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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Holiday Party at Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, December 8, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On December 8, 2015, WIB-San Francisco Bay Area celebrated all of the WIB volunteers who made 2015 great with a celebration at Devil's Canyon Brewing Company in San Carlos. This was a fun networking event to close out 2015 and start gearing up for a productive 2016.

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Tapping into the Modern Financial Landscape in Biotech, September 15, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On September 15, 2015, the San Francisco Bay Area Women In Bio chapter held an engaging and informative event on how startup companies can tap into the modern biotech financial landscape. Panelists included moderator Una Ryan, Ph.D. (founder, ULUX; angel investor), Phyllis Whiteley, Ph.D. (venture partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures), Nancy Stagliano (CEO, True North Therapeutics), and Lindy Fishburne (Executive Director, Breakout Labs).

The panelists highlighted their own experiences, shared advice on how to value companies and think about funding strategies, and offered insight into business strategies in an evolving (and unstable!) financial climate. They also answered audience questions about skills a CEO needs to lead a company through different stages of growth, reimbursement considerations, and current financing trends.

In one attendee's words, "The panelists and moderator were amazing. I liked that they were tactical and honest, not just saying generalizations." Many thanks to our panelists, and to Cooley, LLP, our event sponsors and hosts for the evening!

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: YWIB Visits the Buck Institute, September 12, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area YWIB Visits the Buck Institute for Research on Aging

On September 12, 2015, roughly 70 middle and high school girls from across the Bay Area attended YWIB-San Francisco Bay Area’s event at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California.

The Buck Institute is the nation’s first independent research facility focused solely on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease, with a mission to increase the healthy years of life. Our day at “the Buck” kicked off with opening statements from YWIB followed by a brief history of the Buck Institute by Mary McEachron, who herself played a critical role in the establishment of the Buck Institute.

Following introductions, the girls were divided up by age group and rotated between 3 activities:

Two lab tours, where the girls had the chance to shadow female researchers at the bench, learning about the various model organisms, technologies and techniques employed by Buck scientists to do groundbreaking research on aging pathways.

A hands-on activity where the girls extracted their own DNA into a necklace pendant they could take home, all while learning about Tardigrades (“water bears”) and the role DNA plays in aging and chronic disease with Dr. Julie Mangada.

A career panel where the girls learned about the different career paths taken by four women at the Buck and participate in a Q&A session. Questions from the girls covered topics such as gender pay equality, mentorship, and what college majors to pursue.

The variety of activities elicited diverse reactions and insights from the girls. Some of the younger girls cited the lab visit as the highlight, remarking that the use of laboratory animals such as worms, flies, and mice for understanding disease and making drugs intrigued them. Everything they saw--including laboratory instruments, refrigerators, and how they were used--helped them understand how a research laboratory works.

Some testimonials from the girls included:

“My favorite part was the panel of scientists who told us about what they did before they came to the Buck Institute and what they researched there. It was very cool to know that you don’t always have to be on a planned path, that you can change around and if you find your passion later in life you can do that. The research they did, especially the stem cell research that was really cool about how they could make them back into embryonic cells and change their function.”

“My favorite part of the event was the panel because it was really interesting to hear about science from a female scientist’s point of view and they talked about topics that aren’t usually mentioned in regular events.”

“My favorite part of the event was when we got to extract our DNA because it was really cool to see it and it was hands on. They made it seem really fun.”

“I enjoyed the panel because it showed me all of the different places you can go with science.”

In addition to the stimulating activities and discussion, we had fun navigating the inner workings of the Buck’s gorgeous and modern facilities designed by internationally-acclaimed architect I.M. Pei. We wrapped up the day by reflecting on our exciting experience over pizza and ice cream before heading home.

Thanks to Jean Mariani and the Buck staff for organizing such an incredible event and volunteering their Saturday to host us.

 

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: YWIB Visits Stanford University CHARM Lab, August 3, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, hosted an event for 21 girls from neighboring middle schools and high schools.

The event started with an introduction to haptics (the sense of touch) and its application in medicine and rehabilitation, and was presented by the lab’s principal investigator, Allison Okamura, Ph.D.

