News Archive 2011

Seattle Women Motivate during WIB/TEDxWomen Event

On December 11, 2011, members of WIB Seattle Metro hosted a TEDxSouthLakeUnionWomen event in collaboration with TEDxWomen, an all-day event that was streamed live from New York and Los Angeles to local gatherings in cities all over the world. Devoted to presenting Ideas Worth Spreading, the event broadcast a dazzling roster of more than 35 speakers. The presentations sparked spirited conversations and renewed passion and commitments to making further inroads for women. Videos of the provocative and inspiring speakers are accessible here:

WIB Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter Celebrates the Holidays in Style

More than 200 guests gathered at the Glenview Mansion in Rockville, MD on December 6, 2011 to celebrate the holiday season and the official Women In Bio Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter kickoff. The manor was exquisitely adorned with holiday décor, and was the perfect setting for networking in the holiday spirit.

Letter From The President

Happy New Year, Women In Bio! As we enter our 10th year of being one of the leading organizations for women in the life sciences industry, I am honored to serve as the WIB President for such an amazing and diverse group of members and supporters. As outgoing President Deb Bowes expressed in her closing statement of support for our ongoing efforts, “There is still much work for us to do to keep this rapid growth moving forward.”

WIB has gained so much momentum and visibility over the last two years with the expansion of our chapters both nationally and internationally and nearly tripling our membership. This phenomenal growth has been a result of dedicated committee leaders and volunteers as well as the generous, interactive sponsors of this rapidly growing organization.

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WIB San Francisco Chapter at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

Women in Bio San Francisco enjoyed some excellent exposure, promotion and attention at the Biotech Showcase. San Francisco Chapter Members tirelessly evangelized the WIB Mission and promoted the San Francisco Chapter's upcoming launch event to conference participants and guests at several evening receptions including Burrill and Fenwick and West. It was an eventful fun week that generated momentum, mailing lists, and an offer to exhibit at an upcoming Bay Area Conference! Way to go WIB! Thank you in particular to Chris Eckhaus for her tireless work in organizing the table at Biotech showcase and to all San Francisco Chapter Members, Burrill, Fenwick & West, Biotech Showcase, and National WIB for your support and assistance in making this event so successful for WIB San Francisco.

Biogen Idec Hosts WIB Greater Boston Young Women In Bio Event to Spark Middle School Girls' Interest in Science

Biogen Idec graciously opened its doors to 25 curious middle school girls from across Massachusetts December 1, 2011 as it hosted Greater Boston’s first Young Women In Bio (YWIB) event. This event was an educational, fun program designed to provide the students with first-hand knowledge of the biotechnology and life sciences industry. The girls listened to an overview of the company, biotechnology, and the field’s range of career path, took an on-site tour, engaged in a hands-on lab experiment (involving M&Ms!), visited the purification lab to share information about the crucial assays used in biotechnology and saw first-hand what a 'day in the life’ of a Biogen employee.

Women In Bio India Holds Inaugural Event

WIB India held its inaugural event on November 30, 2011, at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai. It was a huge success with over 60 senior women attending the event. The audience was informed of the objectives and future plans of WIB India. Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley formally launched the chapter with a diya lighting accompanied by his greetings and a speech. Dr. Judy Britz, Executive Director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center, also spoke to the crowd. The amazing event ended with a wonderful high tea and networking session.

YWIB at QIAGEN, Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter

On November 10, 2011 YWIB held a Fall event for middle school girls in Montgomery County and the Greater Washington area. QIAGEN graciously hosted the event at their Germantown, MD corporate office. Around 35 energetic middle school girls attended. QIAGEN scientists enthusiastically talked about their work, took the girls on a tour of the facility, talked about the "world of microbes" and provided the students with an opportunity to participate in a few " hands on experiments". The event was wrapped up with a pizza dinner and gift give aways generously donated by QIAGEN. Ridgeview Middle School the "pilot" YWIB middle school club was one of the schools who attended the event with their teacher sponsor Ms. Ellen Polster. The event provided an exciting opportunity for young women with an interest in learning more about science to broaden their horizons.

Dr. Marlene Haffner Shares Her Knowledge with Multiple WIB Chapters

On Nov. 1, WIB members and friends gathered at the the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland and other sites in chapter locales to see and hear Dr. Marlene Haffner, former director of the Office of Orphan Products Development at the FDA. Dr. Haffner discussed the current trends in Orphan Drug development and the increase in approval of Orphan Drugs through the FDA. She also discussed how to get orphan drug classification as well as the financial benefits of receiving orphan drug status, including tax credits and grant support. During the event, Dr. Haffner encouraged companies to take advantage of the Office of Orphan Products Assistance, which can assist and advise companies on the drug review process and will work with companies and the FDA review board in the review of a new drug application.

WIB-Chicago's Impressive Educational Series

On September 22, 2011, WIB-Chicago hosted its third Educational Series event with a networking reception and panel discussion focused on building intellectual property assets. The panel led the audience through an informative and interactive discussion about factors to consider when building intellectual property assets both for established pharmaceutical and start-up companies. Panelists discussed factors relevant to potential investors and partners, overall strategies for cost effectively optimizing the value of a company’s patent portfolio. There were 37 in attendance, including several men!

