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WIB-Greater Boston: Golf Workshop and Networking Event, August 14, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Golf Social: Golf Workshop and Networking Event

On Sunday August 14, 2016, WIB members from the Greater Boston Chapter and non-members enjoyed a sunny afternoon of practice golf lessons at The Range at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course in Salem, New Hampshire.

With help from experienced instructors, the group learned key golf techniques and practiced on the putting green, chipping, and driving ranges. After the golf lesson, attendees enjoyed a networking session along with some appetizers and drinks.

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WIB-Greater Boston: Summer Social & Speed Networking Event, June 29, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Set in the heart of Boston’s seaport district, Fish & Richardson provided the perfect backdrop for the Women In Bio-Greater Boston season kickoff event - a Summer Socializing and Speed Networking Night, held June 29, 2016. While networking and socializing by a magnificent sunset, attendees enjoyed an evening complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Following an initial pre-meeting, Kristi Sarno, WIB’s National President, Boston Chapter Chair, Michelle Linn, and Boston Communications Chair, Amy Speak, shared the organization’s objectives for the coming year, expressing enthusiasm for new volunteers to join the WIB Team. Michelle encouraged any interested volunteers to join the WIB mission to help women achieve the highest levels of leadership, influence and decision-making that they desire. The Greater Boston chapter’s objectives for the remainder of the year include continuing to build the membership base and to hold regular monthly events. The goal is to offer events that are both fun and educational, as well as to provide networking opportunities.

The team warmly welcomed all volunteers in any varying capacity! Michelle also announced that the Boston Chapter is specifically in need of volunteers for the Programming, Membership and Sponsorship committees. The evening’s featured event was a speed-networking hour, where attendees mingled with women from a variety of disciplines within the biotech space, including communications, investment, business development, academia, and law. Abundant thanks go to gracious host, Fish & Richardson, and the group is looking forward to welcoming new volunteers and members at the next chapter event!

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WIB-Greater Boston: "Lobster Pot" Event, March 16, 2016

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WIB/J&J Innovation Lobster Pot Event Draws Large Crowd

The room was full on March 16, 2016, when WIB-Greater Boston held a repeat “Shark Tank”-style event to celebrate Women’s History month. The “Lobster Pot” featured two groups of influential women in the biotech space - investment firms and fundraising companies.

Marian Nakada, Vice President, Venture Investments, J&J Innovation moderated the event, during which fundraising companies representing four healthcare sectors - including medical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics and healthcare IT - presented investors with their pitches.

Investor Advisors      Company presenters (in order)

Maria Berkman, Director, Broadview Ventures

Georgia Mitsi, CEO, Apptomics

Christine Brennan, Principal, Novartis Venture Fund

Laura Davis, Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Patricia Gray, Member, Mass Medical Angels

Barbara Sosnowski, VP External R&D Inflammation, Worldwide Research & Development

External Partnerships, Pfizer

Abigail Barnes, Co-Founder & CEO, Allergy Amulet

Joyce Lonergan, CEO & Co-Founder, Mellitus, LLC

Barbara Davis, Chief Executive Officer and President, Innogenics

Maria Vilenchik, Founder & CEO, Felicitex Therapeutics

Elizabeth Asai, CEO & Co-Founder, 3Derm Systems

Ailis Tweed-Kent, CEO & Founder, Cocoon Biotech

Tiffany Kelley, Founder & CEO, Nightingale Apps

The investors had great advice for each of the companies, which included some key takeaways:

Address your Audience

Keep your audience in mind and tailor your message appropriately. Take into account their background and expertise: Do they know your target market? In what areas will they require more explanation? Do they have a scientific background? Knowing your audience tells you what can be addressed briefly, and where to delve deeper.

Address the Patient Impact

Step back from your clinical evidence and give a broad overview of what this means for the patient. What are you trying to change? Think about compliance, symptom monitoring, reimbursement and your endpoint. How will patients use your technology and how will it change their everyday lives?

Explain how to get to the Provider(s)

It’s important for investors to know how the technology gets into an actionable set of hands. Look past the fundraising and commercialization process and answer how the technology will be ultimately distributed, analyzed and utilized. Include your Development Timeline

Summarize your entire development timeline in one easy slide. This includes the reimbursement pathway; the FDA regulatory process and approval; the clinical trials and commercialization strategy; and where you currently lie.

Keep your Slides Clear and Simple

Slides should be easy on the eyes. A common critique at the event was that slides had too many words, too few visuals, and repetition that could be consolidated. Can the audience see your point in just a few seconds?

Address your Competitors & Strategic Partners

You must name and address your competition up front. Demonstrate how your technology compares to anything else in development and on the market. At the other end of the commercialization spectrum, include potential strategic partners. This will demonstrate your knowledge of your market segment in its entirety.

Show your Management Team & Advisers

Be sure to acknowledge your team and the experience behind it. Who is supporting you and who are your advisers behind-the-scenes? Show off your team as thoroughly as you can.

Practice your Pitch

Deliver your overall vision at the start. Start with the problem; how it is treated today; shortcomings of the current therapy; and how you are solving it. If under a time constraint, practice your pace. Let your passion come through the presentation and show ownership in its delivery while being clear, direct, and polished.

Tell them what you need and where you’re going

Include how much you currently want to raise, what milestone it will get you to, and the future inflection points. If your technology is currently on the market, include its revenue generation. It was also advised to know your pre-money valuation, but not to include in your slides, as it would likely be as high as you will get and more difficult to negotiate down the road.

A full house of attendees (including a large number of walk-ins) enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking prior to the start of the presentations. Thanks to all the investors and presenting companies, as well as to J&J Innovation/JLABS and Microsoft Technology Center!

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