WIB-Greater Boston

Name:  Michelle Linn
WIB Position:  Chapter Chair
Company: Agenus
Title: Principal
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Michelle has 20+ years of communications experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries and currently leads Linnden Communications, a boutique communications firm focused on the sector. Prior experience includes Ogilvy PR/Feinstein Kean and managing corporate communications for EcoScience Corporation.


Name:  Amy Speak
WIB Position:  Chapter Vice Chair
Company: Speak Life Science, LLC
Title: Principal Communicator
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With more than 20 years of experience in the life science industry, Amy is an independent communications consultant serving clients in biopharma, diagnostics and related technologies. She works with companies from startups to household names to strategically and effectively craft and deliver messages to key stakeholders and audiences. 

Name:  Francesca Nolan
WIB Position:  Communications Chair
Company: Sarepta Therapeutics
Title: Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
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Fran has an over 15-year career in life sciences communications, including corporate communications, investor relations and public relations.  She has worked both in-house and in an agency setting.


Name:  Rebecca Woelfle
WIB Position:  Communications Vice Chair
Company: Agenus, Inc.
Title: Communications Associate
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Rebecca currently works at Agenus, Inc., an immuno-oncology-focused company, as a Communications Associate. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto where she published two first-author articles, and obtained a Master of Science degree from a neuroendocrinology lab in the Cell and Systems Biology department. Rebecca also holds an honours B.Sc. in Biology from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. 

Name:  Nil Vanli
WIB Position:  Program Chair
Company: Transparency Life Sciences
Title: Business Development Associate
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Nil is currently a PhD Candidate in Biochemistry at Tufts University, focused on oncology research. Additionally, she serves Transparency Life Sciences, a startup biotech focused on innovative drug development, as a part-time Business Development Associate. 

Name:  Jessica Bosc
WIB Position:  Program Vice Chair
Company: Cytovance Biologics
Title: Business Development Director, Northeast
Name:  Carina Clingman
WIB Position:  Funding Chair
Company: SciBio Recruiting
Title: Head of RPO Operations
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Carina runs a boutique recruiting firm that identifies and engages scientific talent for biotech/pharma clients. She holds a PhD in biomedical sciences from Umass Medical school and she plans to revolutionize scientific recruiting.

Name:  Suzanne Grillo
WIB Position:  Young Women In Bio Chair
Company: Boston Children's Hospital
Title: Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations
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Suzanne is Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations for Boston Children’s Hospital, where she is responsible for securing philanthropic support from corporations and corporate foundations. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Suzanne was the Director of Programs and Development for the Institute for Pediatric Innovation, Cambridge, Mass.  She has extensive experience in marketing, communications, advocacy and philanthropy. As Director of Corporate and Community Relations for the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, Suzanne oversaw the organization’s fundraising, communications, program development and event management functions.

Name:  Laura Warwick
WIB Position:  Membership Co-Chair
Company: PRA Health Sciences
Title: Business Development
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Laura currently works in business development for PRA Health Sciences supporting the clinical research needs of pharmaceutical and biotech companies.  Laura has over 15 years’ experience in both research and sales roles, with prior experience at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Myriad Genetics, and Covance.

Name:  Alisha Sternenberger
WIB Position:  Membership Co-Chair
Company: Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation
Title: Director, Founder
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Alisha currently serves as a Director for a rare cancer non-profit she founded in 2009, the Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation, partnering with biotech / pharma and research institutions to identify a cure and treatment options.  In addition, Alisha currently serves as Marketing Director for a Boston-based publishing company.  Alisha holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communication from the University of Colorado – Boulder, her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College, and is actively pursuing a certificate in Clinical Research from Boston College.

Name:  Melissa Gebhardt
WIB Position:  Membership Vice Chair
Company: Cure Forward Corp
Title: Vice President, Business Development
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Melissa has over 20 years of experience in both the commercial and clinical development sides of the pharmaceutical and medical device markets.  She currently leads the Business Development team at Cure Forward, an online patient activation platform for cancer patients where they can use science to get connected to clinical trials.  She works with biotech and pharmaceutical clinical trial sponsors and CROs across the United States to post their trials on the platform.  Her experience includes business development in medical imaging, patient recruitment as well as sales and marketing of medical devices.

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