More than 200 Gather for Women In Bio-Seattle Metro Kick Off

We are very proud and thrilled with the 200+ person turnout for the WIB-Seattle Metro chapter's opening event, which was held on September 15, 2011.'s Luke Timmerman posted articles of this exciting event. Click here and here to view the articles. To view pictures and read a recap of the event, click here.

WIB-Chicago Women Gather to Hear "Lessons Learned"

WIB-Chicago continued its 2011 Educational Series with a dynamic event on women and entrepreneurship on July 14th. Amy Millman, President of Springboard Enterprises, shared lessons learned through coaching women-led companies to present themselves and their companies to investors.  She conducted an engaging and highly-interactive discussion. There were 46 attendees, including entrepreneurs, corporate and academic women, women from the investment community, lawyers and students.  Robbie Melton, co-founder of Women In Bio, travelled from Washington, DC to participate.  During the discussion, many in the audience shared their pitches, stories and advice. The event was the second in a series of sessions planned by WIB-Chicago to educate participants on topics such as intellectual property, entrepreneurship and other business issues important to life science executives. 

Kick-Off Reception at Clyde’s of Gallery Place

WIB kicked off the BIO 2011 International Convention on Monday, June 27th with a networking reception at Clyde's of Gallery Place in Washington, DC. The reception provided a great opportunity for current and potential Women In Bio members to enjoy an evening of professional networking and socializing in an informal and welcoming atmosphere.  Click here for a full recap.

Pioneering WIB Panel Moderated by Gov. Martin O’Malley

On June 28th WIB President, Debra Bowes and WIB Communications Committee Vice Chair, Maura Kahn, served as distinguished panel members in a special forum focusing on pioneering women in the biotechnology industry moderated by Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley. During the session, panel members shared their thoughts on how Maryland has supported the biotech industry and the need to encourage the next generation of female scientists. To learn more about this informative discussion, click here.

Women In Bio and ABFO Provide Evening of Networking at Human Genome Sciences

Human Genome Sciences (HGS) graciously hosted WIB and ABFO members at its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, on June 22. WIB leaders had the opportunity to interact with senior finance  executives from HGS, MedImmune, Macrogenics, Nobel Sciences and other local biotechnology companies from Montgomery County. WIB leaders shared anecdotes of recent successful events for women professionals in the life sciences and biotechnology industries, and discussed events planned for the summer and fall. The evening offered a chance for WIB and ABFO to network, learn more about each organization, and offer ways to support each other.

WIB National Chapter Race for the Cure

I thought June 4th was a beautiful day for a walk and so did 40,000 other Race for the Cure supporters.  The WIB team showed up in full force sporting pink WIB hats with our team sponsor, NIHCU, logo to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Thank you NIHCU for providing our hats!  As we proudly displayed the WIB banner, our presence was acknowledged when the race began and again when we crossed the finish line! A large part of the WIB team broke from the group to run the race, while the rest of the team enjoyed a brisk walk.  It is such a wonderful experience to talk and walk with your teammates and to join the fight against breast cancer.  A special thanks to Dave for videoing the entire walk! After the walk, the team ventured over to the Hirshhorn Museum to rejuvenate ourselves with coffee and sandwiches.  It was a great day and we raised $2,600 to help fight breast cancer - NICE JOB WIB TEAM! Once again, thank you NIHCU for your support!

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WIB/BIO “Women Leading the Way” Podcast for June Features Deb Bowes, President of Women In Bio

June’s “Women Leading the Way” podcast, a series co-sponsored by BIO and WIB, features WIB President Deb Bowes, President & Founder of Chevy Chase BioPartners. During this interview, Deb discusses the plans for the upcoming BIO International Convention, the critical role of women’s leadership in biotechnology, and why she is personally committed to Women In Bio and its mission. To listen to Deb Bowes’ podcast, click here.

Biogen Idec Hosts Second YWIB Event for Young Women

On May 26, 2011, Biogen Idec graciously hosted the second Young Women In Bio (YWIB) event in Research Triangle Park (RTP).  In conjunction with WIB-RTP, Biogen Idec sponsored and planned an educational and fun-filled program designed to provide the students with first-hand knowledge of the biotechnology and life sciences industry. Sabra Stipe, Dr. Ayoola Cole and Lisa Richman, who conducted tours of the facility later in the evening, opened the event with a warm welcome and introductions. The three women, all WIB members, supported the Biogen Idec team as the girls learned how science impacts our daily lives. After the introductory remarks, the girls were divided into two groups.  While one group toured Biogen Idec's manufacturing facility, the other rolled up their sleeves and conducted hands-on experiments to demonstrate concepts related to product purification.  The groups then traded places, allowing the girls to participate in both activities. Finally, Biogen Idec female scientists took small groups back to their individual work areas for a shadowing activity, during which the scientists explained their roles, shared how they became interested in science, demonstrated a variety of lab equipment, and answered challenging questions from the inquisitive young ladies. Following the program, the girls and some of the parents enjoyed time discussing the events of the evening with the scientists and  WIB members.

