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WIB-Chicago: WIB-Chicago attends Abbvie Professional Development Fair, June 2, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 3, 2019

On June 2, 2017 WIB-Chicago attended a Professional Development Career Fair hosted by Abbvie for its female employees.  Our booth raised awareness among the Abbvie employees of the many benefits available to WIB members, including professional development programming, mentoring, and a vast network of women in diverse areas of the biomedical field.  WIB members chatted with 60 Abbvie employees interested in the organization.  WIB-Chicago thanks Abbvie for the opportunity to participate!  If your organization is interested in learning more about WIB-Chicago, contact us at Chicago@womeninbio.org.

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YWIB-Chicago Explores Biochemistry with UIC Early Outreach Program Participants, November 18, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 3, 2019

The Young Women In Bio Committee hosted a workshop entitled "Glucose, Lactose, Sucrose, Oh My" during the UIC Early Outreach Program Open House. The Early Outreach Program is an academic pipeline program that facilitates the development of underrepresented K-12 minority students via educational enrichment in the core content areas of reading, math, and science. YWIB provided an interactive workshop for over 35 Fifth through Eighth grade students, which introduced the students to the biochemistry involved in lactose intolerance and enzyme-substrate interactions. Women In Bio volunteers helped the students design and carry out an experiment that used color-changing test strips to investigate how lactase digests the lactose in milk to glucose. YWIB plans to host two additional interaction workshops for the Early Outreach Program in 2018. If you interested in volunteering for these workshops please email YWIB – Chicago at chicagoywib@womeninbio.org.

 

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WIB-Chicago's Start-Up Challenge 3.0 Showcases Female-Led Companies, September 28, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Monday, June 3, 2019

On September 28, 2017, 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 founded by women pitched to a panel of experts and a packed audience:

Kaizen Health - Kaizen Health increases access to healthcare by eliminating transportation as a barrier.

Oncogenome Analytics - Early detection of cancer with proven results.

4Women - 4Women is developing an at-home, self-collection device for the detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in cervical cells.

Respirare Medical - Respirare is a smart healthcare system built to empower asthma patients.

Cast21 - Cast21 designs waterproof, exoskeleton braces for healing broken bones.

Neopenda - Neopenda is committed to improving newborn health outcomes in developing countries by engineering an appropriately designed wearable vital signs monitor that continuously measures four crucial vital signs, and alerts attending nurses of newborns in immediate need of attention.

The presentations were fabulous and our panel of experts provided excellent feedback to each competitor. After deliberation, our panel selected Neopenda the winner of the challenge. Founder Sona Shah 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. WIB Chicago also thanks Marshall Gerstein and 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), Alyssa Jaffee (Pritzker Group), Elif Oker (BCBS), Kristin Chou Barrett (Polsky Exchange), Kapila Viges (BioPharma Industry Consultant), and Barbara Goodman (Cures Within Reach).

 

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WIB-Chicago Presents: "Honing presentation skills with 'Pitch Ninja'!" July 19, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

On July 19, 2017, presentation-expert Mike Moyer shared strategies for “choreographing” a presentation to maximize its impact on any audience. It was a fantastic evening providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share experiences and hear advice from an expert in the field. The practical tips were appropriate for any type of presentation, and the inspiring discussion left attendees ready to implement the techniques in their own roles. Attendees also were treated to a tour of mHUB. WIB-Chicago thanks Mike Moyer and Sara Myers for this great program. WIB-Chicago also thanks GottaBCrepes, mHUB, and ShredLifestyle for supporting this great event.

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WIB-Chicago: Movie Night, May 31, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

WIB-Chicago invited scientists and non-scientists to discuss ethics in biomedical research on May 31, 2017. Using the movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" as an opportunity to bring up essential questions such as “To whom do cells belong?” and “What activities are appropriate to advance research for the greater good?” we engaged in a lively discussion about Henrietta Lacks’ life, the impact of miscommunication, and the contribution her cells have made to healthcare improvements and on-going discoveries in research labs around the world.

During our discussion of the movie and the topics it raised we had fantastic input from scientists, lawyers, and a representative from the American Medical’s Women Association. The discussion highlighted diverse aspects, controversies, and benefits associated not only with Henrietta Lacks’ cells, but also with research involving human cells in general and commercialization of these efforts.

It was a great evening with fantastic guests and a unique opportunity to discuss this important topic and network with the local life science community in a casual atmosphere.

WIB-Chicago thanks mHUB for hosting this event and our sponsors SHRED POP, RXBAR, and Pie-Eyed Pizzeria for their contributions.

 

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WIB-Chicago: Shattering the Glass Ceiling during Women's History Month, March 21, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

WIB-Chicago celebrated Women's History Month on March 21, 2017, with a fantastic program focusing on increasing diversity on corporate boards.

Our esteemed panel of executive women shared their path to board positions, discussed strategies for positioning yourself for board service, and highlighted resources available for women interested in corporate boards, including WIB’s Boardroom Ready Program. The program included a lively discussion from the audience and opportunities to network in a comfortable and inspiring setting.

