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WIB-Southern California: Fireside Chat with Woman Founder & Townhall Meeting, March 28, 2019

Posted By Roberta Alexander, Sunday, March 31, 2019

For Women’s History Month, WIB-Southern California featured a fireside chat with Stephanie Hsieh, CEO of Meditope Biosciences, on March 28, 2019. The event was also a Town Hall meeting where representatives of all WIB committees spoke about what they do for WIB, how rewarding volunteering is, and how what they learn while volunteering can be useful for their careers.

The event was sponsored by the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP and was held at their San Diego location. We started off with a networking reception with appetizers and delicious wine and beer, after which representatives from Latham & Watkins and our chapter sponsor, American Laboratory Trading (ALT), spoke about their companies.


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Julie Fishman introduced Stephanie and asked interesting questions about her winding career path. The common theme has been her courage to follow opportunities that piqued her interest, the connections she maintained throughout the years, and the support of her family. She finds change exciting, but recognizes the importance to gain transferable skills and, at the same time, be able to learn as you go. Entrepreneurship is somewhat in your blood, but you also need to force yourself to change or acquire necessary character traits; for Stephanie, these were shyness and persistence, respectively.


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Stephanie’s parents, whom she considers her mentors, wanted her to become a physician. Growing up, this is what she thought she would do, until an internship at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital while studying Biochemistry at Wellesley College made her change her mind. As she did not like the work in the hospital, but was not interested in a career as a scientist, either, her thesis advisor put her in contact with a patent attorney. This led to her decision to go to law school at Columbia University. Patent litigation sparked her interest in the business of biotechnology. Thus, she made the bold decision to give up a lofty salary and go back to school to earn an MBA from Stanford. She worked for a few years in commercial real estate until some friends from law school invited her to join their new patent litigation venture. Building the practice was interesting, but then the opportunity to join a biotech start-up presented itself. The operational role in this small company was very rewarding and gave her the experience to join another old friend when he called her up to say that he was up to something. Together they started Meditope Biosciences, an early stage biotechnology company that develops immuno-oncology therapeutics.  

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