News Archive 2015

WIB-Philadelphia is in the Works

Women In Bio is excited to announce that we are planning the establishment of a WIB-Philadelphia chapter, which will increase our footprint to 13 chapter locations. Over the remaining months of 2015 work will proceed for getting this chapter up and running, with WIB-Philadelphia’s launch slated for early 2016. If you are interested in volunteering to help, learning more about WIB-Philadelphia’s formation, and future WIB-Philadelphia events, please create a free account. We will publish updates on WIB-Philadelphia’s progress as they occur. We are excited about the creation of another sister WIB chapter, and look forward to working with Philadelphia chapter members as they create another WIB success!

Women In Bio Joins #GivingTuesday


Women In Bio has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Take action now to support Women In Bio - an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. Occurring this year on December 1, 2015, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It kicks-off the holiday-giving season, inspiring people to collaborate in improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways to charities and causes they support. Read the full announcement.








WIB Accepting Applications for Founders Professional Scholarship

WIB is accepting applications for the Women In Bio Founders Scholarship! The scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging and supporting education on the business aspects of life science. The scholarship honors WIB co-founders, Robbie Melton, Anne Mathias, Cynthia Wong, and Elizabeth Grey, who all wanted to provide a forum for women to come together to celebrate and support each other's success, and in so doing created a dynamic and invaluable forum for the local community. We encourage companies to sponsor a full scholarship, and also invite individuals to donate any amount and can do so in honor or in memory of someone special to you. Learn more.

Include WIB Membership on Your Back-To-School Shopping List

If you've considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time to do so than now! From September 1, 2015, through October 15, 2015, WIB will offer a Back to School special of 25% off normal membership rates. This discounted rate applies to single-year memberships as well as the already discounted multi-year memberships. With a WIB membership, you’ll receive discounted fees to attend WIB programming and many other WIB membership benefits. This is a limited-time offer for new members, so don’t miss this opportunity! To become a WIB member, join us with promo code BTS201525%.

Women In Bio Webinar: “Best Practices for Sharing IP Rights in the Life Sciences”

Join us on September 2, 2015, as a distinguished panel of professional women discusses best practices and potential pitfalls associated with sharing intellectual property (IP) rights. An IP strategy is crucial for a company driven by technological innovation. Our expert panel of Julie Watson, Kate Murashige, and Dawn Matthews will share their thoughts on how to effectively share IP, analyze potential collaborations, avoid pitfalls, and maximize an invention’s ROI. This is a great opportunity to gain legal perspective and wisdom from industry leaders.

WIB Executive Roundtable at BIO 2015 Discusses Strategies for Advancement of Women in the Life Sciences

When women’s groups gather at a large conference, such as the BIO International Convention, the talk often drifts to the lack of women at the executive management and board level. Many folks who hear this statement often wonder, “Why is this even an issue? I know a female CEO.” Some may speculate that perhaps there aren’t enough women who want to be in those positions. Yet speculations and vague anecdotal recollections do not tell the whole story. At the June 15, 2015, Executive Roundtable event hosted by Women In Bio, moderated by Susan Windham-Bannister, former head of the Massachusetts Life Science Center, the conversation started with the facts. Read more.

The WIB Executive Roundtable event at BIO 2015

BIO 2015: WIB + Philadelphia = Success!

Women In Bio participated in the 2015 BIO International Convention and once again we reunited with friends, met new connections, and created lasting partnerships and strategic alliances. Read the full report of our event here.

Join Us in Philadelphia at BIO 2015!

This year WIB has a stellar line-up of events

  • Monday, June 15: Women In Bio’s First Executive Roundtable, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 16: Meet-Up session, "Women In Bio—Tri-State Area Professionals & Executives in Life Sciences Meetup" from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Booth #149. While this informal gathering is open to all BIO attendees, it should be particularly valuable for attendees based in the Philadelphia Tri-State area, providing a low-key setting for attendees to meet industry peers and discuss professional interests, and discuss a potential chapter in Philadelphia. Interested in attending? RSVP here.
  • Wednesday, June 17: Meet-Up session, "Speed Networking Session for Existing and Prospective WIB Members," from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Booth #149. Current and prospective WIB members will have the opportunity to speed network with industry peers and discuss professional interests. This Meet-Up is open to all BIO attendees. RSVP here.
  • Thursday, June 18: WIB Panel titled, “Women Moving Forward and Up: Boldly Taking That Next Step,” from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the BPI Theatre on the exhibit floor. We will discuss how to take the next step of your career, how sometimes it requires getting out of the comfort zone, and that the next step may not be as scary as it seems.

