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WIB-Capital Region: HERStory Gala 2018 - Honoring Outstanding Women in Biotech, December 13, 2018

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 29, 2019

Women In Bio (WIB) held their first annual HERStory Gala at VisArts Rockville on December 13, 2018, with over 130 guests in attendance. The event honored pioneering women in the life sciences who have made an impact in the capital region. 

 

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The event started with registration at 7:00 p.m. followed by networking until 8:00 p.m. There were appetizers and drinks and lots of networking. At 8:00 p.m., attendees proceeded to the seating area where dinner was served and presentations began.

Kayla Valdes, Ph.D., the current president of the WIB Capital Region chapter, gave opening remarks for the event highlighting the Capital Region’s achievements and successes in the past year. Some of which include: 

1. Mentors, Advisors, Peers, and Sponsorship (MAPS)  is a mentoring program offered by WIB that has engaged over 100 women in the region for the year 2018.  
2. Young Women In Bio (YWIB) had collaborated with University of Maryland and National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conducting events for middle and high school students on STEM careers.

Following the president’s talk, keynote speakers were introduced by Dr. Zahra Motahari, the Chair of HERStory Gala and Allison Hu, a YWIB representative. 

Dr. Sachiko Kuno is the co-founder and Chair of Halcyon, an organization dedicated to the power of human creativity and innovation. Her talk was titled “Be a visionary; be a doer”, and she spoke about her career transition into the business world. Dr. Kuno is a first-generation immigrant to the US, having founded her first company in Japan.  She spoke about the challenges she overcame in starting her second company once she had moved to the US, which initially was run out of a two-bedroom condo. Her third company, VLP Therapeutics, was founded in 2013 with a mission to develop innovative treatments and affordable medicine for unmet medical needs.  

When considering her path to achieving access, she said that having concrete goals and company missions were a large factor. Strengthening self-efficacy, facilitating serendipity, providing cross-pollination circumstances and having an open and diverse ecosystem are few key learning points from her success. 

Dr. Karen Nelson is the President of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Her talk was titled “My menagerie and career aspirations”. Dr. Nelson grew up in Jamaica, surrounded and inspired by nature. She earned her Ph.D. in Ithaca, New York and did post-doc work with Dr. Craig Venter. Throughout her career, Dr. Nelson has led several genomic and metagenomics efforts and led the first human microbiome study. When she recollects her experience, she said that Dr. Venter was an amazing mentor who helped to shape her career.  She spoke about the value of good mentors, friends, family, and colleagues all along her various paths. 

As a person who saw the advent of several fields and their continued growth, she said it is critical to take responsibility and take or lead initiatives to move forward in a career. She believes in giving back to the community, especially to young women. She added that “the future belongs to the next generation of scientists, and they can advance their field if they are trained effectively and critically”. She is fiercely passionate about mentoring and speaking to young women. 

Margot Connor is the Chief Executive Officer of RoosterBio Inc. She gave a brief overview of RoosterBio and spoke about her experiences from technical sales specialist to CEO. Ms. Connor has a Bachelor’s degree in textile chemistry/marketing. Straight out of college, her aim was to get a job to work in a lab and “create something.” In her first job interview, she felt comfortable about the position and was certain that she would be hired for the position. While the hiring manager wasn’t able to offer her the initial position, she felt that she would be a great role for a technical sales position. As a person who is not used to failure, this was hard on Ms. Connor, but she accepted the offer after having discussed with her mentors. She fondly recalled how the hiring manager invested a great deal of time in nurturing and shaping her skill set. She recollects an international experience she had in Switzerland as “priceless”. Adaptability and courage are two attributes that she thinks it is critical for success in an international environment. She also emphasized it is essential to surround yourself with supportive people and family. 

Ms. Connor also believes in giving back to the community, especially mentoring women. She gave advice on good mentoring and how to seek out mentors. She added that her mentors helped to see beyond her own concepts, encouraged her to be open-minded and to seek opportunities to explore different things. 

She concluded her talk by recalling the qualities she learned from her various mentors: trust, collaborative spirit, integrity, transparency, open-mindedness, respect and giving back. She is dedicated to injecting these qualities to the work environment at RoosterBio as its CEO.

