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WIB-Chicago: Female-led Companies Shine at WIB-Chicago's Start-Up Challenge, September 17, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

On September 17, 2018, WIB-Chicago invited female entrepreneurs, investors, and life science professionals to our third Start-Up Challenge hosted by MATTER. Representatives from six cutting edge companies led by women pitched to a panel of experts for a $2500 prize provided by our fantastic sponsor, Horizon Pharma.  Companies that participated in the competition included:

aLoo - aLoo is a consumer products company that specializes in developing products to alleviate the stresses of early parenthood. The company’s first product, the aLoo valve, is an attachment to infant bottles to prevent backwash and related bacteria from contaminating the bottle of milk.

Bosom Buddies - Bosom Buddies produces cooling radiation compresses for use following radiation therapy treatments.

Culminate Health - Culminate Health is a marketplace that enables direct-network contracting between employers and value-based healthcare providers. 

dermadiagnostics - dermadiagnostics is commercializing a diagnostics patch for detection of cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Seurat Therapeutics, Inc. - Seurat Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotech startup developing a new medication that can stop migraines before they start. Seurat’s mission is to develop a novel therapeutic to treat frequent and chronic migraine using a nasal spray delivery method.

TheraB Medical - TheraB is a medical device company commercializing its first product, SnugLit, which provides phototherapy to infants with jaundice.

The companies seek to solve important problems in innovative ways, and the audience enjoyed learning more about the companies' missions and technology.  Our panel of experts provided excellent feedback during the competition. After deliberation, our panel selected Thera B Medical the winner of the challenge. Co-founder Alexa Jones accepted the award. After the event, lively discussions continued while the audience enjoyed desserts and drinks.

Special thanks go to our lead sponsor Horizon Pharma and event sponsor Marshall, Gerstein, & Borun.  WIB-Chicago also thanks MATTER for their support for this event. In addition to our great sponsors, we would like to thank our panel of experts for volunteering their time and expertise: Tina Ventura (Horizon Pharma), Krisztina Eleki  (Chicago Council on Science and Technology), Dima Elissa (Symptomatic.io), Kathryn Hyer (Diagnostics Photonics), Shradha Agarwal (JumpStart Ventures), and Nancy Harvey.

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WIB-Chicago: "Women, Alzheimer's Disease, and Caregiving," July 19, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

On July 19, 2018, the WIB-Chicago hosted a panel discussion about Alzheimer disease and caregiving. The disease impacts women more than men - more than 66% of Alzheimer’s patients are women, and more than 66% of caregivers are women. Our terrific panel discussed risk factors and strategies for delaying the onset of symptoms of disease. The program also included a discussion of costs associated with various aspects of the disease, including caregiving. The panel provided insights on legal and financial strategies for planning for long term illness or caregiving for a loved one. The program was an incredible opportunity to learn from a professionally diverse and knowledgeable group about such a pressing issue. 

WIB-Chicago thanks our esteemed panelists and moderator for sharing their time and insights: 
*Jill Lesser, Senior Policy Consultant, Self
*Kerry Peck, Managing Partner, Peck Ritchey
*Anitha Rao, CEO & Founder at Neurocern
*Sheila Welsch, Assistant Vice President, Senior Consultant, Merrill Lynch
*Neelum Aggarwal, MD, Population Cognitive Neurologist, Assoc. Professor Dept. of Neurological Sciences, Chief D&I Officer, AMWA, National Chair Women In Bio, MAPs

https://www.alzheimersanddementia.com/article/S1552-5260(18)30130-4/pdf

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WIB-Chicago: Networking with WIB-Chicago and Little Lion at WeWork, April 19, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

On April 19, 2018, WIB-Chicago members and friends gathered at WeWork in Fulton Market for an evening of networking. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other dynamic women in our life sciences community and grow their professional networks. A big thank you to Little Lion for hosting this great event!

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WIB-Chicago: "Boosting Success with Better Negotiation Skills," June 28, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2019

WIB-Chicago members and friends gathered at Michael Best on June 28, 2018 for a terrific program on negotiations. Once the panel of top negotiators began demonstrating their skills and techniques, the audience jumped in with question after question. It was a very interactive conversation with the attendees and the panel members. 

After the panel discussion, attendees role-played through a real life negotiation simulation to reach the best deal for their side of the negotiation. It was a great exercise and everyone really enjoyed the experience. The room was buzzing with positive feedback on their new-found skills. 

WIB-Chicago would like to thank our wonderful panelists and moderator - Julie Watson, Bethany McCurdy, Carolyn Brougham, and Michelle Kouba - for generously sharing their expertise with the audience. We also would like to thank our sponsor, Michael Best, for hosting this educational program. We appreciate your support!

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WIB-Chicago YWIB Participates In Expand Your Horizons 2018, March 24, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national network that hosts one-day conferences to encourage young women to pursue STEM careers. The EYH Symposium was held on March 24, 2018, at the University of Chicago and was attended by girls in grades 6th through 8th.

