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WIB-Chicago: Ethics in Business and Science

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
5:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m. CST
Where: Discovery Partners Institute
200 S. Wacker Dr.
4th Floor
Chicago, IL  60606
United States
Contact: WIB-Chicago

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We will explore the topic of Ethics in Business and Science in a discussion based on the book, "Bad Blood" and the HBO movie, "The Inventor," which covered the rise and fall of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar healthcare company founded by Elizabeth Holmes.

Medical device and diagnostic experts: Dimitra Georganopoulou of Baxter International, Lilli Zakarija of EdgeOne Medical, and Erika Cheung, Theranos whistleblower and co-founder of Ethics in Entrepreneurship (joining us via video from Hong Kong) will participate as panelists. They will discuss the challenges associated with development and commercialization of medical devices, especially related to the ethical responsibilities. The discussion will be interactive between panelists and audience members. This panel will be moderated by Liem Le of Little Lion, WIB event partner.


5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Registration, Networking, Appetizers, Remarks
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Networking


Speaker Bios 

Erika Cheung - Co-Founder at Ethics in Entrepreneurship, Co-Founder at Spiral Bio, Whistleblower for Theranos Scandal

Erika was born in Los Angeles, CA. She spent most of her education homeschooled, but started community college at age 14 and then went on to obtain a dual degree in Linguistics and Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. She was one of the key whistleblowers that reported Theranos to health regulators. Her report subsequently led to the shutdown of Theranos’ clinical lab which prevented the company from providing false medical results to thousands of patients. This account is covered in the book, Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, 60 Minutes, ABC Podcast: The Drop Out, and Alex Gibney’s documentary, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

Currently, Erika is the Program Director of Betatran, a technology accelerator based in Hong Kong. She is a key entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Asia. She independently consults on healthcare and biotechnology projects. Erika is the co-founder of Ethics in Entrepreneurship, an organization that rose from the ashes of Theranos and is driving an expanded and improved approach to entrepreneurship.

Dr. Dimitra Georganopoulou - Tech Assessment and Scouting at Baxter International

Dimitra is an experienced professional with deep knowledge of the MedTech Sector, focused on medical devices, diagnostics, and personalized medicine projects. She is currently involved in scouting novel technologies for Baxter's Global R&D Innovation group and identifying synergies with Baxter's GBUs. She is also an active contributor to the local tech community and she is involved with numerous outreach programs that assess and promote entrepreneurship.

Her extensive executive-level background included roles such as Board member, Acting chief business officer, Co-founder, Chapter President, and more. She received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Bioelectrochemistry from the University College of London.

Dr. Lilli Zakarija - Co-Founder and President at EdgeOne Medical Inc.

Lilli has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. Her expertise includes the development and global launch of various single-use, disposable medical devices, and combination products, strategic/technical development of device platforms and IP management. Throughout her career, she has held management roles in engineering and project management, and prior to founding EdgeOne Medical Lilli established and led the global engineering function supporting all device and combination product-related needs for the BioScience division of Baxter Healthcare (now Baxalta a Shire company).

Lilli has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Master in Engineering Management from Northwestern University, and an Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management. In addition, Lilli has served on the Board of Directors for Women in Bio - Chicago Chapter, Board of Advisors for Biomedical Engineering Dept at Northwestern University, is a Chicago Innovation Mentor (CIM) and is a speaker on device development and combination products.

Moderator (Event Partner):

Liem Le - Founder and CEO at Little Lion

An advocate for social good and champion for work-life purpose, Liem reached a turning point in her career where she now redirects her efforts to advancing investments in people and communities around the world. Liem is the founder of Little Lion to help organizations improve social impact outcomes at scale via its growth platform, social innovation, and engagement workshops. She brings with her a wealth of experience in sales, marketing, data analytics, and research from both the startup and corporate environments, including Fortune 500 companies.

Her work has taken her to the global stage at industry conferences and company events to present as a thought leader, game-changer, purposeful leader, and keynote speaker. Most recently, she has been invited to keynote Heineken Women’s Leadership Forum, lead a Fortune 500 Executive panel on building purpose and inclusion to advance business at Converge, address a global audience on impact investing at Wealth and Society, chair a three-day ALI Diversity and Inclusion Summit, and speak on social innovation as the next frontier at Wonder Women Tech National Conference. She also received 2018 Best of Best Leader Award from the Network of Executive Women and serves on committees for several non-profits including The Field Museum Board of Trustees' Marketing Committee. An avid world traveler with an interest in exploring different cultures, she has vacationed in 30 countries.

Pricing Information

  • Members: $5
  • Non-Members/Free Unlimited Guest Members*: $35
  • Students: $5

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Discovery Partner's Institute is located steps away from Union Station and a block from Ogilvie Transportation Center.


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