A common quality observed across all keynote speakers was the value of mentors in their careers and the gratitude towards their mentors, which is in line with WIB’s theme for this year “Lift while you climb.”

The event concluded with award presentations by Lindsay D’Ambrosio, the Vice-President of the WIB Capital Region Chapter. This year, Women In Bio’s Rising Star Award was given to Dr. Kelly Warfield from Emergent Biosolutions for making a significant contribution in the life sciences industry and in the region. Dr. Jaíra Vasconcellos also won a National WIB professional development scholarship, one of only three women across the country to receive one of these awards, which was sponsored by Emergent Biosolutions. 

The event was sponsored by Emergent Biosolutions, Macrogenics, KAI Research, and Qiagen.

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WIB-Capital Region, Author Amita Shukla Speaks to Members about Mastering the Entrepreneurial Mindset, January 18, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, May 16, 2019

During the Capital Region’s first Northern Virginia event, members from Frederick, MD, Fredericksburg, VA and everywhere in between, met for casual networking followed by a presentation on “Mastering the Entrepreneurial Mind: Leading Change that Changes the World” from Amita Shukla, CEO of Vitamita. Amita started her presentation by describing what makes an entrepreneur successful and how you can harness those traits in your day-to-day life. We also discussed the 1D 2D 3D Mind Framework and how we use all three states in our lives. 

We then answered three questions about ourselves: 1.) what we enjoy in our spare time, 2.) what are our strengths and weaknesses, and 3.) what is something that causes us stress. We reflected on these questions and how they relate to the 1D, 2D, or 3D state of mind. Most importantly, no one state of mind is enough, and all of them are necessary to master in order to learn and grow in your personal and professional life. 

Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet fellow WIB members and discuss the salient points of Amita’s presentation. Amita’s experiences and advice are also in her book, “Enduring Edge: Transforming How We Think, Create and Change”. The event space was donated by Greenberg Traurig in Tysons Corner, and we thank them for their support in hosting this event.

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YWIB-Capital Region: 4th Annual STEM Event for Young Women, November 14, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, May 16, 2019

On November 14, 2018, a group of 38 young women gathered at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center for the 4th Annual STEM Event for Young Women. The high school juniors and seniors were students from the following schools: Baltimore Leadership for Young Women Charter School, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Catholic High School of Baltimore, and Garrison Forest School.

The day began with a DNA Isolation activity from Mouse Cancer Cells. Five of the student participants were paired with one graduate student or postdoctoral fellow for the activity. The students then had lunch and attended a lively panel discussion.

The panel discussion was comprised of the following female professionals from a variety of different fields: 

o Mumbi Thande-Kamiru, Physical Scientist
o Amanda Haapala, PhD, Astrodynamics
o Tina Williams-Koroma, Esq., Cybersecurity
o Katie Scilla, MD, Oncologist
o Ashley Cellini, MS, Pathologist Assistant
o Kimberly Greve, RN
o Helen Dooly, PhD, Marine Research Scientist

The panelists spoke about their start in their career path, their educational background, and the most and least liked aspects of their job. The students were able to participate in a Q&A session with the panelists, asking questions like: “How does one find an internship? How many years of school did you have to complete? How did you determine that this was the best career for you? What should one do to prepare for college? How do you balance life and work? When did you decide that this was the career for you? Do you feel your education prepared you for your job?”

The day ended with a tour of the Center of Innovative BioMedical Resources, followed by a dismissal and distribution of swag bags. YWIB Capital region would like to thank the event coordinator, Ms.Karen Underwood and the event sponsors - University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Promega, and Fisher Scientific - for hosting the program that succeeded in exposing young women to science careers and giving them opportunities to interact with women in different areas of science.

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WIB-Capital Region: October Hot Topics – “Tissue Chips: Trends and Insights,” October 23, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, May 16, 2019

The October Hot Topics event on October 23, 2018 was hosted by Drinker Biddle & Reath at their beautiful D.C. office. This month’s discussion topic revolved around the exciting and quickly growing field of tissue chips, which are 3D in vitro models of various human organs that are more accurate and representative of in vivo structures than the typical 2D cell culture systems. These tissue chip models focus on utilizing physiologically relevant cells and tissues along with materials and biomechanical properties to closely mimic human tissue. The invited speakers, Dr. Kristin Bircsak, Senior Scientist at MIMETAS and Dr. Seila Selimovic, Program Director at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) are both experts in the tissue chip field and were able to give both an industry and a government perspective on research and advancements in this field.

