Hope-Solebury School District. The program coordinator, Dr. Michael J. Daley, invited the WIB members in attendance to speak about WIB-Philadelphia Metro and its Young Women In Bio program. The WIB guests had a great experience meeting school aged kids interested in science, their parents, and some notable professionals in the science field.



WIB-Pittsburgh’s 2nd Annual Welcome-to-Summer Potluck Picnic

Women In Bio-Pittsburgh welcomes all as we kick off summer with our 2nd annual potluck picnic at Anderson Shelter in Schenley Park on June 4, 2017. Family, friends, and non-members welcome! There will be activities and a delicious summertime barbecue. Kids can also enjoy the adjacent “Dinosaur” playground. Our WIB t-shirts will be available at this event. Main dishes and beverages will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a side dish or desert to share as well as a blanket or chairs, if families wish to sit in the grass around the pavilion. If you would like to see what others are bringing and sign-up your own dish, please visit our pot-luck page sign up. The on-line registration deadline for this event is June 1. Walk-ins will be accepted.

WIB-Pittsburgh Presents: "P.O.W.E.R. 4 - Precision Medicine"

Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally (P.O.W.E.R) is an annual celebration of the contribution local women are making to life sciences and healthcare. As our fourth annual P.O.W.E.R. event, P.O.W.E.R. 2017 showcases an emerging trend in healthcare – precision medicine, diagnosis, and clinical treatment based on the kaleidoscope of genetic, environmental and lifestyle inputs using patient-per-patient analysis.

Conditions summarized by a single word - Diabetes, Depression, Cancer – no longer fit within a “one-size-fits all” classification. On September 26, 2017, P.O.W.E.R. 2017 will take attendees right to the root of an illness and capture the individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Six successful Pittsburgh scientists and sector leaders will highlight the startling discoveries that fuel the engine of precision medicine, covering clinical perspectives as well as impact on patients, health care, and health insurance in Pittsburgh and across the globe. Learn more! 

Jennifer Xavier

Linda McAllister-Lucas 

Jessica Gibson

Rebecca Jacobson

Lisa B. Boyette 

Diane P. Holder 



“How to Make the Most of the New Version of LinkedIn”

 On April 27, 2017, Women In Bio-RTP hosted a workshop on the getting the most out of the newest version of LinkedIn, and to use this work-focused online platform to advance their career. Presenter Heidi Scott Giusto, Ph.D., of Career Path Writing Solutions, provided attendees pro-tips for using this new version of LinkedIn to maximize its value for professional development, networking, and job searching. Read more!


 Heidi Scott Giusto fields audience questions.

San Francisco Bay Area


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:



About Our Chapter

WIB-Seattle is an organization of professionals actively committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences throughout Seattle, Bellevue, Bothell and the other cities located in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. We are dedicated to providing education, mentoring, and professional development assistance to women who work in life sciences or in professions supportive of the life sciences, as well as young women and girls who are interested in science careers.

Our membership consists of professionals at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device companies, non-profits, academic institutions, and support service companies including law firms, consultants, and financial service firms. Learn more about our chapter.


Meet WIB-Seattle’s Chapter Leaders

Southern California



About Our Chapter

The Southern California life sciences community is a hotbed of innovation and scientific expertise. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and investors are gaining momentum. The WIB-Southern California Chapter is pleased to help inspire women in our industry. We welcome support and participation from men and women alike, and look forward to presentations from the most successful and influential leaders in our community.

Recent reports state that Southern California is now the second largest biotech hub in the country. This is exciting news for the women in our community! New opportunities are on the horizon and WIB-Southern California will provide professional development programs, mentorship, networking, and relationship building opportunities to women at all stages of their career. We invite you to join our journey with our chapter as we unite and pave the road to success. Learn more about our chapter.


Meet WIB-Southern California’s Chapter Leaders

Washington DC/Baltimore



About Our Chapter

Originally the national headquarters for Women In Bio, the Washington DC/Baltimore chapter has served the Maryland, DC, Northern Virginia, and greater Baltimore area since October, 2011. This area is central to what Governor Martin O’Malley called, "one of the largest bioscience clusters in the nation, perhaps in the world."

The WIB-DC/Baltimore chapter community is dedicated to creating opportunities and careers for women in the life science industry, and to encouraging women in our region to translate novel discoveries into products. Our chapter symbolizes the importance of promoting women in the biotechnology and life sciences industry throughout this area and globally. Our membership consists of professionals at leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, device and diagnostics companies, non-profits, academic institutions, and support service companies including law firms, consultants, and financial service firms. Learn more about our chapter.

Meet WIB-DC/Baltimore’s Chapter Leaders 

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