YWIB’s workshop introduced the girls to molecular biology, genetics, and computer science/engineering in the context of life sciences. The girls learned about the genetic code and used beads to make a bracelet that represented a strand of nucleotides encoding their names. In addition, the girls used a coding program developed on the code.org platform to decode amino acid messages.

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WIB-Chicago YWIB: Tour of mHUB, April 14, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

WIB-Chicago YWIB hosted a tour of mHUB on April 14, 2018. mHUB is Chicago’s innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing, also known as a professional maker’s space. Participants toured mHUB’s nine prototyping labs, attended a demonstration of the Laser Cutting Lab, and learned how mHUB helps turn ideas into prototypes and prototypes into new businesses. WIB members joined the girls on the tour and facilitated a discussion on careers during lunch. Each participant was given mHUB puzzle boxes as a parting gift.

WIB-Chicago thanks the sponsors of the event, mHUB and Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, for their support of our chapter and our initiatives to increase interest in STEM careers.

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WIB-Chicago YWIB: Tour of Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, April 13, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

On April 13, 2018, WIB-Chicago YWIB hosted a tour of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance in Chicago for the members of Ladies of Virtue and WIB members' daughters and friends. The event included a short presentation on the history of the conservatory and a tour hosted by the docent group Urban Root Teens of the indoor exhibits of the conservatory. The girls then explored the exhibits on their own to complete a fun scavenger hunt. All attendees were given mini plants to take home. WIB members joined the girls on the tour to discuss careers in the life sciences. 

Ladies of Virtue is a non-for-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of young women, ages 10 to 18, in under served communities.

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WIB-Chicago Diversity & Inclusion in Health and Life Sciences: Where are we today?, March 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019
 
 Ericka Watson  Jessica Mijares-Campo

 

WIB-Chicago celebrated Women’s History Month by hosting a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the life science industry. Our esteemed panelists included Ericka Watson (Lead Counsel/Global Data Privacy, Danaher Corporation), Jessica Mijares-Campo (Privacy Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company) and Magda Houlberg (M.D., Chief Clinical Officer, Howard Brown Health). Moderated by the national chair of WIB's MAPs program, Neelum T. Aggarwal, the panel examined the status of woman in the life science industry and effectiveness of diversity efforts relating to women, people of color, and other minorities. Panelists and audience members shared anecdotes and tips for succeeding in a male-dominated industry. The evening concluded with a lively networking session and further sharing of experiences among attendees. WIB-Chicago thanks our sponsor, Drinker Biddle & Reath, for hosting this terrific event and their support of our chapter.

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WIB-Chicago: Keeping up with Developments in Biosimilars, February 21, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019
     
   Christine Simmon          Helen Ji      Rekha Hanu

 WIB-Chicago members and friends enjoyed an informative discussion on biosimilars at our program, "Clear as Mud?: A Discussion of the Legal, Regulatory, and Business Concerns for Biosimilars in 2018" on February 21, 2018. 


Our terrific speakers, Helen Ji of Schiff Hardin LLP, Rekha Hanu of Akorn Pharmaceuticals, and Christine Simmon of Association for Accessible Medicine, touched on topics including: 
*When will interchangeables appear? 
*How will doctors and patients react? 
*What will Congress and state legislatures do next in this area? 
*What will biosimilar litigation look like in the coming year? 

WIB-Chicago thanks the speakers for a great program and sharing their expertise. We also thank our generous sponsor for this event, Schiff Hardin LLP.

 

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WIB-Chicago: Navigating the Evolving Healthcare Landscape, January 25, 2018

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Friday, May 17, 2019

On January 25, attendees of WIB-Chicago's " Navigating the Evolving Healthcare Landscape" program heard a fascinating discussion on healthcare challenges and strategies to address unmet needs. The esteemed panel was moderated by Dana Holmes of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and included: Julie Morita, M.D., Commissioner; Chicago Department of Public Health Rina Shah, PharmD., Vice President, Pharmacy Operations; Walgreens Stephanie Vomvouras, M.D., MBA, FACP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Michelle Gittler, M.D., Medical Director, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. The panelists shared their insights on community issues that affect public health, such as reduced access to services, homelessness, addiction, trauma, education, and unemployment. Policies and tactics for both local and national intervention were discussed, and the panelists provided thoughtful answers to attendees' questions relating to public health research and reducing healthcare costs. WIB-Chicago thanks the panelists for participating in this phenomenal program. For those unable to attend, the discussion is available in the WIB-Chicago video library

WIB-Chicago also introduced the new Mentors, Advisors, Peers (MAPS) program to the audience. Laurie Wessels, WIB-Chicago MAPS chair, provided details of this great WIB member benefit. Stay tuned for more information and a survey for WIB-members interested in participating. Thank you to our wonderful sponsor of this program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. WIB-Chicago appreciates your support of our organization and the local life sciences community!

Stephanie Vomvouras, M.D., MBA, FACP, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois 
Michelle Gittler, M.D., Medical Director, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital 
Rina Shah, PharmD., Vice President, Pharmacy Operations; Walgreens 
Julie Morita, M.D., Commissioner; Chicago Department of Public Health

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