On April 17, 2019, WIB-San Francisco hosted a panel of three brilliant female entrepreneurs and two investors at Illumina’s Foster City site to talk about how companies evolve from ideas to startups. The event moderator was Tina Amirkiai, M.S. (Public Relations Manager at Illumina) and the speakers included Emma Taylor, M.D. (CEO & Co-founder at Naked Biome), Ridhi Tariyal, M.B.A. (CEO & Co-founder at NextGen Jane), Christine Du, M.B.A. (CBO & Co-founder at Algen Biotechnologies), Amanda Cashin, Ph.D. (Co-founder & Head of Illumina Accelerator), and Melina Mathur, Ph.D. (Principal at Asset Management Ventures).
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The guests and panelists networked over refreshments and the event commenced with a series of introductions and Q&As.
“How did you find your co-founders and team?”
“What are some hurdles you faced?”
“How do you navigate working with mostly men on your team?”
“What do investors look for when investing in companies?"
These were some the questions that sparked interesting discussions among the panelists, hosts, and attendees. The panelists talked about finding co-founders that complement their skills and personalities, pitching to investors who had a hard time understanding women’s healthcare needs, and much more.
Of all the lessons and stories shared, one thing was clear: while women are still under-represented at the executive level, we do a great job supporting each other with organizations and events that aim to help women network and make their voices heard.
If you are interested in learning more about women and entrepreneurship, Ridhi, one the panelists, wrote an insightful article in the Washington Post that relates to her experiences and observations as a female CEO in Silicon Valley.
We would like to thank the event chairs, WIB volunteers, and Illumina for making this event possible! And if you would like to continue networking with other like-minded women who are also in the life sciences field, please be sure to join us at future WIB events!