Women In Bio will be at booth #949, so be sure to stop by, say hello, and learn more about our rapidly growing organization!

BIO Convention Discount for WIB Members!

The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world is coming to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, June 15-18, 2015, offering super-charged ideas and opportunities that go far beyond professional development - sessions covering hottest science and cutting-edge topics, daily networking events, 1,700+ exhibitors, and BIO One-on-One Partnering (TM) meetings with thousands of companies. Join the global biotech community in Philadelphia and see how the everyday becomes extraordinary at BIO 2015. Register now at members receive $100 off the Education & Exhibition Access pass for BIO 2015 by using discount code SU2015X.

ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner to Give Keynote Address at BIO 2015

The Women In Bio Annual Celebration 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. Our 2015 Annual Celebration will be on June 15, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and we are excited to feature keynote speaker Dr. ShaAvhrée Buckman-Garner M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, Director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Translational Sciences! Look for more details on our Annual Celebration and Meetups to come soon. Sponsorship opportunities are also available - Visit our site or contact for more information.


WIB Making Plans for BIO 2015 in Philadelphia!

We will certainly be busy preparing various activities at this year’s Convention in Philadelphia on June 15-18, 2015. We will kick off the week with our Annual Celebration on June 15, 2015, an event that attracts hundreds of professionals in the bioscience industry. Next, to help facilitate deeper networking among attendees, we will host Meet-Ups on the Convention exhibit floor. And finally, be sure to attend the WIB panel session. WIB will also have a booth this year staffed with volunteers from our 12 chapters, so be sure to stop by and introduce yourself. Looking to support WIB and get exceptional exposure? Then consider sponsoring the WIB Annual Celebration. Sponsorships start at $2,000. Email for more information.


“Finding Balance When Landing a Leadership Role,” by 2014 Robbie Melton Scholarship Winner, Kelly Picchione

Thanks to WIB I recently had the opportunity to attend a leadership conference offered by SkillPath Seminars on “Excelling as a Highly Effective Team Leader.” We discussed a wide range of topics including what makes a successful team leader, keys to communication, dealing with conflict, and many others. I would like to share a few of my “Aha” moments at this conference with you.


WIB Offers a Women's History Month Membership Discount!

If you've considered joining Women In Bio, there is no better time to do so than now!

In honor of Women’s History Month, throughout March, WIB will offer 20% off of our normal membership rates. Take advantage of this discount and join us for only $76 (1-year general membership) or $40 (student/post-doc membership). There are also discounted multi-year membership options and discounted organizational membership options available.  This is a limited-time offer for new members; take advantage of it today!

To become a WIB member, use this promo code when you join: WHM201520%


March is Women's History Month!

Women In Bio is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month next month by hosting its second annual National WIB Conference. To honor and recognize the contributions that generations of women have made to events in history and to society, WIB's chapters will hold events in cities across North America. These events will include keynote addresses and panel discussions from women leaders in the life sciences. Learn more about our Women’s History Month events.



MAPs Seeks Volunteers for its 1:1 Mentoring Program!

Along with our current MAPs (Mentors, Advisors, and Peers) groups, we are excited to announce that we are creating a 1:1 Mentoring Program. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in being a part of this new program. Please contact Lisa Mueller at if you are interested.



WIB Now Offers 2 and 3 Year Memberships

WIB has expanded its membership categories to include 2 and 3 year membership options. These new membership options provide significant savings over the one year membership. Access WIB’s membership page to see all of our membership options.



WIB is Expanding to Austin, Texas

WIB is excited to announce the formation of the WIB-Austin Area chapter. A launch event will be held soon so stay tuned for more details!



WIB Is Proud To Award Our 2014 Robbie Melton Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 Robbie Melton Scholarship Winners:



Special thanks to the WIB Board of Directors and WIB-Washington DC/Baltimore for sponsoring the three scholarships. Winners will be presented with their checks at their respective chapter holiday parties or chapter events.



The scholarship was established to advance the educational development of women in the life sciences industry by encouraging andsupporting education on the business aspects of life science. We thank everyone that applied for the scholarships and congratulations to the winners.




 Jamie Strachota Promoted to Executive Director

Jamie Strachota has been promoted to the position of Executive Director. “I have been a part of WIB for nearly 8 years, first as a member and then as the Executive Manager and on the Board of Directors,” said Strachota. “I truly believe and am inspired by the mission of the organization and look forward to serving in the Executive Director capacity.” To read the full announcement, click here.




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