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WIB Gains New Members at NIH 2011 Spring Festival

WIB participated in the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2011 Spring Festival on May 18 and 19. The event successfully increased awareness of WIB within the NIH community. WIB’s impressive display, including flyers for upcoming events, information on member benefits, vouchers for a complimentary Happy Hour drink at the Redwood Bar and Grill, and our enthusiastic volunteers drew large numbers of potential new members. Volunteers engaged booth visitors in discussions about upcoming WIB events, the benefits of mentoring, networking, and joining WIB committees as well as the attractive membership rate of $50 for post doctorates and students, as well as the $25 discount off membership in WIB for those who open a NIHFCU account. Visitors and volunteers expressed interest in forming new chapters in various states and countries! WIB’s presence was in full bloom at the NIH 2011 Spring Festival!

Social Media for Life Scientists is Theme of Lively WIB Panel Discussion

On Wednesday, May 11, WIB presented a lively panel discussion about maximizing your life sciences social media networking, hosted by Wilmer Hale in DC.  Panelists identified ways to leverage social media to prepare for conferences, like BIO, and how to successfully create an online "brand" for yourself or your organization. The presentation provided life sciences industry-specific uses of social media and links.  Presenters shared examples of effective professional online engagement for business development and for furthering scientific research.

WIB-Chicago Kicks Off Educational Series with Investment Panel Discussion

On April 11, 2011, WIB-Chicago and PROPEL co-hosted a networking reception and informative panel discussion focused on Finding the Right Investor at the Right Time. The event was the first in a series of sessions planned by WIB-Chicago to educate participants on topics such as intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and other business issues important to life science executives. Barbara Goodman of PROPEL, which is a joint partnership of iBIO and the iBIO Institute, served as moderator for a panel of experienced women from the local investment community. Caralynn Nowinski Chenoweth of Sikich Investment Banking, Kathryn Burrer Hyer of IllinoisVENTURES, and Nina Nashif of Sandbox Industries made up the esteemed panel. During the discussion, these prominent women shared their insights on selecting an investor that fits the company’s development stage, how and when to engage investors, and recent market dynamics.

No Shrinking Violets at WIB's Networking Event of the Year!

On Tuesday, March 29, 2011, WIB celebrated in style during the 2011 Annual Dinner, its premier networking event. Nearly 300 members, honored guests, and industry peers braved the brisk March weather to gather at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to celebrate and honor "Advancing Women in the Life Sciences." The evening's festivities included an inspiring presentation by keynote speaker, Dr. Maxine Gowen, President & CEO of Trevena, Inc., commentary by WIB members, and recognition of the vibrant women entrepreneurs in biotechnology and the life sciences industry. Of course, no celebration would be complete without fabulous food, cocktails and serious networking! If you weren't able to join us for this exciting celebration or just want to recap a wonderful evening, click here for the full recap.

WIB's Second "Discussion with the Expert" Luncheon Highlighted Importance of Drug Coverage and Reimbursement Strategies

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, Arnold & Porter LLP hosted the "Coverage and Reimbursement for Your Drug or Technology" luncheon, the second session in WIB's "Discussion with the Expert" series. During this informative session, expert panel members discussed the importance of considering reimbursement, even during early-stage development. The session panel featured experts in the biotechnology, government, and investment arenas. The panel discussion was webcast and attracted members from WIB-RTP, WIB-Chicago, and WIB-San Francisco Chapters. Click here for a full summary of this informative session.

YWIB / J. Craig Venter Institute Leadership Event Draws Curious Crowd

On February 17, middle school girls from across the Greater Washington Area gathered at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) for an evening of career exploration. This event is one of a series of events designed to expose middle school students to career opportunities in science and biotechnology. The young women participated in a full evening of activities including a panel discussion with leading women scientists, a tour of the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at JCVI, and a hands-on lab activity in which students extracted their own DNA and created DNA necklaces. Click here for a full summary.

WIB's Winter Webinar Series

Women In Bio concluded its winter webinar two-part series on business development. The first session focused on Licensing 101 and the second session focused on Negotiations 101. Click here to view highlights of both webinars.

WIB-Chicago iBIO Luncheon, February 15, 2011

WIB-Chicago successfully launched its 2011 event season on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 by hosting a luncheon on the opening day of iBIO's Industry Expo, the Midwest’s premier life sciences event. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc. graciously sponsored the event, which attracted 50 life sciences professionals from as far away as Michigan. Industry executives, investors, service providers, scientists, and students were among the diverse group of attendees. Event participants enjoyed networking and learning about future WIB-Chicago events, including the panel discussion "Finding the Right Investor at the Right Time: Practical Advice from the Investor Viewpoint," which is scheduled for April 11, 2011. The Chicago chapter is thrilled with the success of its first event in 2011.



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