Next, the girls broke into smaller groups to tour various aspects of the lab. Graduate students presented the girls with demonstrations of teleoperation (devices and control systems that allow human operators to manipulate environments that are remote in scale and/or distant), haptic devices (specialized models/devices and control systems that enable touch-based interaction with computers), HAPKIT - a low cost open-source haptic device for education, and a “da Vinci” surgical robot (with touch sensors and control systems that enables a surgeon to mimic/physically manipulate their surgical environment).

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Prioritizing Gender Equity Panel Discussion, June 11, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Prioritizing Gender Equity: What does it take to reach and succeed at the “C” and Board level?

On June 11, 2015, men and women from around the Bay Area gathered at Genentech to learn about gender equity at the C- and Board-level in biotech.

The evening kicked off with a presentation by Peg McAllister (Senior Vice President, Lee Hecht Harrison), using data from Liftstream which highlighted the landscape and discussed factors that could drive change.

We then heard from an outstanding panel of CEOs and Partners from Bay Area companies - Laura Brege (CEO & President, Nodality, Inc), Mark Goldsmith (CEO & President, Revolution Medicines; Partner, Third Rock Ventures), Wende Hutton (General Partner, Canaan Partners), Kimberly Popovits (CEO, President and Chairman of the Board, Genomic Health, Inc), and Laura Shawver (CEO, Cleave Biosciences) in a discussion moderated by Heather Erickson (CEO and President, Life Sciences Foundation).

As one participant commented, "This event was a great and informative discussion. I hope to be able to engage in more events dealing with gender equality in bio and tech!" Our sincere thanks to growBOLD, our event partner, the panelists and sponsors for their time and support, and to the organizers and volunteers who help Women In Bio continue to promote careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in life sciences.

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Careers in the Life Sciences and Transitioning to Industry with Toby Freedman, April 23, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Women In Bio – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter organized a seminar by Toby Freedman, author of Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development, on April 23, 2015.  70 enthusiastic women took part in the event organized at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus in conjunction with UCSF Women in Life Sciences (WiLS). Amanda Mason, WIB SF Bay Area Program Committee member and UCSF student, made opening remarks in support of the benefits of WIB membership and introduced Toby Freedman.  Toby gave a very interesting seminar which included an overview of the many career options in life sciences, and how different careers compare in terms of work/life balance and other factors. Additionally, Toby spoke about practical steps to take while in academia to assist in the transition to a rewarding career in life sciences industry.  Attendees of the event commented that “Toby was very engaging and the information provided was quite helpful” and that “The seminar demonstrated well the large possibilities of careers in industry.” Special thanks to all volunteers, attendees, service staff, and UCSF WILS for making this event a great success.

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Finding – and Getting – Your Worth: Negotiating Compensation, February 26, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On February 26, 2015, over 50 women convened at Nektar Therapeutics in San Francisco for an evening discussion on understanding and getting your worth when negotiating compensation.

The evening began with a meet-and-greet networking session with light refreshments, and then transitioned into a panel discussion. The expert panel was chaired by Mary Haak-Frendscho and included panelists C. Simone Fishburn, Mimi Hancock, and Dorian Hirth.

The discussion ranged over a wide variety of topics, including what to expect in a compensation package, how to gauge and set salary expectations, and how to approach compensation negotiations to meet one's priorities.

The event was very well received, as illustrated by this comment from WIB member Diane Heditsian (CEO deClarity): "This was definitely an expert, well-prepared panel. I always walk away from WIB events with so much actionable information. That's why I became a member."

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WIB-San Francisco Bay Area: Peninsula Speed Networking Event, January 29, 2015

Posted By Breezy Lachance, Tuesday, June 25, 2019

WIB-San Francisco kicked off the new year with a fast-paced speed networking event on January 29th, 2015 at Foley and Lardner LLP in Palo Alto, CA.

Over 30 enthusiastic life science professionals in both academia and industry participated in this event to grow their professional networks, and to promote the careers of their fellow participants by making new connections. The evening began with lively conversations amongst the participants over wine and appetizers, followed by a series of speed dating-style five-minute interactions. Participants also learned more about WIB’s upcoming events for the year, such as compensation negotiation in February and our celebration of Women's History Month in March.

A huge thanks to our sponsor Foley and Lardner LLP for making this event a great success!

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