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WIB-Metro New York "Speed Networking with Industry Experts" Event, September 14, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

More than 50 women got the chance to network and connect recently when Women In Bio-Metro New York conducted a speed networking event with industry experts on September 14, 2017. Hosted by Pride Global, life science industry leaders were invited from a diversity of backgrounds (including Tech Transfer, Intellectual Property, R&D Strategy, Finance, and Business Development among others) to discuss career growth, challenges they’ve faced in their work, observations on the changing healthcare landscape, and inspiring innovations with attendees at various stages of their careers. Best practices and career advice were shared among all participants in a “speed networking” format. WIB members also had the opportunity to “speed” network amongst each other and reflect on topics discussed during the event.

 

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WIB-Metro New York: "The Intersection of Art & Science," July 26, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

“Two sides of our cultural coin.” This is how one panelist at described the convergence of science and art recently. The takeaway from this July 26, 2017, panel discussion was that these seemly divergent fields are anything but disconnected. A five-member panel of scientists, artists, and scientist-artists illustrated the real connection--and history--between these two fields. Examples ranged from neuroscience-based art helping “decode” patients, to viewing microscopy as art images, to cellular biology being used as architectural patterns. The evening’s theme was how these two fields were closely aligned at the time of Leonardo da Vinci, when each one was necessary to communicate the other. Think accurate depiction of the human body, and communicating new discoveries by visualizing them. Over time the two fields diverged, became “elitist” and mutually exclusive, especially due to technological advances and need for ultra-specialization. Now, these two seemingly opposite disciplines need to reunite to mutually benefit from the aspects they can offer each other – a “reunion” being initiated from both ends of the spectrum.

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WIB-Metro New York: Discussion of Female Leadership in Science, May 30, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

“Set the bar high for yourself because lofty expectations bridge gender lines.”

Academia needs more women in science leadership positions, and both genders need to be part of the dialogue and effort to ensure this goal. “Set the bar high for yourself because lofty expectations bridge gender lines” was the message from Rockefeller University scientists Dr. Leslie B. Vosshall and Dr. Shruti Naik during WIB-Metro New York’s May 30, 2017, chapter event.

Offering perspectives from their respective tenures, each leader discussed her experiences and shared strategies for women to follow to achieve success in this largely male-dominated field. Their messages ranged from Support Your Colleagues to Be Resilient, Ask Tough Questions, Take Risks, and Be Your Own Advocate and Brand Ambassador. Their advice was both pragmatic and actionable.

 

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WIB-Metro New York: “Monetization Funding: Alternative Sources of Capital for Life Sciences Initiatives,” April 20, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

On April 20, 2017, Royalty Pharma hosted, "Monetization Funding: Alternative Sources of Capital for Life Sciences Initiatives." Molly Chiaramonte, Royalty Pharma's Vice President of Research & Investments, discussed the evolution of royalty monetization. Her discussion covered different types of royalty transactions, explaining the unique interests and concerns of different stakeholders, from universities, to small biotechs, to big pharma. Lina Gugucheva, Vice President of Investments & Counsel, then clarified the important legal issues for consideration when negotiating a monetizable license.

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WIB-Metro New York: Biotech Innovation in NYC: New Initiatives to Address Space Challenges, March 8, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Removing barriers to biotech innovation encompasses challenges that, in New York City specifically, include incubating space as one of the biggest hurdles. On March 8, 2017, Actinium Pharmaceuticals hosted a panel discussion addressing this issue for emerging biotechnology companies.

Despite space constraints, panelists shared an optimistic view of Metro New York’s burgeoning biotech scene. Being home to academic research centers and the financial sector uniquely position NYC as an ideal hub where biotechnology can thrive.

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WIB-Metro New York: "What Can the Biopharma Industry Expect Under the New Administration?" Event, January 30, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Medicines are part of the solution, not the problems, facing global healthcare systems today. That was Dina Brachman’s focused message to WIB-Metro New York members on January 30, 2017. The program, held at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, attested to the timely topic as the biopharma industry’s value proposition is questioned in the face of political uncertainty. Increasing stakeholder education on R&D, and how the industry establishes pricing, will help biopharma’s case.

 

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WIB-Metro New York YWIB: Curious About Careers in Biomedical STEM?, October 20, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, May 20, 2019

Rutgers University hosted the second Young Women In Bio (YWIB) event in New Jersey October 20, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Approximately 270 high school students from 18 schools throughout New Jersey attended the event to learn about career options for women in biomedical sciences. “The New Jersey YWIB taskforce was formed in January of this year. Janet Alder, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and assistant dean for graduate academic and student affairs at School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers University, quickly stepped up to the plate to organize and execute our fall event,” said Regina Reynolds, program lead YWIB. “On behalf of the entire task force, I am excited to say the State of NJ now has a strong STEM program as part of the WIB-Metro New York YWIB Chapter.”

The goal of the Rutgers event was to reach out to schools across school districts to introduce New Jersey high school students to science careers and the steps to take to pursue those careers, while giving them hands-on experience and opportunities to meet women in different areas of science. “We wanted the students to understand that if you want to help people, you can do that in many careers. For example, while physicians treat patients, researchers cure diseases.  Moreover, people don’t realize that there are vast career options with a degree in science. Science writing, public policy, patent law, and business consulting are just a few of the paths open to budding scientists,” said Dr. Alder. 

Broader than only Rutgers, Liberty Science Center, Student2Science, Curious Science Writers, Westchester Biotech Project and the Association for Women in Science-Central Jersey participated in hands-on learning experiences for the students and organizing the event. Demonstrations included forensic anthropologists in charge of discovering the identity of bones found at a crime scene and extracting DNA from strawberries. The high school students also had the opportunity to speak at lunch with current MD and PhD students, who shared what it is like to be a woman in STEM at Rutgers.

During the event, high school students listened to a panel of six women in diverse areas of science, who shared their experiences and answered questions about their careers. Panelists included Tanaya Bhowmick, MD, assistant professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Debbie McCluskey, RN, nurse manager, Rutgers Clinical Research Center; Estela Jacinto, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, New Jersey Medical School; Karen Akinsanya, PhD, clinical pharmacology, discovery research and business development, Merck & Co Inc.; and Ina Nikolaeva, PhD, senior medical writer, ClinicalThinking. 

This second WIB-Metro New York YWIB in New Jersey event was hugely successful and impactful for future New Jersey students interested in STEM studies. “Women are still underrepresented in science. Giving young women attainable options they can achieve, with role models who show them how to get there is important for their future.” said Dr. Alder, who hopes to host this event at Rutgers again in the future. 

 

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WIB-Metro New York: Encouraging Young Women In STEM, May 3, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, May 20, 2019

Encouraging Young Women in STEM, WIB-Metro New York YWIB Chapter’s Inaugural New Jersey Event, was hosted May 3, 2017 at Saint Peter’s University, in their newly renovated STEM Engagement Center. Students from McNair Academic High School, Union City High School and Plainfield High School heard Katherine Herbert, Ph.D., STEM Engagement Center and Montclair State University, lead a discussion about the gender gap and other issues facing women pursuing STEM careers. The attendees also participated in lab workshops led by St. Peter’s faculty.

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