News Archive 2010

Reflecting on a Remarkable 2010

President Emeritus Lynn Johnson Langer recently passed the presidential baton and reflected on an incredible year of growth and numerous achievements for WIB. In Lynn's letter, she acknowledged WIB members, committee chairs, and the countless volunteers who contributed to the phenomenal success of WIB in 2010. Lynn shared highlights of the year and recapped several milestones that were met including increased membership, the launch of two new WIB chapters, and the award of our first grant to name just a few! She also encouraged us to remember the women who have been mentors in our careers and to consider how we can share those experiences to support others. To read Lynn's letter, click here.

WIB and BIO Co-Sponsor the Women Leading the Way Podcast Series.

Together with BIO, WIB has launched a podcast series to capture the perspective on biotech of female entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The third podcast in the series features Dr. Lynn Johnson Langer, the current President of Women in Bio, and Debra Bowes, President-Elect of Women in Bio, share their thoughts on the organization’s greatest contributions to the industry, goals for the next 3-5 years, and inspiring women to succeed in the life sciences. Click here to listen to the podcast.

WIB National Holiday Party

More than 70 WIB members and supporters celebrated the season December 15th at Imagination Stage. This networking event was filled with good food, drinks, company and holiday spirit. Click here for a full summary of the event.

Winter WIB-RTP Chapter Hosts First Holiday Party

RTP celebrated the season on December 7th at the beautiful Chatham Hill Winery where guests sampled local wines and ate delicious food in the candlelit tasting room and art gallery. For a full summary of the event, click here.

Biogen Hosts Successful RTP-YWIB Event

On December 2, 2010, Biogen Idec and Young Women In Bio (YWIB) hosted the first Research Triangle Park (RTP)-YWIB event at Biogen Idec’s headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. During this activity-packed evening, a group of 30 curious middle school girls toured the Biogen Idec facility, participated in hands-on experiments, and had their questions answered by female scientists. For a full summary of the event, click here.

Winter Weather No Match for WIB-Chicago Chapter Kick-Off Event

WIB-Chicago members and friends gathered to celebrate the launch of Chicago's chapter in a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Ghostbar on November 4th. More than 60 attendees joined in the festivities to network and listen to guest speaker, Dr. Neena Schwartz, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University and author of "A Lab Of My Own." Click here for the full event summary. 

"Bioscience's XX Factor"

It was a great title that (the Maryland Community Newspapers Online) used in a piece describing the influence of women in the bioscience industry. Click here to access “Bioscience’s XX Factor” and read comments by WIB leaders Phyllis Dillinger, Carol Nacy, Lynn Johnson Langer, Debra Bowes, and other influential women.

WIB Meetings Go Virtual

WIB kicked off its educational "Meet the Expert" series on November 3 featuring Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director of The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. FDA. The discussion was hosted in downtown Washington, DC and streamed live to North Carolina to the WIB-RTP Chapter. More info.

WIB's Leadership Shines at Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference.

With Women In Bio as a sponsor of the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference, WIB members participated in many ways and helped the program shine. On behalf of WIB, President Dr. Lynn Johnson Langer hosted the session, “Building a Culture of Innovation and Commercialization,” on Thursday, October 28, at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, and also served among the prestigious panelists for this information-packed discussion. Throughout the 3-day conference, WIB members were seen networking, volunteering, making great contacts, and sharing the benefits of WIB with prospective members.

WIB and BIO Co-Sponsor the Women Leading the Way Podcast Series.

Together with BIO, WIB has launched a podcast series to capture the perspective on biotech of female entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The second podcast in the series features WIB board member Ms. Phyllis Dillinger, CFO and Executive Vice President of KPL, Inc. Ms. Dillinger discusses the industry's greatest achievements and her own personal achievements as well as the industry’s challenges during hard economic times. Click here to listen to the podcast with Ms. Dillinger.

YWIB at Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day

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Frontiers -in -scienceBio exhibited at the second Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day, on October 8, 2010, at Johns Hopkins University, in the Shady Grove Life Science Center.  WIB volunteers conducted hands-on science experiments with 600 seventh grade students from the Julius West and Montgomery Village Middle Schools. The students made “worms” and did bean-counting to understand the cost and time involved in developing a biopharmaceutical drug. They learned about exciting career opportunities in science, medicine, and research.  

WIB All Committees and Board Retreat Urges Thinking Nationally

The September 19, 2010, WIB All Committees and Board Retreat, at the Belmont Conference Center near BWI Airport provided an opportunity for committee chairs, vice chairs, and board members to refine the goals, strategy, program, and direction for WIB programs for 2011. Read more »

Chemistry and Cosmetics: Young Baltimore Student Inspires Contest

Baltimore middle-school student and YWIB participant Shira Rubin is the inspiration behind a new annual Young Women in Bio/Procter & Gamble contest.
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Meet CoverGirl's Youngest Chemist - YWIB Participant Shira Rubin!

Shira Rubin, a participant in the Young Women In Bio (YWIB) program at Procter & Gamble this Spring, received a complimentary CoverGirl(R) makeover and was featured by TeenVogue Beauty Blogger Eva Chen in a recent interview. The visit to P&G inspired Shira to pursue a career in chemistry. Read more about her story and how this WIB program offers views into scientific careers to middle school girls.

Robbie Melton Scholarship Fund

Women in Bio has launched a scholarship fund to support the educational development of women working and pursuing careers in the life sciences industry. Known as the Robbie Melton Scholarship Fund, in honor of WIB's co-founder, two $1,000 scholarships will be offered this year: one for a woman already in the industry and one for a student in a life science field. Application information is available. View full press release »

Women In Bio Interviewed at BIO 2010

Click here to view the videos.

Interview with WIB Member, Kris Appel

Read an interview with WIB member Kris Appel, the opening speaker at the 2010 WIB Annual Dinner. Kris is founder and CEO of Encore Path, Inc.

Women In Bio 2009 Holiday Reception
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On December 8, Women in Bio members and friends gathered to celebrate the warmth and spirit of the season at our annual Holiday Reception. This year's sold out event, held at the Grapeseed Bistro, featured good food, libation, and merriment. This was a tremendously successful event for our organization and a wonderful way to end the past year.

Thank you to our sponsor Denise Adah of Ameriprise for helping make this event possible!


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