 The event was kicked off by refreshments and networking, followed by an introduction by Dr. Ann Marie Stanley, Science Adviser, Science, Regulation, and Policy at Drinker Biddle & Reath and Ms. Jillian Brady, Manager, Science, Regulation, and Policy at Drinker Biddle & Reath as well as some remarks by Women In Bio Capital-Region Chapter Chair Dr. Kayla Valdes. Each speaker then gave a talk where they discussed the ultimate goal of reaching a body-on-a-chip model of connected major human organs so that drugs and therapies can be tested on an in vitro system prior to or instead of animal testing. This would not only have the potential to reduce the need for animal testing, but would also help reduce cost of therapeutics and potentially make it more feasible to develop drugs for very rare diseases.

Dr. Bircsak discussed the MIMETAS OrganoPlate system, a novel technology used to model many tissues in the same plate that provides the opportunity for imaging and running various biological tests. She also discussed her own organ-on-a-chip research. Dr. Selimovic discussed some of the goals that funding agencies have for tissue chip systems, such as physiological relevance, genetic diversity, and long viability. She further introduced some exciting new initiatives in the tissue chip field, such as sending disease models to space to see whether they could be helpful in studying space-travel related conditions, such as osteoporosis. Both speakers touched on the current advancements in the field as well as on some of the areas that need further research.

After each of the fascinating talks there were many questions from the audience both from people with scientific and non-scientific backgrounds. Attendees stayed well past the 8 p.m. ending time of the event to continue discussing the talks and networking with other attendees.

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WIB-Capital Region: Scientific Leadership: How Women Can Encourage Advancement Through Focused Mentoring, September 27, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Women In Bio-Capital Region held its September event in conjunction with Society for Neuroscience, Greater Baltimore Chapter with generous support from the University of Maryland, Baltimore BioPark, who provided the venue and refreshments in conjunction with their monthly “Science in the City” networking event. The title of the event was “Scientific Leadership: How Women Can Encourage Advancement Through Focused Mentoring.” We heard from three wonderful panelists: Cherita Adams, Janet Clark and Erin Lavik, and our moderators were Amritha Jaishankar and Michael Nestor. Topics covered by our panel discussion included:

Find a mentor.

Mentors aren't formally assigned to you, so you shouldn’t be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor or tell them that you think of them as one. It can be uncomfortable to reach out, but it gets better with practice. A great start is to give a potential mentor a compliment or ask them about their science. Men can be great mentors, sponsors, and advocates.  It is important to have a mentoring team, rather than just one mentor. In order to do that, you need to grow your network. You might be surprised to know that your next mentor can be found on LinkedIn.

Pay it forward.

Like any relationship, it is important to maintain mentor-mentee relationships throughout your career, adding people as you encounter new problems and settings. A great way to give back to mentors is by thanking them and staying in touch (when you don't need them, too!), whether it's catching up at a conference or sending a Christmas letter. "Paying it forward" and becoming a mentor to someone else is another great way to say thanks. Remember that mentoring is less about providing answers and more about listening, being a sounding board, and offering any related experiences you may have.

Understand your values.

Understand your values and use those to guide you to mentors. Sponsors, advocates, and coaches don't necessarily have to share all of the same values. A tip to understanding your values is to tell a couple of trusted people several of your "mountaintop" stories. These are times when you really shined and felt good. What values do they see displayed in those stories? Moments when work conflicts with values are great times to seek advice from mentors. They may not always be able to advocate for you, but they can help you explore how to handle it.

Resources.

UMB's UMBRELLA program and wellness coaches, NIMH's unconscious bias training, and several UMBC initiatives that circle back to a central value of "inclusive excellence".

Concluding Remarks.

Despite increasing awareness of the importance of mentoring and inclusion in general, the panelists all agreed that there is still much progress to be made. Studies have shown that it is not just one group to blame -- women can hold some of the same biases against women as men! We aren't always in positions to affect change when we see something that is not right. But if we are, we must speak up. If we aren't in a position to affect change, it's a good signal to look at the organization and see if we will ever be in a position to affect change. If not, it may be time to consider how well that organization aligns with our values.