WIB-Chicago thanks our terrific panelists for sharing their stories and insights:

Dorri McWhorter - CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Genevieve Thiers - CEO, SitterCity, 1871 Board Member 
Donna C. Williamson - Managing Director, Ceres Venture Fund
Carolyn Brougham – Senior Contract and Grant Officer, Northwestern University
Laura Beth Miller - Shareholder, Brinks Gilson & Lione

WIB-Chicago also thanks MATTER and Brinks Gilson & Lione for sponsoring this terrific event, and Neimen Marcus and ULLO for donating giveaways and raffle prizes for our attendees. ULLO is pleased to offer WIB members a 10% discount on a future purchase using the code "WomenInBio10" at https://ullowine.com/.

 

 

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WIB-Chicago: YWIB GO RED STEM Speed Networking, April 1, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

WIB-Chicago kicked off the YWIB First Annual Spring into STEM Festival on April 1, 2017, by partnering with the American Heart Association and the Rush Heart Center for Woman to host the GO RED STEM speed networking and mentoring event.

Over 25 high school girls had the opportunity to meet and network with 11 woman having diverse careers related to the life sciences. The girls were introduced to various career choices including research scientist, technology licensing manager, assistant professor, engineers in product development, and a nurse practitioner.

The girls also had an opportunity to speak with an undergraduate student and a medical student who provided advice on the college application process. WIB-Chicago thanks our sponsor for this great event, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

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WIB-Chicago: YWIB celebrates Pi Day with STEM Discovery Night, March 14, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

On Pi Day, March 14, 2017, the WIB-Chicago Young Women In Bio group participated in Meadow Glens Elementary School STEM Discovery Night in Naperville. Over 40 organizations provided hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations for the students and their families. YWIB’s exhibit was entitled “Glucose, Lactose, Sucrose, Oh’ My,” and taught the children how lactase digests the lactose in milk to glucose.

The children tested the glucose concentration in a milk sample before and after the addition of lactase using color-changing test strips. Both the students and volunteers had a great evening.

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WIB-Chicago Celebrates Heart Month with "Why The Culture Of A Woman's Heart Matters," February 6, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

WIB-Chicago hosted a "Why the Culture of a Woman's Heart Matters" event on February 6, 2017, in connection with American Heart Month. The program included a discussion led by a panel of experts from the Rush Heart Center for Women, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The panel of female cardiologists addressed several important issues, including how heart disease differs between women and men. Event attendees had the opportunity to ask questions which led to a rich discussion.

During the program, Dr. Rupa Sanghani, M.D., described common symptoms in women and how atherosclerosis is often different in women. Both Dr. Sanghani and Dr. Tochi Okwuosa, D.O., discussed differences in risk factors between men and women and the impact of race and ethnicity. For example, women who have pregnancy-related complications (gestational diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia) are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is more prevalent in African Americans, which may originate from natural history and dietary patterns. Dr. Okwuosa also described her specialty of cardio-oncology and the impact of cancer treatment on heart health.

Drs. Melissa Tracy, M.D.; Ewa Dembowski, M.D.; and Sonal Chandra, M.D., focused on the prevention of cardiovascular disease through regular exercise, healthy diet, and stress management. Marie-France Poulin, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, discussed treatment of structural heart disease, such as heart valve problems, with new devices that avoid open heart surgery.

The discussion also touched upon menopause symptoms and current data on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), how heart health affects cognition and brain health, the significance of family history and novel risk factors, and options for mindfulness and meditation for stress management.

WIB-Chicago thanks MATTER for hosting the program, and our sponsors Ullo and Neiman Marcus for their contributions.

-Submitted by Lynne Braun, Ph.D.  

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WIB-Chicago: Healthcare Policy Panel Considers "Repeal, Replace, Revise,” January 24, 2017

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Sunday, June 2, 2019

Kicking off 2017, our first event of the year on January 24, 2017, drew an enormous, eager, and inquisitive crowd that came out to hear our expert panel discuss what may be on the horizon for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the Trump administration. Rumblings of “repeal, replace, revise” have been filling the political corridors, and the industry panel weighed in on how that might translate and impact on various stakeholders.

WIB-Chicago Chapter Chair, Dima Elissa, welcomed an audience of over 80 event attendees and quickly transitioned to the highly anticipated event topic.

The panel was moderated by Sonal Shah, Life Sciences Research Leader at Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, and featured panelists:

Barbara Otto, CEO, Health and Disability Advocates
Marilyn Vetter, VP, Government and Public Affairs, Horizon Pharma
Jill Wolowitz, VP, Government Relations and Community Affairs, BCBS of Illinois

The panelists represented different stakeholders in the ACA chain and agreed that, while they anticipate major change, the shape, pace, and timing of that change is likely to fluctuate as the new administration gets settled and begins prioritization of their agenda. There was a robust Q&A session that lasted over 30 minutes.

WIB-Chicago thanks it's sponsor for this event, MATTER, and the panelists for the lively and informative discussion.

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