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WIB-Capital Region: MedImmune Women’s Summit, September 6, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Thursday, May 16, 2019

Leadership from WIB-Capital Region participated in the 7th Women’s Summit: Believe, Lead, Change hosted at MedImmune on September 6, 2018. This conference heightens the awareness of diversity and inclusion, underscores the importance of advocacy, and provides insights and tools for professional growth and development. The event aims to help women and men network, build leadership skills and engage on topics particularly relevant to women in the workplace. The day was filled with excellent discussion panels and keynote speeches from inspirational women, including Vernice Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot. 

WIB-Capital Region is excited to be a part of this annual event dedicated to advancing women!

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WIB-Capital Region: Orphan Drug Boot Camp, August 15, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

After a rained-out first attempt to host the “Orphan Drug Boot Camp” event in July, the event successfully took place on August 15, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD. The event started out with refreshments and networking, fostering vibrant conversations between both returning and new WIB members. 

Networking was followed by introductions from WIB-Capital Region leadership and talks from the panelists Katherine (Katie) Laessig, a Vice President of Therapeutic Strategy in Strategic Drug Development group at IQVIA, and Malia Segar, an Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs at IQVIA Orphan Drug Unit. The topics covered included definitions of rare diseases and Orphan Drugs for pediatric and adult applications, the regulatory processes for Orphan Drugs and differences between the regulatory processes for Orphan Drugs versus regular drugs, common misconceptions about Orphan Drug regulation, examples of breakthrough Orphan Drugs, and changes in the processes for Orphan Drug development. The presentations facilitated vibrant discussions and thought provoking questions from the audience. At the end, many attendees and the speakers stayed for some last refreshments and discussion of the session.

Overall, all the attendees were able to get a deeper understanding of the Orphan Drug development process and those who came with no prior knowledge left having learned something new. We would like to thank IQVIA for sponsoring this great event and the speakers for taking time to come and speak to WIB-Capital Region.

 

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WIB-Capital Region: Summer Picnic Networking Event, August 11, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, the WIB-Capital Region Chapter hosted a summer picnic event at Greenbelt Park in Laurel, MD. WIB members, family, and friends (including furry friends) came out to catch up with one another over great food and beautiful weather. Many thanks to everybody who came out to enjoy this fun afternoon of networking—we’re hoping to make it a yearly tradition!

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WIB-Capital Region: Baltimore Mixer, June 19, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WIB-Capital Region’s Baltimore Mixer was a great success. This networking event was held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the new location of Personal Genome Diagnostics (PGDx) in Canton, Baltimore, MD. There were more than 60 attendees mainly from University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and PGDx. Food and drinks were kindly provided by PGDx. The event kicked off with a small introduction to PGDx and Women In Bio by Mary Padilla, VP of Clinical Operations at PGDx, and Lindsay D’Ambrosio, WIB Capital Region Vice-Chair, respectively. The majority of attendees had a chance to connect with PGDx employees, and Laura Woermer, a PGDx talent acquisition manager, was on the scene and announced several job openings. Networking Bingo facilitated mixing, and those who completed Bingo were entered into a drawing for prizes at the conclusion of the event. The event was a great success, and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsor and host, PGDx. We look forward to working with them in future events.

 

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WIB-Capital Region Hosts First Frederick Networking Mixer, April 18, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On April 18, 2018, the WIB-Capital Region chapter hosted a networking mixer at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, MD. Our chapter was also thrilled to co-host this event with the Frederick chapter of GWIS (Graduate Women in Science). Located in The Market House, a historic building that served as Frederick’s first town hall and market house, Brewer’s Alley was also Frederick’s first brewpub. Attendees were able to enjoy a fantastic evening of networking over refreshments. Not only was this our first networking event of the year, but it also was the first networking event that we’ve held in Frederick, MD!

We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Brewer’s Alley for providing such a fun and unique venue, as well as our sponsors. We look forward to seeing everybody at our next event, "Succession Planning: Organizational Effectiveness, Exit Planning & the Next Chapter," on May 24, 2018 in McLean, VA!

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